The Handy Group

We are way more than just real estate professionals. We are your neighbors and local area specialists.

We are a community of highly skilled agents tightly connected to our families, relatives, clients, and friends who are on a continuous adventure to enjoy everything Southern California has to offer.

Are you new to town and want some recommendations and referrals? From the Best Local Restaurants to beginner and
more advanced Hiking Trails, for expert Home Inspectors to Remodeling Professionals and Painters, for Interior Design & furnishing experts, Dog Sitters & Groomers, House Sitters & Hair Stylists-We have you covered.


As Founder of the H-A-N-D-Y Group, I pledge to you:

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    Honesty is everything-putting key decision making in your

    hands and laying out
    options to meet your key goals

    has led to tremendous success.

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    We will answer your questions & your phone calls in a timely manner. Each of us will commit to provide you with the highest level of professional service. We each pay great attention to details-which are key to properly
    representing each unique client and property.

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    Negotiation Skills.

    As Expert Negotiators-we never lack in our professional work ethic experience, creative problem solving and commit to ultimate transparency with you. Our Team brings it all to the table and resolves potential conflicts and/or issues which may arise in each escrow foreseeing situations only
    years of “hands-on” work experience can provide. We are the real pros in local Real Estate.

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    We challenge you to find a group of individuals more committed to helping partner with you to achieve your real estate goals as reality. We start by aligning expectations even before we sign a contract or agree upon mutual terms to work with you as a client.

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    Years of professional experience.

     Our Team has a combined 100 years of professional experience in
    selling Residential & Commercial real estate with closed transactions
    exceeding $500,000,000 in sales. We will activate all of our resources to treat you with the first-class service you deserve and expect.

    We have partners and relatives in staging, professional furnishing

    & design, remodeling

    & construction available to help you achieve top dollar when listing

    your property for sale. There is absolutely a difference
    when you align with the best and most qualified Agents. We invite you to experience the Handy Group difference.

The Handy Group

Kara Handy / Senior Estates Director

Kara Handy of The Handy Group is an award-winning Realtor specializing in representing high net worth clients who are both buying and selling real estate. The Handy Group has an incredible record of success dealing with all levels of residential and commercial luxury real estate.

Kara has a sincere dedication to her clients and a strong work ethic with over 16 years of professional real estate sales experience and a vast knowledge of the local real estate market. Kara has a strong desire to consistently exceed client’s expectations which has led her to be the recipient of many professional awards for sales achievement. Year-after-year Kara is recognized as a top performer and has served on the President’s Council within the Dilbeck Family of Realtors.

Kara is a graduate of Chico State University with a B.S. Degree in Management and has volunteered to serve the local community especially in Education. Kara is a supporter of Think Cure! -a charity that distributes donations to the Los Angeles Children's Hospital and City of Hope to help find a cure for Cancer, The American
Heart Association, and Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Kara is married to Avedis Akmakjian and has lived in Glendale, California Since 2002. Kara also calls Mesa Verde, Costa Mesa her home where she was raised with her family in Orange County, California near the beach. Their two sons Zachary Markar and Clayton James are college graduates of ASU & Belmont University. Zack a Professional Engineer living in Tempe, Arizona and C. James managing the Biscuit Love Brand in Nashville, Tennessee. Kara’s free time is spent with her family, friends and walking the family pets Shiloh & Lacey.


DRE#: 01438313


Cell: 818-605-3021

  • Deon Cavender


    Deon Cavender is a Senior Team Member with The Handy Group of Dilbeck Real Estate.  

    As a Licensed Realtor for more than 12 years, Deon specializes in the listing and sales of
    Residential Real Estate. Deon is an expert negotiator and skilled facilitator well versed in

    all details of complex real estate transactions and keeps current on all changes and up-to-date on
    patterns in the local neighborhoods and real estate market she serves.

    Deon is a Neighborhood Specialist in La Crescenta, Glendale, Montrose, Pasadena, La Canada, Pasadena, and the San Gabriel Foothills.

    Deon grew up in Sunland/Tujunga and has been a resident of La Crescenta for over 30 years where she and her husband Mike, have raised 3 children. Deon is an Alumni of Immaculate Heart and her girls all graduated from Alverno Heights Academy. When Deon is not working, she enjoys roller skating, going to the beach, and spending time with her family. Deon is thankful for the referrals and repeat business from current and past clients.

    DRE#: 01800818

    Cell: 818-482-6560 


  • Mark Chitjian

    Estates Agent

    Mark B. Chitjian, is the brother of Kara Handy, Senior Estates Director & Managing Partner of the HANDY GROUP based in a private office suite located within Dilbeck Realtors-La Canada. 

    An award winning Realtor for real estate sales volume and production, Mark is a graduate from the University Of Southern California and holds a B.S. Degree in Business with an Entrepreneurship Emphasis. Mark has been a licensed Realtor for the past 12 + years and has successfully sold high-end luxury real estate both in Los Angeles and Palm Springs California. One of the largest transactions that Kara and Mark worked together on was the sale of one of the last large vacant 20 acre parcels for a residential builder client in the Desert that closed at $13.2 Million Dollars. For 3 years Mark was the Previews Director of the Palm Springs Office for NRT Coldwell Banker in the Desert where he led meetings for the elite agents who sold the highest end properties. Mark had lived in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles for about 20 years and had a home in the Desert for 14 years. We welcome your inquiry when you are in the market to hire a luxury real estate Listing Specialist who works effectively both with Buyers and Sellers. It is always “Our Pleasure” to be of Service.


    DRE#: 01463694


    Cell: 213-703-3200

  • Caroline Mangasarian


    Choose me as your “go to” Realtor especially if you are a first- time buyer who did not think homeownership was possible. My family has been living in Glendale since 1993 and I have extensive training, knowledge, and work experience to be able to meet your real estate objectives.

    As a Realtor with the Handy Group, I use my positive energy, strong negotiation skills and vast knowledge for what is the best interest of my clients. Our Team provides a solid foundation based on strong ethics and has a proven multi-year “award winning” track record of success based on escrow closings for both Sellers with our beautiful listings and for our Buyers.

    I am a positive and optimistic person and ready to put my knowledge to work for you. Our Handy Group Team covers a wide range of Southern California Cities all the way to Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. My work for you focuses on the San Fernando Valley, Glendale, Burbank, Toluca Lake, La Crescenta and surrounding neighborhoods.

    Buying or selling a property can be very stressful, I am eager to handle all of the details for you-so you do not have to worry-and may focus on the new chapter in your life.

    DRE#: 01986907

    Cell: 818-749-6327 

Commercial Real Estate

Don Hinton

 Commercial Real Estate Broker

Don Hinton brings over 30 years of Commercial & Residential Real Estate experience to The Handy Group.

Don has worked in Residential Sales and Income Property Exchanges throughout his career. He also has multiple years of experience specializing in turning troubled businesses around, working with business owners and their creditors to develop and implement a mutually agreed upon business plan to repay creditors and restore the
businesses to profitability. While working at Imperial Regional Bank, Don solved complex issues with existing Commercial and Real Estate loans and eventually moved into the Real Estate Division. Don has held positions as a Production Loan Officer, Senior Credit Officer, and Manager of Real Estate Division.

During Don’s 27year banking career he was involved in the origination of well over $1.5 Billion of Construction and Bridge financing for Commercial Office, Industrial, Retail, Apartments, Residential Tract, Condominium and Special Purpose Properties. Each loan unique with its own set of challenges and each loan specially tailored to meet the needs of the borrower and the project. Don has been involved with almost every property type and
has handled several transactions exceeding a purchase price of $30 million.

​Don is here to help you reach and achieve your business objectives. The Handy Group is
proud to be able to offer this unique Commercial Real Estate experience to every
Residential Real Estate & Investor client we serve.


DRE#: 00575959

Cell: 818-421-9071

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    Kara Handy

    Cell:  818-605-3021

    DRE#:  01438313

  • Deon Cavender

    Cell:  818-482-6560

    DRE#:  01800818

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    Mark Chitjian

    Cell: 213-703-3200

    DRE#: 01463694

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    Caroline Mangasarian

    Cell: 818-749-6327

    DRE#: 01986907

  • Don Hinton - Commercial

    Cell: 818-421-9071

    DRE#: 00575959

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