From Flipping Houses to Taking Snapping Photos, This OC Real Estate Agent Does it All

Written By: Erica Johnson
Photographed By: John Glover Benjamin Paul Benoit

Name: Benjamin Paul Benoit
Job Title: Real Estate Investor/Agent and Photographer

Creative people often need multiple outlets to fully express themselves, and Benjamin Paul Benoit is one of those people. After a successful career as a print model, Benoit decided to step behind the camera. Success came quickly with commercial print work, doing headshots for other models and actors along with real estate and lifestyle photography. Yet even with all that success, it wasn’t long before another passion would take hold—being a real estate agent and investor; and why not? When you’re on a roll, you don’t want to lose momentum!

Using his photography earnings, Benoit started investing in real estate and then decided to get his license, so he could help others have a piece of the market. Benoit explains, “I’ve always known that I would eventually get into real estate. I like to believe that buying, selling and investing in real estate is my career, while photography is my therapy.” Even though the real estate game is fairly new in comparison, Benoit has already scored success with properties in the Belmont Shores area and recently purchased a Spanish-style duplex to renovate and flip. “I love helping people buy and sell properties while also investing in the market for myself. I plan to own large, multifamily units at some point.” 

Being able to enjoy the best of both creative worlds is something most people only dream about, but Benoit’s approach is simple: “I’ve always thought that finding a hobby that makes money is the best gift that you can give yourself. That’s why I will always continue to do photography for the rest of my life, regardless of how busy my real estate career gets.”

If you want to get the full effect, take a stroll around the Riley Arts Gallery in Manhattan Beach to check out Benoit’s limited-edition large prints. If you’re looking to buy, sell or invest in the OC market and need an agent with a discerning eye, Benoit is the perfect fit. To purchase prints or set up a photoshoot, you can contact Benoit at or visit Riley Arts Gallery in Manhattan Beach.

Engel & Völkers
4913 E 2nd St
Long Beach, CA 90803
562.481.3800 Benjamin Paul Benoit

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