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A Look at Our Extended Family: Smith & Associates

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The power of Michael Saunders & Company’s national and international affiliations allows our agents to connect properties with qualified, affluent buyers from anywhere in the world. Our affiliations and partnerships also mean we have an extended family of independent brokerages and real estate agents for relocation and vacation purposes, further granting an exceptional experience to our customers. The Michael Saunders & Company Affiliate Series will showcase different members of our “extended family” approximately once a month from our four global affiliations: Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Christie’s International, Mayfair International Realty, and Luxury Portfolio.


Who: Smith & Associates
Where: Serving Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas Counties

Smith & Associates’ story begins much like that of Michael Saunders & Company. Founded by Mary Smith Conover in 1968, it was her vision to open a local, independent brokerage for the high-end luxury home market in the Tampa area. Beginning as a single office on Tampa Bay, Smith & Associates now has five offices providing services from New Port Richey to St. Petersburg and beyond Tampa. Celebrating 50 years in the industry, the company continues to be an independent and trusted source for real estate.

Affiliated to MSC through three global brands: Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRE), Luxury Portfolio and Mayfair International Realty; Smith & Associates prides itself on maintaining its local heart with a global reach. The company is led by Robert Glaser, President & CEO, who has played an integral part in Smith & Associates’ growth, as well as that of the tri-county area. From city high-rises and new development to signature collection estates and resales in all price points, Glaser and the team are active in all aspects of real estate and the community.

“We’re always looking to do the right thing by anyone who comes through the door,” said Jane Gowarty, Vice President of Business Development & Relocation. “They have to pass several brokers along the way to our office and they choose us.”

She accredits the company’s maintained stride to leadership, community, and values, mentioning how the company as a whole share a common thread for enriching their customers’ lives.

“I think our leadership between Mary Smith Conover and Bob Glaser, it has transitioned, it’s growing with the community making us a cornerstone. Leadership definitely keeps us going in the right direction. Bob’s a visionary,” Gowarty said. “He sees where he wants the community to go, he leads everybody and keeps us walking in the right direction. He gets everybody on the same page.”

Look across the Tampa’s downtown skyline and see an exciting change in the new buildings on the brink of opening bringing a more modern and urban lifestyle to the area. Smith & Associates represent Riverwalk Place, The Sanctuary, Marina Pointe, and Virage Bayshore; turning Tampa into a walkable downtown experience like St. Pete.

Notably, the brokerage is still just as dedicated to its luxury market, representing a number of waterfront properties, golf course homes, downtown condominiums, and equestrian estates. Serving all price points, Smith & Associates have many refurbished bungalows, single-family homes, and rental properties in their listings.

144 Willadel Drive, Belleair | Offered at $10,849,000

798 Nina Drive, Tierra Verde | Offered at $2,590,000

36 West Spanish Main Street, Beach Park | Offered at $2,850,000

Virage Bayshore, 3401 Bayshore Blvd | Starting in the $1.6M’s

Interesting Facts:

Staying true to their roots, Smith & Associates consistently look for ways to touch the community and give back. In the past several years, the company has donated more than $1.2 million dollars to local organizations and charities ranging from local arts and theatres to health care and education.

Jane Gowarty, Robert Glaser and Michael Saunders all attended the LeadingRE Global Symposium last month.

The MSC Relocation Department will gladly connect you to Smith & Associates if you or someone you know is interested in Tampa real estate.

A Look at Our Extended Family: Smith & Associates was last modified: October 12th, 2018 by Shanna Bellingham