Who we are

Smith & Berg Partners COMPASS, is a team of leading Southern California real estate experts, covering the entire Los Angeles area, from the hills to the sea. Guided by the mission of One Team, One Purpose: Our Clients, our team has sold more than $5.5 Billion worth of real estate since first forming and are regularly featured as top real estate professionals by The Wall Street Journal, REAL Trends, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Business Journal and Los Angeles Magazine.

Led by F. Ron Smith and David Berg, each member of our team is uniquely qualified with the expertise, relationships and focus to represent buyers, sellers, developers, investors, business and entertainment managers, and all others interested in the opportunity to be a part of the Los Angeles real estate dream.

Headquartered in Brentwood, California, Smith & Berg Partners is one of the few real estate teams in Los Angeles with its own flagship office. With a focus on new construction and architectural homes, we have been recognized as the most productive team on LA’s westside, as well as the go-to team for LA developers.

Beyond real estate, Smith & Berg Partners has a philanthropic division dedicated to helping two important causes -- the Children's Burn Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. On the media front, the team also publishes Tacos & Tequila, the most irreverent online journal in the real estate space. The name was inspired by the office’s favorite afternoon libations and a love for tacos — often served at our open houses across the Westside.

Our team of real estate experts love what they do and have enormous fun while doing it. You are invited to read more about each of us here.

F. Ron Smith

Founding Partner | DRE# 00961954
310.569.4889 mobile
With entrepreneurial spirit, F. Ron Smith co-founded the LA boutique real estate powerhouse Partners Trust. Through his leadership style and visionary marketing tactics, the company, sold in 2018 to Pacific Union (now Compass), grossed more than $10 Billion in sales. Consistently a top producer since beginning his career in real estate over thirty years ago, F. Ron has been inv...

David Berg

Founding Partner | DRE# 01481236
310.699.6151 mobile
David Berg is one California’s leading real estate professionals whose success over the past eighteen years has earned him a position at the forefront of LA’s real estate scene. Consistently a top producer throughout his entire career, David (known to most as “Berg”) puts forth an ideal blend of industry knowledge, negotiating skills and authentic person...

Nathan Stadler

Associate Partner | DRE# 01994107
310.413.5205 mobile
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 — a combination that makes his clients' experience a positive o...

Sewit Eshetu

Associate Partner | DRE# 01259497
310.500.3292 mobile
310.500.3292 office
Success is an art form. Sewit brings an uncommonly creative approach to finding optimal solutions to her clients’ real estate needs and challenges. For Sewit, in real estate, success is an art form. Framed by her experience, her canvas is her modus operandi; the medium, her tenacity and perseverance; and the brushstrokes, a beguiling nuance and subtlety. Together, they c...

Trevor Edmond

Associate Partner | DRE# 01945030
310.500.3915 mobile
310.500.3915 office
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 Partners. In fact, his favorite transaction wasn’t based upon a dividend but rather a relationship, aiding a couple in relocating from New York to Los Angeles and closing escrow the week...

Robert Morton

Associate Partner | DRE# 01975689
310.500.3319 office
Passion, professionalism and perseverance are the three traits that led Morty to Smith & Berg Partners, COMPASS as an Associate Partner. Those same three qualities put him 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. ...

Brandon Smith

Associate Partner | DRE# 02013050
310.433.6266 mobile
Born, raised, educated and passionate about Los Angeles, Brandon’s enthusiasm and interest in So Cal real estate can be traced to growing up with the real estate wisdom,  incredible business acumen and encouragement of his father, F. Ron Smith. A graduate of Crossroads School in Santa Monica and USC’s Marshall School of Business, Brandon’s  perspecti...

Katy Yambao

Associate Partner | DRE# 02095288
412.216.1922 mobile
Katy is so excited to be embarking on her real estate career and is beyond thrilled to be a member of one of the best teams in the industry.   She grew up in Pittsburgh and then attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison where she studied Political Science and Mandarin. After college she moved to New York City where she spent the next several years...

Ryan Bergum

Associate Partner | DRE# 02046558
858.431.6290 mobile
Ryan is a Southern California native, giving him a thorough understanding of local market trends, inventory, and the ultimate SoCal lifestyle. He is the next generation of realtor, combining old school work ethic with new school innovation, ensuring transactions are executed as seamless as possible. As the oldest of five children, Ryan has an inherent ability to connect with hi...

Bobby Neely

Associate Partner | DRE# 01830981
818.261.9205 mobile
Throughout all his life endeavors, Bobby Neely has consistently brought the same traits to achieve success: hard work, reliability, diligence, communication, commitment, and authenticity. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Bobby set his sights on becoming a professional athlete from a young age. An All American High School football player, Bobby went on to earn a full athletic scholarsh...

Parisa  Schnider

Associate Partner | DRE# 02120813
310.467.7153 mobile
A Los Angeles native with East Coast roots, Parisa grew up in a family of commercial and residential real estate investors. Parisa attended Milken Community High School in Bel Air and the Cinema School at University of Southern California. After graduating, she worked in production on movies like “The Divergent” franchise and joined a top advertising agency, Lindema...

AndrĂ©s  Vargas

Associate Partner | DRE# 02125882
323.440.8009 mobile
Andrés Vargas is marrying his keen eye for style and design, along with an efficient project management work ethic to make a splash in LA's luxury real estate industry. Andrés is a LA native from a family of restaurateurs and food manufacturers. He received his education from Loyola High School of Los Angeles and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Wh...

Courtney Welsh

Director of Operations | DRE# 01764903
310.625.3255 mobile
Courtney Welsh joined forces with Smith and Berg Partners 4 years ago and possesses over 16 years of experience in luxury residential real estate managing the operations for top producing teams and agents in some of California's most sought-after markets, including the westside of Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Her early experience working as an age...

Oliver  Maniquis

Operations Manager
310.850.6549 mobile
Oliver is a transplant from Manila, Philippines and has made Los Angeles home for over half of his life. Educated in the Philippines with a degree in Philosophy, he moved to the US shortly after college and was immediately introduced to the world of Los Angeles luxury real estate by chance while touring the beautiful campus of the Pacific Design Center. The rest, as they say, i...

Krista Masella

Marketing Manager | DRE# 01969303
951.707.7555 mobile
Krista was born and raised in Southern California. She attended college at California State University Fullerton graduating with a degree in Communications with an emphasis on Public Relations. Shortly before graduating she moved to Los Angeles where she remains today. Early experience with large scale music events servicing VIP clientele taught her the importance of concierge ...

Garrett  Sanders

Garrett moved to Los Angeles in 2018 and has worked as a Concierge for the InterContinental Hotel in Downtown LA and Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, offering the highest level of guest services for the luxury brand resorts. He is excited to venture into the real estate world with such a stellar team of driven professionals at SBP. Prior to his West Coast move he attended Flori...