Announcing Washington Real Estate Powerhouse Smith | Schnider

Ron SmithMarty Schnider and Julie Zelaska are pleased to announce the formation of Smith | Schnider, a new real estate firm specializing in urban development and custom single-family homes. Smith | Schnider is the uniting of three highly-regarded and very successful real estate professionals, bringing unmatched industry expertise to the Washington, DC Metropolitan area with more than 75 years of combined experience in developing, marketing and selling high-end properties. This executive leadership team has been at the forefront of some of the most successful condominium sales in the DC region, including Turnberry Tower, The Columbia Residences and Lionsgate at Woodmont Corner.

The dynamic trio met during Schnider’s involvement with the development of The Residences at Liberty Center where Smith and Zelaska had established the sales and marketing strategy, meeting all development milestones and financial expectations, despite completion during the historic 2008 real estate correction.

Smith is a founding principal, president and principal broker of Smith | Schnider, bringing more than three decades of success in condominium sales, marketing and development to the firm where he exceeded $3.5 billion in sales revenue for some of the region’s landmark residential projects. As senior vice president of The Mayhood Company, Smith managed the sales and marketing of more than 6,000 residential units in 50-plus projects in the Washington, DC area. In other roles, Smith served as a member of the advisory committee to the chief financial officer of the city of Washington, DC.

“Our combined years of experience make us among the most knowledgeable, principled and accomplished firms in our industry,” Smith says. “We know how to make our clients successful.”

Schnider is a founding principal of Smith | Schnider and Liberty Properties, Smith | Schnider’s real estate brokerage firm. Schnider manages the day-to-day operation of his family real estate company, Fred Schnider Investment Group, LLC, founded by his grandfather Fred Schnider in the 1930s. With deep roots in the Washington, DC area real estate and development market, Fred Schnider Investment Group has been responsible for developing thousands of mixed-use and custom properties and, most recently, millions of square feet in prime mixed-use development throughout Arlington.

“We could not be more excited about the platform we’ve created,” Schnider says. “By playing off each other’s strengths and our unsurpassable work ethic, Smith | Schnider offers quality real estate development projects, from inception to completion.”

Zelaska is a principal and executive vice president of Smith | Schnider, bringing more than 20 years of award-winning strategic planning, sales and marketing expertise to residential development and sales projects. She has ascended the ranks of area residential sales and marketing companies, including The Mayhood Company, McWilliams Ballard and Van Metre Companies.

“The timing just clicked,” Zelaska says. “And through our creative and collaborative approaches, we’re able to offer a truly accessible, hands-on approach to real estate development in the DC Metro area.”

About Smith | Schnider

​Formed in 2015, and located in Arlington, VA, Smith | Schnider provides both developer and custom home builder services in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Ron Smith, founding principal, president and principal broker, Marty Schnider, founding principal, and Julie Zelaska, principal and executive vice president, joined forces to provide more than 75 years of real estate development, marketing and sales experience, allowing for a uniquely personalized approach and portfolio of integrated services to empower urban condominium and mixed-use developers. In addition, Smith | Schnider founded Liberty Properties, a real estate brokerage firm. More info at http://www.smithschnider.com or contact Sherry Moeller, sherry.moeller@mokimedia.com.

Office photos by Stacy Zarin Goldberg

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