How did the real estate tandem of Craig Spano and David Lubell come to be? Glad you asked. Grab a cup of coffee (which we both love), sit back, and read a bit more.
Long before listings, sales, open houses, negotiations, and thinking about how to achieve excellence for clients — we were friends — going back 30+ years! We met in Boston right after college and have remained good friends throughout the years. We’ve always had plenty to talk and laugh about, including a shared interest in real estate.
Over the decades, we each have had our own development projects as well homes of our own that we always seemed to be renovating, buying, and selling. As many of you may know, renovations require lots of patience and support from family and friends. “Who’s your contractor?” “Do I spend $10K on a Sub Zero when I can spend half that and have a fridge with a TV in the door?” “Why can’t I have a garbage disposal?” Along with countless other “what should I do” type questions that we might lob to each other. So we have both been around the block a few times when it comes to buying, selling, construction and renovation of properties of all kinds.
Many years in New York City working around Wall Street will teach you a few things about business, people, and the art of getting it DONE — and getting it done FAST! We both know our business backgrounds and varied living experiences have well prepared us for the challenges Los Angeles REALTORs face. We tell this story because we believe that our friendship gives us an edge over the competition from which our clients can benefit.
Years ago, before Craig earned his real estate license, David was his agent on numerous transactions. One transaction in particular became the catalyst for the Craig and David team. Craig bought a house that he invited David to help develop. Ultimately, we both designed and built a new home from the ground up. The end result was well worth it — the house turned out great, and our friendship was only strengthened — we enjoyed the accolades from the neighbors. We transformed what was uniformly considered the worst house on the block, to the nicest.
Our shared experiences helped us figure out that we were as good at doing business together as we were friends, so it was logical to team up and work together in Los Angeles real estate sales and development.
We are true believers that two heads are better than one. We have different perspectives, but really know how to listen to each other and clients. David lives in the flats, and Craig lives in the Hills. David is more the architectural purist, Craig the more modern practical one. The partnership is all about compromise and reminding each other that no matter what happens, our clients are #1. Our East Coast backgrounds enable us to better understand “bi-coastal” folks — and the many of us that are LA transplants — without missing out on anything that established Los Angeles natives need. These unique skills and perspectives allow us to deliver value added results for our diverse client base.
Craig & David Homes acted as our Buyer's Agent during the search and purchase of our house, a 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival fixer in the Hollywood Hills. We choose to work with them because of their passion for and market knowledge of historic houses in Los Angeles. They expertly guided us through the process and gleaned important information from listing agents for properties of particular interest. Once we decided to make an offer, Craig and David worked tirelessly to negotiate the deal to our best advantage. The process of inspections was also seamless, and provided additional information with which to secure the best possible price. Since we de...— SB
Timing is everything I have always attempted to keep a fun-loving attitude during times of great pressure. But we were doing two stressful things at once: selling our beloved house of 22 years near Hancock Park and buying a new house in a new neighborhood on the edge of the mountains that everyone else wanted to buy, during an economic collapse and a pandemic. Craig and David got us there. They made sure my husband and I came out on top in our bid for our dream house surrounded by nature and made it so we closed on our city house, all within a few days of each other. What a dream. There were times when it seemed like both deals would fall apart and ...— Don & Adam
time, it's what I needed most. From the moment I met with them it was easy to feel and see that's what I was going to get from them. I met with other high-end REALTORS but none gave me the feeling of reassurance like they did. The guidance I received was beyond my comprehension. I needed vision and experience to present and pull my home together for the best outcome. They gave me exactly that. From eye to detail, the contractors hired, staging, constant communication, showings, transactions to the final results. Above and way beyond! They transformed my home from a great property to a "Stellar", and I mean stellar beauty which led to not only an inc...— Danny C.
We highly recommend David Lubell! He really listened when we laid out our basic wish list for a new home. He got to know our personalities quickly and what would work (or not work) for us. He was extremely patient and understanding as he helped us through the process of buying our first home together. David introduced us to interesting new areas of Los Angeles that we had only been curious about before. At the time, this area was just becoming highly competitive and buying was more challenging than expected, but he was able to guide us through that maze until we were able to find the right house, in the right neighborhood, at the right price. We lov...— Mark & Julie
Prior to meeting with Craig & David we were so worried about selling our parents house. We were grief stricken, overwhelmed and didn't know where to begin. But from the moment we met, I knew we were in the right hands. They were not just professional but kind and warm- hearted individuals who understood what we we're going through as a family. They were patient, hardworking and guided us through the entire process from start to finish. Also their design sense was absolutely killer! They transformed our house in a way we never thought was possible - it was airy, sophisticated, cozy and beautiful when they were done. Thanks again guys!— Daniel L.
When we moved from New York to LA, we didn't know anything about the city or the housing market. Craig got to know us and our needs, patiently guided us as we figured out our priorities, and steered us away from homes that weren't a good fit. He became our trusted adviser on everything from financing to landscaping, helping us navigate all the complex fiscal, structural, and aesthetic decisions that come with buying a home. He knows this business inside and out, and there were many instances where we felt really, really lucky to have someone so knowledgeable, creative and committed in our corner.— Nick & Cassidy
Our shared experiences helped us figure out that we were as good at doing business together as we were friends, so it was logical to team up and work together in Los Angeles real estate sales and development. Contact us today to start your home searching journey!