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Map Transparent Steven Ejiofor Burt Bakman Helen Hillo Lexii Lamas-Carnes Nicole Tekiela Kara Robarts Dennis Chernov Yana Chernov Megan Gaspar Jo Palma Kevin Silver Greg Shenon Nicole Racky Sarrah Gallegos Gibson Map
Steven Ejiofor
Realtor
Burt Bakman
Realtor
Helen Hillo
Executive Sales Director
Lexii Lamas-Carnes
Internal Operations Administrator
Nicole Tekiela
Realtor
Kara Robarts
Resale Homes Director
Dennis Chernov
Founder + Executive Realtor
Yana Chernov
Head of Operations + Marketing
Megan Gaspar
Social Media Manager
Jo Palma
Video Content Creator
Kevin Silver
Realtor
Greg Shenon
Realtor
Nicole Racky
Executive Assistant
Sarrah Gallegos
New Developments Marketing Coordinator
Gibson
Head of Positivity + Grunting
Founders
Agents
Operations
Marketing
Top Awards Earned
2019
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Millionaire Agent
2018
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Millionaire Agent
2017
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Quadruple Platinum Award
2016
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Double Platinum Award
2015
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Triple Platinum Award
2014
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Millionaire Agent
2019
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Millionaire Agent
2018
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Millionaire Agent
2017
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Quadruple Platinum Award
2016
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Double Platinum Award
2015
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Triple Platinum Award
2014
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Millionaire Agent
Dennis Chernov
Founder + Executive Realtor

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. + Read More

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Yana Chernov
Head Of Operations + Marketing

As the head of Chernov Team’s marketing and operational arm, Yana has been deeply involved in the business since 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. Yana truly believes that everything happens for a reason and that there’s nothing that life throws your way that you can’t handle—challenges are opportunities to mold and shape you for your future. 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. + Read More

Kevin Silver
Realtor

Kevin has been a successful realtor with the Chernov Team for the past 8 years and has lived in the valley his entire life. Originally from Tarzana, Kevin attended USC, grew up riding quarter horses and competitively showing when he was a teenager. Today, Kevin prides himself in supporting and quelling the nerves of local buyers and sellers—in finding a home, making the right purchasing decision, or strategically pricing their property for the market. Kevin firmly believes that if you are honest and have integrity, people will notice and recommend you to others—values upon which he has built his entire career. He loves being a part of his client’s major milestones and he proudly strives to create a sense of community in the sprawling valley that he still calls home today. + Read More

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Burt Bakman
Realtor

With an illustrious career in publicity, music touring, record labels, and most recently named one of the valley’s Chef darlings with his new restaurant “Slab,” Burt has simultaneously thrived as a realtor for over a decade. In addition to sharing his continuous supply of hilarious memes, complimenting Yana’s outfits and playing with the office pup, Burt tirelessly sorts through property inventory to find our clients the best real estate opportunities out there. Born in Zimbabwe, Burt grew up in Israel and has lived in the valley for over 30 years. He loves that the valley is so family-friendly, quieter than other parts of the county, but still has great proximity to all of the advantages of Los Angeles. He loves the thrill of the chase when making a deal and if he’s not wearing his realtor hat, you can usually find Burt spending time with his beautiful family or cooking—maybe even schooling Kanye West on how to BBQ + Read More

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Greg Shenon
Realtor

With an MBA from Pepperdine and a decade of experience in tech, medical, manufacturing, and commercial real estate, Greg has thrived as a realtor with the Chernov Team for the past three years. As a proud first-generation Angelino, Greg is inspired by the Valley’s immense growth, development, and convergence of cultures and lifestyles. His hands-on approach to real estate helps guide clients through the entire process of purchasing, leasing, selling, and investing in property—and Greg proudly adds value at every step of the way. Whether a family is closing a chapter and moving on or making a fresh start, Greg loves knowing that he is supporting his clients in making the biggest decisions of their lives—a responsibility that he honors deeply. Out of the office, Greg is a foodie who loves live music, hiking, and snowboarding. He is also a fluent Russian speaker. + Read More

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Steven Ejiofor
Realtor

Born in Los Angeles, Steven attended seminary school in Nigeria, returned to California, and earned his B.S. in Finance from CSUN. After a successful near-decade long career with giants AIG and State Farm, Steven leaped forth to pursue his true passion for real estate. Steven has excelled with the Chernov Team since 2019—uncovering buyer and seller aspirations and helping them reach victorious outcomes. He feels the utmost pride in handing over the keys to a new home and in the difference this makes in a family’s life, as well as the community. The thought that ”Home is not a place, it’s a feeling” rings truest to Steven—if his clients don’t feel “it,” they move on to the next property. Steven cheers for the Lakers, Clippers, Dodgers, Rams, Kings, Galaxy, and every LA team—this love for athletics and devotion to fitness are the source of his unmistakable vivaciousness and industrious character. + Read More

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Nicole Tekiela
Realtor

Nicole Tekiela is a passionate and design-savvy residential real estate agent who understands both the logistical and emotional side of buying and selling property. Recognizing the significant impact buying and selling real estate has on the lives of her clients, Nicole brings her fighter spirit to every transaction and works tirelessly to make sure she gets the best financial results while making each transaction go smoothly. Before venturing into real estate, Nicole founded Tekiela Cosmetics, a successful beauty boutique in Los Angeles, with hundreds of repeat clients over 10 years. This invaluable experience has made her no stranger to responsibility and efficiency, and makes her exceptionally qualified to intimately personalize her approach to every client's unique and specific needs. Nicole is a mother of a young son and a wife to a successful film producer. Her network of friends and clients ranges from small business owners and celebrities, to hard working families following their dreams of building a successful life in Los Angeles and beyond. + Read More

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Helen Hillo
Executive Sales Director

After more than 7 years, Helen holds one of the longest tenures with the Chernov Team. Helen manages and oversees the team in transactions across new developments. She works tirelessly to ensure that the level of care we provide our clients always meets or exceeds Chernov Team standards. Operating across every aspect of the business including internal team members, vendors, agents, and affiliates, Helen values integrity and swears by the words “never remember what you give and never forget what you receive.” Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, this mom of 3 beautiful children is a “Valley Girl” at her core and loves the energy of her home town—it’s the perfect convergence of character, diversity, excellent schools, and just the right balance of fun and quiet for a fast-paced lifestyle. Helen thrives in working with genuine people and loves the thrill of real estate’s endless opportunities and projects. + Read More

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Kara Robarts
Resale Homes Director

Kara serves as the main hub for all resale transactions and works directly with sellers and buyers in coordinating all critical aspects of the process. From staging consultations, showing requests, inspections and final walkthroughs, Kara is the internal arm for all timelines and day-to-day processes. Kara is a fifth-generation Angelino who has over a decade of experience working in real estate. Operating diligently alongside Dennis Chernov and the other Chernov Team agents for the past 3 years, Kara is the true embodiment of a Chernov Team member—with patience, integrity, and kindness at the core of her business values. Kara loves mitigating the challenges of what could be a very stressful time for sellers but beyond all else, she is passionate about helping people make their dreams a reality. Off-hours, you can find this UCSB alum kickboxing, cooking up vegan dishes, or baking Challah. + Read More

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Megan Gaspar
Social Media Manager

As the Chernov Team’s Social Media Manager, Megan has played a pivotal role in the team’s success with digital innovation over the last two years. From content production, creative strategy, asset design, and execution, Megan’s day-to-day revolves around your favorite real estate Instagram and Facebook pages to follow: @ChernovDevelopments and @ChernovTeam. Megan has lived in the valley for her entire life and loves the weather, the diversity, the charm, the character, but most importantly the vibes of all of the various neighborhoods. ”There are no limits to what you can accomplish, except the limits you place on your own thinking” is Megan’s core philosophy and the cornerstone of her perseverance and achievements. When she’s not in the office, you can find Megan at the beach with friends and family or “low-key” enthralled by a space documentary. + Read More

Sarrah Gallegos
Marketing Coordinator

A new addition to Chernov Team, Sarrah serves as the Marketing Coordinator. Her day-to-day responsibilities include tracking and facilitating Coming Soon marketing, teasers, Brokers Opens and Open Houses, signage and print collateral as well as assisting the New Developments division with various transactional and reporting tasks. Originally from Burbank, Sarrah is a CSUN alumnus who fervently believes that with enough hustle and determination, she can accomplish any task at hand. Sarrah loves the Valley, namely for having the best sushi in town and its proximity to the beach, mountains, and all of the outdoor activities available at her doorstep. With a background in property management and real estate operations, Sarrah loves residential properties—telling their story and featuring their beautiful individual qualities—as well as the process of helping families find and lock-in their dream homes. + Read More

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Nicole Racky
Executive Assistant

Nicole has flourished with Chernov Team for 3 years, serving as Dennis Chernov’s right-hand gal. Formerly a Marketing Coordinator at North American Title, Nicole’s professional career began in preschool education—an experience that still serves her well when managing the chaotic schedule of one of LA’s most in-demand realtors. Nicole is also Chernov Team’s Showing Assistant and brings a knack for putting prospective buyers and agents at ease. A black belt in Karate, Nicole’s unassuming yet ever-sunny disposition can be credited to her belief that the energy you put out into the world is the energy that you will receive. Nicole loves that in real estate she can meet and interact with a plethora of interesting and exciting people, hear their stories, and help them achieve their goals. Nicole is also the proud mama to Gibson, Chernov Team’s Head of Positivity + Grunting. + Read More

Kaycie Faulkner
Client Care Coordinator

As the Chernov Team’s client care coordinator, Kaycie plays an essential role in the team's success with listing contracts, disclosures, escrow, administrative, and client support. With having 4 years of real estate experience under Kaycie's belt, she is not only great at facilitating transaction paperwork, she is also amazing with our clients. Paperwork and the transaction itself can be confusing at times but with Kaycie’s knowledge and expertise, she is able to walk our clients through it in a seamless manner. Her favorite part about her role on the team is moments where she can make a difficult situation easier. Originally from Northern California, Kaycie is an alumnus from Pacific Oaks who believes that working hard and being nice to people is the ultimate reward. New to the valley, Kaycie loves the area, mostly because of the gorgeous hills surrounding as well as the quiet pockets that have serious small town vibes. In Kaycie's free time, she loves to attend live music, art galleries, farmers markets, and has a hobby of checking out new coffee shops. + Read More

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Lexii Lamas-Carnes
Internal Operations Administrator

As the Chernov Team’s internal operations administrator, Lexii has played a key role in the team’s day to day operations. She helps manage social media, create Chernov Team newsletters, keep track of leads, direct phone calls, keep the office organized, and more. Originally from Santa Clarita, Lexii recently moved and loves the valley, namely for its popular restaurants and its walkability to main attractions. Being a FIDM alumnus and working in the fashion industry for two years, Lexii has a creative mind and enjoys expressing her innovative ideas. In life, Lexii believes that commitment will bring in dedication, hard work, and best results! Lexii was a competitive swimmer for 15 years and coached swim for 4+ years. When she’s not in the office, you can find Lexii hanging out with pets, she is a huge animal lover and is a loving mom to a pitbull and bearded dragon. + Read More

Jo Palma
Video Content Creator

A new addition to the Chernov Team, Jo serves as our video content creator. His day-to-day responsibilities include coordinating and producing video content, marketing, social media, pre-production planning, filming, and post production editing. Originally from Napa Valley, Jo is a California Maritime Academy alumnus who puts his heart and soul into his actions, no matter what activity, job, hobby he invests time in. His work philosophy is to have fun with it and make it yours; liking what you do can keep you from outputting mediocre results. Jo recently moved to LA and although he has not experienced all that the city has to offer yet, he looks forward to many new adventures as he has an insane adventurous spirit. In his free time he practices acrobatics, fire breathing, motorcycle riding, and has competed in bodybuilding and powerlifting meets. With a 4+ year background in film, Jo created a video production studio in the Bay Area housing photographers, filmmakers, musicians, artists, actors, and models to collaborate, network, ultimately creating a creative hub of resources and talent available to make high engagement content. Jo loves being able to share experiences with filmmaking and videography, as you have the ability to tell stories and make memories shareable. + Read More

Gibson
Head Of Positivity + Grunting

Gibson joined Chernov Team shortly after his mama, Nicole Racky came on board. As the Head of Positivity + Grunting, Gibson’s day-to-day responsibilities include eating the team’s leftovers, scoping out new office guests, and keeping spirits bright. Gibson loves coming to the office—giving and (mostly) receiving love from each member of the Chernov Team family—he couldn’t think of a better place to slack off and take a mid-day snooze. When Gibs is OOO (out of office) he enjoys playing fetch, snacking on watermelon and catching zzz’s.

Clients Love Us

Thank you Helen so much for all of your help! We are so grateful for all of the hard work you've done to not only help us sell our home, but to find our dream home as well. We are endlessly grateful to have you as our agent and couldn't be happier with the way everything worked out. Thank you Dennis! You completely exceeded all ...

Anni H.

I recently had a listing sold by Helen Hilo from Dennis Chernov team. It was a great transaction in every way. Communication is always important to every successful escrow and Dennis and his team w/ Helen were always quick to respond and fully transparent throughout. It was a pleasure to work with them. They were completely pro...

Karen F.

We just moved in to our beautiful new home and it truly could not have happened without the help of Steven and the entire Chernov team. Steven not only found our home but did everything in his power to make it happen. Steven and the Chernov team made sure the transaction went smoothly and helped us each step of the way. We are i...

Zachary B.

Dennis, Helen and the whole Chernov team were incredible to work with and provided excellent customer support. They were communicative and hands on throughout the entire experience. I'd recommend their services to anyone who is considering it....

Stephanie Y.

To say that Dennis, Kevin & Helen are a DREAM TEAM doesn't begin to cover it. They went above and beyond all my expectations to get my house sold for the BEST price possible and even faster than I imagined. Their personal attention and caring to each detail of our transaction was superb and unlike any other agent I have worked w...

Daniel E.

We recently worked with The Chernov Team to buy and sell our home and they navigated each of these transactions with incredible ease, distinct professionalism and an attention to detail like I have never seen before. As a marketing exec, I was incredibly impressed with their extensive and insightful approach to marketing our hom...

Dana Nussbaum

The Chernov Team is best of class and we highly recommend! From buying to selling, we had great experiences working with Kevin, Dennis, Helen and Kara. The guidance provided during the process showed their tremendous experience. We greatly appreciate all of their help and would definitely work with the entire team again! Than...

Brian N.

It’s been wonderful working with Helen. She shows us exactly what we are looking for and is very patient. Wonderful broker highly recommend her. Looked at some homes and lots....

Victoria Hijazin

After working with the Chernov Team to sell my home, it is obvious why they are top year after year. The entire process was seamless! They're a perennial real estate all-star team that forms like voltron to get a deal done! I have been a friend of Burt's for decades and it was a true pleasure to work together and with his team t...

Kane F.

Best. Team. Ever! I could literally leave it at that but I won't. Dennis, Kevin and his entire team are such superstars. They guided us so brilliantly on the sale of our home and concurrent purchase of our new home. Their expertise from listing pricing, photos, social and marketing was the best of the best I've ever seen. I've ...

Shannon & Gabe Cohen

To say that Dennis, Kevin & Helen are a DREAM TEAM doesn't begin to cover it. They went above and beyond all my expectations to get my house sold for the BEST price possible and even faster than I imagined. Their personal attention and caring to each detail of our transaction was superb and unlike any other agent I have worked w...

Daniel E.

Dennis and team were incredible! Let’s deal in facts - sold within days of listing @ price premium to listed $. Now let’s deal in emotion - high integrity, fantastic communication at critical moments, flawless paperwork and incredible people! Why sell/buy with anybody else?? Happy seller!...

Todd Putman

We recently bought our house with Dennis as our realtor. He was very knowledgeable, diligent, responsive and addressed all our concerns. His team, especially Helen, stayed on top of things and made sure we were updated with each step of the way. I highly recommend Dennis and his team whether you want to list or buy a house....

Milena D.

Working with Dennis and the entire Chernov team was an absolute pleasure. They were very attentive to our needs and fought to get us the best price on the sale of our home. As first time sellers, it was important that we fully understood the entire process every step of the way and Dennis made sure that was the case. I highly re...

Michael Caplan

My experience with the Chernov Team was simply exceptional. Dennis Chernov and his team is extremely professional and knowledgeable in all aspects of real estate. Dennis was dedicated to taking care of us during the complete process. We found him to be caring and it was obvious to us that he loves what he does, and it isn't just...

Robin Gaur

Dennis and his team are masters of their craft and are true professionals. They are top producers but make you feel like you are their only client. Their marketing efforts are unparalleled and will garner you top dollar. They remain involved in the entire process, bring their expertise to bear on any issues, and know how to c...

Bob M.

Dennis Chernov + team are simply the best in the game! They worked around the clock for over a year to help us find our perfect home. Dennis made the process fun and enjoyable but never lost sight of our goal and always had our back. They worked above and beyond to make sure we ended up with exactly what our family needed. We tr...

Haylee Winard

Dennis Chernov and Team are simply excellent at Real Estate. They have a long track record of excellent service. I have has their team buy and sell many homes for me over the years. Trust worthy, smooth process and long reach with hundreds of millions in sales. They have one of the best reputations in the business. Helen the won...

Rob D.

Working with Dennis & team selling my Studio City home was a pure joy. And even almost as important - I sold it for WAY more than anticipated. Their style is relaxed and non-pressuring...but you know they are on top of every single detail, which made the entire sale process so much less stressful. I always felt extremely wel...

themichaelrola

I listed my beautiful house with another broker for 5 months and got no results! Disappointed with the outcome, I began interviewing several known local brokers. Before deciding to hire Dennis, we talked on the phone on several occasions and met at my house twice. He was always available and courteous, but never overzealous and...

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