Testimonials



We have been a client of Lauren's since 2003 and have had incredible success with her on every transaction. Lauren is tenacious, helpful, smart and creative and we could not have bought our new house and sold our existing house without her help. She has an amazing network and keen insight to the Manhattan Beach market. Lauren's team came in and helped us stage our home to prepare for the sale, with everything from picking out paint colors and floor stains to cleaning out closets and moving furniture. Her team was on top of every form and action item that needed to be signed and kept us organized throughout the escrow process. Lauren was always reachable and proactively kept us in the loop with up to the minute updates every step of the process. Forbes Corrales is a full service firm and I recommend them to anyone looking to buy or sell in the South Bay.

Colin & Maile Kaiser



Ann and I just wanted to drop you a note to say thanks for making our move from the East coast to Manhattan Beach more seamless than we could have ever imagined.

Our primary concern was obviously our children and every recommendation, from schools, to clubs was spot on and an ideal fit. Clearly your years in the area have payed off because your understanding of what we were seeking and what you delivered were perfect. Ann and I have purchased and sold several houses together but nobody has ever been this thorough.

There is a palpable anxiety when you are moving a family and a business all in a short time and we can't even imagine what it would have been like without you and your team. Bravo.

Ann & Colin Cowherd

Ann is an interior designer

Colin is an American Sports Media Personality on The Herd with Colin Cowherd on Fox



Lauren made the process of selling my home so much easier in this unstable and difficult time in our economy. I was very impressed with her right from our first meeting. She was on time, focused, respectful, and had a great management plan. That paid off in the end. Throughout the sale, she guided me through, put up with the mood swings that often go with selling a home, and remained on the case from beginning to end. I always felt that she was right by my side, sacrificing her own personal gain for my best interest.

Not only is Lauren a tremendously knowledgeable businessperson, a terrific legal counsel, a great realtor, but a real friend as well. I recommend her very highly as someone who will always support your needs and look out for your financial interests as if it was her own.

Bob Gautieri

Owner of Design on the Fly



Lauren sold my house in a pretty difficult real estate market. She was organized, focused on how to get a deal done and was incredibly forthright and honest. And she got the deal done in the price range in the time frame I needed it done. I wouldn't do a real estate deal with anybody else. Lauren is a jewel; she is really smart, professional, hardworking and honest. She doesn't waste your time trying to "sell" you homes that don't work for you. Lauren listens to you, gets a grasp of what you need, and what your dream home is and goes out to find it. She went up and down our "dream" street and found a property for us to build on. She is a brilliant marketer and a skilled negotiator with a win-win attitude.

David Sands & Susan Fragnoli

David is a Partner at Sheppard Mullin



We had a very positive and painless experience purchasing our latest home with Lauren. Through every step of the process, Lauren kept our needs paramount. We now have a home we absolutely love!

Kathy & Barry Fisher

Owners of GROW the Produce Shop



Howard and I just want to take a moment to thank you for all the efforts you undertook in the selling and purchase of our current home. We both feel very fortunate to have met ‘Professional Realtors’, in the true meaning of the word. Having to sell our previous home during the Thanksgiving Holiday was a real challenge, yet your proactive approach in anticipating all possible needs, combined with your timely response to concerns, has made it all possible. You offer an unsurpassed combination for excellent customer service—helping us tread through the legalities of selling and buying a home thanks to your expertise as a lawyer—as well as sales, marketing and professional home design and showcase opportunities. You have integrity and genuine concern for the customers that you represent, assuring that all our needs are met and more. We, Howard and I, feel extremely fortunate to have met a great Realtor who has a "Real Pulse" on the current and future market opportunities. It is through these professional ties of yours that Howard and I secured our current home, and we couldn't be happier. We would recommend your services any time.

Howard & Julie Klymas

Howard is Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Optical Integrity



We met Lauren Forbes in 2002 at an "open house" for one of her listings. We lived out of the area at the time and were looking to move to Manhattan Beach. Since we were unfamiliar with Manhattan Beach, Lauren took the time to thoroughly explain the local market to us. Lauren was extremely knowledgeable and smart, but she was also very gracious, warm and friendly. We were very impressed and instantly liked her. We bought a different house but we crossed paths with Lauren again in 2005 when we were looking to buy a larger house to accommodate our growing family. During our casual search for a larger home, we noticed that Lauren was the listing agent on a house that was being constructed. We absolutely were not looking for a house that was in mid-construction, and the only reason it caught our eye was because Lauren was the listing agent. We called Lauren to inquire about it and ultimately ended up buying that house from Lauren. We love our home, and it was a great decision! At the same time, we enlisted Lauren to sell our then-current home. She was amazing throughout the process. Lauren provided us with excellent advice, and thankfully we listened to her! She was successful in selling our home for top value. Subsequently, we have referred many friends and colleagues to Lauren, and they have all had a similarly wonderful experience. Lauren is knowledgeable, efficient and ethical and, quite simply, an excellent realtor. She is also a genuinely nice person and she has a great network in the community. We wholeheartedly recommend Lauren!

Troy & Michele Thrower

Michele is Vice President of Program Acquisition Directv

Troy is a Partner at The Woodward Group



We want to thank you for being such a wonderful resource and advocate for us during this entire process. You were amazing—professional, kind, reassuring, and generally all- around awesome! We really couldn't imagine having made it into this wonderful home without your experience and guidance.

John & Sarah McCanless

John is a Systems Engineer Booz Allen Hamilton


We have had the pleasure of working closely with Lauren over much of the past year. Lauren was a true partner throughout the entire process, working with us daily on decisions related to the sale of our house that we had lived in for the past 18 years and purchase of our new home. She did an excellent job of marketing our house, and all advertisements stood out amongst the competition. As we searched for a new home in Manhattan Beach she showed us all viable options that were actively listed and also several "off-market" options. There were relatively few houses on the market that fit our criteria for location and size, but Lauren, because she is so well connected to the community, knew of several opportunities that were not known to other brokers. We ended up purchasing a home that Lauren introduced us to that was not officially on the market. Throughout the entire purchase process, Lauren acted as a trusted advisor, never pushed us in any particular direction, but always was there to help guide decisions. She clearly had our best interests in mind throughout the entire process. We would not hesitate to recommend Lauren to anyone looking to either sell or buy their home.

Kamala & Gary Horwitz

Gary is a Principal at JLL



John, in my opinion, you have something that has you stand out from all the others: YOU ARE YOUR WORD. Having such impeccable integrity makes you the go-to person, the one who can be counted on, the one who is accountable for everything around him. Thank you.

Rose-Cherie & Walter Campbell

Walter is Real Estate Investor



Once we decided to sell our home early in 2012, we sought a listing agent who would successfully market and execute a sale at our asking price. We enthusiastically engaged Lauren Forbes to sell our walk-street home in Manhattan Beach after careful and thoughtful interviews with several of the town’s top agents. The team of Lauren Forbes and John Corrales were very professional in all aspects of their presentation, and they did not disappoint during the marketing and sale of our home.

The months of March through September in 2012 proved to be a very difficult market, and few would argue the fact that it was a buyer’s market. At the most important point in negotiating our contract to sell, Lauren proved to be an exceptional negotiator and very professional in her approach, both during the negotiation and during the buyer’s loan approval process. Although the buyer was not initially approved for a mortgage loan, Lauren assisted the buyer’s agent in finding a quick solution with a local mortgage broker to hold the sale together. We were quite grateful that we had such a skillful negotiator on our side. Lauren demonstrated patience and determination at just the right times. But most important, we were very happy with our negotiated sales price—in large part due to Lauren’s skillful negotiations.

Her team including John Corrales and Mindy Kuhl proved to be the right choice for us, and we would recommend them to anyone looking for the best execution possible on their home sale.

Michael & Chris Cain

Michael is a Director at Bancroft Capital

Chris is an artist


Lauren is an excellent agent. She was extremely professional and her experience in the local market ensured we were able to get the house we wanted at the right price. I could not recommend her more highly and she will be our first call if we decide to do another transaction.

David Quinn & Claire Templeman

David is a M.D. PhD Medical Director at USC Norris Cancer Hospital

Claire is a Doctor at USC Keck



Lauren and John were amazing. Through thick and thin with the challenging and emotional sale of our family’s longtime home, they were patient with us, stuck with us in high-wire negotiations with a difficult buyer, and were creative and tough enough to pull out a sale at a fantastic price. I think the world of Lauren and John, and would highly recommend them.

Seth Stodder

Assistant Secretary for Threat Prevention Security for US Department of Homeland Security



I want to thank your entire team for your help in renting then selling my Manhattan Beach house. I had loved living in that house with my husband for twenty years and when he passed away and I accepted a job in Santa Barbara I needed to sell the house. Emotionally it was difficult to do and it was difficult also since I lived over a hundred miles away. You took care of everything for me as well as being kind to me. All of that was much appreciated.

Virginia Anders

Director of Sponsored Projects at U.C.S.B



I would like to thank John and Lauren for the amazing services they provided to me. I can sometimes be difficult to please in business but you both exceeded my expectations by a mile. When my first Realtor could not sell my home you stepped in and sold it fast, at full price and with it not being on the MLS. I never expected it to be sold only through your network of associates but indeed that is exactly what happened. You helped me in all aspects of the sale from helping me identify areas for needed repairs and choosing colors to paint to referring me to wonderful contractors that did amazing work at very reasonable prices. You were patient, helpful, knowledgeable and professional throughout all phases of the sale. Thank you for the delicious treats you sent me at Christmas time as well. All in all I would give you a rating of AAA+. I couldn’t have worked with better people and would both recommend you and use you again without a second’s hesitation.

Glenn Deckman

Musician



We were so thankful we found a realtor that we felt we could really trust. Lauren was always honest with us and we never felt like she was trying to work things to her advantage. Her knowledge of the local market here in Manhattan Beach is extensive – there was never a question we asked that she didn’t have a great answer to.

Matthew & Kristina Jubitz

Matthew is the owner of The Pluvious Group


Lauren and John were extremely helpful both in the sale of our old home and purchase of our new home. For the latter, Lauren helped us overcome some early hurdles and kept in close contact with the seller’s agent which allowed us to get our dream home in a competitive marketplace. Overall, Lauren and John were courteous, professional and driven to meet our needs.

William & Jennifer Cram

William is a Principal at Aristotle Capital Management



Working with Lauren and John has been a terrific experience. I truly appreciate their efforts in finding the right home for my family and me. Their help was invaluable throughout the entire process-before and after my move. Thank you Lauren and John!

Alejandra Amarilla

Founder/Executive Producer Landfill Harmonic



What a fun adventure it was hunting for houses with you - the opens, the offers, the wood paneling, bad carpet, Cara sleeping, the counteroffers, and the final result of getting our house at a great deal (we think!). You made this process so easy and your confidence that we could get it done quickly put us at ease and took off the stress. You are worth every penny you earned on this deal and we are grateful to have had you on our side. On weekends, nights, even on the drive back from the hospital, you made yourself available and willing to help. Your professionalism, honesty and relaxed approach was a perfect fit for me and David and we are grateful to have gained a new friend, too, not just a home. We are truly grateful. Let's all celebrate soon at our house (vegan cocktails and such, of course). We'd love to meet Laura and the girls can play the candy matching game with Grace. It's their new obsession. Thank you again for everything!

David & Ivy Charleton

David is Senior VP of Marketing & eCommerce at Capital Group



We appreciated every minute of working with Lauren and her team. The biggest differentiating factor between Lauren and other brokers was her ability to get things done.
Specifically, Erin did a ton of work to get our house ready to sell and to finish the repairs during escrow. She met painters, plumbers and handymen. She fronted us money when we couldn't be there for inspectors. Lauren shared her rolodex with us and had good, competent referrals when we needed them. I do not think we would have actually put our house on the market had we not had Lauren and her team to help throughout this process.

John & Allison Newcombe

John is Co-Founder/CEO Cliqness

Allison is Staff Attorney for the Alliance of Children’s Rights


It was an absolute pleasure working with the Forbes/Corrales team! Lauren put us in the best hands when she teamed us up with Roma! We could not have asked for a better experience with our home buying!

Julie Sloan & Solange Comer

Julie is a CHP Officer

Solange is the owner of Cultured Slice



Lauren represented both sides in our transaction. Her training as an attorney as well as her deep real experience made the transaction go extremely smoothly. She stuck with the transaction and kept both buyer and seller talking despite a turbulent market. Her even kneeled nature led to a successful transaction for both parties.

Peter & Stephanie Nolan

Peter is Senior Advisor at Leonard Green and Partners



Having been a client of Lauren’s on multiple occasions I can attest that she has always been diligent, responsive, thoughtful and trustworthy. I have recommended her to others who have all had very positive experiences.

David & Lisa Wehrly

David is President & COO Wedgewood Inc.

Lisa is Vice President of Finance Wedgewood Inc.



John and his team were a pleasure to work with every step of the way. They worked tirelessly during the purchase of our new home to make sure escrow ran smoothly. When it was time to list our old house, they knew what needed to be done to sell quickly and at top dollar. Their market savvy is second to none. Thank you!

Jennifer & Masaichi Hasegawa

Jennifer is a former Toyota Executive

Masaichi is a Partner at Global Management Consulting Firm

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