Richard Stearns

Richard Stearns

Founding Partner, Broker

CalBRE# 01118915
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Richard Stearns is Co-Founder of Partners Trust, now Pacific Union, a Los Angeles-based real estate brokerage that has grossed more than $10 billion in sales since its 2009 inception. Considered one of the leading real estate agents on L.A.'s west side, Stearns is consistently recognized as a top producer by The Wall Street Journal, and named to both Variety Magazine’s Los Angeles Real Estate Elite and Hollywood Reporter’s Top 25 Real Estate Agents. With career sales that exceed $1.5 billion, Stearns possesses an impressive understanding of the Los Angeles real estate market and emphasizes the importance of clear and timely communication among agents and with his clientele. 

Along with three fellow founding partners, Stearns established Partners Trust, now Pacific Union, in 2009 with the ambition to create a real estate culture that required and went beyond associates playing at the highest professional and ethical level. He constantly strives to distinguish Partners Trust, now Pacific Union, as an agency whose associates empower one another to thrive and develop enduring, reliable bonds with their clients. Having imbued Partners Trust, now Pacific Union, with far more than what is expected of a typical brokerage, Stearns has fostered a camaraderie of esteemed associates who offer unparalleled real estate services based on a foundation of trust. With a strong affinity to and knowledge of the Westside market, from Beverly Hills to the coastline, Stearns has become renowned among Los Angeles brokers. 

Richard Stearns’ forte combines his astute knowledge of the Los Angeles real estate market and his appreciation and respect for each client. Distinguished for his insightful and accurate handle of inventory, values, and trends of the various micro-markets on the Westside, Stearns is reputed for his off-market intelligence and acumen for pricing.  

Having grown up in Binghamton, New York, attending Cornell University in Ithaca, and living in New York City, Richard Stearns has the ideal can-do east coast mentality. He has forged roots and made his mark in Los Angeles, where he moved in 1984. He was recruited to work in marketing at Mattel Toys, but left Corporate America to pursue his entrepreneurial passion and his career in real estate.  

When not representing his clients in the buying or selling of real estate, Richard Stearns serves as the head of scholarship and fund raising for Cornell University’s Los Angeles board of directors and sits on the University Council in Ithaca. He and his wife are deeply committed to the Alzheimers Disease community and sit on numerous local and national boards, taking them around the country to battle this disease. He spends time volunteering at the UCLA Blood Center and he plays and works out at the Jonathan Club. When not leading his peers in the industry, Stearns can be found searching for hidden mountain bike trails throughout the Santa Monica mountains 



After all the time and work (not to mention aggravation) I certainly never expected to get a gift from you. You are a real professional, and a great guy, and it was more than a pleasure to work with you. I was not always on my best behavior, and despite that, you never lost your cool, patronized me, or got snippy with me (my least favorite thing). Your patience is really rather remarkable, and I am sure it stands you in good stead in your business, as well as life. So, as our friend Larry said, you are a mensch and a class act. I will be recommending you whenever I have the chance.

— BT

We want to thank you again for all your help & patience in finding a beautiful home for our family. We couldn't be happier! And we have already referred you to a couple of friends. Enjoy the rest of the summer.

— Pamela K.

Thank you again for all of your help with the purchase of our first home on Jonesboro Place! Working with you (and with Partners Trust) was absolutely essential in allowing us to win our dream home despite the 27 other offers made on it within the one-week offer period. Your guidance surrounding our offer was simply impeccable with respect to price, conditions and timing. Also critical was your willingness to allocate the time, energy and Partners Trust resources to ensure that our offer was accepted and that our transaction was closed in the 10 day-period. Simply put, we could not have made this purchase without you! We can’t wait to show you our home once renovations are completed.

— Pete W.

We had the pleasure of working with Richard Stearns on the sale of our home on 11th Street north of Montana in the spring of 2010. Richard's guidance and leadership during the sale of our home was exemplary. His knowledge of the market and his keen understanding of how to model, prepare and price our home lead to a very swift and successful sale, above asking price. We continued working with Richard as we searched for a home to buy. After a few months, we decided to rent for a year and he assisted us in that transition. After a year of renting, we worked with Richard again to identify, negotiate and close on our new home in the Palisades. His perseverance and attention to detail throughout our long association has been very much appreciated by our entire family. We are now happily settled into our new home and would recommend Richard without reservation to anyone seeking to buy or sell their home.

— Z.D. & K.D.

We recently sold our property in Santa Monica and simultaneously found a perfect property to purchase, also in Santa Monica. I must tell you that Richard’s assistance and guidance was invaluable to us, not only in terms of our financial best interests but also in structuring the logistics and timing of both transactions. Richard went above and beyond what I would have expected from a real estate agent and the results were outstanding.

— KD & BD

I consider it a stroke of great good fortune that I found Richard Stearns to represent me in the purchase of a new home and the sale of the old one last spring. I enjoyed and appreciated his singular intelligence, personableness, and wit. He was perceptive and forthright. I felt I was in trustworthy as well as able hands. I was impressed and amazed at how quickly he moved when speed was of the essence and how adroit he was when strategy was required.

— Shoshana G.

Richard Stearns was working on our purchase out of a tent while bicycling across the state for a charity ride. We were very pleased with the representation we received from Richard on the sale of our old home and purchase of our new house. His help was indispensable and he was available to us literally day and night. Weekends, too.

— Anna D. and Jesse L.

Richard, Thank you and it was a pleasure working with you and your clients. You are a consummate professional and we know your clients will love the home as much as we have!!! Regards, Scott

— Scott

Jun 15, 2015

Highly likely to recommend

08/17/2014 - m fellman

Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $2.95M in Pacific Palisades, Pacific Palisades, CA.

Richard was awesome and professional all the way! We were out of town during the closing and Richard made it easy for us to enjoy our vacation. We can't say enough positive things about Richard. He also handled our lease on the house for the last five years. We can't recommend him enough.

Highly likely to recommend

01/14/2011 - hksrc

Bought a home in 2008.

Richard helped us buy our home in Santa Monica and continues to be a great resource for everything home/community and even repair related. We can't say enough about him as an outstanding agent and decent human being. Would wholeheartedly recommend.

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