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About Susan

“Malibu is the Riviera of the United States.”
— Susan Monus, quoted in a Los Angeles Times front page article
about the strength of the summer leasing market in Malibu

Susan Monus stands for success. She is an ambassador of luxury living, opening doors every day for leaders in business, politics, sports, and entertainment. She puts the best interests of her clients first and tenaciously protects them. Her reputation and relationships are just as important as any real estate transaction. A big part of her success is a business built on repeat clients and referrals. She always conducts business with uncompromising integrity, utmost discretion, and steadfast commitment. She is an innovative marketer, a savvy negotiator, and a problem solver. As a result, she is a top Malibu real estate agent, and has been one for 30 years. In 2019, Susan earned the distinction of being the number 1 agent at the Malibu West office and the number 1 agent internationally for lease production. In 2018, she once again reached the prestigious Society of Excellence, the highest level of achievement for Coldwell Banker. As one of Coldwell Banker’s most successful realtors, Susan has been on the Top 100 list yearly (out of approximately 4,000 realtors) since 1995 for Coldwell Banker agents in Southern California. She is also top 1% internationally for sales. Susan has consistently provided her clients with highly personalized service and individual attention. She has helped them successfully close on hundreds of Malibu beach homes and Malibu estates, whether buying or selling them. She treats her clients with respect and with the understanding that buying and selling a home is one of the most significant financial decisions they will make. Susan has sold several of the most expensive homes in Malibu, luxury Malibu beach and land-side estates, ranging from $17 million to $30 million. Recently, Susan was ranked in the Wall Street Journal’s list of top 250 agents in the United States for gross dollar volume.

Susan has the highest reputation for integrity amongst the prestigious real estate community. Her clients are local, national, and international. They demand a high level of service and Susan provides it with dedication and sophistication. She has a loyal following of people with whom she does repeat business—the real test of stellar performance. It is evident to all who know her that Susan really cares about the satisfaction of her clients.

Ask almost anyone in Malibu and they will tell you Susan is the “hardest working, most passionate” realtor in town. She is a skilled listener and communicator who works tirelessly for her clients to get them the top dollar when selling their luxury Malibu estate or when buying their Malibu dream home. Susan’s strong work ethic coupled with her seasoned experience and entrepreneurial spirit make her an incomparable partner in fulfilling your every real estate need.


Upon graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied business and sociology, Susan worked in New York in the publishing industry at Fortune magazine and in the advertising industry at Grey Advertising. Then, she moved to San Francisco, where she worked in a tax-leveraged leasing business before becoming a real estate agent. Susan was ranked the Number 1 agent in her company prior to moving to Malibu in 1990.

Susan’s extensive business and corporate experience have contributed to her success and outstanding representation.


Susan makes deals happen. She has the intangible qualities necessary in an agent to bridge the gap between buyer and seller and successfully navigate the transaction. Her ability to read the nuances of a client and adapt to the situation is what makes her a unique and accomplished agent.


Susan believes being successful also means helping others. Susan’s reputation as a leader in luxury Malibu real estate has led her to mentor many realtors in starting their own Malibu real estate businesses. She is an educational and business resource for her peers who often approach her for advice and guidance.

Susan is also dedicated to charitable endeavors such as:

Operation Smile, The Special Education Foundation in Malibu, The Frances T. Monus Foundation for Cancer Research, ASPCA, Free Arts for Abused Children, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Pt. Dume Elementary School, Juan Cabrillo Elementary School, The Shark Fund of Malibu High School, Heal the Bay, City of Hope, International Medical Corp, Mending Kids International, Malibu Urgent Care.


  • 2016. Susan once again achieved the Society of Excellence, the highest level of achievement for Coldwell Banker. (She accomplished this achievement for the years 2007-2015). As one of Coldwell Banker’s most successful realtors, Susan has been on the Top 100 list yearly since 1995 for CB agents in Southern California.
  • 2016, 2015, 2014. Susan was also top 1% internationally for sales and one of the top 10 agents nationally for rental income.
  • The Los Angeles Times Hot Properties featured Susan’s sales of the homes of Linda Hamilton and Terry Lewis.
  • At a May 20, 2011 luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Susan received the “Girl Power Award” from A Place Called Home. APCH is a dynamic, non- profit organization that runs a youth center in South Central Los Angeles. In her remarks, Susan related how she is empowered by her passion for selling real estate, and she challenged the crowd: “It is so important that we all find the thread in our lives that empowers each of us in this world and then we use it to empower others. In our busy lives, we have to make a conscious effort to do so.”
  • Susan was recognized as a 2010 real estate sales leader by Bruce G. Ziff, President and CEO of NRT, LLC, the parent company of Coldwell Banker. She ranked 34 among NRT’s top 1,000 sales associates for the first quarter of 2010. These 1,000 associates represent the top 2 percent of performers among 45,000 sales associates across the country. Mr. Ziff stated that Susan’s “commitment to excellence and dedication to ‘Truly Remarkable Service'” makes her a ‘role model’ for not only the company but for the entire industry.”
  • Excellence in Marketing Nominee. Los Angeles Business Journal. Residential Real Estate Awards.
  • Susan in the News. Featured and quoted in a Real Estate News — Trends article in the August 31, 2008 Los Angeles Times. The article discussed a unique marketing strategy of some prominent Beverly Hills and Malibu Agents — their unique hospitality of “delectables.”
  • Featured and quoted in Los Angeles Times front page story, Malibu’s Summer Rents Sizzle. March 24, 2008.
  • Invited to be a “Listening Skills” panelist at the 2008 Coldwell Banker Greater Los Angeles Education Fair.
  • Named a “Super Agent” by Los Angeles magazine.