A name that is synonymous with Santa Monica real estate, Pence Hathorn Silver (PHS) is accredited as the #1 team in Santa Monica. With more than three decades of unparalleled experience, service, and market knowledge, the team is consistently ranked both nationally and in California among the top real estate professionals. PHS is led by Charles Pence, John Hathorn, Loraine Silver, and Brett Silver, all of whom are founding partners of Partners Trust's flagship office on Montana Avenue.

Pence Hathorn Silver offers a 'Gold Standard' approach to serving clientele and unmatched intimate knowledge of Westside neighborhoods, an ethos mirrored by Partners Trust's industry-leading brokerage model, ultimately bringing the two powerhouses together in 2010. Since then, PHS has grown to a team of 13 associates and, beyond their Santa Monica presence, has been instrumental in Partners Trust's expansion to 240 associates and seven offices across Los Angeles—as well as one in Shanghai. In addition to being a market leader, Pence Hathorn Silver is constantly at the forefront of real estate trends and new technology. From representing Santa Monica’s first LEED homes—which subsequently lead the charge of replacing the wasteful ‘flyer box’ in favor of adopting greener marketing practices—to employing demographically-targeted digital advertising— to producing their own quarterly magazine, “Santa Monica DIRT,” their hyper-local approach and innovative global reach continue to make them the trusted voice and authority for home sales North of Montana.

Pence Hathorn Silver is deeply rooted in the Westside, having served the community for nearly forty years. Their presence on Montana Avenue has enabled them to remain extremely accessible for clients and serve as a neighborhood resource. As current or former residents of Santa Monica, all four founders are acutely aware of the community’s day-to-day nuances and are personally invested in them—their home and business are one in the same. Furthermore, Pence Hathorn Silver shows their active involvement in the community by participating in a host of charitable events and initiatives. They are long-time supporters of the Santa Monica Schools, in addition to the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra, Boys and Girls Club and the Education Foundation.

Pence Hathorn Silver Reviews

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12/11/2017 - gef5

Sold a Single Family home in 2017 for approximately $3.475M in Mid Wilshire, Los Angeles, CA.

Brett is like no other. He sold my home in Hancock Park with the utmost attention to detail and was incredibly professional. I could not have asked for a better experience. If you are looking to get business done in an honest manner, look no further. He set a goal and achieved it. A+++

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05/03/2017 - Carol Patton

Sold a Condo home in 2017 for approximately $875K in Sawtelle, Los Angeles, CA.

From the moment I met Brett, I knew I was in good hands. He made selling my condo a very positive experience. The office staff is caring and extremely responsive.

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03/12/2015 - Restless923

Sold a home in 2014 for approximately $1.275M.

Brett was all I could ask for in an agent. Listed and sold our condo in Santa Monica while providing us the most ease. He handled everything from start to finish and prevented and reduced any problems we might have had. He is very honest, straight forward, and does as promised and follows through. He is there when you need him, very reliable, and this is why I will pick Brett again.

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03/10/2015 - gef5

Sold a home in 2014.

I recently used Brett to sell my luxury condo. He far exceeded all of my expectations. Not only did he get me well above asking, but I found his honesty, professionalism and kind attitude to be very refreshing. He had expansive relationships and was able to bring my home to market with all of the right tools. The photos, open houses and advertising were nothing short of excellent. In a town riddled with mediocre agents, Brett is cream of the crop. I could not suggest him more strongly. Thanks Brett!

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03/10/2015 - ken2563

Sold a Condo home in 2014 for approximately $400K in Ocean Park, Santa Monica, CA.

Brett was so very professional in his dealings with us. He had several buyers for us to consider within a week of the start of the listing. We followed his recommendation as to which buyer was the best one to consider was flawless. Our deal closed in 30 days and all went according to plan.

We feel very confident in recommending Brett.

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03/09/2015 - laurendito24

Sold a home in 2014 in Wilshire/Montana, Santa Monica, CA 90403.

All I can say is WOW. Brett really made my first home buying experience a breeze. I had been relocated for work from the East Coast and was dreading the process of dealing with a Realtor who only wanted their commission and to move on. Brett really took the time to understand my needs and wants and worked hard at finding me the perfect property that checked all of the boxes. After a short three weeks we had found my dream home in Santa Monica. The closing process was extremely well organized and expedient thanks to Brett. I am now settled in my new home and could not be happier. Thank you, Brett!

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03/08/2015 - michael7118

Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $1.375M in Cheviot Hills, Los Angeles, CA.

Brett looked after me like family, really. He pointed me to top inspectors for every concern I had and helped me get the price I had negotiated on the house reduced by 8.5%, which is unheard of. My banker actually called to say he had never seen such a reduction before. Brett told me which inspectors I should not let the seller use and why. He taught me so much about the process. Brett's a good guy and his involvement helped me get the perfect house for my family. It was a great experience after years of my working with other brokers and never finding the right house. I tell all my friends about Brett and they all come back to thank me.

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03/06/2015 - jscoppmd

Bought a home in 2014.

After dealing with several different realtors in the region , only Brett Silver provided us the personalized service balance with a high level of professionalism that allowed us to find our dream home. He was available after work hours and on weekends. He showed us several options and we really felt that he learned our needs. We never felt rushed to make a decision and he guided us through then entire process from making an offer to closing the deal.

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03/06/2015 - jscopp

Bought a home in 2014 in Downtown/Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

Coming from out of State, we knew we wanted to be near the beach but, we knew so little about the areas. Brett Silver, having grown up in the area, knew the right places to show us and made the process smooth and informative. Whenever we had a question or concern, Brett was available to answer and make suggestions. His knowledge of the LA market was invaluable to our search and we couldn't be happier with the end result. We even spent less $$ than we intended. We would recommend Brett Silver to anyone who asks, and already have..

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03/06/2015 - rcamera7

Sold a home in 2014 in Westwood, Los Angeles, CA 90025.

Brett is a real professional. He has a strong background in finance, perfect knowledge of the area and of the process. In addition, his easy going attitude and smart negotiation skills make him amazing to work with.
He sold my place in 2 weeks, all cash, over asking, while I was out of the country on vacation!!

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12/18/2014 - robynorris

Showed home in 2014 in Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, CA 90402.

Charles is the best. He has all the insider information on Santa Monica Real estate. He knows what is available and also knows what is going to be available. He is great and finding deals and assessing property values.

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07/26/2017 - info5337

Sold a Single Family home in 2017 for approximately $6.25M in Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA.

John Hathorn is a committed and trustworthy partner. We have worked with him several times and with his help have even sold one of our new constructions for our full asking price before it even hit the market. (Most recently he sold our listing that another agency couldn’t seem to sell).
He is involved every step of the way and his team is always very hands on. The proximity of his Westside office to most of our construction projects always makes everyone readily available which is key with new construction. Besides that, John has style, charisma, energy and attention to detail, a great combination in a realtor. His calm nature and strategic approach puts me at ease knowing he is managing my real estate transactions.

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03/29/2017 - bruceashton

Sold a Single Family home in 2016 in North of Montana, Santa Monica, CA.

John Hathorn is a professional in every sense of the word. A professional is defined as a person with great technical expertise in a given field, who conforms to high ethical standards and who exhibits a courteous, conscientious and business-like manner in carrying out his job. We would add to this definition an additional characteristic: a person who cares about and cares for the people he undertakes to serve.

John Hathorn helped us sell our home of 40 years. He did so with consummate skill and diligence and heart. In the process, he showed that he cared. In our view, John is truly a professional.

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02/11/2017 - lauren lebowitz

Bought a Single Family home in 2016 in Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA.

John and his partners have been so incredible to work with. He is up to date on the all the on and ‘off the market’ properties and opportunities. Both my brothers and my sister have had John represent us in multiple purchase and sales buying and selling properties for the last couple of years. He is our official family realtor! He is so precise and personable when it comes to your wants and needs. John and everyone at Pence Hathorn Silver / Partners Trust are so on top of things and responsive when it comes to this lengthy and complicated process. John and his team is the only way to go for finding and/or selling a home!

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12/09/2016 - markpalmerlaw

Bought a Single Family home in 2016 for approximately $3.6M in North of Montana, Santa Monica, CA.

My wife and I bought a house in Santa Monica (escrow just closed) using John Hathorn. He was very knowledgeable, honest, and straightforward. He was very patient (it took about 9 months to find the house we wanted). He and his entire team were very responsive to all of our inquiries and concerns. I would highly recommend John.

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04/29/2016 - user51264830

Sold a home in 2015 in Wilshire/Montana, Santa Monica, CA 90403.

John did a great job. He managed to sell our home for a great price very quickly, identify a new home and close both transactions simultaneously in 30 days.

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04/27/2016 - bflohr

Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $25K in Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, CA.

John tells me that I am his most productive real estate client of all time, with 17 homes that I've either bought or sold over a period of 20 years. John and his whole team are hardworking and honest and they get the job done. Over the years we have become close friends as well and I've recommended him to numerous friends in SM who all feel the same way. I trust John & his team implicitly.

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04/27/2016 - angellinagreco

Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2016 in Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA.

John made a complicated sale of a multi-family property really easy. He knows Brentwood and Santa Monica better than any other agent and I would not buy or sell in the neighborhood without him.

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12/09/2015 - Bflohr

Bought a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $25K in Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, CA.

I met John back in 1991 when I was looking to buy a home in Santa Monica and since then he has helped me buy and sell 9 homes and I've recommended him to countless friends. John is a true professional who knows the market and how to get deals done. He always comes to the table with sound advice and a wealth of knowledge about the North of Montana area. He's brought to every deal real honesty and friendship and has great insights and negotiating skills to make deals happen. When you wrap that up with an overall desire and passion to do things right- he has been the perfect agent on both sides of the deal for me so many times. The entire team at PHS have been together for 25 years and in this day and age that says a lot. Ask around and you'll find so many other people who think he's the best too.

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04/21/2015 - slsclark

Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $3.8M in North of Montana, Santa Monica, CA.

We first met John at an open house years ago when we were looking to buy a home in Santa Monica.

Coming from the UK we had many questions and concerns and John was patient and thorough in explaining the process and showing us properties that he thought might suit us. Buying and selling a home is a complex and fraught process by definition, and he provided a calm and logical approach in some very difficult situations. Our options were clearly explained and we felt at all times that he battled our corner when the easy option would have been to push the sale though without further negotiations.

When the time came 6 years later to sell the house, John used his network of contacts to introduce us to serious buyers before the house formally went on the market, and we were able to avoid the open house/public intrusion scenario which suited us perfectly.

We would thoroughly recommend him for his measured, calm approach, good humor, knowledge of the Santa Monica market and his network of contacts. In addition, his reputation with other realtors gave us instant credibility when viewing houses to buy. Mention that John Hathorn is your agent and they start to view you with increased interest!

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04/19/2015 - Paul Sullivan

Sold a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $3.925M in Santa Monica, CA.

We recently sold our home in North Santa Monica using John Hathorn as our agent. He and his team did an outstanding job in bringing us an offer that we accepted only 2 days after listing. They made the entire sales process easy for us. John and his team has the art of selling down to a science. In addition to the business transaction itself, John and his firm has shown their commitment to give back to the community by providing us with a generous donation to a cause dear to our heart. It is therefore our pleasure to give John and his team a 5 star outstanding recommendation for anyone that needs a realtor.
The Sullivan Family

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06/07/2017 - kleede

Bought a Single Family home in 2009 for approximately $2.525M in North of Montana, Santa Monica, CA.

Loraine is extremely knowledgable and is very pleasant. She sold my sister's house in Santa Monica and helped me purchase a lot in Santa Monica. I recommend her highly!

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05/20/2017 - user42547609

Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2010 for approximately $1.475M in Northeast, Santa Monica, CA.

Loraine is the best -- super experienced, deeply knowledgeable about Santa Monica & its environs, and great at getting you from offer (or listing) through close, despite the inevitable unexpected. I wouldn't use anybody else if I were buying or selling in Santa Monic.

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05/11/2017 - user783575

Bought and sold a home in 2014.

Lorraine has assisted my wife and me in the purchase of every property we have bought in Santa Monica. Her knowledge of the marketplace is unmatched. She is thoughtful and thorough-her attention to detail unmatched. I wouldn't think of buying a property here without her.

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05/10/2017 - lori6406

Sold a home in 2015 in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA 90272.

Loraine is an exceptional real estate professional. Her focus on detail, hard work and integrity resulted in 2 successful transactions for me.

Loraine also has a team that support her with the many stages of a real estate transaction from start to finish. No matter the challenges along the way, Loraine is a problem solver and with Loraine's guidance and advice my concurrent home sale and purchase closed in a timely way.

I highly recommend Loraine Silver and Pence Hathorn Silver.

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05/09/2017 - sharon5683

Bought a Single Family home in 2017 for approximately $3.125M in North of Montana, Santa Monica, CA.

I've know Loraine Silver for over 30 years, utilized her services several times. Most recently we just closed escrow two months ago. She has always been most professional in her demeanor and exceptionally knowledgeable of the real estate in her area, as well as the general goings on in the neighborhood and nearby businesses. She responds to calls or emails very quickly with easily understandable answers and great information. She and her team have helped me immensely through the offer and counter offer phases as well as the escrow with ease and efficiency as well as helpful suggestions. I think she is just a great realtor and a wonderful human being in every aspect.

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05/09/2017 - rret8

Sold a Single Family home in 2012 in Pacific Palisades, Pacific Palisades, CA.

Loraine and her team both sold my former home and negotiated the purchase of my new home. She is a delight to work with and I have the utmost confidence in recommending her to anyone looking for expertise and integrity in the purchase or sale of their home.

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02/04/2016 - michael j west

Sold a Condo home in 2015 in Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA.

Shann is a fantastic real estate agent who knows the market very well. I listed my condo with Shann because she's honest, hardworking, and always available to answer my questions or concerns. Shann pays attention to every detail and she follows up on everything in a timely manner. I highly recommend Shann Silver!

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07/23/2015 - sandeegeee

Sold a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $1.525M in Sunset Park, Santa Monica, CA.

Shann Silver is an absolute professional. Her knowledge of the market is superb. She believes in a marketing strategy that is second to none. She is also on top of every phone call, question, appointment and anything else that needs to be handled. She has a relationship with all parties involved such as escrow and title that makes things flow very easily. And that's just the professional side. Shann is also very personable, with a very likable and easy going attitude. Shann had our home sold in less than one week for over list price. I would highly recommend her for any real estate transaction. She is the absolute best. Thanks Shann!!

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07/22/2015 - user4083294

Bought a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $1.525M in Sunset Park, Santa Monica, CA.

It was a real pleasure working with Shann. She made the whole process simple, transparent and smooth with her professionalism and integrity.
Thank You Shann!

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07/13/2015 - garrett nassi

Bought a Single Family home in 2009 for approximately $1.625M in Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA.

Shann was very patient with my wife and I who were very specific with our needs and requirements for our house. She was quick to get back to us and respond to our request. I will be using her for my next sell and purchase.

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06/23/2015 - proactive100

Sold a Condo home in 2015 for approximately $725K in North of Montana, Santa Monica, CA.

Shann Silver is a very service-oriented professional. She provides a higher level of service than what I have received from other agents in the four other transactions I have done over the years. She found us a buyer before we even listed the home for a price in excess of what we intended to list it for. She was very helpful with the numerous details of the contract, escrow, and inspection. She did everything we asked with a smile. She returns all calls and emails promptly and cheerfully. She grew up in a respected West Side real estate family and is very knowledgeable on residential real estate transactions. She earned our complete trust. She is warm, friendly, and a pleasure to do business with.

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06/18/2015 - user6496572

Sold a Condo home in 2015 in Mid-City, Santa Monica, CA.

Shann's professionalism and marketplace knowledge is extensive. She has been instrumental in readying the condo to put on the market with suggestions that will be tangible and others that have saved money. The proposal was thorough and impressive as well as her attention to area comps.

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06/17/2015 - Kari

Showed home in 2014 in Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, CA 90402.

As a first time buyer, Shann was patient and extremely knowledgable. She was responsive and always returned my calls promptly. She was in constant contact with me on any new leads.

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05/04/2015 - stacy917

Showed home in 2014 in Santa Monica, CA.

Shann is highly dedicated, extremely knowledgable and passionate about her job which are the most important qualities as a realtor. She listens to what the client wants and gives 200% to making sure they're satisfied. She prides herself on Paying close attention to the changes in real estate and presenting her clients with all opportunities that may be of interest. I commend her for always going the extra mile. I would refer her to anyone looking to buy a home.

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05/03/2015 - nativeplantnut

Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $1.55M in Ocean Park, Santa Monica, CA.

With Shann and her team's support, we got our Ocean Beach bungalow listed, online and open for two Open Houses before entertaining six offers. She helped us select the best offer and close on time with a lease back within
seven weeks of initial market listing. Thanks with Shann's support, we met our objectives and could focus on the next step of our lives . . .

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05/03/2015 - kelsey d johnson

Helped me rent a Condo home in Santa Monica Pier Area/Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA.

Shann helped us move to Santa Monica, CA from New York, NY and found us a perfect home. Initially we worked together remotely and Shann thoughtfully used our feedback and budget to craft home tours on our quick visits west. She expertly sifted through all the inventory to tour us on the best properties to fit our needs. We quickly found the perfect fit thanks to her hours of research. She was extremely responsive and an absolute pleasure to work with!

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