Meet The Team

Teresa Palacios Smith
Vice President of Business Development
Relocation, HUD and REO & International & Rental Division

  • Responsible for Business Development, Corporate Marketing of Relocation Services, HUD and REO Properties, International Services and Affinity Marketing for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties
  • Over 25 years of Business Development and Sales Experience
  • Graduate of Mississippi State University
  • Licensed Realtor since 1995
  • Accredited Buyer's Agent
  • Accredited Negotiations Representative
  • Frequent Writer and Speaker for many Atlanta Publications and Organizations including "The Human Resource", " Atlanta Latino", "Nuestro Semanario", "The Atlanta Journal Constitution"
  • Appeared in numerous television programs "Leyes Cotidianas" and "Comcast Broadcasting"
  • 2010 President of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals
  • Named 2009 "Superwoman" by Atlanta Tribune Magazine
  • 2007 Member of the Year Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • 2005 Chair of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Executive Committee and Board Member of the SHRM-Atlanta
  • Executive Board Member of the Metro Atlanta Relocation Council
  • Member for the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce's Economic Development Committee
  • Member of the Georgia Economic Developers Association
  • Member of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member of the loan review committee for the DEBCO of Dekalb County
  • Served as Girl Scout Leader for the NE Georgia Girl Scouts of America
  • Served as Soccer Coach for the Newtown Parks & Recreation League
  • Volunteer Fundraiser for Sunshine Kids Foundation
  • Born in Manhattan, New York
  • Daughter of Colombian Immigrants
  • Mother of two Children
  • Married for 27 years to Michael Smith, Nuclear Engineer for UXC Consulting

Lucille Gardella
Administrative Assistant - Relocation/HUD

  • Licensed Real Estate Agent since 1998
  • Worked at Prudential Georgia Realty's Corporate Office for the Property Management & Relocation Services divisions
  • Currently working at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties Corporate Relocation Office
  • Responsible for HUD, REO, Corporate Inventory, and Pre-Marketing Properties
  • Member of NAMAR
  • Trinity College Graduate

Paul Gardella
REO Property Specialist

Licensed Realtor since 1998, started with Prudential Georgia Realty. Now working with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties.

    Responsibilities include:
  • Providing competitive market analysis for respective clients showing current market conditions
  • Order and secure bids for necessary and recommended repairs and improvements
  • Oversee the completion of approved bids and provide pictures of completed work if required
  • Advising the foreclosure clients the most cost effective and shortest marketing time by identifying problems such as condition, area, etc. for "As Is" versus "Repaired" values
  • Work with local branch offices within the company on marketing of properties
  • Develop, organize and oversee major promotions on individual properties or subdivisions (i.e. agents' luncheon including ordering of food, making the flyers, determining types of agents' incentives.)
  • Update clients on activity and market conditions with monthly reports
  • Negotiate all contracts as listing agent
  • Public relations (networking) with the agent community
  • Oversee pending contracts to closing table through our closing department
    EDUCATION
  • St. Michael's College (Vermont) – BA Political Science