Meet Our Group 

 
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Casey O'Connor

Principal

As a current resident of Newport Beach, Casey O’Connor offers an invaluable perspective on the area as well as the many neighborhoods and communities that render the coastline one of the world’s most desirable places to call home. What sets her apart from all others is her impeccable attention detail, genuine drive and passion for real estate, as well as her highly personable and fiercely motivated personality.

I am a firm believer that hard work equals results,” noted Casey. ”When you truly believe in the product you are selling and strive for excellence everyday, this is a recipe for success. My moral standards and dedication ensures my clients that they will receive the finest experience possible, whether I am helping a first time home buyer, a family find their dream home, or a seasoned builder sell their finished product.”

As a part of Arbor Real Estate, Casey has a number of exclusive resources at her fingertips—advantages that have been tailored to make transactions in coastal Orange County’s competitive luxury marketplace as smooth and rewarding as possible for the client. Arbor’s in-house marketing and advertising team, its network of seasoned agents and brokers, and its commitment to conducting business in an eco-friendly fashion are just a handful of elements that set the organization apart from the competition while ensuring buyers and sellers alike a more seamless experience.

In addition to being an active tennis player and world traveler, Casey also participates in a broad spectrum of community activities. One of which is Sean’s Pot-Of-Gold, a non profit that she founded which delivers gifts to pediatric cancer patients at Loma Linda and CHOC Hospitals on Saint Patrick’s Day. Casey resides in Newport Beach with her husband and Real Estate Partner Andrey Potapkin

949.698.8599 | COConnor@ArborRealEstate.com | BRE 01967655


 
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Andrey Potapkin

Sales Associate 

Andrey Potapkin, originally from Moscow, Russia has been an Irvine and Newport Beach resident for the past 1o years. Andrey originally came to California as a young Professional Tennis Player, and earned his Bachelors in Marketing, and MBA from Concordia University in Irvine. While at Concordia University Andrey played No.1 on the Men’s Tennis Team all four years while earning a full scholarship.

“I feel that my skills as a highly competitive athlete helps my clients greatly. My dedication and resourcefulness ensures a seamless buying or selling experience, and happy clients!” Says Andrey. In addition to his athletic skill set, Andrey also uses his experience in marketing to help create for his clients an in-depth, comprehensive, and customized marketing campaign to insure his clients garner the highest selling price possible.

Leveraging his wide-spanning capabilities with Arbor Real Estate’s top-notch marketing and advertising campaign, commitment to superior service, and network of professional and seasoned agents, Andrey’s clients are certain to experience a rewarding transaction. 

Outside of his Real Estate career, Andrey enjoys playing tennis, and traveling. He is also fluent in Russian. Andrey participates in various community activities including- Sean’s Pot Of Gold which delivers gift baskets on St. Patrick’s Day to the pediatric cancer patients at both CHOC & Loma Linda Hospitals. Andrey resides in Newport Beach with his wife, and Real Estate Partner Casey O’Connor.

949.892.0809 | APotapkin@ArborRealEstate.com | BRE 02052755


 
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Elis Chong

Sales Associate

Elis Chong- a resident of Newport Beach for over 30 years including Spyglass Hills in Corona Del Mar, where her family currently resides, offers an invaluable perspective of the community and the luxury real estate market. Elis, along with her husband have two teenage children and are deeply rooted in the community including PTA, non-profits, athletics, and club sports. 

Elis attended UC Irvine and graduated with a degree in Economics. With over 15 years of Sales and Marketing experience in the technology sector, Elis has a unique skill set that she leverages to ensure that her sellers receive the highest closing price possible through a competitive bid process. “I always put my clients best interest above all else when negotiating the best price possible,” says Elis. Her deep personal knowledge of the area helps her identify homes that are a perfect fit for her client’s individual lifestyles.

Elis’s career as a realtor began in San Diego in 2002 where she specialized in the Torrey Hills Area. Now, as a member of Arbor Real Estate, Elis has the advantage of many exclusive resources at her disposal. This includes Arbor’s in-house marketing team, web & social media presence, outreach in the community, and conducting business in an eco-friendly manner. These resources along with Elis’s outgoing and persistent personality offer her clients a smooth and rewarding real estate experience.

Native born in Hong Kong, Elis understands the unique needs and culture of Asia and how it fuses into the California Beach Lifestyle. She is fluent- both written and verbal in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. Elis is known for her attention to detail, great communication skills, hard work and personalized service. Her clients will often say, “Not only did Elis find me my dream home, but I have also made a friend for life!”

858.722.3297 | EChong@ArborRealEstate.com | BRE 01334705


 
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Ali Castner

Transactional Coordinator

Ali Castner brings nearly a decade of real estate experience, and success throughout her impressive residential real estate sales career. Castner is known for her exceptional work ethic, client service and network - all of which she leverages to the benefit of her clients, who rely on her to deliver results and a seamless transaction experience. 

Castner also applied her real estate experience to her tenure working alongside the Vice Chancellor at UC Irvine, managing various projects in the Planning and Budget Departments, including a number of key campus leasing and renovation projects. 

Castner lives with her family in Dana Point, where she is involved in supporting local schools, raising more than $30,000 for educational enhancement programs.

949.291.0693 | ACastner@ArborRealEstate.com | BRE 01467532


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