Back in 1998, John Forrest was busy roasting gourmet coffee for the thriving business he and Susie owned together…Shaky City Coffee. As fulfilling as that was, he wanted to build his family’s wealth by buying and holding real estate so he became a licensed Realtor. As their kids got older, Susie passed the Broker’s exam and in August 2004, Forrest Properties was born. At a time when ‘everyone and his brother’ was jumping into real estate sales, the Forrests were crafting their mission statement: Ethics Before Profits. These three powerful words have become the foundation upon which their boutique brokerage continues to thrive and more importantly, they are what makes Forrest Properties stand apart from the crowd.
Melissa Olen was born and raised in Boston. After moving to Calabasas almost 20 years ago she began her Real Estate career as a mortgage broker and is very well versed in the mortgage underwriting process. Since transitioning to residential sales in 2012, she has had great success working with many kinds of clients, from experienced investors to first time home buyers. With her solid commitment to personalized attention and excellent results, she has a strong track record for getting top dollar for sellers she represents. Additionally, with three children in the Las Virgenes School District, Melissa brings a wealth of knowledge about the local schools and is an invaluable resource to clients looking to navigate the options and opportunities for their children within the school District. When not working tirelessly to represent clients, Melissa enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle, hiking with her family and their dog and spending time at the beach.
Doug brings 35 years of experience as the owner of Kid Gloves Productions to advising and guiding his real estate clients. Working with and managing the diverse and oftentimes difficult personalities in the film and TV business has prepared him to navigate the sometimes difficult process of buying and selling. Kid Gloves says it all when it comes to the high quality of service that Doug delivers to all of his real estate clients time and time again.
Leora Mills brings over 15 years of selling, marketing and customer service experience to her Realtor role. With a proven track record of success and leadership, she aims to understand her customers’ needs while securing the resources to meet those needs. She believes in forging strong relationships that are built on trust, communication and understanding. Leora is a native of the Conejo Valley and surrounding areas having graduated from Oak Park High School and later UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Bio Psychology. She currently resides in Thousand Oaks with her husband and two rescue dogs. Leora is a volunteer with Ventura County Animal Services making her an active participant in the community.
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Spencer graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BBA in Real Estate Finance and a BS in Economics. Shortly after graduating, he became a licensed real estate Broker in California and a licensed Sales Agent in Texas. Spencer advises his clients on transactions every step of the way: whether they are first time home buyers, renters, or experienced investors. In addition to residential real estate brokerage, Spencer has experience in commercial real estate valuation and asset management. Spencer is currently working to get his Broker’s license in Texas. California Broker’s License #01963583
Mohammad graduated summa cum laude from Southern Methodist University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and a specialization in Alternative Asset Management. While at SMU, he served as vice president of the SMU Finance Club, a portfolio manager for the nation’s first university-sponsored, energy-focused investment fund, and was an active member of a myriad of other organizations. In early 2019, Mohammad transitioned to a senior analyst role at Bank OZK within their Real Estate Specialties Group – Originations division, specializing in acquisition and development lending opportunities across the nation. His experience includes multifamily, condominium, office, retail, industrial, hospitality, and land opportunities ranging from $30MM to $500MM+ in value. Prior to his current role at Bank OZK, Mohammad was a financial analyst at a middle-market hospitality REIT specializing in acquisitions underwriting and asset management. He is a Dallas-Fort Worth native that enjoys an active lifestyle, including working out, tennis, and golfing.