RE/MAX of New England is happy to welcome the Ellen, Janis and Josh Real Estate team to our family! Ellen Grubert, Janis Lippman, and Josh Muncey, all formerly of Coldwell Banker, have joined the RE/MAX Destiny team in Jamaica Plain. This new team brings more than 35 years of local, combined real estate experience. In 2013, they successfully completed 98 transactions and posted more than $42 million of volume in the Jamaica Plain area.
I recently had an opportunity to visit with the team in their beautiful JP office. Here’s what I learned.
Stacy: Tell me a little bit about yourself and how you got to where you are today
Josh: I grew up in Newton, MA and was surrounded by real estate growing up. My grandfather managed properties and my mother and uncle were both in real estate. I spent time doing apartment upkeep and maintenance while I was in college, and that helped me become more educated about the physical attributes of buildings. After a brief stint in banking, I knew I was just not cut out to sit at a desk all day. I wanted to be engaging with people and have more autonomy. A few years after I got my license, I did a deal with Ellen and Janis and there was a lot of synergy in terms of values and respect for our community and clients. We kept working together over the years and finally realized we needed to be working together more formally.
Stacy: What is the best part about your job?
Janis: Buying or selling a home is extremely emotional. From a business standpoint, it’s often just seen as a business commodity, but it is so much more than that. A new home signifies starting a new phase in your life; it becomes part of your legacy. It is the biggest purchase you’ll ever make, and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. I love being a resource, guide and partner in that experience. Helping buyers and sellers realize their dreams is extremely satisfying for me.
Stacy: Can you tell me a little bit about your community?
Josh: We live and work here and love getting to know the people in our community. The people of Jamaica Plain are so inclusive and civic-oriented; they really care about each other. We are lucky that JP and Roslindale have so many nonprofits and opportunities to give back. Community service does tie in to work, but it’s also a great way to have fun with your neighbors. I truly believe it’s a great community to join.
Stacy: Why did you decide to join RE/MAX?
Ellen: We were looking for a place to grow and guidance on how to create the right team. There is a certain excitement about being in a new office in a new location. RE/MAX combines the tools of a corporate brand with the independence of local office. It feels like a family.
Janis: We saw RE/MAX as a company that supports its agents by offering amazing resources that go above and beyond anything we had seen before. It was a wonderful opportunity for us. We will be able to better serve our buyers and sellers by having RE/MAX resources behind us. RE/MAX is an incredible brand name with international reach.
Stacy: Do you have any words of wisdom for other agents?
Ellen: Stick to the basics: don’t make promises you can’t keep, be kind, be ethical, and be upfront. The client’s needs always come first. Follow this formula, and you’ll be successful.