Polara Realty began in 2019 as a collaboration between licensed Realtor Kasia Harmata, licensed mortgage broker Mark Tomaszewski, Southern California residential developer Dom Budz and serial entrepreneur Ben Ballinger, as a fresh take on a Southern California residential and commercial real estate agency.
Our mission is to help our residential and commercial real estate buyers and sellers achieve smooth-as-silk closings with our experience and passion for real estate.
Our goal is to provide unparalleled service to our buyers and sellers through superior knowledge of both our local Southern California markets, as well as the buying and selling process from start to finish. We are intensely dedicated to providing an enjoyable, accessible, and communicative experience to both our customers and our partners.
Our Core Values
- Under-Promise, Over-Deliver: we commit to always doing what we say we will do, and consistently providing an even better service than expected
- People-Powered: as a company, our people are our biggest asset, and as such, we invest our time, resources and attention into each member of our team
- Kaizen: we believe in making each day a learning experience and improving upon where we were the day before—the journey to mastery is never over
- Teamwork (Makes the Dream Work): the secret sauce to our success comes from our ability to work together and create value that is greater than the sum of its parts
Kasia’s background in real estate began almost at birth. Her father immigrated to the US from Poland before she was born and built a real estate Development in Chicago from the ground up, which he is still actively involved in to this day. Kasia spent many years helping manage her father’s development projects, from multi-unit greystones in downtown Bronzeville to single-family home flips in the suburbs, and even international projects back in Poland, including a 15-bedroom hotel in Bukowina Tatrzańska that launched its business in 2017. As a licensed real estate agent in both Illinois and California, Kasia has amassed years of experience working in a wide variety of residential and commercial environments, including managing retail real estate acquisition for one of California’s biggest cannabis companies.
As a master of systems, business analytics and tactics, Mark brings almost a decade of real estate finance experience to the team. After graduating from the University of Arizona, Mark began building a prosperous career in the mortgage industry. From operational management to sales, Mark has taken on and excelled at numerous roles which have given him the breadth, experience and confidence to navigate all areas of the industry successfully. In his most recent role, Mark was one of two sales reps on the top producing team at Peoples Mortgage Company, a national commercial and residential mortgage lender, growing his pipeline more than 100% year over year.
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Dominika—“Dom” for short—has spent the better part of a decade as a high level project manager for top builders in Los Angeles and Orange County, personally seeing nearly 100 new construction projects to their successful completion. This experience has given her a unique expertise in residential real estate, particularly with regard to how new development projects and building trends impact and drive the evolution of local communities. She has nurtured deep relationships with city officials and inspectors that gives her an insider’s perspective on changes to local laws and ordinances.
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An ever-tenacious entrepreneur, Ben has been involved in building businesses since he left college. Most recently, Ben was one of the founding partners and head of operations at Shryne Group, a massive, vertically-integrated cannabis company with multiple brands, one of which—STIIIZY—is currently the second-largest cannabis brand in North America. Ben is equally comfortable making high level strategic decisions in the boardroom as he is working directly in operations on the warehouse floor, and has done both in every business he’s been involved in for the past 15 years. Ben has had a strong passion for real estate development and investment his entire adult life and this business represents the culmination of that passion.
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