Powerhouse broker and former attorney Lauren Forbes has blazed a successful path through the South Bay real estate scene backed by more than two decades of experience, immense creativity and unstoppable tenacity. She thrives on helping people solve problems and achieve their dreams, and she truly shines when it comes to the high-stakes contractual elements of real estate. Lauren sees both the big picture goal and smallest details in every task, and clients commend her exceptional dealmaking skills and ability to remain accessible and available, even with an extremely high volume of sales. As the CEO and founder of the Lauren Forbes Group at Compass and a founding agent of the brokerage's South Bay office, Lauren and her cohesive, expert team deliver resounding success for buyers and sellers, from first-time buyers to ultra-luxury clientele, throughout the entire South Bay region.

After earning her J.D. from Loyola Law School, Lauren spent eight years as an attorney in a litigation firm — a career that formed the tireless work ethic and determination she brings to real estate today. To partner with Lauren is to see a virtuoso at work. She loves meeting new people and making her clients a top priority, and her dedication to them shows in her authenticity, warmth and unwavering integrity.

Energetic and laser-focused, Lauren is a joy to work with and a true gem in the industry. It's no surprise the Lauren Forbes Group is the No. 1-rated team on Zillow in both Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach, a ranking derived from both sales volume and client feedback. She has topped more than $1 billion in career sales, and the team has appeared on nearly every best-agent list in the industry, including the Real Estate All-Stars list in Los Angeles magazine, The Top 100 Residential Real Estate Agents in L.A. County list in the LA Business Journal and RealTrends' rankings America's Best Real Estate Professionals. Far beyond accolades, Lauren's greatest reward are the glowing testimonials, rave reviews, repeat customers and referrals the team has earned. Above all, she and her dynamic group are motivated by their ability to drive positive change in the amazing South Bay community and make a real difference in their clients' lives.

Committed to giving back whenever and wherever she can, Lauren sits on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. Her notable business success also makes her an in-demand industry speaker and member of top-producer panels. A South Bay homeowner since 1996, Lauren currently resides in North Hermosa, where she enjoys gathering with friends and family, especially her two adult children and young nephew. She begins each day early with a gratitude and meditation practice followed by a workout, run or hot yoga session — a morning routine she credits with nurturing her resilience and unshakeable confidence.

Getting to the heart of issues and finding resolutions is one of Lauren’s trademark styles. Her clients say she is a “jewel”, “tenacious, helpful, smart and creative”, “focussed”, “brilliant negotiator, and that the "biggest differentiating factor between Lauren and other brokers is her ability to get things done.” Hard work and a J.D. from Loyola Law School certainly put her in the top 1%. Maybe it’s magic. But, it’s not. What puts Lauren in the top 1% of the top 1% is her consistent hard work, authenticity and integrity. Although she does extremely high volume, she is accessible to her clients and is normally the one who reaches out first making her clients feel like they are the top 1% of the top 1%.

Lauren is extremely well-versed in the contractual elements of the transactions and has a giant network of support to make things happen where others fall short. Lauren is on the boards of several charities and is committed to making a difference whenever and wherever she can. She has spoken at numerous top producer panels and given motivational speeches to large groups of realtors and to those considering getting into the profession. She loves hot yoga, running and meditation. Spending time with her daughter Megan and son Logan brings joy and excitement to her life. Leading by example, practicing daily gratitude and being the best she can be are her guideposts.


We provide the highest level of sales expertise, exceptional service and experience to the luxury and multi-unit South Bay residential marketplace. Lauren Forbes Group​ is the leading real estate team in the South Bay with over 60 years of combined experience and a team well versed in executing complex real estate transactions.

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