Smith & Berg Spotlight: Nathan Stadler

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From reels to real estate

Nathan Stadler worked alongside notable artists and celebrities prior to entering real estate, so it’s really no wonder that he was immediately attracted to F. Ron and David. That could be an overstatement but we’re sticking to it. A member of the top-producing team since 2016, Nathan has been killing the sales game in new construction and the development of (his favorite) Mod Cods. A total people person and epic negotiator, Nathan loves nothing more than finding buyers something as near-and-dear as a home—in addition to sitting poolside with his little girl, pup, and wife, of course. That being said, behold: the Smith & Berg Spotlight featuring none other than Nathan Stadler.

What did you do professionally prior to real estate?

I was an executive in the film business.

What was your segue into real estate?

My family has always been involved in real estate and it’s something that I was interested in as a hobby for a long time. At some point it just made sense to start pursuing it professionally.

Why did you join Smith & Berg Partners?

I worked opposite David and F. Ron in a transaction in 2016. I was really impressed with the way they did business and we developed a nice working rhythm together. I liked the idea of the camaraderie and synergies that come along with working on a team. They invited me to join them and I jumped at the opportunity.

Describe your dream home.

I’m a big fan of the “Mod Cod” design movement. Betsy Van’t Hof is an incredible designer who has had a big influence on what I’m drawn to aesthetically. It pulls from the charm of vintage California cottages but infuses big open space and light-filled interiors. I love swimming with my family and my dog, so a pool and some grassy space to run around is critical.

Tell us about your proudest moment as a real estate professional.

There isn’t really a moment or two that stick out above the rest. I just feel really fortunate that I get to work with people on finding something as intimate as a place to call home. Buying a home is also a major investment, obviously, so advising people in that regard is a privilege that I take very seriously. Many of my friends have become clients, and many of my clients have become friends — and that’s very cool.

What unique strength do you bring to your role at Smith & Berg?

I definitely try to keep things light. This can be a very stressful business at times and I think we do a good job as a group of supporting one another and maintaining a positive environment thats conducive to collective success. It’s one of the things that attracted me to working with David and F. Ron.

What is one of the most worthwhile life investments you’ve ever made?

My family. I have an adorable little girl and an incredible wife who absolutely makes our world spin.

Beyond real estate, what lights your fire?

Again, my family. But I’m also a huge LA sports fan. I was crushed last year when the Dodgers lost in the World Series.

What’s one fact about you that most people don’t know?

I played on the Men’s Tennis Team at the University of Southern California. It was an awesome experience.

RAPID FIRE — Which do you prefer and why?

Tacos or tequila?

Tequila. No matter how good the tacos are, tequila will make them taste just a little bit better.

Beach home or mountain home?

Beach. It’s home.

Prints or solids?

Solids. I like to keep things simple.

Beyonce or Britney?


Jimmy Buffett or Warren Buffett?

Jimmy. As a kid I thought “Cheeseburger in Paradise” was hilarious.

Smith or Berg? Just kidding.

Depends on the day!

What quote or piece of advice would you put on a billboard over the Sunset Strip?

My mother’s favorite line was “work hard and be nice to people.” I think that’s a pretty good life philosophy.

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