Lily Liang was born in Taiwan and came to the United States to attend college. As a child in Taiwan, she accompanied her mother on house hunting trips and assisted her with redecorating, renting, and selling homes. Liang started investing in real estate when she was studying in college by renting rooms to other students.
After graduating, getting married, and starting a family, she found she needed a more flexible work schedule. Remembering the feeling of excitement and accomplishment when her mother bought and sold homes, and with the thought of a more flexible schedule, Liang quit her university job and began a career in real estate. She explains, “I didn’t think it would become a full-time job, but within a very short time, I was the top agent in my office.” Although success in real estate at first came as a surprise to her, Liang soon had her own real estate brokerage firm with 15 agents.
When her family moved to the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Liang started working at Coldwell Banker. By 1987, she was not only the top agent in Palos Verdes, but she was also the number two Coldwell Banker agent in all of Los Angeles County. Liang is a Certified Corporate Relocation Specialist, a Certified Investment Specialist, and an interior design consultant. In addition to this, she has been a member of Society of Excellence, the highest honor for a Coldwell Banker agent. Liang has also been featured as an “Agent” and “Super-Agent” by Forbes magazine, Time magazine, and Los Angeles magazine.
Recently, Liang sold the highest value home in Palos Verdes Estates. However, she’ll typically have between 10 to 20 listings in different price categories.
She’s been involved with building and remodeling homes through the years, working very closely with developers and architects. She’s also had formal training in interior design. Liang thoroughly enjoys sharing her knowledge and expertise in these areas. She’s fluent in Mandarin Chinese and has lived in countries in Asia and Europe. She believes that her positions as an investment consultant and vice president in the banking industry aids her in the success of marketing homes on the Peninsula. Liang’s professionalism, sincerity, honesty, pleasant presentation, and hard work have earned her an outstanding reputation throughout the industry, and most of her clients come from referrals.
Liang and husband Michael Patton, an internationally-renowned corporate tax attorney, reside in Palos Verdes Estates. When she is not working on a real estate transaction, two activities that she holds close to her heart are painting and music. Liang is a member of the foundation board for LABioMed, in which role she assists in raising fund for medical research projects at this world-famous institution. She was also chosen as “Business Woman of the Year” by South Bay Chinese Women’s Association in 2009. She is a sponsor of the Peninsula library, the Palos Verdes Education Foundation, and many other local organizations.
Painting is a longtime hobby for Liang, who has trained in both western oil and Chinese brush styles of painting. She would love to paint and write if she retires someday.
“To me, Palos Verdes is a great place to live, whether you are raising a family, or [are] an empty nester like me,” Liang says.