Smith & Berg is the leading real estate team on the Westside of Los Angeles. Based out of Partners Trust's flagship Beverly Hills office and serving high-end buyers and sellers across Los Angeles, the team is known for being one of the most active on the Westside and, with a focus on new construction and architectural homes, is the go-to team for Westside developers.
About F. Ron Smith: With his entrepreneurial spirit and penchant for shaking up the status quo, F. Ron Smith, along with four of his friends, launched Partners Trust in 2009 with the idea of creating a discerning and conscientious real estate brokerage. Through his leadership style and visionary marketing tactics, the company has since grossed more than $8.5 Billion in sales. In addition to recently being named as one of Variety Magazine’s Los Angeles Real Estate Elite, F. Ron was ranked by the Wall Street Journal as the #24 producing agent in California by sales volume in 2015 as well as 14th in Los Angeles. In his own right, F. Ron has been involved in more than $2 Billion in residential real estate transactions.
About David Berg: David Berg is one of California’s leading real estate professionals whose success over the past 12 years has earned him a position at the forefront of the Los Angeles real estate scene. Named among REAL Trends’ top 200 agents in the state and top 100 in Los Angeles, David, known to most as “Berg,” puts forth an ideal blend of industry knowledge, negotiation skills and authentic personality, resulting in a seamless and enjoyable transaction for all parties. As one of the original associates at Partners Trust, David has been instrumental in the company’s growth.
About Trevor Edmond: Trevor Edmond is a man of character and purpose—a truth that shines through his actions, whether parenting his two young daughters or serving clients as part of the Smith & Berg team at Partners Trust. Trevor has developed a command of modern homes and transitional interior/exterior spaces, a product that satisfies his innate eye for style. Under the leadership of Founding Partner F. Ron Smith and Partner/Estates Director David Berg, Trevor sits at the forefront of the Westside real estate scene, from Pacific Palisades to Culver City and beyond.
Having played many roles as a film and TV actor since the age of 12, Trevor thrives on variety, evolving quickly and growing purposefully with each life experience.
About Nathan Stadler: A lifetime Angeleno and accomplished film executive, Nathan Stadler worked alongside some of the world’s most notable artists and celebrities before segueing into selling the best of Los Angeles residential real estate. This professional pedigree has honed a keen ability to network, relate and negotiate. Being opposite a transaction with Founding Partner F. Ron Smith and Partner/Estate Director David Berg was all it took for Nathan to sign on with Partners Trust. A member of the top-producing Smith & Berg team since October 2016, Nathan has witnessed a high volume of sales on the Westside, specifically involving modern architecturals and new construction. He treasures the ability to work with clients from different backgrounds and motivations, from developers to savvy real estate investors to first time homebuyers.
About Yvette Lopez: Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Yvette was drawn to the creative aspect of building homes at an early age. Her journey and love for architecture led her to Partners Trust. Yvette’s psychology degree and Master's in HR & Organizational Behavior make her an extremely organized and detail-oriented member of the Smith & Berg team. An accomplished artist, she also enjoys creating art pieces for new home owners and corporate businesses.
About Robert Morton: Passion, professionalism and perseverance are the three traits that have led me to Partners Trust as an Associate Partner. Those same three qualities put me at the top of the television industry, winning two Emmy Awards and ten nominations, most notably as Executive Producer of David Letterman’s shows on both NBC and CBS, for fourteen years. I care about the quality of my work and the people I work with…hence, success. While producing, I was speculating in resort properties around th world and eventually segued into co-ops and condos and residential development. All of a sudden, homes and development replaced show business as my true passion. With 35 years of deal making experience, talent relationships and development acumen (not to mention design, construction and sales expertise), I am now at your call to “Executive Produce” all your housing needs and desires.
About Jason Rael: Jason Rael is Director of Operations for Smith and Berg at Pacific Union, Beverly Hills, where he specializes in business development and operations management. With over a decade of executive level experience in the luxury real estate industry, Jason has participated in some of the country’s largest recorded properties.
Serving a prominent clientele, Jason follows a philosophy of trust and transparency. His mantra of “work together, learn together and grow together,” has led him to achieve success for his clients, while creating lifelong relationships. An essential element to the impeccable client service and representation that Smith and Berg delivers, Jason undoubtedly adds value to the rich experiences created for every client.
Jason’s favorite part of the transactional process is matching clients’ lifestyles with their Los Angeles dream properties. “For me, a job ‘well done’ is when all expectations are surpassed and nothing is left to compromise,” Jason explains. “Nothing in this industry is impossible and limits are meant to be opened.”
F. Ron Smith
Ron was recommended to me by my investment banker. What stuck in my mind was that she said he is a tough negotiator. Since I had to sell my home by myself, I needed someone strong next to me. Ron sold my house in the first week with multiple offers, got me into my new home within weeks from the sale, and he did everything that he said he was going to do. His staff is also very responsive and knowledgeable. I have already recommended him to several people.
The only two intelligent decisions we made during the sales process of our Santa Monica condominium were to choose Ron and his team, and then to actually listen to his advice! While we knew the target price we wanted for our home was reasonable, the market was very choppy and it was Ron who built and executed a successful sales strategy to get us exactly what we were looking for ~ in less than a week! Furthermore, everything about the escrow and close then went smoothly. The bottom line is we will work with him again and have referred him to friends aggressively.
- Michele & Schuyler
F. Ron Smith and his staff have made a normally very stressful time of selling my parents condominium as easy as possible. Moving elderly parents is never easy, but Ron and his staff were so concerned and mindful of my parent's special needs. Ron delivered everything he promised and more. Thank you Ron and staff.
Peggy and I would like to thank you and your staff for making this potentially traumatic experience so manageable. We always felt confident that we were in very professional hands and that our best interests were continuously represented! We received multiple offers including two that were well above our asking price. I will not hesitate to recommend your services to anyone who is looking for an outstanding realtor! (In fact, I have already done so.) Partners Trust is truly a most outstanding Brokerage!!
- Tom & Peggy
You took care of me in the style that my husband would be proud. I am blessed to have your skills and friendship in my sphere of influence.
- Sylvia Silk-Kline
Selling a home can be a stressful situation, especially when living in another state. I can't give Ron and the extended Partners Trust team enough praise and positive recommendations for taking charge of my transaction and managing the steps leading to an extremely successful sale: market analysis, preparation and renovations prior to listing, navigating the sale and closing processes, patience with me, and real-time communication every step of the way. The results exceeded my high expectations, and I look forward to working with this team again in the future!...
- Carv Moore
I would compare working with Ron to making fantastic guacamole. First, you need the right ingredients. Second, you have to know the right proportions. Third, you have to mix it just right. And last you need to eat it while it's fresh. When I first met Ron, my lease tenant was moving out rather suddenly. I had anticipated having to pay out a couple of months rent trying to find a new tenant. This was the beginning of December by the way. Ron told me that his goal would be to have a new tenant in by the end of the year. Yeah, right! Well, my old tenant moved out on the 15th and my new tenant moved in on the 20th! A minor miracle had occurred! Ron said it would happen and he made it happen! I was one very happy new client! Oh, I'm not sure how this story relates to making guacamole, but Ron can probably tell you.
- Jeff Koz
I am writing this to express our sincere appreciation of your excellent representation in connection with the recent sale of our Brentwood home which we had purchased approximately 10 years ago, near the top of the real estate bubble. Thereafter, we watched its market value decline and when we decided to sell it this summer, we feared that we would be unable to recoup our investment. Your advice, step-by-step guidance and marketing prowess resulted in multiple offers in three weeks followed by a profitable sale.
- Marvin Murray
I've known Ron Smith for 15+years and have had many successful real estate deals with him. On this purchase we worked with Kelly Griffiths who found the right property for us to buy. Because of a pressured time restraint we had less than five days to purchase and close escrow. Ron and his team of experts made that happen. Once again I am grateful to Partners Trust, particularly Ron, Kelly, Eric and Anita. Nobody does it better.
- Janet S. Zonis
When we first began looking for someone to list and sell my mother’s house in Brentwood, I warned my siblings that brokers who wanted the listing would likely over-promise in order to get it. I’m not a big fan of over-promise because it usually means under-deliver, but I accepted it as part of the process. And boy did you over-promise! You’d have the house landscaped, painted, and beautifully staged in 10 days. It would show like a different house than what it had been. You’d have ten days of showings, and then deliver us multiple offers. You’d get us into escrow within 3 days after that with an offer exactly where we wanted, and you’d have a back up offer behind it. You’d get us a short escrow period, with no contingencies. You’d shepherd the deal through the closing of escrow and make sure everything went smoothly. Oh, and somewhere in the middle of that, you’d make a quick trip to China! Look, I told my siblings, it’s great that he thinks he can get all that done. If he does half of it, we’ll be way ahead. I was right about only one thing - we are way ahead. Because you didn’t over-promise and under-deliver. YOU DELIVERED ON EVERY SINGLE PROMISE YOU MADE. You literally didn’t miss a day on the incredibly aggressive time schedule you set. You did remake the house into something much better than it had been. Within 10 days of its listing, you brought us 7 offers. 3 days later we were in escrow right where we wanted, and there was a back up offer behind it. Escrow closed today, and everything went smoothly due to your shepherding. And despite the fact that I can’t tell when you did it, I know you also went to China! You are, simply, a consummate professional. A pleasure to work with you, I hope to again, and I recommend you without reservation.
- Michael Epstein
F. Ron Smith, Eric Smith and the Partners Trust team were laser-focused when it came to selling our home. Their recommendations on preparing our home for the highest retail value were dead-on and we took their advice. Their marketing materials were high-quality, sharp and better than anyone else’s. We had used other agents in the past and they were unsuccessful. F. Ron’s Smith’s team came in with a new and fresh approach and they sold our home the first day it went on the market, nearly at full asking price. It doesn’t get much more successful than that!
- Jackie and Simon
My wife and I have known Ron for the last 10 years, and just recently closed escrow on a property on which he represented us. The transaction ended up being longer and more consuming that any of us had anticipated. These are the types of transactions that put everyone to the test. This is where we witnessed Ron’s true performance skills. He exercised his patience, will, determination, and a very high level of enthusiasm for our deal the entire way through. He brought a tremendous amount of experience to the table, with his top notch negotiating skills and an extensive knowledge of the contracts inside and out. From the first meeting we had in discussing the listing and up until the close of escrow was approx. one year and throughout that entire time Ron never lost his enthusiasm for the project, the listing, the showings and the open houses. For all the requests we had made, Ron was there for us 110%. We were so fortunate to have him represent us and I would highly recommend Ron to all of our friends and family, and anyone looking for a top notch agent.
- Greg Shain, Shain Development, Inc.
Dave couldn't have done a better job. Really stuck with me and showed a lot of character working so hard on a deal for a long time.
- Michael Sloan
It is with great pleasure that I recommend David Berg. I have known David for years and he has represented me in numerous real estate transactions with great results. I have the highest respect for his professional attitude and work ethic and would expect to do business together many times again in the future.
- Norm Schifman
David knows his markets and is extremely tactful in terms of his strategies and planning. I would highly recommend David to both experienced and first time buyers.
- Tracy and Mitch Waldstein
He was really helpful and knowledgeable regarding the real estate market. He was understood exactly what we were looking for and assisted in finding our perfect property.
- Jordan and Bret Slater
David is a savvy hard working real professional who has a focus on residential income property. He stands out from many agents due to his market knowledge, unique marketing approach and legal insights. He is someone I would use as my own agent.
- Danny Monempour
David has sold two multi-family apartment properties for my family and is currently listing a new one for us. I have found him to be very forward-thinking and proactive in getting deals done.
- David Moses
I would highly recommend David Berg of Partner's Trust as an outstanding Realtor. He recently was instrumental in selling my home that had been on the market for several months with another brokerage firm.
- Malcolm Riley
David is the ONLY broker who after approaching me with the standard realtor opening line of ..\"I have someone who wants to buy your house..\" ACTUALLY did and at the price we wanted! Dave navigated and executed flawlessly causing a seamless and stressless transaction. He under promised and over performed!”
- Scott Bresnick