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Phil Immel

A Star Team Is Born
Armed with 40 years of real estate experience, Phil started Immel Team Luxury Real Estate, a boutique firm that specializes in coastal properties in South Orange County. This small successful team has a big presence in the upscale neighborhoods of Dana Point.
This dynamic multi-general Team has a quality, not quantity approach to business. Agents proudly represent high-net worth clients and celebrities on the listing and buyer sides of transactions.
Our clients are entrepreneurs, entertainment personalities and executives for major corporations. Foundations and institutional clients include St. Joseph/Mission Hospital as well as Loma Linda University.

About Immel
Immel, Founder & CEO of the Immel Team, was bestowed the prestigious “legend” award for 15 years of top broker performance by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services.
Licensed at age 19, while majoring in real estate & marketing at San Diego State University, Immel became a broker at 21 years old and received numerous accolades during his illustrious career. He eventually went into corporate management for Coldwell Banker and became it’s youngest vice president at age 28. After 10 years in management, he returned to sales in Orange County.
Immel is also known as the Real Estate Guru ®. The “Guru” is the spokesperson on national and local television & radio. His honest market assessment in these turbulent days has created many return guest spots on FOX, CNN and CBS Radio. Additionally, he is a contributing writer for the Wall Street Journal, Yahoo Finance & Reuters.

Board Of Directors – Ocean Institute

Immel can be contacted at Phil@RealEstateGuru.com or 949.212.7676.


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Mark Sweeney

Mark entered the real estate business shortly after graduating from the University of California Santa Barbara, where he played varsity baseball. He has been a specialist in South County coastal real estate market for more than 25 years. Mark was formally a partner in representing the developer, Stein-Brief, in marketing and selling Ritz Cove custom lots. He is widely respected for his negotiating proficiency, attention to detail and commitment to ethical business practices. Additionally, he has a great knack for understanding and finding unique properties often before they become available to the open market. Drawing from his extensive knowledge of Dana Point, Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel, he matches his buyers with the ideal property and neighborhood to fit their specific set of needs. A California native, Sweeney enjoys surfing, running on the beach and spending time with his wife and two grown children.


George Pagano


George Pagano and Phil Immel, both iconic names for decades in coastal Orange County Real Estate have joined forces under the new brokerage name Immel Team Luxury Real Estate. Pagano most recently achieved the distinction as the first Director of Sales at The Strand at Headlands, Southern California’s prestigious private oceanfront community in Dana Point. Custom home sites and finished homes at the Strand range from $2-$24 million.

Both Pagano and Immel have represented numerous Oceanfront buyers and sellers for over 3 Decades. Their long time professional friendship and common philosophy of placing the client first has been long recognized in the industry.

Beyond the extensive experience and knowledge in the market, The Immel Team has a vast array of cutting edge technology and support staff. We are similar to a boutique Private Banking group or Law Firm but specialized in Luxury Property sales. Pagano said sophisticated clients deserve and demand 5 Star service and we are able to consistently provide that said Immel.

With offices in Beverly Hills and Dana Point, the team can enhance marketing exposure to a broad array of clients, including celebrities and other entertainment executives.


John Rennie


John started his real estate career in Canada nearly 25 years ago. Shortly thereafter he moved to Laguna Niguel, California as a full time real estate professional. Approximately 8 years ago John joined the Immel Team and acts as the Managing Partner, handling all operation for the Immel Team. His extensive knowledge of short sales, foreclosures and equity sales allow the Immel Team to market to every type of buyer and seller. He understands that real estate transactions are complicated, stressful, time- consuming and at times emotional. His no-pressure, “do the right thing” attitude has helped him build long-term relationships and a large network of referral clients. As a well-respected real estate agent in Southern California, John has guided buyers and sellers through multi-faceted real estate transactions over the course of 25 years. He is a dedicated family man with a wife and two young daughters and currently resides in Laguna Niguel.


Betty Orlow


Betty Orlow joined the Immel Team over 15 years ago. Her clients rave about her warm personality and professional skill level as a Realtor. She goes above and beyond in helping Buyers or Sellers find or sell their Dream Homes. She’s widely connected and watches the MLS like a hawk to fulfill her Buyers needs. Phil Immel and Betty Orlow co-list homes and work well in synchronizing a smooth sale for our sellers. Sometimes called the “Martha Stewart” of the team, Betty arranges property staging and adds the warm touches that make a house a home. Be assured that Betty always has her clients interest at heart. She’s ethical, knowledgeable and trusted adviser.



Bret Johnson


Born and raised in a third generation Real Estate family, you could say that Bret Johnson was destined to become a REALTOR®. With expertise in Residential Real Estate marketing, design, photography and web based technology, Bret Johnson combines trendsetting marketing strategies with years of Real Estate and Property Management experience.


Kara Jafarinia

All Star Office Manager & Coordinator

Kara is the fire that keeps the Immel Team running strong. She has been a valued asset to the team since 2010. With her amazing work ethic and in depth knowledge of the industry she helps our team and clients through some of the most difficult processes in Real Estate. Kara’s commitment to helping people reach their goals and dreams in the housing market is evident by her personality. She makes sure that our clients feel comfortable throughout each transaction by making the closing process go as smooth as it can. Her customer service and attention to detail satisfy our client’s needs to successfully close each and every home sale. As with the rest our team, she is and will always be a lucrative resource.



The Immel Team
10 Monarch Bay Plaza
Dana Point, CA 92629