This month, RE/MAX of New England is proud to recognize Josh Lagasse of RE/MAX Realty One in our Agent Spotlight. Josh is fairly new to the RE/MAX family, but has found his background in business and marketing to be extremely helpful in developing personalized online strategies for each of his clients.
I recently had an opportunity to visit with Josh in Ogunquit, ME. Here’s what I learned.
Stacy: How did you end up in real estate?
Josh: When I graduated from the University of Maine I was facing a really tough job market, but was fortunate enough to have an offer in the insurance industry. I spent a few years doing the 9-5 but felt like I just had a job – not a career. When I started looking to buy my own home I became really interested in real estate. After I bought my house I earned my license and started doing part-time work with another company.
When I first got into real estate I was looking for a company with strong brand recognition. When clients see the RE/MAX logo it speaks volumes for itself in terms of the level of support offered. Being able to cobrand myself with RE/MAX has been really powerful. I started training with RE/MAX this winter and it’s been busy ever since. I appreciate the online tools offered by RE/MAX that embrace a new way of doing business and really speak to first-time buyers.
Stacy: Tell me about the community you work in.
Josh: I’m currently splitting my time between the Greater Portland and Wells/Ogunquit markets and they are two very different scenes, which I love. In Portland I have a lot of contact with my sphere of influence; people my age looking to buy their first home. It helps that I can relate to their situation and answer their questions as I just went through that process myself. The Wells/Ogunquit market really has a hometown feel. You develop personal connections with the clients you work with.
Stacy: What do you love about being in real estate?
Josh: I really love that things change on a day-to-day basis. You’re not doing the same things over and over again, which has been a refreshing change for me.
Stacy: If you could offer any words of advice to other agents, what would it be?
Josh: As a new agent it can be difficult in the beginning. You can feel like things aren’t moving fast enough and you’re not making it. But if you stick with it and don’t cut corners, you’ll get there. I’ve found that taking the sales aspect out of the equation and focusing on being more of a resource is really effective. If you follow that mentality the rest just falls into place.