Let me tell you about you, because this podcast is built for you. You care about your career in commercial real estate. You are willing to think outside the box. You are aggressive but calculated. You are smart but understand the value in being around people smarter than you. You are thirsty for knowledge and recognize there are things in commercial real estate you cannot learn in a book. You do not need a “self-help” book or a pat on the back. You need real-life strategies and techniques to build your business.
You are in a “move-forward” stage of your career. That could mean you’re just getting started. Or, you’re experienced yet realizing there is room for advancement and improvement. That could also mean you’re not even in commercial real estate but are taking strides towards getting there. You are in a good spot. You are moving forward.
You are listening to this podcast because being a successful commercial real estate broker means something to you. You know it’s a crowded and competitive field. But you are willing to put in the work. You want to join the elite.
I’ll start by telling you what I’m not. I am not a professional podcaster or a social media expert. What I am is a husband, and a father, and a dog-owner, and a Rotarian, and a Red Sox fan, and a lot more. And I happen to be an expert in commercial real estate brokerage. In 2013 I was honored and humbled to be named the Maine Commercial Realtor of the Year. It was great exposure and proved to be an amazing opportunity for me to become a part of a small fraternity of other top commercial real estate broker’s throughout the country.
Around the same time, my brother-in-law John Lee Dumas was having a bit of success of his own. John is a professional podcaster and a social media expert. Upon receipt of my award last year he suggested a podcast may be a way to promote the new relationships I was making and add value where there was clearly great need.
I recalled with great frustration the two major transition points in my career: the very start in 2006 and when I switched firms in 2011. There was an incredible lack of practical resources available to new or transitioning commercial real estate brokers. So the idea of interviewing top performing brokers and highlighting real-life tools, tips and techniques was born. At the same time, I wanted to promote the Realtor code of ethics which I hold so dear.
For me, the idea was the easy part. I knew there was a need, given my own experience. What I was less sure about is if I were capable of fulfilling that void in our industry. The technological barrier to entry was imposing. However, after months of chipping away (and hiring some professional help where appropriate) I found myself sitting down for my first interview with a top commercial real estate broker. The interviews were blissfully easy and extremely enjoyable. I know the industry and enjoy talking commercial real estate.
With quality content in hand and the techie side finally figured out, on August 21, 2014, Commercial Real Estate Elite: Broker to Brokers was launched. My only goal is to provide value to the listeners and engage with the audience. I pledge to produce consistent and quality episodes to complete my journey around the United States. Please join me as we meet the nation’s elite.
My Professional Bio
Justin Lamontagne, CCIM, joined NAI The Dunham Group in 2011 and was named Partner in 2016. He has successfully brokered transactions in all sectors of commercial real estate, specializing in industrial, office and investment properties. Justin has experience and expertise in sale/lease negotiations, property valuation, landlord/tenant representation, site searches and strategic planning. In 2013, he was named the Maine Commercial Association Realtor of the Year. In 2015 he earned the prestigious CCIM accreditation, an international membership comprised of the world’s top commercial real estate professionals.
Today, Justin is active in several Greater Portland philanthropic and professional organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Maine Commercial Association of Realtors, Town & Country Federal Credit Union and the Portland Community Chamber of Commerce. In 2006 he was a founding member and, later, a Chairman of PROPEL, Greater Portland s premier young professionals networking group affiliated with the Portland Regional Chamber. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Portland, Chairman of the Eggs and Issues Event Committee and a volunteer Little League umpire. He is a contributor for MaineBiz and the New England Real Estate Journal where he focuses on local trends and news in commercial real estate. Justin is also an active member of MEREDA and the CCIM New England chapter.
Justin received his Bachelor s degree from the University of Rochester, New York in 2002. He then spent a year serving as the Assistant Sales & Marketing Director for the Portland Sea Dogs (Double A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox). In 2004, he earned his Master s of Science in Mass Communications from Boston University. Before working in commercial real estate, he served as the Director of Sales & Marketing for CityGolf Boston, an indoor golf training and practice facility, in downtown Boston.
In his free time, Justin enjoys staying active and healthy. He is an avid water skier, snow skier, hiker, biker and plays organized softball. He lives in Portland with his wife, Marycelina, their children Katherine and William and their dog, Fenway.
- Industrial and Office sectors
- Sale and lease negotiations
- Buyer and seller representation
- Landlord and tenant representation
- Property Opinion of Values
- Lease vs. purchase analyses.
Startup Dad HQ Interview
I recently had an opportunity to sit down and BE interviewed by Joel Louis, the host of Startup Dad HQ. It was a very fun experience and here’s a link to his show notes page with video, audio and summary of our discussion: http://startupdadhq.com/controlling-destiny-justin-lamontagne-episode-32/