the mod squad

by Oct 18, 2016ModMarket0 comments


the cincinnatimodern team – david g. smith, susan rissover and arlen rissover in front of the corbett house | cincinnati, ohio

In the real estate world, there is a relatively new phenomenon of real estate teams.  Groups of agents who work together under a common umbrella.  We are pleased to announce that, thanks to all of you, Cincinnatimodern has grown so much that it was time to add an associate agent to the team.  Many of you in Cincinnati modern circles may already know David Smith as owner of Designsmith Gallery, or as long time board member of cf3 (Cincinnati Form Follows Function).  You can teach someone real estate, but you can’t teach modern.  And you really can’t teach good taste.  Luckily, taste and modern are second nature to David.  He gets ‘it,’ just like we all do and we are so glad to have him on board as a licensed agent!

Some real estate teams have buyers agents, and listing agents, and transaction coordinators.  Our team works a little differently.  David will handle his own clients – both buyers and sellers, just like Arlen and I will continue to do (although sometimes we will list jointly).  But David will be available to help us out when we are out of town (and vise versa).  It’s been difficult to travel as a married real estate team, with no one home to ‘watch the shop.’  This addition should add greater flexibility all around, while still letting us do the relationship based and referral business that we love.

David has been a resident of OTR for nearly 20 years.  He has a great knowledge of downtown and urban neighborhoods, tapping into the rental and commercial markets as well as residential.  He also is a great resource for clients looking to downsize since he has had 30 years combined education and professional experience with particular emphasis and skill in matching client needs/lifestyles, design choices, and the efficient, expedient disposition of furnishings with an eye to maximizing return including estate situations.

We hope you join us in welcoming David to the team and consider contacting him for your real estate needs.  You can’t go wrong with a team with this much modern experience!

David G. Smith

  • Bachelor of Science in Design – University of Cincinnati DAAP (College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning)
  • Interior Design and Architectural History professional experience and education
  • Midcentury Modern expertise in the area of architecture, design including interiors, furnishings and decorative arts
  • 20 years experience buying/selling furnishings and decorative arts


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