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Howard Weinstein

Founding Principal

Mr. Howard Weinstein has been a prominent leader in the Arizona residential land brokerage and homebuilding industry for the last 30 years. In his extensive experience as a homebuilding senior executive, Mr. Weinstein acquired, entitled, and developed thousands of acres and lots, while spearheading the construction of over $1 billion of single-family residential communities. During Mr. Weinstein’s more recent tenure as one of Arizona most recognized land brokers, he has collectively conducted brokerage transactions of more than $2 billion.


The Land Agency, which Mr. Weinstein founded, is a leading land brokerage agency serving the acquisition and disposition needs of the top homebuilders, developers, investors, landowners, farmers, and lending institutions operating in Arizona. Under the leadership of Mr. Weinstein, The Land Agency has grown to one of the most successful land brokerage agencies in Arizona.

Mr. Weinstein has been quoted in numerous local and national press articles, including the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Arizona Big Media, and the Phoenix Business Journal. He is a contributor to the national well-known real estate market reports published by industry analyst, Ivy Zelman. Mr. Weinstein was recognized by the AZRE Magazine as one of the “Top 1,000 People to Know” in Arizona. Mr. Weinstein has also been an expert panelist and guest speaker for some of the most well-known housing market conferences.

Patty Lafferty

founding Principal & Designated Broker

Patty Lafferty holds the esteemed position of Founding Principal and Designated Broker at The Land Agency. With a remarkable reputation as a leading land broker, Patty focuses her expertise on single family residential, multifamily residential, and industrial land transactions across the Phoenix Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). She represents numerous prominent U.S. public and private builders and developers, providing strategic guidance for their land acquisition and disposition endeavors.

Patty's extensive market knowledge and unparalleled experience have propelled her to become one of the most active and recognized land brokers in Arizona. Apart from her exceptional land brokerage skills, Patty exhibits formidable leadership abilities and strong management acumen at The Land Agency. Her efforts have led to the recruitment, training, and development of numerous collegiate interns who have gone on to assume associate-level positions within the company. These individuals contribute significantly through their integral research and sales responsibilities.

Patty is a proud graduate of the University of Arizona, having obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Regional Development and Geographical Information Systems in 2005. Her educational background serves as a solid foundation for the creation of The Land Agency's innovative landownership and entitlement research data collection system. This system has revolutionized the land brokerage business, providing invaluable insights to Patty's clients.

With her exceptional expertise, Patty Lafferty continues to make significant contributions to the field of land brokerage, establishing herself as a trusted advisor and industry leader. Her commitment to providing exceptional service and leveraging cutting-edge technology ensures that her clients receive the best possible guidance for their land-related endeavors.


Max Kuesel

Sales Associate

Max is a recent graduate of the University of Arizona, where he earned his degrees in Business Management and Entrepreneurship. He represented his alma mater by playing for the club golf team and maintaining membership in the fraternity Beta Theta Pi.


After his time at the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship, Max hopes to one day start his own business in the real estate and development industry. Max is excited to join The Land Agency team and is eager to bring strong communication and organizational skills to the company. Through the training, guidance, and expertise of his seasoned colleagues in the field, Max constantly refines his knowledge of market activity in the state of Arizona.


Connor peagler

Sales Associate

Born and raised in the Valley, Connor started as a researcher for The Land Agency after graduating from Brophy College Preparatory. He worked closely with GIS specialists to help build TLA’s current land database. Upon receiving his real estate license, Connor closed numerous developer and homebuilder deals throughout the valley before transitioning to brokering manufactured housing communities in Arizona. Connor’s ability to predict and react to market conditions, while taking advantage of the opportunities they present, is a rare skillset that contributes to his success in land brokerage.


After brokering over $100 million in manufactured housing communities, Connor took a brief hiatus to finish his degree at Arizona State University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2021. He plans to attend law school starting in the summer of 2022. 

Kris thompson

Sales Associate

With over twenty years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, Kris Thompson is a highly skilled and seasoned professional. Holding a Master's in Business Administration from ASU and an undergraduate degree from Seattle Pacific University, Kris has honed his expertise in identifying, acquiring, entitling, and selling land across Greater Phoenix and Pinal Counties.

Kris has had the privilege of working with renowned investors and developers throughout his career, earning their trust by consistently delivering exceptional results. In 2011, he founded a data company with a vision to assist investors and developers in uncovering undervalued opportunities. This venture gave rise to Vizzda, a state-of-the-art mapping and database system that has revolutionized the industry.

Today, Vizzda is widely recognized as a cutting-edge platform utilized by major brokerages, investment firms, and development companies in Arizona, South Florida, and the Inland Empire of California. Combining his innate talent for analytics and data with his extensive experience in land brokerage, Kris has consistently generated unprecedented returns for his clients.

Kris's dedication, expertise, and innovative approach have positioned him as a trusted advisor and industry leader. His ongoing efforts continue to shape the commercial real estate landscape, empowering investors and developers with the knowledge and tools needed to make informed decisions and capitalize on untapped potential.

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