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About Us

A passionate team that shares the same commitment to making the real estate industry more cost effective, transparent and convienent.

Next Gen Brokerage

We are committed to make the real estate industry more convienent, cost effective and transparent. We use technology and data, combined with  outstanding local agents.

Consumer centric

The consumer is at the center of every decision we make, while providing our professional agents a platform to accelerate their careers. 


We all share the same passion and purpose, around the consumer and genuinely care about our brand, customers and people.

our story

Dwellowner Inc. (“dwellowner”) was founded by Eric Eckardt, who paused operations to build out two other US national real estate platforms since 2012 for companies traded on the NASDAQ and London Stock Exchange (LSE) . In 2019, he exited his role from a UK influenced brokerage to assemble a world-class team and relaunch dwellowner in the US with complete autonomy to drive innovation with a commitment to building a more convenient, transparent and cost effective real estate solution for the consumer.

Today, we are a licensed full service real estate broker in CA, NY, MA, CT, PA, and FL.  We are scheduled to also launch in AZ and NJ 2H2019.

Every single member of our team is valued and instrumental in the growth of our company, with deep experience across technology, real estate, marketing, and finance for private and public companies.  

leadership team

Eric Eckardt

Founder & CEO

Over 20-years professional experience across real estate, investment banking and entrepreneurship. Formerly, US CEO for a company on LSE and NASDAQ.  Recognized as one of the Most Powerful Leaders in The Residential Real Estate  Industry in 2019 by SP200 and REAL Trends GC2019 Game Changer.  Licensed real estate broker  in NY, MA, PA, and CT.

Eric Koenig

Non Executive Director

Thought leader with 20 years of experience transforming and unleashing class-leading global organizations in technology and client services.   President ATG NA, former CEO of Hubzu, COO of Expedia, SVP/Head of Corporate Strategy AON, Product and Software Executive Motorola Mobility, McKinsey & Co. 


Nitin Shingate


As an entrepreneurial, innovative, and goal-focused Design Engineering executive with a diverse background in developing and implementing high-impacting software and business solutions. Formerly, founder of, sold to Overstock (NASDAQ: OSTK) in 2018

Kevin Hincker

Head of Mobile Development

Accomplished mobile app developer in the real estate sector. Former co-founder of NuOffer, a leading transactional  app and behind several other progressive initatives. He will lead dwellowner’s mobile app development team and play an instrumental role in moving to a consumer mobile first solution.



Roger Zelaya

CA Managing Broker

A real estate veteran with deep brokerage experience leading and building teams in CA.  2018 President for National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals® (NAHREP) So Cal Inland Empire Chapter. DRE# 01194060.

Nikki Irizarry

FL Managing Broker

Over 15-years of real estate brokerage experience in FL, leading teams and providing results. Diverse asset exposure across  new construction, resales, short-sales and investors. 

Cyndy Stewart

TX, WA Managing Broker*

A seasoned real estate professional that will lead our TX and WA growth initiatives. Formerly, leadership roles launching and scaling teams.

Michael Farrell

NJ Managing Broker*

Formerly, a leading sales agent for a publicly traded company with deep industry experience will lead our expansion in NJ.

Greg Crespo

AZ Managing Broker*

An entrepreneur, veteran  and licensed real estate professional who is leading our AZ growth strategy. 

Shane Nizzardo

CT State Director

Licensed real estate professional in CT that works across both residential and commercial assets.

Frank Palombo

NY State Director

Over 20 years of experience in investment consulting and business development in the NYC area. Frank was formerly the leading agent at his former brokerage and is passionate about driving superior results, given his depth of experience and local market knowledge. Frank is a licensed real estate professional. 

Valerie Castle

CA REALTOR® – Regional

Valerie, a licensed real estate professional in California, has joined our team to champion our growth across Ventura County while heading our corporate regulatory affairs. Valerie brings to our team a wealth of experience across entrepreneurship, sales and marketing and business affairs. DRE# 01065018

Kim Cervantes

CA REALTOR®- Regional

Kim has over 17-years professional real estate experience providing outstanding five-star customer service working with both buyers and seller. She is an Inland Empire native that will proudly serve the Temecula Valley and surrounding areas, playing an instrumental role in our growth. DRE# 01459212. 

Prakash Dindyal

NY REALTOR® – Regional

Prakash is a seasoned real estate professional in the Queens / NYC metro marketplace. He was formerly a leading agent with two brokerages that were publicly traded and will be an asset in his market to any home-seller or buyer.

Elizabeth Gebhardt

CA REALTOR® – Regional

Liz brings over 25-years experience as a licensed real estate professional working with buyers and sellers across the Inland Empire and San Diego County.  DRE# 01161547

Conrad Pascal

NY REALTOR® – Regional

Conrad brings organization and structure to every purchase and sale – he is your linchpin to a smooth transaction. He is in charge of Manhattan and the Bronx. A member of HGAR, REBNY, NYSMLS and OLR. 

Kristin Blankenship

FL REALTOR® – Regional

Kristin  has sold hundreds of homes and has lived in  Tampa Bay for almost four years – a licensed REALTOR® for seven years. She is a proud member of the Florida Association of REALTORS® and National Association of REALTORS®.

Cynthia Ziegler

NY REALTOR® – Regional

Cynthia is as a licensed real estate professional that covers Long Island (Nassau County). She brings strong experience with deep local market insights to help buyers and sellers.

Philip Antunes

NY REALTOR® – Regional

Phil is an entrepreneur and real estate professional, having successfully worked with a number of home-buyers and sellers. A proud member of the NYS  of REALTORS® and National Association of REALTORS®. 

Xiomara Crespo

CA REALTOR® – Regional

Xiomara is second generation in her family to grow up in the Long Beach/Lakewood area with over 12-years experience. She specializes in working with buyers and sellers.  DRE# 01984254.



Chad Ellsworth

San Diego – Regional Director

A 20-year real estate and mortgage veteran. His career spans across start-ups and globally recognized financial institutions. Former CEO of American Way Real Estate. A Southern California native that’s passionate about providing outstanding customer service.  

LaRosa Howland

CA REALTOR® – Regional

A CA seasoned real estate professional who has extensive experience working with buyers and sellers.  A proud member of the California Association of REALTORS® and National Association of REALTORS®. DRE# 02045330

Tracey Franklin

FL REALTOR® – Regional

An experienced  real estate professional  representing buyer and sellers. Formerly was in law enforcement in London for 27 years. A proud member of the Florida Association of REALTORS® and National Association of REALTORS®. 

Rolando Garcia

CA REALTOR® – Regional

Rolando has been licensed since 1996. He has been a real estate broker since 2006. Most of his career he has been focused on the mortgage industry. He obtained his MBA from University of Laverne. 
He is an active agent and has a vast knowledge of real estate. 

* State real estate broker’s licensing subject to application processing with NJ Real Estate Commission, TX Real Estate Commission and AZ Department of Real Estate.

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