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About First Team

First Team Real Estate, based in Orange County, is the # 1 independent real estate company in Southern California, rising up from 13th to 9th among America’s top 300 real estate company by sales volume according to the 2009 RIS Media Power Broker Report and has sold more homes over $1 million dollars in Orange County, CA according to 2009 TRENDGRAPHIX, Inc. report for Orange County, CA, all residential property types $1 million and above.

Founded by President and CEO Cameron Merage with five agents in one office in 1976, today, First Team Real Estate and its family of companies have over 60 locations supporting over 2,000 employees and agents. Services include residential and commercial real estate, title, escrow and mortgage operations.

First Team wins market share in any economic climate through innovation and proprietary marketing tools such as Market Trends™ and HOT BUYS® and targets the luxury market with First Team Estates’ “Live Beautifully” concept. First Team Estates is headquartered in Newport Beach, California and represents buyers and sellers in the $2 million and up property value range servicing ultra-exclusive areas such as Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Emerald Bay, Yorba Linda, Coto de Caza and specific surrounding areas.

First Team’s latest consumer and agent concept, The NEW Rules of Real Estate, Strategies for Savvy Homebuyers and Sellers, was launched in summer 2008 and provides a set of practical, real-world solutions and rules based on consumer research and real estate market experience to assist buyers and sellers during the current and challenging market.

First Team family of companies include; First Team Commercial Real Estate, Western Resource Title, Coast Cities Escrow, Hallmark Escrow, and Bristol 1031 Exchange. First Team maintains property listing and business relationships with Yahoo! Real Estate,, Google Base, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World,,,, and among others.

First Team offers Bankers Funding® mortgages through Wells Fargo Bank®. The company’s First in our Hearts Foundation is known for its generosity to the Southern California community.

About Our CEO


Cameron Merage’s front-line experiences as a top agent perfected his precise skills, nurtured his unrivalled understanding of consumers’ needs and gained him the professional resources necessary for success in the real estate industry. Early in his career, Mr. Merage personally completed several billion dollars in transactions during his five years in home sales. He parlayed his hands-on experience into a long-term strategic vision for First Team based on an unwavering commitment to client service, value creation and unmatched knowledge of the local market.

Following his graduation with a B.S. degree in Business and Marketing from Sacramento State University, Mr. Merage began his career in 1971 in Huntington Beach, California, and consistently achieved top sales records with a leading real estate corporation. An innovator by nature, he founded First Team Real Estate in 1976 and rapidly established his reputation as one of the top-producing real estate professionals in Southern California.

New Rules
Higher Expectations, Higher Results
First Team’s “The NEW Rules of Real EstateSM,” based on professional expertise acquired over 32 years of industry leadership are clear, concise and immediately accessible to consumers. Strategies for savvy home buyers and sellers, “The NEW Rules of Real EstateSM” offer innovative and practical solutions for consumers who seek the best results in today’s market. “We are very excited about this initiative which is designed to ensure that First Team’s clients receive unparalleled value for one of the most important transactions of their lives,” said Mr. Merage.

Welcome to Southern California’s First Choice in Relocation

First Team Relocation is a division of First Team Real Estate, Inc., one of the largest independent residential organizations in the state of California as well as a major stockholder of the international real estate network, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.

First Team Relocation…As an industry leader in relocation, much of our success is due to the solid reputations and ability to establish and maintain strong relationships with many relocation companies as well as many well known corporations throughout the United States. Whether you are an individual, 3rd party management company, lending institution or corporation, your needs come First with us!

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Corporate Relocation/REO Services
Moving Into the Area
Moving Out of the Area

To Begin Working with California’s First Choice in Relocation,
Call 800-321-8326 x230

Commercial Resources
First Team Commercial is a division within the First Team Family of Companies. It is comprised of commercial agents, managers and support staff. Geographically dispersed throughout the branch office system, First Team Commercial Agents assist clients by demonstrating a keen knowledge of the marketplace and providing deal making expertise. They utilize the latest advances in technology combined with good, old fashioned hard work to deliver top rated client satisfaction.

In addition, the overriding philosophy is that a client’s needs are placed first and foremost. First Team Commercial agents never lose sight of this goal.

For help with the following real estate disciplines, contact Steve Warshauer at First Team Commercial and he will align you with the commercial agent best suited to service your needs. He can be contacted via email at or phone at (562) 397-9520.

Mortgage Services
In today’s intensely competitive real estate environment, it is vital to not only offer the most comprehensive range of mortgage services available, but also to execute flawlessly throughout the entire loan transaction.

At Bankers Funding, we combine the power of technology and our extensive lending relationships to constantly expand our product line enabling us to meet the needs of an ever-increasing segment of the population. We offer our clients the speed and convenience of one-stop shopping, saving them time and money.

Bankers Funding has built a solid reputation by meeting the mortgage needs of our clients, through combining state-of-the-art technology with excellent customer service. Our professional loan consultants thoroughly understand the unique requirements of both realtors and homeowners.
We are committed to finding the right loan for every customer.

Bankers Funding
108 Pacifica, Suite 300, Irvine, CA 92618
Phone: (714) 557-5757

Visit Bankers Funding Today!

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