First Team

Mike Kelly

First Team Real Estate, headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, is the # 1 independent real estate company in southern California and has sold more homes in Orange County than any other brokerage in the last 10 years. Founded by President and CEO Cameron Merage with five agents in one office in 1976, today, First Team Real Estate and its family of companies have over 60 locations supporting over 2,000 employees and agents. Services include residential and commercial real estate, title, escrow and mortgage operations.

First Team wins market share in any economic climate through innovation and proprietary marketing tools such as Market TrendsSM and HOT BUYS® and targets the luxury market with First Team Estates’ “Live Beautifully” concept. First Team Estates is headquartered in Newport Beach, California and represents buyers and sellers in the $2 million and up property value range servicing ultra-exclusive areas such as Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Emerald Bay, Yorba Linda, Coto de Caza and specific surrounding areas.

First Team’s latest consumer and agent concept, The NEW Rules of Real EstateSM, Strategies for Savvy Homebuyers and Sellers, was launched in summer 2008 and provides a set of practical, real-world solutions and rules based on consumer research and real estate market experience to assist buyers and sellers during the current and challenging market.

First Team family of companies include; First Team Commercial Real Estate, Western Resource Title, Coast Cities Escrow, Hallmark Escrow, and Bristol 1031 Exchange.

First Team maintains property listing and business relationships with Yahoo! Real Estate,, Google Base, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World,,,, and among others.

First Team offers Bankers Funding® mortgages through Wells Fargo Bank®. The company’s “First in our Hearts” Foundation is known for its generosity to the Southern California community.