Meet music's top 15 real-estate agents who broker Miley and Lil Wayne's show-stoppers

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Josh Altman, 36

The Altman Brothers/Douglas Elliman, Beverly Hills

Altman recently closed Miley Cyrus' $5 million buy of a ranch home in Hidden Hills. He also has worked with Kanye West and DJ Skee, among others. A star of Bravo's Million Dollar Listing, Altman once dreamed of a music business career. "Only until I bought my first home and flipped it did I quit -- when I realized real estate was a lot more profitable."

His personal abode: A contemporary house, done in white and gray, in Hollywood Hills' Bird Streets neighborhood.

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Cindy Ambuehl, 51

The Agency, Los Angeles

Ambuehl helped spark a bidding war over the five-bedroom Santa Monica home of composer Jonathan Elias earlier this year. It went for $8.6 million -- about $500,000 more than ­asking. The property offers a Lakers-themed basketball court and a two-story guesthouse. Ambuehl has spent most of her career working with ­celebrities: first as an actor on such shows as Wings and Seinfeld, and now as their real estate agent.

Her personal abode: A Mediterranean-style Santa Monica home she shares with her husband, actor Don Diamont, and their seven boys.

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Sandra Balan*

Corcoran, New York

"Each deal is a ­different story," says Balan, a 20-year ­industry vet. The story behind 237 Lafayette St. involved 12-foot ceilings -- and caught the ­imagination of London-based Mum­ford & Sons guitarist Winston Marshall, who spent $3.2 million in June for a ­"massive, raw" loft space in the building, on the edge of SoHo.

Her personal abode: A postwar doorman building on a cul-de-sac right off the East River.

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Matt Breitenbach, 32

Douglas Elliman, Bridgehampton, N.Y.

Breitenbach has real estate bona fides that rival his more seasoned peers. His dad is a home builder on the East End of Long Island, and he spent ­childhood ­summers watching houses get framed. After college he joined forces with his mother, Susan Breitenbach, a Hamptons broker for Corcoran, and cultivated music-biz titans like Russell Simmons, whose East Hampton home recently sold for $6.995 million. Breitenbach jumped from Corcoran to Douglas Elliman's new sports and entertainment division -- with mom's blessing.

His personal abode: A "little oasis" on three acres north of Montauk Highway, which bisects the Hamptons.

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Ernie Carswell, 55

Teles Properties, Beverly Hills

Thirty-odd years ago, Carswell was a flight attendant when a passenger suggested that the outgoing young man consider going into real estate. Today, he's a co-founder of Teles Properties. In 2014, Carswell sold Katy Perry's Hollywood home for $5.6 million. Past clients include Seal, Fergie and Britney Spears.

His personal abode: An Italian-Mediterranean home in Hollywood Hills' Bird Streets.

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Linda Feder*

Corcoran, New York

"You can't live without music or a home," says Feder, whose former record-business career led her to real estate, with a focus on pied-a-terre homes and helping bicoastal music executives move East. She recently assisted veteran A&R ­executive Jeff Aldrich in scoring a "glitzy, New York-y" $15,000-a-month rental in Tribeca.

Her personal abode: A Carnegie Hill apartment with views of Central Park.

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Ty Forkner, 38

South Beach International, Miami Beach

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Her personal abode: A modern home in Beverly Hills' Trousdale Estates.

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Barry Peele*

Sotheby's International Realty Beverly Hills

Not only has Peele served as Madonna's realtor, he also was her tour ­photographer. That's his shot on the cover of her 2006 CD/DVD I'm Going to Tell You a Secret. In 2014 he sold her modern Georgian-style home on Sunset Boulevard for $19 million. He also has worked with Ricky Martin, Robbie Williams and k.d. lang.

His personal abode: A post-and-beam home in Beverly Hills, featured on the cover of House Beautiful twice.

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Tomi Rose, 41

Opulence International Realty, Miami

Rose is ­negotiating to sell Timbaland's seven-bedroom Mediterranean home in Pinecrest for $4 million and acquire him a new, larger residence nearby. While raising her teenage son, the former stay-at-home mom "just decided I like real estate." She's married to former Miami Heat player Mark Strickland.

Her personal abode: A contemporary in a Cutler Bay clubhouse community.

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Rosina Seydel, 49

Beacham & Company, Atlanta

While ­marketing top-end homes (like a $6.3 ­million Buckhead ­mansion that was Atlanta's top residential deal of 2014), Seydel has found a ­lucrative niche in leasing luxury ­properties. Both Lil Wayne and Cee Lo Green have leased the Infinito ­penthouse in midtown Atlanta's Aqua ­condominium, a 4,176-square-foot ­residence with floor-to-ceiling ­windows, outdoor ­entertainment areas and state-of-the-art security.

Her personal abode: A classic Southern home with large gathering spaces and a huge yard.

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Leonard Steinberg, 50

Compass Realty, New York

A fashion designer who entered real estate 20 years ago "out of ­curiosity" -- and to provide a level of ­service he says he found ­lacking -- Steinberg has built an A-list client ­roster. In March, he sold Jon Bon Jovi's $37.5 million SoHo duplex penthouse to ­business mogul Gerhard Andlinger, after celebs including Heidi Klum had eyed the pad.

His personal abode: A West Chelsea apartment with views of both the High Line and the Hudson River.

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The Lipman Group/Sotheby's International Realty Nashville

Donna Summer sat down at a grand piano to sing octaves in the living room of a pre-Civil War home with 14-foot ceilings. Such are the tales Tisdale can tell after 38 years of selling Nashville real estate to big-name clients, from quirky label ­executives carrying guns to iconic ­artists (like the late Summer) testing the acoustics with impromptu performances. Tisdale offers the privacy stars crave: "I've sold dozens of farms to celebrities," she says.

Her personal abode: A hilltop ­contemporary with views of the Brentwood valley.

*Declined to disclose age

Contributors: Emily L. Foley, Billy Gray, Deborah Evans Price and Jacquelyn Ryan

This story originally appeared in the July 4 issue of Billboard.

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