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The Real Deal Los Angeles

Compass poaches nine agents from
the Agency and Sotheby’s

"It is my hope that all real estate brokerages can maintain a high standard of principles" -- Mauricio Umansky
By Natalie Hoberman | October 13, 2017 02:30PM

Clockwise from top left: Boni Bryant, Jackie Smith and Joe Reichling

After a few months under the radar, Compass is back on its agent shopping spree.

The residential real estate firm nabbed the Bryant Reichling team, led by partners Boni Bryant and Joe Reichling, from Sotheby’s International Realty, where they worked for 11 years. The firm also poached Jackie Smith’s team from the Agency.

The new recruits will be working out of Compass’ Beverly Hills office.

“The Agency wishes Jackie Smith the best in her new endeavors,” said Agency co-founder Mauricio Umansky. “Every agent has a right to choose their brokerage, and we hope that she will continue with great success.”

But the co-founder, who has criticized Compass‘ hiring methods in the past, had more to say on the brokerage’s tactics.

“In the past 20 years, our industry has come a long way in terms of ethics relating to poaching agents,” Umansky said. “It is my hope that all real estate brokerages can maintain a high standard of principles and not push us back to where we were two decades ago. We will all benefit from ethical and forward progression.”

A representative of Sotheby’s could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Bryant Reichling team focuses on the Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Hollywood Hills, West Hollywood and Hancock Park submarkets. The team includes associates Patrick Moya and Sara Reichling, field agent Matthew Seeley and director of operations Courtney Pickard.

Smith previously served as director of residential estates at the Agency. In her move to Compass, she is bringing agent and director of operations Malery Vinal and agent Angelica Monroe with her.