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CaLee McManus

CaLee McManus

Founder/Realtor®

Recognized as one of the top agents in Orange County, CaLee McManus sets herself apart with her intimate community knowledge and engagement, her vast personal and professional networks, and her bold leadership. After reaching over $450M in sales, CaLee’s recognition is ubiquitous in this competitive industry.

She has been named as one of America’s Top 100 Real Estate Agents, a Market Leader by Forbes, a Women of Distinction, and a Five-Star Agent by Orange Coast Magazine for 11 years running. She was also a Who’s Who recipient in 2019, and she has appeared on the national television series “American Dream.”`Since starting her own agency, Monarch Real Estate, her company has also been awarded Best Luxury Real Estate Agency 2021, 2022 and 2023 by Luxury Lifestyle Awards as well as being named America’s Best (Top 1.5%) by RealTrends Magazine and Tom Ferry.

However impressive her industry accolades may be, CaLee has always been driven and inspired by her love of homes and people. Since 2006, she’s been using her steely proficiency in negotiations, marketing, organization, communication, employee management, and finance to ensure her clients’ success. CaLee also specializes in transforming properties from average to amazing, resulting in increased ROI and shortened market times for her clients. Add to that her empathetic nature and high level of client service, and you have an incomparable real estate professional.  Through running her agency, she inspires to mentor other agents to mimic her success.

CaLee McManus

CaLee McManus

Founder/Realtor®

Recognized as one of the top agents in Orange County, CaLee McManus sets herself apart with her intimate community knowledge and engagement, her vast personal and professional networks, and her bold leadership. After reaching over $400M in sales, CaLee’s recognition is ubiquitous in this competitive industry.

She has been named as one of America’s Top 100 Real Estate Agents, a Market Leader by Forbes, a Women of Distinction, and a Five-Star Agent by Orange Coast Magazine for 11 years running. She was also a Who’s Who recipient in 2019, and she has appeared on the national television series “American Dream.”`Since starting her own agency, Monarch Real Estate, her company has also been awarded Best Luxury Real Estate Agency 2021, 2022 and 2023 by Luxury Lifestyle Awards as well as being named America’s Best (Top 1.5%) by RealTrends Magazine and Tom Ferry.

However impressive her industry accolades may be, CaLee has always been driven and inspired by her love of homes and people. Since 2006, she’s been using her steely proficiency in negotiations, marketing, organization, communication, employee management, and finance to ensure her clients’ success. CaLee also specializes in transforming properties from average to amazing, resulting in increased ROI and shortened market times for her clients. Add to that her empathetic nature and high level of client service, and you have an incomparable real estate professional.  Through running her agency, she inspires to mentor other agents to mimic her success.

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Years of Combined Experience

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Believing that buying and selling real estate can be transformational, CaLee enjoys nothing more than helping her clients step into the next phase of their lives. With Monarch Real Estate, she’s here to serve as a trusted partner and guide throughout your real estate journey. Long after closing, she’ll continue to be there for you, because what matters most to her is your long-term happiness and success.

Michael Lynch Chief People and Culture Officer Rocket Lab
Tiffany Buchanan, SVP, Finance & Capital Markets at Crowdstrike
Aaron Hancock, Co-CEO and President, Investments
John Reese, Chief Marketing Officer at Audit Board
Andrew Esposito, Chief Financial Officer at WSP USA
Brandon Cuevas, Executive VP at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan
Andy Carney, Managing Director for Banking and Wealth Management at JPMorgan Chase Bank
Art Wolf, CEO at AEW Electric
Azeem Dhalla, , President, Dhalla CPA A Professional Corporation
Chris Ahern, CEO Sohnen Enterprises, Inc.
Christopher Vyn, Managing Partner, Thurso Consulting Group
Lisa Holman
Craig Mackey, Youth Basketball League Director, OPG Ladera
Dr. Junil Ahn, Owner and Surgeon at OC Oral Surgery
Ed Aldridge, President at Cargomatic
Harp Wasu, Senior Manager, Finance at OrthAlign, Inc.
Lisa Roger, CFO at Barfresh Group Inc.
Owner, Sunyo Accupuncture Center
Rajendra Patel, CEO & Founder at Rajendra Patel & Associates
Tinea Ruiz, Clinical Lab Scientist, Owner 1982 Candle
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Stewart & Yanna N.
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Carol C.
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Jun W.
Andrew E.
Ramneek M.
Merav and John
Raj and Kinnary
John and Lindsay
Chris and Andrea, Ladera Ranch
Azeem and Zeena
Art Wolf
Helen and Ed A.
Zeena Dhalla
John Reese
Rohit Patel
Trusted by discerning clients

CaLee was a tremendous partner throughout the entire process of finding our home. She is incredibly knowledgeable about the local market, really tailored her advice to meet my family's unique needs, and provided excellent advice as we moved into the area. In addition to all of her support purchasing the home, she also helped us work with her team to update the property to ensure an extremely custom and h...

— Michael Lynch Chief People and Culture Officer Rocket Lab | Buyer and Seller

Trusted by discerning clients

Amazing Experience CaLee is so amazing. She and her team are on top of everything. They are so knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. They take so much stress out of the home buying/selling process. We will definitely be using CaLee the next time we are in the market.

— Tiffany Buchanan, SVP, Finance & Capital Markets at Crowdstrike | Buyer and Seller

Trusted by discerning clients

We had a great experience with CaLee on the buy and sell of our home.We started with CaLee by canvassing the luxury, high-end neighborhoods in coastal South County. She was able to help us to identify what we wanted and narrow our focus down to Dana Point and South Laguna Beach. So when the perfect house came available, we were able to jump on it right away. CaLee was able to convince the seller to ac...

— Aaron Hancock, Co-CEO and President, Investments | Buyer and Seller

Trusted by discerning clients

CaLee is an excellent agent that takes a very transparent, professional approach to representing you. She is an incredibly knowledgeable realtor, a savvy negotiator, and was always responsive when we had needs. We really appreciated her ability to see the best characteristics of our home and help in getting it ready to show. She won’t sugar coat things either, which we appreciated…it saved us time in add...

— John Reese, Chief Marketing Officer at Audit Board | Seller

Trusted by discerning clients

CaLee is hands down the best, most helpful realtor that I've ever worked with. CaLee always goes above and beyond, and she has the local contacts and presence to be able to find you the best home while working to negotiate the best prices. I would recommend CaLee to everyone and anyone!

— Andrew Esposito, Chief Financial Officer at WSP USA | Buyer

Trusted by discerning clients

We have worked with CaLee and her team for several years through multiple transactions both as buyers and sellers. I can honestly say she is the best there is. Her knowledge of the market, her ability to find that is a perfect fit or promote a property for top dollar, and her ability to negotiate on your behalf is second to none. I highly recommend her and her team.

— Brandon Cuevas, Executive VP at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan | Buyer and Seller

Trusted by discerning clients

The best in the business Working with CaLee McManus and her team of professionals is always a positive experience and an education in the business. She brings a wealth of resources and knowledge to the table and her instincts are always spot on. We’ve bought, sold and leased several properties with CaLee and each transaction exceeded our expectations. CaLee is our go-to real estate agent!

— Andy Carney, Managing Director for Banking and Wealth Management at JPMorgan Chase Bank | Buyer and Seller

Trusted by discerning clients

Excellent in every way CaLee is amazing to work with. She has a very thorough knowledge of the market, and a great team working with her. Can’t say enough good things about CaLee. She helps walk you through every aspect of purchase or sale. Very professional, and a joy to work with!

— Art Wolf, CEO at AEW Electric | Buyer and Seller

Trusted by discerning clients

CaLee and her team are in a class of their own! Top notch! We recently sold our home in Covenant Hills with CaLee and her team, and it was not an easy feat! Working with CaLee was a lifesaver, and we will forever be grateful. From the start, we could tell that CaLee was in a class of her own. She knew the home and neighborhood really well and made IMMEDIATE suggestions for changes that made a lot of sen...

— Azeem Dhalla, , President, Dhalla CPA A Professional Corporation | Seller

Trusted by discerning clients

First class service CaLee was a dream to work with and extremely knowledgeable when it comes to Ladera Ranch real estate. Communication and followup was on point and made the closing of our new home a dream.

— Chris Ahern, CEO Sohnen Enterprises, Inc. | Buyer

Trusted by discerning clients

Simply the BEST! I can’t recommend Calee and the entire team at Monarch more! Calee’s market knowledge, network, and sales process enabled us to sell our house in days at price we were thrilled with. Can’t wait to work with her on our next purchase!

— Christopher Vyn, Managing Partner, Thurso Consulting Group | Seller

Trusted by discerning clients

Positive: Professionalism CaLee has been our realtor for the purchase and sale of four properties over the years and I have nothing but the best things to say about her and her team. She is thorough, patient, helpful and extremely knowledgeable. We recently sold my mom's house which proved to be a difficult sale and CaLee marketed this property beautifully. I highly recommend her.

— Lisa Holman

Trusted by discerning clients

As first-time homebuyers, CaLee was an invaluable resource to us! We were unfamiliar with the process and she was patient, helpful, and answered all of our questions and concerns about the home buying process. She listened to our wants and needs and worked diligently to find a place that was perfect for our growing family. She was wonderful to work with!

— Craig Mackey, Youth Basketball League Director, OPG Ladera | Buyer

Trusted by discerning clients

CaLee did a great job! She was always available and responsive. She made the trying experience of buying a bank owned property as smooth as possible. She knows the local area very well and was very helpful.I would highly recommend her to anyone!

— Dr. Junil Ahn, Owner and Surgeon at OC Oral Surgery | Buyer and Seller

Trusted by discerning clients

Working with CaLee and her team with Monarch Real Estate was the best experience in selling real estate we have ever had. We have sold multiple homes in various locations, but this was truly a seamless process. I interviewed 7 local agents and luxury specialists but no one stood out to me as much as CaLee. She is intelligent and our dealings were transparent. I trust CaLee and her judgment implicit...

— Ed Aldridge, President at Cargomatic | Seller

Trusted by discerning clients

CaLee is a magician of sorts! She helped me and my husband buy our home which closed in September of 2021. We randomly saw her at an open house and it turns out we had met before. She told us to trust that she can make it happen and she did. She is very knowledgeable about Ladera Ranch and is a very experienced agent. She was actually more than an agent to us - she treated us like family and helped us wo...

— Harp Wasu, Senior Manager, Finance at OrthAlign, Inc. | Buyer

Trusted by discerning clients

CaLee is a fantastic realtor! She is very knowledgeable about the Ladera Ranch market. She represented us seven years ago when we purchased our home and went out of her way to help our family to be successful in a competitive bidding situation. More recently, she assisted us in updating our home for the current market, providing design advice and organizing the project with her extensive network of co...

— Lisa Roger, CFO at Barfresh Group Inc. | Buyer

Trusted by discerning clients

Our real estate agent CaLee McManus’ expertise and professionalism were instrumental to the successful purchase of our dream house in Ladera Ranch. This achievement would not have been possible without CaLee’s incredible guidance, wonderful communication skills, strong work ethic, and genuine concern for people. She goes above and beyond for her clients. CaLee had worked tirelessly, late into the night a...

— Owner, Sunyo Accupuncture Center | Buyer

Trusted by discerning clients

A+ operations and highly recommend!!! From the day we met CaLee to closing the sale of our property, the experience was smooth. CaLee and her team are incredibly knowledgeable about the market, and she made recommendations that helped us receive the price we were looking for. CaLee provided suggestions on how to increase the market value, and she allowed us to make the final decision based on our budget....

— Rajendra Patel, CEO & Founder at Rajendra Patel & Associates | Seller

Trusted by discerning clients

CaLee has been an amazing resource for us as a new couple that was looking for our first home. She was patient with our list of wants and needs and did everything possible to find us the perfect home. What we loved most and still cherish to this day is how she treats us like family. Even years after our purchase, she checks in with us, sends us Holiday cards and makes us feel like we made the best choice...

— Tinea Ruiz, Clinical Lab Scientist, Owner 1982 Candle | Buyer

Trusted by discerning clients

At our first casual meeting with CaLee, we were impressed with her knowledge of the neighborhoods in Ladera Ranch. She asked questions about what we were looking for and immediately knew which neighborhoods would be a good fit for us. She previewed listings for us, which saved us a lot of time. She only brought us to listings that were strong contenders and gave us her honest opinion throughout the proce...

— Buyer | Seller

Trusted by discerning clients

Provided clear options to update the home to make it more saleable. Transformed home sold during 1st weekend. Worked very hard to ensure that we got the best deal selling our home and purchasing our replacement home. CaLee far exceeded our expectations.

— Buyer & Seller

Trusted by discerning clients

Nobody knows the Ladera Ranch market better than CaLee. We had a dream of downsizing from our Ladera Ranch home of 15 years and finding a single-story home close to the beach. CaLee and her skilled team helped make that dream a reality. From helping us coordinate a kitchen remodel on our Ladera Ranch home in order to get top dollar, to thinking outside the box and finding us a fixer-upper in our ideal ne...

— Buyer & Seller

Trusted by discerning clients

I have never been more at the ease of mind than I was with Calee for some reason I knew it would all work out that was an understatement before we could even think of what was needed next she already had it going! Not only were we buying a house, but we were also selling one! I would never attempt something like this without her guidance period.

— Buyer & seller

Trusted by discerning clients

Exceptional service and expertise. recommend her to other homeowners ready to sell. She took charge of necessary improvements, obtained competitive bids, coordinated the work, supervised the vendors, and ensured work was completed. Great agent!

— Stewart & Yanna N.

Trusted by discerning clients

Effective, efficient, energetic, helpful, and coordinated repairs and upgrades, above and beyond. Exceptional service and expertise. recommend her to other homeowners ready to sell. She took charge of necessary improvements, obtained competitive bids, coordinated the work, supervised the vendors, and ensured work was completed. Great agent!

— Buyer & Seller

Trusted by discerning clients

CaLee McManus provides the premium Realtor® service in South Orange County. With exceptional staging and cost-effective enhancements, CaLee managed the expeditious selling of our Ladera Ranch home at a perfect price in 2017. When we were purchasing this most recent home, CaLee’s trusted advice on making the offer, the follow-up, and closing the deal sealed the deal on a wonderful home. She clearly exhibi...

— Buyer & Seller

Trusted by discerning clients

CaLee helped me sell my home in 2 weeks. After our first meeting, she laid out a clear plan of what changes needed to be made and how the house should be priced to sell quickly. She literally took the stress off me and made it all seem so effortless. She is amazing and I have never worked with such a professional and pleasant agent. She is simply the best in the industry!

— Carol C.

Trusted by discerning clients

Buying and selling a home is an exciting and stressful experience. As a first-time homeowner and first-time seller, CaLee kept me informed at every step of the process. When the process became challenging CaLee was right there with me providing her flawlessly logical counsel and in the end, CaLee’s pricing strategy was spot on and I closed above the list price, which was above the market price.

— Buyer & Seller

Trusted by discerning clients

If you’re looking for someone to go above and beyond on every detail then she’s your gal! While in escrow for our new home she came up with a plan for work that should be done at our existing home so it would fly off the market. She helped us spend $15,000 so we could make an additional $40,000 over what she would have recommended us listing our home for without the work. The whole idea was to make it a...

— Buyer & Seller

Trusted by discerning clients

Amazing agent CaLee did an amazing job helping us sell our house and also buy a new one. She has a lot of expertise on this area and was very helpful. She is very patient and hard working. I would recommend her to anyone that is looking for an agent.

— Jun W.

Trusted by discerning clients

CaLee is hands down the best, most helpful realtor that I've ever worked with CaLee is hands down the best, most helpful realtor that I've ever worked with. CaLee always goes above and beyond, and she has the local contacts and presence to be able to find you the best home while working to negotiate the best prices. I would recommend CaLee to everyone and anyone!

— Andrew E.

Trusted by discerning clients

Highly recommend this excellent, savvy, trusted, and fun real-estate professional. CaLee McManus was highly recommended by Alicia …, a trusted friend of my niece. CaLee met me at my condo. I was instantly impressed by her knowledge and down to earth attitude. She not only introduced her company and her approach but she also explained the process clearly. Even though it was my my first experience selling ...

— Ramneek M.

Trusted by discerning clients

Excellent Realtor I would highly recommend CaLee and her team at Monarch Real Estate. I have sold two homes with CaLee and she consistently provides a high level of professionalism, stays current with the latest marketing tools, always listens to me and stays on top of the market. Even during a time when the market was still and prices began to turn, we sold our home for top dollar. She truly has been...

— Merav and John

Trusted by discerning clients

A+ operations and highly recommend!!! From the day we met CaLee to closing the sale of our property, the experience was smooth. CaLee and her team are incredibly knowledgeable about the market, and she made recommendations that helped us receive the price we were looking for. CaLee provided suggestions on how to increase the market value, and she allowed us to make the final decision based on our budget...

— Raj and Kinnary

Trusted by discerning clients

CaLee is an excellent agent that takes a very transparent, professional approach to representing you. She is an incredibly knowledgeable realtor, a savvy negotiator, and was always responsive when we had needs. We really appreciated her ability to see the best characteristics of our home and help in getting it ready to show. She won’t sugar coat things either, which we appreciated…it saved us time in add...

— John and Lindsay

Trusted by discerning clients

Simply the BEST! I can’t recommend CaLee and the entire team at Monarch more! Calee’s market knowledge, network, and sales process enabled us to sell our house in days at a price we were thrilled with. Can’t wait to work with her on our next purchase!

— Chris and Andrea, Ladera Ranch

Trusted by discerning clients

CaLee and her team are in a class of their own! Top notch! We recently sold our home in Covenant Hills with CaLee and her team, and it was not an easy feat! Working with CaLee was a lifesaver, and we will forever be grateful. From the start, we could tell that CaLee was in a class of her own. She knew the home and neighborhood really well and made IMMEDIATE suggestions for changes that made a lot of se...

— Azeem and Zeena

Trusted by discerning clients

Excellent in every way CaLee is amazing to work with. She has a very thorough knowledge of the market, and a great team working with her. Can’t say enough good things about CaLee. She helps walk you through every aspect of purchase or sale. Very professional, and a joy to work with!

— Art Wolf

Trusted by discerning clients

Working with CaLee and her team with Monarch Real Estate was the best experience in selling real estate we have ever had. We have sold multiple homes in various locations, but this was truly a seamless process. I interviewed 7 local agents and luxury specialists but no one stood out to me as much as CaLee. She is intelligent and our dealings were transparent. I trust CaLee and her judgment implici...

— Helen and Ed A.

Trusted by discerning clients

CaLee and her team are in a class of their own! Top notch! We recently sold our home in Covenant Hills with CaLee and her team, and it was not an easy feat! Working with CaLee was a lifesaver, and we will forever be grateful. From the start, we could tell that CaLee was in a class of her own. She knew the home and neighborhood really well and made IMMEDIATE suggestions for changes that made a lot of sen...

— Zeena Dhalla

Trusted by discerning clients

CaLee is an excellent agent that takes a very transparent, professional approach to representing you. She is an incredibly knowledgeable realtor, a savvy negotiator, and was always responsive when we had needs. We really appreciated her ability to see the best characteristics of our home and help in getting it ready to show. She won’t sugar coat things either, which we appreciated…it saved us time in add...

— John Reese

Trusted by discerning clients

+A operations and highly recommend!!! From the day we met CaLee to closing the sale of our property, the experience was smooth. CaLee and her team are incredibly knowledgeable about the market, and she made recommendations that helped us receive the price we were looking for. CaLee provided suggestions on how to increase the market value, and she allowed us to make the final decision based on our budget...

— Rohit Patel

Trusted by discerning clients

Professional and Care CaLee demonstrated a high level of professionalism throughout my buying process, always being punctual and well-prepared. Her genuine caring attitude shone through as she listened to my concerns and addressed my questions with utmost patience. She's such a fun lady to work with, and her ability to stay positive even in challenging situations made the entire process enjoyable.

— Buyer | Professional and Care

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