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New year, new office, new ownership

Dorian M. Bennett officially turned over ownership and management of Dorian Bennett Sotheby's International Realty to David Abner Smith, a 20-year real estate veteran who, teamed with Ernesto Caldeira, has led the firm over the years.

"I am honored David has acquired my company and I am thrilled to continue to work with him building on our reputation for quality real estate services," says Bennett, who will continue doing what he loves as a realtor and associate broker: matchmaking sellers and buyers with their dream properties.

Dorian M. Bennett and David A. Smith outside the new Dorian Bennett Sotheby’s International Realty office at 617 Julia Street, in New Orleans' historic Arts District.

We look forward to achieving a new level of success, especially in the current climate of dynamic real estate activity.
David A. Smith

Longtime office manager and broker Georgia Saucier will be assisting Smith, who plans to build on the strengths and heritage of the company while re-energizing the brokerage for growth. New Top-caliber agents will be added to the company's strong current roster of experienced agents. Advertising and expanded social media communications will broaden the client base, already well established through word of mouth, referrals and repeat business. Complementing the brokerage, the office will ramp up property management services and affiliation with select agents specializing in commercial real estate.

"We look forward to achieving a new level of success, especially in the current climate of dynamic real estate activity and ultra-favorable interest rates," says Smith. "We have a leading position in a wonderful market, along with an excellent reputation for our finesse with clients who demand the best. Our efforts will be focused on continuing to provide expert service both to buyers and sellers."

The firm's new office is located at 617 Julia Street, between St. Charles Avenue and Camp Street in New Orleans' historic Arts District.

For more information and current listings, visit http://www.dbsir.com.