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LIV Sotheby’s International Realty (LIV SIR) – the No. 1 top producing affiliate among the Sotheby’s International Realty brand – welcomes California Realtor®, David C. Smolen to the Ventura team.

David C. Smolen

At LIV Sotheby’s International Realty, our people make the difference and we are excited to expand the team with the newest addition of real estate professional, David C. Smolen.

A Realtor® since 1981, Dave specializes in Ventura County Beach areas and the City of Ventura residential properties, as well as residential income properties and commercial sales and leasing. In his younger years Dave was a fun-loving surfer and was even highlighted in surf magazine photography. Now in his mature years he enjoys spending his time taking photos of waves, nature, surfing, local live music, as well as the homes he list. Dave takes pride in working on his client’s behalf in real estate with return and referral business being a strength over his long career.

Now under the Sotheby’s International Realty brand, Dave is excited to be joining the team and offering a new level of exceptional service to his buyers and sellers in Ventura County and beyond

This week we sat down with Dave to learn more about him and why he joined the LIV family.

Contact: Chelsea Krogh
(805) 626-7312 Voice
(805) 641-0245 Fax
June 10, 2022

Thank you for sitting down with us and we’re excited to have you on the team! Can you tell me a little about yourself how you like spending your time?

I enjoy the simple things in life: photography, music, dancing, and the twice daily walks with my dog, Paco, at Marina Park and Ventura Point. I check the surf daily and occasionally paddle out and try to catch a wave or two. I like to go out to listen to live music when I know it will be something special or when the dancing will be great. Otherwise I relax and watch movies and my favorite TV shows at night.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I’ve been a diabetic since I was 10 years old. I had a kidney transplant in 1996 from my dear friend Ray who passed away in a 1996 skydiving accident. I was about to go on dialysis and was not on the transplant list yet. I owe my life to my longtime friends Greg and Lori, Ray’s brother and sister-in-law, who arranged for me to get Ray’s kidney and create a miracle out of a devastating tragedy. I’m a survivor literally and figuratively! Please support organ donations!

That’s incredible! Does that motivate you in any way when working with clients?

Yes! I have a great appreciation for life. People, life, nature, work, everything about life is ever-more precious to me. At I work I love to guide my clients through the real estate experience and see them happy either buying or selling.

What excites you most about joining LIV Sotheby’s International Realty?

I am most pleased with the support I’m receiving. I’ve got the help I need getting my database in order. Now I can provide better service instead of waiting for calls from past clients. It’s great to be under a world-class brand.

What’s your goal in the next three months?

My goal is to get in the groove, better understand all the available assets that LIV Sotheby’s International Realty provides for business and sell some real estate!

Ventura coastline photo by David C. Smolen

Ventura coastline photo by David C. Smolen


For all your real estate needs, you can connect with the Dave online at or by contacting him directly at 805.320.3090.

David C. Smolen
California DRE #00809618

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