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Fran Flanagan

Luxury Estate Director

Fran Flanagan is one of the most respected real estate agents in the business. Throughout her more than a four-decade career in Los Angeles, she has been involved in literally thousands of transactions.

Working at the highest level in the real estate business, Fran continues to build a portfolio of loyal clients, friends, and high net worth individuals who value her professionalism, experienced real estate representation, and local market knowledge. A longtime resident of the Riviera in Pacific Palisades, she navigates the luxury Westside market with precision and ease. 

Fran’s sales career focuses on estates in Pacific Palisades including the Riviera. Over the years, she has represented more properties in the Riviera than any other realtor. Her client list contains some of the most famous names in Los Angeles, celebrities, and bi-coastal and international buyers and sellers. Her client base has grown to include referrals of family members and colleagues of clients and relocating clients who are downsizing. This enlarges her circle to all price ranges, including starter homes and condos. 

Responding to this growth, Fran Flanagan Group was founded this year, including her daughter and partner Liz Jones. Liz had been an award-winning digital marketing pioneer in the entertainment industry until her transition into real estate. 

Also joining Fran Flanagan Group is Jill Calcaterra, a seasoned corporate marketing executive, expanding the practice into Brentwood.

Fran Flanagan’s passion for real estate is matched by her love for Pacific Palisades, which she has called home for fifty years. “I believe it is the best community in Los Angeles. Pacific Palisades is a small town in a big city.” She is known as an “agent’s agent” and ambassador for Pacific Palisades, networking consistently with other agents among Los Angeles’ top brokerages. She is the first call they make when they have business in Pacific Palisades. Nobody knows the Palisades market better than Fran Flanagan.

Fran’s real estate career has included sales, management, recruiting, training, and risk management. She is a broker and has studied alternative dispute resolution at Pepperdine Law School and estates appraisal at UCLA. During her twenty-year tenure at Jon Douglas Company, she established the corporate relocation department as well as the Estates Division. Fran was the Founding Manager of the Pacific Palisades office, Branch Manager of the flagship Brentwood office, and Westside Regional Manager, where she managed sixteen branch offices from Beverly Hills to Malibu. She founded Fran Flanagan Properties in 1999.

In addition to real estate, Fran is a wonderful asset to L.A.’s Westside community, where she combines her working life with one of philanthropy, the arts, and community involvement.

Fran is a Trustee at Saint John’s Health Center and serves on the Boards of the Irene Dunne Guild, Saint John’s Health Center Foundation, and California Riviera Homeowners Association. She is the Founder of Think Pink for Women’s Wellness, the Saint John’s Health Center’s annual Mother’s Day event. She is a member of the Bel-Air Bay Club, the Founders at the Music Center, and the California Art Club. Celebrating homeownership in the Riviera, she hosts the annual California Riviera Homeowners Association Newcomers Party at her home on Amalfi Drive.

Liz Jones

Luxury Estate Director

From selling movies to selling homes, Liz Jones is now bringing her marketing and story-telling expertise to the world of Real Estate. With over 20 years of entertainment marketing experience and a reputation as an innovator in digital media, Liz has partnered with her mother, Fran Flanagan, at COMPASS - bringing two generations of local expertise to their clients.

Liz believes in hard work, being authentic, and always being available to our clients. Over the past three years, she has completed over $100 Million in sales, representing both buyers and sellers on the Westside. In both 2021 and 2022, Real Trends/Wall St. Journal named Fran and Liz one of the top small teams across the country, earning the distinction of being in the top 1% of all agents across the country.

Connected throughout the Palisades, Liz has been destined for the real estate business since before she was born. Having grown up in Pacific Palisades & Brentwood, and now raising her family here, Liz knows every facet of the Westside of Los Angeles life. Private schools, public schools, faith communities, charity organizations - you name it, chances are Liz has been not only involved, but is also a leader and organizer.

Currently serving as Past President and on the Board of National Charity League, Inc., Westside Chapter, Liz is thankful to be able to make a meaningful difference in our community alongside her daughters.

Jill Newhouse Calcaterra

Agent

Jill Newhouse Calcaterra and her family have owned their home in Brentwood for over 22 years. Jill is the mother of two teenagers. Having been an entertainment and marketing executive for over 25 years, she is excited to bring her business experience and negotiation skills to the Fran Flanagan Group and Compass.

In addition to real estate, Jill currently serves as Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications and Marketing for a publicly traded entertainment company. In addition to her day-to-day duties interacting with investors and strategic partners, she manages all of the company’s real estate needs, including the negotiation and closing of five office space transactions, ranging from 25,000 square feet in Century City to 15,000 square feet in Sherman Oaks.

An active community member, Jill has been president of the Kenter Canyon Elementary School’s Parent Support Group, on the Board of Paul Revere’s Parent Support Group.  She is currently vice president of Palisades Charter High School’s Pali Football Program, where her son is an All-State Varsity offensive lineman. Proud Mama.

Jill has also been involved in Palisades and Brentwood sports, serving as AYSO commissioner, as well as coaching soccer and basketball.   She and her family are also members of the Bel Air Bay Club, where she serves on the communication, activities, and athletic committees.

Prior to living in Brentwood, Jill worked in the advertising business in San Francisco. She graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a BS in Journalism and grew up in the Imperial Valley, where her father was a produce grower.

Michael Commander

From New York to Los Angeles, Michael Commander is a dynamic and accomplished real estate agent with 5+ years of experience in luxury residential sales. Originally hailing from New York, Michael began his real estate career in the Hamptons where he completed $80M+ in sales in his first 5 years. Leveraging his relationships along with his high wealth of knowledge on the area, Michael hit the ground running and established himself as a trusted advisor to his many discerning clients. 

Now, having made Los Angeles his home, Michael has seamlessly transitioned into the Westside real estate scene and joined the Flanagan Jones Group at Compass. Teaming up with FJG, he is applying his years of industry experience to make his next mark on the LA market. 

When he is not with clients, Michael spends his time traveling, playing tennis and trying new culinary hot spots. He believes in mixing work with fun, allowing him to build new relationships and foster existing ones through his many passions. With deep roots and involvement in his community back in New York, Michael was a part of multiple charities and community outreach programs and he is currently joining forces with charities in the Los Angeles area including the It Gets Better Project, focusing on uplifting and supporting LGBQT youth within the community.

 

Christine Valentino

Transaction Coordinator

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