Meet the Team

Louis DeLaura

Founder & Luxury Real Estate Agent

Get to Know Louis

Louis DeLaura is a top-producing Malibu and Hancock Park real estate professional who started in the industry early on thanks to being raised by two high-end residential architects. While assisting his father on projects, he saw first-hand what it takes to build and sell a home early in her youth.

Under his parent’s experienced tutelage, Louis gained an early understanding of successful client relationships and a keen appreciation for architectural aesthetics. He further developed these aesthetic sensibilities as a Fine Arts major at Pepperdine University, where he was dubbed an Outstanding Graduate and received a prestigious Service Award in Art. 

His creative inspiration and artistic ambition have given Louis a unique and sharp eye for aesthetics and home design. He is always happy to share that expertise with her clients when looking for new homes. It is a testament to Louis's abilities that several world-famous interior designers have occasionally reached out to hire him specifically and ask for his design advice.

Louis's visionary talents are a significant advantage to sellers because he is skilled and thoughtful when crafting innovative and strategic marketing plans that utilize various forms of media. He excels at preparing and reorganizing properties to make them stand out on the market. With buyers, Louis can spot things other realtors might miss and loves to help clients realize what they want and then find a way to make it happen.

Although Louis is determined and deliberate in every move he makes, he prides himself on never rushing or pressuring his clients into making quick decisions. Even if it takes years to find the perfect home, Louis is patient and happy to be a consistent and loyal advocate. 

Throughout his years in the business, Lous has received multiple accolades for his outstanding work ethic and customer service. While working at Keller Williams Larchmont, he was recognized as Rookie of the Year and received the Bronze Award in Production. In recent years Louis was ranked in the Top Ten in Sales Volume & Gross Commission Income at Sotheby's International Realty and asked to speak on the 2019 panelist for "Tips from the Rising Stars."

Apart from real estate, Louis has continued to nourish his love of art by attending art shows, assisting artists, and working for various notable fine art galleries throughout Los Angeles––including the Fahey Klein Gallery on La Brea. He has even begun curating his own personal collection.

Ernie Stone

Luxury Real Estate Agent

Get to Know Ernie

Ernie, born and raised in Los Angeles, worked for five years in luxury hospitality environments as a hotel concierge and tennis professional, which inspired his love of creating memorable experiences for his clients.

As a child of divorced parents, Ernie was always self-conscious about sharing a small one-bedroom condo with his mom, stepdad and sister. It seemed like all of his friends lived in gorgeous mansions in Encino, Woodland Hills, and Calabasas, and that their lifestyle was simply out of reach. This motivated Ernie to explore ways to help his clients of varying affluence; the American Dream is not limited to only the wealthy.

His two favorite books are "The Power Broker" by Robert Caro, and "City of Quartz" by Mike Davis. The former is about Robert Moses, who was the mastermind behind the massive transformation of New York City's landscape and architecture from the 1920s through the 1970s, while the latter covers the formation of early Los Angeles. Ernie is obsessed with history and has a love of real estate because it provides investors with a monetary benefit while also having an intangible historical value that cannot be matched by any other investment class. Cryptocurrency and equities are great and have a place in any investment portfolio, but nothing beats the allure of a beautiful property, especially when it's yours.

The attention to detail and personal skills Ernie developed as a tennis professional are what he attributes to his personal success. The hours of practice, analysis and refinement that gave him success on court are the same principles he brings to the real estate industry. 

Ernie still runs small clinics for adult beginners and a high performance junior tennis academy in Westchester and Malibu, and lives with his wife, Lana, and their two cats, Gizmo and Koko. He is a market specialist in Malibu and Los Angeles, and is eager to work with you the next time you are looking to invest in real estate.

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DeLaura Real Estate Team is always willing to go above and beyond to serve our clients’ needs, and always are readily available at a moments notice. Additionally, the team is more than happy to help any client with questions regarding art for their homes.

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