Local Real Estate company, Smith & Associates, had a record year in 2015 with over one billion dollars in sales volume. The top-rated firm continues to grow with the announcement of the acquisition of property management company Gulf Coast Property Management. This acquisition allows Smith & Associates to strengthen their in-house Property Management Division to provide their clients with more services and options.
Elizabeth Barnes will lead the division as the Vice President of Property Management at Smith & Associates. Barnes is a recognized leader in the property management industry with eleven years experience in Property Management and twenty years experience in Real Estate. As the Property Manager in Charge of Gulf Coast Property Management, she was able to significantly increase the portfolio of rental properties and the company’s reputation for customer service by establishing close bonds with her clients and an excellent track record of successful asset management.
Of her new role, Barnes says, “Having an actively led Property Management Division is a natural fit for Smith & Associates. We will be able to provide investors an extensive list of new services giving them confidence that their investments will be maintained with the highest level of customer service and that their properties will gain and retain value. I am beyond excited to work with a company that has such a fantastic reputation in the community and our industry.”
With global affiliations like Mayfair International and the Financial Times, investors from all over the world buy properties through Smith & Associates. They currently have 140 properties under management and with the acquisition of Gulf Coast Property Management and the expertise of Barnes’ in a leadership role, this number will continue to increase.
Robert Glaser, CEO of Smith & Associates Real Estate says his company provides a level of service to investors that other real estate businesses in the area cannot compete with. "Property management will become an internal part of our growing business as we assist owners that are expanding their portfolio and taking a larger interest in buying luxury properties in Tampa Bay area."