LS Team


John R. Ellis

President, Broker, Realtor®

Phone: (562) 696-7001 Ext 109

DRE License Number: 01331716

Gladys Benavidez

Vice President, Broker Associate, Realtor®

Phone: (562) 696-7001 Ext 103

DRE License Number: 01742006

Brenda Nuñez

Office Manager, Licensed Agent

Phone: (562) 696-7001 Ext 101

DRE License Number: 01808729

Paul Bonner

Move-In/Move-Out Coordinator

Phone: (562) 696-7001 Ext 503

Karen S. Toth

Realtor®, Notary

Phone: (562) 696-7001 Ext 508

DRE License Number: 01777629


Our Core Values

Customer Service: Our number one priority is you, our customer. Whether you are an owner looking for someone to manage your residence, or a resident looking for a new rental to call home, our focus is to provide you with a satisfactory experience. We treat you how we would want to be treated.

Professionalism: We work hard for our clients and residents and treat everyone with respect.  We conduct our business with integrity, attention to detail, and organization. We are transparent in our business dealings and want you to be in the know.

Trustworthiness: We set out to do what we say we are going to do. We want you to feel completely comfortable putting your property or search for a new home in our hands, knowing we will do our best for you.

Quality & Excellence: We strive not to be mediocre or “good enough,” but to be the best. We are proud of the homes we manage and rent, and we feel that everyone deserves to reside in a quality residence.

Proactive: We look ahead and try to solve problems before they become disasters. We want to set you up for success, not failure.

Teamwork: We work as a team, not alone. The office, maintenance team, owners, and residents all have an important role to play in our organization, and we respect everyone’s input. We all must work together to create the best outcome.

Guidance: Our team is here to guide you to what you need. If you’re an owner, we will guide you to success, profitability, and give you more time and freedom to do what you love. If you’re a renter, we will guide you to a satisfying and comfortable new home.


John R. Ellis  President, Broker, Realtor®

John Ellis is the President, and CEO of LS Real Estate, Inc. John is a licensed Real Estate Broker and Realtor, with a CAM (Certified Apartment Manager) certification from the Apartment Association, California Southern Cities, in cooperation with the National Apartment Association. He established the company back in 2002 and has grown it into the corporation it is today.  John has worked hard establishing the vision and charting the path of growth for LS Property Management. As acting Broker, John is meticulous about details and accuracy within clients’ accounts, and has a reputation for placing clients’ needs, goals, and objectives at the forefront of every transaction. As a property manager, John provides his clients with communication, negotiation, and management skills in combination with an in-depth knowledge of the surrounding areas, neighborhoods, and real estate markets. He is always looking for new ways of using current technology to provide a higher level of service to all his clients.  For many years, John taught property management classes for the City of Whittier and the Apartment Association, California Southern Cities; including, emergency preparedness, tenant screening and fair housing issues. He has also served as chair of the Whittier Apartment Association of Owners and he is currently a member of the National Association of Residential Property Managers, and the Apartment Owners Association.  John is a devoted husband and father of 2 grown children.  He enjoys photography, shooting sports, traveling, and spending time with his lovely wife, Julie.  

Gladys Benavidez  Vice President, Broker Associate, Realtor®

Gladys Benavidez is a licensed Broker Associate and Realtor® who has been part of the LS Real Estate, Inc. team since 2008. She was first hired as a part time office assistant to later become our Office Manager, Operations Manager and now our Vice President. Growing in and out of all her roles, she is a seasoned and experienced property manager. Whether you are an Owner, Resident, Buyer, or Seller, Gladys will assist you in your real estate adventure with her lively energy, integrity, and top-notch customer service. Her most rewarding feeling is when a property owner grasps and recognizes that leasing a quality product, plus quality service, gets them quality rent and quality renters. She and her husband Andrae, have 2 boys. Joziah, 6 - and Jacob, 5. Gladys is also a big Dodgers fan. In addition to attending many home games, she has traveled to San Francisco, Miami, San Diego, and Seattle to watch them play.

Brenda Nuñez  Office Manager, Licensed Agent

Brenda Nuñez is our faithful Office Manager, and has been part of the LS Real Estate, Inc. team since 2013. Brenda makes sure that everything in the office is running smoothly and on schedule. She tackles a variety of tasks- everything from bookkeeping to appointment making. She handles client phone calls, emails, and other forms of communication to our residents, vendors, and owners. Brenda conducts all her business with calm, patience, and integrity. She is the office problem-solver and always a team player who is committed to helping others.  She is bilingual in both English and Spanish and is equally responsive and helpful in both languages. She appreciates the fact that LS Real Estate, Inc. conducts all of its business with integrity, professionalism, and puts people first.  In addition to staying busy at the office, Brenda fills her time being a mom to four wonderful children, with the oldest starting college and the youngest starting second grade.

Paul Bonner  Move-In/Move-Out Coordinator

Paul Bonner is the Move-In/Move-Out Coordinator for LS Real Estate, Inc., and performs our property inspections.  Paul has been with LS Real Estate, Inc. the longest, and is a property owner himself- who uses the services of LS Real Estate, Inc., of course.  He is certified by the National Apartment Association, both as a Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) and a Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician (CAMT).  Paul earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Cal State University, Dominguez Hills, and his Master’s Degree in School Management from the University of La Verne.  Paul retired from teaching after 30 years as an elementary school teacher.  Paul is a devoted husband, father of 2 grown children, and a grandfather of 3.  Paul enjoys reading books, magazines, and newspapers, especially with a hot cup of cocoa with his morning paper!

Karen S. Toth  Realtor®, Notary

Karen S. Toth is a licensed Realtor and has been with LS Real Estate for several years working both the property management and real estate sales divisions of our company.  She is also able to provide our clients with Notary Public services, and has served as a Whittier Chamber of Commerce ambassador.  She has extensive experience in both property management and real estate sales and enjoys working with both buyers and sellers.  Karen is a devoted wife and mother of 4 grown children, and grandmother of seven.  She is a sports enthusiast, loves playing Spades, and enjoys cooking and spending time with her grandkids.  Karen is definitely a “people person” and is enthusiastic about everything she does!  Karen is available to assist you with any of your real estate needs.


Career in Real Estate

What's it like to work at LS Real Estate, Inc.? 

It's rewarding. Even more than a real estate firm, LS Real Estate, is a customer service company that values every associate's contribution to our success.

It's exciting. You're part of a team of highly creative, self-motivated professionals who go the extra mile to treat our customers the way we'd like to be treated ourselves.

Time and time again, our clients tell us that it is the "friendliness, professionalism and responsiveness of the team" that led them to choose an LS Property Management professional for their real estate needs. We're always looking for talented, experienced professionals who make people their top priority. Sound interesting? If so, we'd like to hear from you.  Contact John or Gladys at (562) 696-7001 or email us at or

Phone (562) 696-7001  Fax (562) 696-7008

8345 Sargent Ave., Unit D, Whittier CA 90605

DRE License Number Office: 01899596

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