"...I got to see the inside of the same character homes that I had grown up skateboarding by as a kid..."
A dedicated musician with a background in marketing and the entertainment industry, Chris Vargas brings a welcome dose of talent and dynamism to his role as Buyer Specialist (and as our in-house general contractor) with the Tracy King Team. From working in production for feature films and television (including Dexter, Iron Man, and Transformers) to serving as a Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator for an agency in downtown Los Angeles (where he developed social media strategies and influencer activations for clients such as Nike, Pepsi Co., and Supreme), Chris is no stranger to creative problem solving and facilitating seamless strategies from a behind-the-scenes perspective.
In fact, it was while apprenticing with a finish carpenter and general contractor that Chris received his first taste and appreciation of the real estate industry. After spending so much time transforming homes with his own hands, Chris yearned to experience the entire process—and especially to witness the people’s reactions to the properties he had restored. “Working in construction, I got to see the inside of the same character homes that I had grown up skateboarding by as a kid,” shares Chris. “Since I enjoy working with people and love the homes and neighborhoods of Northeast LA where I grew up, exploring the real estate business made sense.” As a result, Chris received his real estate license in 2014 and was mentored by the Partners Trust La Canada office prior to joining the Tracy King Team at Compass.
In what may be perceived as a twist of fate, Chris’ passion for both music and real estate converged when he discovered a house that held a secret stash of vintage drums. Beyond adding a few pieces to his personal collection, Chris devised a renovation plan to give the home a much needed cosmetic facelift before going on the market and, together with his crew, was able to get the seller $280,000 over the original listing price.
When he's not working on houses or helping clients find their new home, Chris enjoys playing drums in with local bands, fishing, and restoring vintage cars and motorcycles. Check out his most recent home restoration here.