F. Ron Smith

F. Ron Smith

Founding Partner

Beverly Hills
CalBRE# 00961954
310.569.4889 mobile

I'm passionate about real estate. I have lived and worked in Los Angeles for my entire real estate career and consider myself fortunate that many of my clients have become close friends.

After 25 years and over $1 billion in real estate sales, I collaborated with four talented associates and founded Partners Trust Real Estate Brokerage and Acquisitions in 2009. In just five years, Partners Trust has sold well over US $5 billion in real estate with 200 associates in seven offices, and our newly opened eighth office, in Shanghai, China. One of the key elements to the immediate success of Partners Trust is the company's ability to network directly with the best realtors in their markets.

I am a proud co-founder and President of Leverage Global Partners, which aligns the most prestigious independent real estate brokerage firms from around the world.

I credit my long-term success to my local expertise and strong community connections. I introduce my clients to both a home that fits their needs, and a neighborhood and community lifestyle that matches their interests. As an expert in new construction and advisor to my clients in everything from home staging to color palettes and landscaping, I have successfully represented over US $1.3 billion in transactions.

I live in Brentwood on LA's Westside with Tracy, my wife of 27 years. I am enormously proud of our sons, Evan and Brandon. I enjoy travel, fitness, good coffee and live music. I am an active supporter of numerous charitable organizations, including LA Family Housing and Concern Foundation for cancer research. I am proud to be a member of the Executive Committee of USC's Lusk Center for Real Estate.

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.

​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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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.

— Sharon

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

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.

— Francesca

Highly likely to recommend

09/01/2015 - zuser20150224092830915

Sold a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $5.125M in Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA.

F Ron Smith was amazing! He sold our home in seemingly record time with multiple offers and above our initial asking price. He made the entire process incredibly easy and was a fantastic resource with a great team providing superior customer service. They went above and beyond and we highly recommend F. Ron Smith and look forward to working together in the future.

Highly likely to recommend

08/05/2015 - Michael Apstein

Sold a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $4.1M in Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA.

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.

Highly likely to recommend

08/05/2015 - janszee

Bought a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $900K in Beverlywood, Los Angeles, CA.

Recently I experienced a stressful situation in which I needed to purchase a property in a very short amount of time. Time was running out, but Ron and his team made it happen. They took charge of my transaction and managed the steps that lead to an extremely successful purchase, including: showing me multiple properties, navigating the purchase and closing processes, showing patience and support at every turn, and communicating in real-time every step of the way. Ron and his team are experts ... their passion is evident and I am proud and delighted to have them on my team.



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