Shawn Tanara
Coldwell Banker Realty

Zillow Reviews


Client Reviews 5.0 

It gives us great pleasure to recommend Mr. Shawn Tanara to help you in your real estate transactions. Last winter, he helped us in the sale of our house in Pasadena. He carefully led us through all the intricacies  of the sale. This included setting a price, managing all the inspections, preparing the house for potential buyers and getting through the local and state regulations involved in the sale. All this was done such that we fully understood each step in the process, resulting in reasonable decisions that invariably turned out to be to our advantage. 
Professionally, there is no one more knowledgeable than Shawn about the housing market in the LA area. He has the highest ethical standards that we believe should be a model for the entire real estate market.Personally too, we came to really admire and like Shawn. He has a very gentle (but firm) nature and approach that immediately sets one at ease. Combined with his commanding knowledge of his field, we believe these are key reasons for his success. In sum, we again highly recommend Shawn for your real estate needs; he is the best. 
Carla and (Dr.) Gerald Chader


Our experience with Shawn was absolutely amazing. He is very knowledgeable, experienced and professional. Unlike other realtors, he was very patient and not pushy. He even discouraged us from pursuing a home that he knew didn't fit our needs. Shawn puts his client's need before his own. He kept us very well-informed throughout the entire escrow process and made sure we knew exactly what was happening. He aggressively and successfully negotiated the price of our home. We highly recommend Shawn!

Sameen Wilson,

Shawn is the Master of Real Estate…

I absolutely give my highest marks to Shawn for getting amazing results for me as a seller. I was faced with liquidating a family trust which owned two residences, one in La Crescenta and one in Altadena. What made it a bigger challenge was that I live 1.5 hours away from both.

Shawn handled all the many tasks which I would have otherwise been burdened by. He helped with several home improvement vendors to spruce the houses up, knowing who to call and being there for the service calls. He knew just what sort of buyer would likely be interested in each house, and presented a super attractive presentation for each. He also took care of the many small details and issues that arose with both houses, and kept me well informed every step of the way.

Shawn’s sales plan resulted in multiple offers (14 for each property!), most of them considerably over our initial asking price. Buyers were hungry to buy both houses. I was just amazed. You gotta talk to Shawn for your Real Estate needs in this area.

Don Ainsworth


I have been in the business of real estate lending, buying and selling for over 30 years. I would put Shawn Tanara at the top of the hundreds of agents I have worked with in my professional life. He represented me and my wife when we wanted to sell our condominium and it was the easiest real estate transaction I have ever experienced. This is mostly due to Mr. Tanara's preparation and total dedication. Even the escrow officer acknowledged that we were lucky because we had such a smooth escrow experience. Throughout the whole process, Shawn provided us with the latest information and guided us through a successful transaction. The staging, photos and videos were fantastic and professionally done. Our property received offers the same day it was listed and was sold above the asking price. Knowledge, integrity, honesty, negotiation, professionalism and total dedication are some of Shawn Tanara's attributes. We highly recommend Shawn Tanara for your next real estate transaction.

C Sajadian,

Shawn has made the home buying process a breeze. In this "seller's market," we have been discouraged as buyers in a competitive market. But with Shawn's knowledge and expertise, we were able to get into the home and neighborhood we wanted. He was always present, responsive and guided the process with expertise and professionalism. We can't thank him enough for helping us buy our home.

Sam & Christine Kae,

Shawn Tanara did an excellent job advising us on the entire home sale process, how best to showcase our home, and setting a pricing strategy. The marketing was very good and we had a great turnout for our first open house which resulted in the sale of our home. Shawn has good attention to all the details involved and is very ethical. He was very responsive and easy to work with and also has a great network of connections. I highly recommend Shawn Tanara.

Jan & Jamie Findlay,

I have had a wonderful working relationship with Shawn for over twelve years. I have bought and sold four properties using Shawn. I have bought and sold over twenty properties in the last 40 years. I have probably dealt with over 40 agents, one way or another. There are everyday Realtors and there is Shawn. He definitely is the cream of the crop. His financial background and his understanding of the complexities of the real estate market make him one of the very best realtors I have ever come across. Shawn is very well educated in the business of realty and finance and he keeps up to date on current and future real estate trends. He continues to give me accurate assessments of my California properties and advises me when is the right time to sell. I would highly recommend his services.

Howard & Dolores Baker,

My daughter sold one property and bought another thru Shawn. She recommended him to me. He found a property for me that was exactly what I asked for, at the right price. It took 3 or 4 months, but Shawn didn't waste my time by dragging me around to properties that didn't meet my exact specifications. He recently sold a different property for me that was complicated by timing needed to locate a 1031 exchange property up North. The service he provided, his patience dealing with complicated circumstances, and his very sound advice, again produced the best possible results. I always felt that he had my best interests at heart and cannot recommend him enough.

Marta S,

Shawn with his professional experience and knowledge made the process very smooth, pleasant and less time consuming. He was a great help in every step during the transaction.

Shahram M,

Shawn is a seasoned, experienced and true professional in his field.  I was looking to buy a place, but I did not know what is out there. Shawn was patient and took his time to explain and to show me places.  After many months, I finally purchased a small house with a big lot. I am almost done with an addition to this house and am very happy with the choice of property.  Thanks to Shawn.  I highly recommend him to anyone who wants to sell or buy property.    

Jeanette & Chuck Choi, 

Shawn Tanara helped us purchase a triplex in Glendale. We are so happy with Shawn's service. My husband and I had been looking for a property for a while and had been working with different Realtors for some time. When we met Shawn we realized that he was different from the rest of them; knowledge, integrity, patients and if we add to this a super pleasant would describe SHAWN 

Kay & Petros Arakelian,

Shawn Tanara is an incredible person and savvy real estate agent. His service is above and beyond the few that I have worked with in the past. His experience in the business allows him to foresee any problems and provide several solutions for which I could choose. He never pushed his agenda, always ensuring that I was making a decision that best suited my needs. I had quite a bit of work to do to get the most out of my sale and Shawn worked patiently for months encouraging me in the process. When signing the papers he was thorough in his explanations of all my questions, and provided plenty of information that would protect me in the future. His professionalism extends not only in his personal interactions, but also through the process of paperwork. His use of the latest technologies created ease in all aspects of the sale, most especially with regard to paperwork (I wish my lender made it so easy!). Mr. Tanara's humility was displayed when he didn't assume I would use him to purchase another home. When I asked if he would help me with that process he said that he was honored that I would ask. How could I not. I know that with Shawn I will make the most informed decision, and mostly enjoy an often arduous process. I give my highest recommendation to Shawn Tanara knowing that he will provide great service to all of his clients!

Jennifer Peyrot,

Shawn is extremely good at what he does. He is all about attention to details and give you all of the information and ample time to make thoughtful decisions. He treated us as if we were his family and taught us what to look for in a home. He had even gone to the city hall with me to see if I can do a complete remodel of a home we were interested in buying! I am extremely grateful for his honesty, and we could not be happier to find someone as pleasant and capable as him to help us find our first home! 

Norio & Michelle Ichikawa,

Shawn Tanara's personal motto is "It's my job!" And the job he does is fabulous! We could not have asked for better real estate professional to help us in our pursuit of the right home to purchase. The strengths attributed to Shawn listed below should be added to, i.e., courtesy, kindness, promptness, patience, flexibility, a sense of humor (very important), optimism, financial savvy and much more. Furthermore, we consider him a friend. We were extremely lucky to have worked with Shawn and if the occasion presents itself, will highly recommend him to anyone in search of property to buy or sell. 

Gerald & Carla Chader,

Shawn was great! Helped us through buying our first home. Always happy to answer any questions we had. He also helped to educate us in things we didn't even know to ask about or look for. With his help in negotiating we ended up getting a great deal on our house. Couldn't be more pleased with how the whole process turned out.

Chris Robinson

Shawn was able to negotiate a purchase price lower than the asking price for us. He was also able to have the seller pay for removal of roots from the sewer of the property we purchased. His 20 years of experience in the banking industry helped facilitate all our transactions. Also, his many years of experience as a realtor enabled him to convince the seller to accept our offer over that of competing, higher offers. He was always available to us for assistance and guidance, even after the purchase was completed.

M Shelby,

 I was referred to Shawn by my Co-Worker because he made such a positive impression, with her last real estate experience. I have been through multiple home sale and purchase experiences with other Realtor, none of which were completed with such a degree of knowledge, professionalism and commitment. Just impressive from the very first contact and he has continued to be very responsive. 


Bought a Single Family home in 2019 in Los Angeles, CA. Shawn and I have known each other personally for a number of years ahead of my search with him, so I was comfortable expressing my desire to look for a home and eventually working with him. We set up an initial meeting at the Coldwell Banker office in Glendale for Shawn to get an understanding of my home needs, desired home location, financing details, etc. Being a first time homeowner, this was helpful in brainstorming areas to search, the type of home I liked (condo, townhouse, single family), price ranges, etc. He also explained what the timeline would look like from the search to eventually closing on a property. This timeline, including how many homes I’d look at over the course of the process was very accurate. Shawn was very patient and allowed me to learn what I actually needed in a home, by searching a vast part of Los Angeles, from condos/townhouse to single family homes. He was always extremely professional and punctual at every appointment. He always gave his honest opinion and steered me away from undesirable locations and properties. Through his number of years of experience in real estate and banking, he was able to impart knowledge about every step of the process and where he did not have specific expertise, he connected me to his trusted network to assist. While the home was in Escrow, Shawn negotiated with the Seller’s Agent in whatever way to best benefit me. I utilized Shawn’s recommended Lender and in turn made the daunting lending process that much easier to navigate, with favorable terms. I have used this Lender twice since purchasing the home to refinance my Loan. The entire Escrow process closed ahead of schedule and was such a seamless, painless experience. I would utilize Shawn’s services again in the future and I also highly recommend Shawn as an Agent for a future Buyer/Seller. If you want a highly regarded professional on your side throughout the whole process, someone who is passionate about what he provides to a client, a smart/knowledgeable Agent, then Shawn is who you need to call.

Radha A.

I have known Shawn Tanara for over 30 years and he has represented me in a number of successful real estate transactions including purchase, sell, financing and re-financing as well as leasing. He is an outstanding individual professionally and personally. He is courteous, efficient and responsive. Most importantly, he is an honest and ethical person who displays the highest level of integrity and always places the interest of his clients above and beyond his own. In every transaction he far exceeded my expectations. I have referred him to friends who have only positive things to say about him. I am looking forward to having him represent me in my next real estate transaction. I highly recommend him

Holly S.