Smith & Berg Spotlight: Trevor Edmond

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The Nature of Trevor’s Reality

From acting in Hollywood to grinding in corporate America, Trevor Edmond has gone down several paths to eventually lead him home to real estate. He’s a man of character and purpose whose curiosity for life extends to everything that he does—whether that’s serving clients to the best of his ability or researching the nature of reality. Yup, you heard us—he’s a science aficionado on top of being a devoted father, husband, nature dweller, and, of course, Associate Partner. We sat down with Trevor to figure out just how he thrives so well on variety, evolves so quickly, and grows so purposefully with each life experience he has.

What did you do professionally prior to real estate?

I spent 20 years in Hollywood working as an actor. When my time in Hollywood came to an end, I dabbled in public relations and manufacturing before landing a corporate technology job with a Fortune 500 company. I spent over a decade in corporate America.

What was your segue into real estate?

My wife was a realtor and when she was interviewing for a position with Partners Trust, I joined her in her final interview. I was in the midst of some changes in my career and the President at Partners Trust, Nick Segal, made a powerful impression on me. I made the decision to join her in the profession with the intention of forming a husband & wife team. When my wife became pregnant with our first child, I redirected to partnering with David Berg and then eventually with F. Ron Smith.

Why did you join Smith & Berg Partners?

David Berg was my real estate mentor and F. Ron Smith was my real estate idol. When they announced their partnership and invited me to join their team, I couldn’t say yes fast enough.

Describe your dream home.

An older but revitalized craftsman on over an acre of land.

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

Every time I close an escrow I get a tremendous sense of pride knowing that I just played a large role in improving my clients’ quality of life. It’s one of the most important purchases people will ever make and when someone trusts me with that, it’s special. There is no one closing that shines more than another because, regardless of the home or purchase price, it’s the client and their family that really matter to me. I feel the same sense of pride each time I reach that finish line.

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

My unique strength is the combination of experiences I’ve had in acting, public relations, manufacturing, the corporate world and ultimately in real estate. All of these experiences have culminated into a broad skill set that allows me to expertly address a large cross-section of people who are interested in real estate. Because of the diverse background that I have, many of the people I encounter often become clients and many of my clients then become friends.

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

Getting married and becoming a father.

Beyond real estate, what lights your fire?

On a surface level, I love to travel and experience other cultures. I love to hike and exercise outdoors and immerse myself in nature. But if I’m to answer the question on a little deeper level, what really catches my attention is researching the nature of reality and our existence. I have a distaste for the common narrative on this subject and I actively research progressive and or alternative ideas on who we are and why we are here. Whether it be scientific or spiritual (or a cross-section of both), I’m continuously fascinated by the subject matter.

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

I love a good conspiracy theory. Especially when the government is involved.

RAPID FIRE — Which do you prefer and why?

Tacos or tequila?

It depends on how hungry I am.

Beach home or mountain home?

Beach home (in Hawaii)

Prints or solids?


Beyonce or Britney?


Jimmy Buffet or Warren Buffett?


Smith or Berg? Just kidding.

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

Be the best you you can be, and the world will be a better place for it.

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