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:
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.
Commercial Real Estate
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.