It was an offer that defied the standard norms of the real estate industry and, initially, took REALTOR® Courtney Poulos aback. • Poulos’ friend, Adam Levin, approached her with a business proposition that was a considerable departure from industry norms. About a year and a half prior, Levin’s agent informed him that his property, which he was about to put on the market, was worth $2.5 million,based on comparisons she pulled on his Manhattan Beach neighborhood. Levin,a labor attorney, was convinced the figure was closer to about $2.8 million, said Poulos. He told her,“I know what my house is worth and want to sell it for that.” She told him it would never appraise for that price.