The "First Lady of Luxury Real Estate" RIP

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As most of you know there have bee mudslides in Southern California in the wealthy coastal enclave of Montecito. Sadly life has some twists and does not matter if you are poor or rich, famous or infamous, Mother Nature does not discriminate.

The Realtor known as the "first lady of luxury real estate" was killed when the mudslides pounded the town of 9000 people northwest of Los Angeles in Montecito.

Sadly, she was the founding partner of Riskin Partner in Montecito. Rebeca Riskin died early Tuesday, she was 61 years old.

Just to give you an idea she has sold more than $2.17 billion dollars worth or real estate during her career.

She was an exceptional woman and her legacy will continue to live on and thrive through her children Robert and Julia and her namesake firm Riskin Parners.

Not wanting to make light of the situation you never know when it is your turn? So with that said live your life every day as if it was your last and you will leave a bigger footprint.

As I see this, my take is what Marcus Aurelius said  thousands of years ago do not fear death, welcome it.


"...he who fears death fears either unconsciousness or another sort of consciousness Now if you will no longer be conscious you will not be conscious either of anything bad. If you are to take on a different consciousness, you will be a different behind and life will not cease..."

One never knows when it is our last day on earth, try to remember that and your life will be better how you handle it with that attitude. Again I am sorry for the loss of the family and the Realty Group. 

If you are looking for a pet friendly Beverly Hills Realtor who can handle and sell the most difficult properties that no one else could, please reach out to me directly!! If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real estate, luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu, feel free to contact me at 310.486.1002 (m) or or visit one of my websites at  I contribute a portion of my commission to local animal rescue organizations.



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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I heard about this on the news, Endre.  Sucha a terrible disaster and unfortunate loss of so many lives.

Jan 12, 2018 05:31 AM #5
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Endre... what a beautiful tribute. I read of her death yesterday evening. Did not really know who she was or her impact in your market. A tragic loss to say the least.

Jan 12, 2018 05:37 AM #6
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

So sad. How terrible. Nice of you to write this testimonial to her. 

It's not the loss of consciousness I fear, it's the loss of time with my loved ones...not being there with them. Fear of losing loved ones to death is right up there for me too. 

It's a part of life we all have to accept. Some deal far better with it than others.

My sympathy to the Riskin family.

Jan 12, 2018 07:11 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Endre. I knew that this wonan was a Realtor but nothing more. Very very sad.

Jan 12, 2018 08:00 AM #8
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

What a tragic loss for her family, friends and the community Endre. Thank you for the befitting tribute to a great lady!

Jan 12, 2018 08:04 AM #9
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Oh how sad, she was quite young, relatively speaking. Nice of you to write a tribute too.

It's a true heart-break seeing all of the aftermath of the mudslides. We were there during the New Year's eve weekend visiting our mutual friends - selfishly, I'm glad we got to see things before this destruction. It's such a gorgeous, gorgeous area. I sure hope they can heal and that Mother Nature's kind from now on.

Jan 12, 2018 09:27 AM #10
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


Though sad it is strangely almost a fitting way to go being someone who peddles dirt. I know, a weird sense of what is apropos, cheers cvc

Jan 12, 2018 11:43 AM #11
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Endre it is always sad to see someone that young lose their life, especially when they still had much more to contribute.

Jan 12, 2018 12:00 PM #12
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

Wow, I had no idea.... so sad.

Condolences to her family and families of all who lost or were affected by recent tragic events in CA......

Jan 12, 2018 02:18 PM #13
Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

Seeing it on tv, we need to understand there are real consequences to this horrific weather you are having in CA

Jan 12, 2018 04:10 PM #14
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

You are right we need to live each day fully. Sending thoughts and prayers to all that knew her.

Jan 12, 2018 04:16 PM #15
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

What a wonderful tribute to such an amazing woman, Endre. Such a tragic death - certainly not the way that one would ever think would be the way they would die - whether they feared death or not.  My heart goes out to her family and all of those suffering from this devastation in the area. 

And, gosh, she was SO young...and that $2B+ number - I had to go back and read that again!  She certainly left a legacy that one hopes the children will covet and carry on.

Jan 13, 2018 06:43 AM #16
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Endre Barath, Jr.  beautiful tribute to one of our own -- I worry about my California friends - heard it hit Burbank - Please everyone stay safe-- I have an extra bedroom  if needed

Jan 13, 2018 07:31 AM #17
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Beautiful tribute Endre Barath, Jr. Tomorrow is not promised, all we have is today, make it your best.

Jan 13, 2018 04:37 PM #18
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

What a sad result of the devastating fires and subsequent mudslides.  It sounds like she lived her life to the fullest and left behind an amazing legacy for her children.  May she rest in peace.

Feb 10, 2018 05:44 PM #19
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James Dray  I would like to but Diane does not let me:) just kidding, yes you are wise, Endre

Feb 10, 2018 05:48 PM #20
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Gita Bantwal  glad you liked the Quote, Endre

Feb 10, 2018 05:48 PM #21
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wayne Martin  agreed on both counts, Endre

Feb 10, 2018 05:49 PM #22
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kat Palmiotti  I agree with you 100%,  ironically many do not get this concept, Endre

Feb 10, 2018 06:10 PM #23
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Gabe Sanders  indeed it was such a tragedy, Endre

Feb 10, 2018 06:31 PM #24
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