Award-Winning Real Estate Group, The Chernov Team, Joins The Agency

Highly Ranked Real Estate Team Joins the Global Real Estate Brokerage’s Sherman Oaks Office

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 12, 2022 – Global real estate brokerage The Agency is proud to announce that award-winning real estate group, the Chernov Team has joined the brokerage’s Sherman Oaks location. Led by Founder and Executive Realtor, Dennis Chernov and his wife, Yana Chernov, Head of Operations and Marketing, the highly ranked team has achieved more than $3 billion in sales volume throughout the team’s 12 years in the luxury real estate industry. With a skilled team of seven top producing agents, including Kevin Silver, Burt Bakman, Steven Ejiofor, Greg Shenon, Nicole Tekiela, Sarrah Gallegos, and Hovik Pakhanyan, The Chernov Team will continue to serve clients throughout the San Fernando Valley, specializing in Encino, Hidden Hills, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, and Toluca Lake, California.

“We’re thrilled to welcome the Chernov Team to The Agency family, further adding to our robust team of agents servicing The Valley,” said Mauricio Umansky, CEO and Founder of The Agency. “The Chernov Team’s sales success and accomplishments are truly remarkable and we’re looking forward to working together to continue to solidify The Agency’s standing as The Valley’s leading source for buying and selling in the area,” added Rainy Hake Austin, President of The Agency.

Dennis Chernov began his journey in real estate through the operation of his own property loan business in the early 2000s—building a foundation in the transactional processes necessary to buy and sell a property and developing a keen aptitude to qualify potential buyers quickly. In 2009, Dennis joined Keller Williams Studio City full-time and with nearly two decades of experience in the field, Dennis has consistently ranked as a top-producing real estate agent in Los Angeles county year after year. Dennis’s core values are simple: lead the team by example, deliver consistent, transparent, and timely communication to our clients, meet all contract dates and deadlines, and focus on fostering relationships with top talent and vendors in the local market. Raised in Los Angeles, Dennis was born in Uzbekistan, a state of the former Soviet Union, and is a native Russian speaker.

A competitive athlete at his core, Dennis played basketball for Grant High School in Van Nuys and enjoys staying active today—chasing after his two boys and enjoying the valley’s plethora of hikes and outdoor terrain. Dennis is committed to winning his client’s trust and helping them succeed in property investment—his greatest gratification comes from receiving referrals and knowing that he performed so well for a client that they felt gracious enough to recommend his services to friends and loved ones.

“The Agency’s positioning within the luxury real estate industry, coupled with its cutting edge marketing and technology offerings hold great synergy with our own business philosophy and vision for the future of our industry,” said Dennis Chernov. “We’re thrilled to partner with the brokerage on this new venture and continue to offer our clients an elevated, world-class level of service rooted in integrity and vitality across all areas of our business and operations.”

As the head of Chernov Team’s marketing and operational arm, Yana has been deeply involved in the business since its inception. With a background in business development and the experience and know-how in operating a thriving back-office staff in the dental industry, Yana manages all personnel, accounting, HR, budgets, and more. Further, Yana oversees all property and brand marketing including strategy, open-houses, digital media, event production, and frequently showcases properties across her personal and professional Chernov Team social media accounts. A ball of positive energy and strong work ethic, Yana’s spirited, exuberant, and ambitious nature is focused on making a difference in people’s lives, motivating and nurturing the organization to achieve and succeed on behalf of Chernov Team clients, and empowering the team to be their best selves, inside-out.

Yana first moved to the valley as a teenager and is pleased to say she’s never left. The Valley cities are a safe haven where family-friendly communities give residents a true sense of belonging, all with unbeatable proximity to everything Los Angeles has to offer. Yana is proud that she has not only experienced her community progress and refresh, but that she has had the continued privilege of contributing to the valley’s flourishing real estate market.

“We’re incredibly excited to join The Agency family and kick start the new year with this dynamic partnership,” added Yana Chernov. “We know with The Agency in our corner, we will have the unique opportunity to enhance the level of service to our clients throughout The Valley.”

“Emil, Craig, and I have worked alongside Dennis and Yana Chernov for many years and have experienced first hand the high-quality work ethic and attention to detail that has become synonymous with the Chernov name. We are delighted to welcome the Chernov Team to The Agency and continue to paint The Valley red,” said Michelle Schwartz, Managing Partner of The Agency’s Sherman Oaks, Calabasas, and Studio City offices.

“The Chernov Team has done an impeccable job building their real estate careers and together with our team, this partnership will be one of epic proportions,” shared Emil Hartoonian, Managing Partner of The Agency Sherman Oaks, Calabasas, and Studio City. “Being able to work with the Chernov Team as colleagues is beyond thrilling. We look forward to working together and providing new and existing clients the white-glove service, marketing, and technology power that our brand is globally known and recognized for,” added Craig Knizek, Managing Partner of The Agency Sherman Oaks, Calabasas, and Studio City.

The Chernov Team will be located at The Agency Sherman Oaks headquartered at 14140 Ventura Blvd. Suite 101, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423.

About The Agency
The Agency is a full-service, luxury real estate brokerage and lifestyle company representing clients in a spectrum of classes, including residential, new development, resort real estate, residential leasing, and luxury vacation rentals. Since its inception in 2011, The Agency has modernized and advanced the real estate industry by fostering a culture of partnership in which all clients and listings are represented in a collaborative environment. Shunning the traditional brokerage model, agents share knowledge, spheres of influence, contacts, and expertise, ensuring clients better representation and a true competitive edge. The Agency has closed more than $37 billion in real estate transactions since its inception and has 850 agents in more than 49 offices in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.