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Mauricio Umansky's Exciting Career Update Involves Tyler Whitman

The Agency boss is expanding his business and the Million Dollar Listing New York agent will play a major role.

By Jenny Berg

On any given day, Mauricio Umansky can be found selling Beverly Hills — but he also does some major business out east. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills husband, who owns global boutique real-estate brokerage The Agency, has some exciting career news. And as it turns out, Mauricio's latest business development involves Million Dollar Listing New York agent Tyler Whitman.

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The Agency counts Kyle Richards' daughters Farrah Brittany and Alexia Umansky among its real-estate-savvy pros. But the team is always expanding, and (as you'll see below) Tyler Whitman is one of its latest stars. 

The powerhouse firm already has offices in Aspen, Cape Cod, Nashville, Telluride, and a slew of other American cities. Plus, it has agents working in Canada, The Caribbean, Europe,  and Mexico. But if you're interested in scooping up some Hamptons real-estate, Tyler is your guy  — and he's finally ready for action. 

Tyler Whitman is the managing partner of The Agency Hamptons — and it opens this weekend! 

In a recent Instagram Story, Mauricio posted a photo of himself on a plane. "OK off to NY," he wrote. "4 time zones in 1 week." He added: "We are opening our [The Agency Hamptons] office this weekend and sponsoring the Hamptons Classic LFG." 

Mauricio tagged Tyler, the office's managing partner, and Tyler's business partner, Dana Trotter, in a congratulatory message.

Mauricio Umansky smiling on a plane with text overlaid with text congratulating Tyler and his team.

In an Instagram post from June, Tyler shared the whole backstory of how the partnership came to be— and it's a strong testament to the power of visualization. "During the COVID lockdown, my best friend ... and I quarantined at a house I rented for a year in East Hampton," he began. 

"Everyday we would take these 4-5 hour walks and just talk about the life we wanted for ourselves. Over time in isolation, the vision got very specific. I would walk by stores in town and picture my brand name hanging over the door. I would walk by these magnificent homes and clearly see my team of agents’ 'sold' sign in front of them, and vividly imagine the people I would connect with through the transactions and the community I would start surrounding myself with. I saw homes that I imagined buying for myself and all the people I would have visiting. I visualized it all to a point where it strangely felt like it had already happened."

A split of Mauricio Umansky and Tyler Whitman in front of step and repeats.

Tyler's story continued: "I had no idea how everything would unfold over the next three years. But I had enough life experience to trust that as long as I kept going, a path would be revealed when the timing was just right."

"At The Agency, a lot of the major markets (like NYC, LA, and several others) are corporate owned. When The Agency acquired my previous brokerage in NYC last year, the first question I asked was 'what are the plans for The Hamptons?' I was told it was definitely going to be corporate and they weren’t interested in selling it as a franchise. I was secretly bummed… Until a conversation last November I had with [Mauricio] where he surprised me by saying “you know… if you wanted to do The Hamptons franchise, you’d have my full support.”

"I got straight to work. I knew I needed a powerhouse partner who already dominated the market for the local community to take us seriously. I thought of Dana Trotter instantly but knew it was a very long shot. She was wildly successful and very happy at the brokerage she had been with for 27 years. And while we rode horses together, we didn’t have a relationship outside of the barn. But I mustered the courage and sent her a text last December and we met for coffee. We spoke weekly, and the conversations got more and more exciting."

Yesterday, 6 months after that coffee, she became my business partner. And we can’t wait to build this together." 

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