A little about me

and why I love real estate

We can’t help who we fall in love with, and even more frustratingly, who falls in love with us. It’s simply one of life’s mysteries. And we might not know exactly why we fell in love with real estate, but we probably have our suspicions. Here are six reasons why I fell in love with real estate:

1. The people

You have to enjoy working with people in order to be a successful real estate agent. Coworkers, clients, baristas who recognize you as you bring in a gallon-sized travel mug for your daily caffeine dose — you’re always around people. It would be dishonest to say that it always goes smoothly, but the relationships and interactions are a huge part of the overall experience, and allow you to connect with people in a way you don’t get to in many other careers.

2. No two days are ever the same

If the drudgery of five days a week at the same office, with the same snack machine, and the same coworkers telling the same lame jokes kills your spirits, then the novelty of working in real estate will be the wind in your sails. No two days will ever be the same in the business, which means every day you’ll embark on a new adventure that could lead to a closed deal, or a trip to the park to meditate and clear your head. If you like variety, you will fall in love.

3. The thrill of the chase

While we may convince ourselves that we hate prospecting or showing up to appointments that go nowhere, it’s those very things that make us appreciate our successes that much more. The pursuit, the hopes and dreams of success, the sweat you have to put in to make things happen — all of these are the ingredients for a successful real estate career, and we appreciate the work more than we are willing to admit.

4. Just me and the open road

While real estate requires working with lots of different people in different capacities, it also has its share of solitude, and is, at its core, an independent profession. Nothing will happen unless you make it happen yourself, so if you’re an independent-minded person who enjoys being out on your own, not only will you be successful but you’ll also fall in love with the feeling of getting in your car and creating your own destiny.

5. The highs are amazing

While the lows are painful, the highest are exhilarating. If you’ve never experienced the joy of a signed contract, or a clear to close, then you have no clue just how energized and happy a signature or a few words can make you feel. Any doubts about the profession can be immediately wiped out, and you can fall in love with real estate all over again after you get to celebrate one of your triumphs.

6. Because I care

They say that if you do something you love, then you’ll never work another day in your life. Well that’s not exactly true, you’ll still have to work, but it will feel different. In real estate, even though you’re helping other people buy and sell houses, it still feels like something that’s yours. And because it’s yours, you will care. And because you care, you will appreciate it in a way that’s different than almost any other job you could possibly have, which is all the more reason to fall in love with it.

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Highly likely to recommend

“We met Joe at one of his own listings and briefly spoke over the phone about our need to relocate and our desire to be in the Victorian Village area. Joe showed us his home and then proceeded to keep us posted on showings and new listings even though it was above and beyond as we had not selected an agent. Once we decided to go with Joe exclusively he hit the ground running and not only showed us homes promptly and always had our best interests in mind, he was able to coordinate listings and showings for homes that were not even listed. Short of going door to door and reaching out to anyone and everyone, we ended up finding an off the market home and were able to negotiate through Joe as a dual agent. He managed this transaction professionally and with the buyer and seller in mind without feeling as though we were shorted in our representation. He is extremely hard working and knows all aspects of the area and people he serves.”

Victorian Village, 2020

Highly likely to recommend

“Please take a moment to watch the short video clip above with our past client who was relocating out of Columbus to accept a new job. Speakman helped with a smooth relocation process with the sellers Short North area home located in Grant Park.”

Relocation Seller

Highly likely to recommend

“We both loved Joe’s enthusiasm from the moment we met him. Although we had only planned on seeing one house that evening; Joe had a list of several houses for sale in the area. We were able to see 4-5 listings that day.

Joe never gave up and we just purchased our dream home! We are now listing our previous home with Joe and look forward to house hunting again for a rental investment.
As my friend stated, “When we’re ready to buy, Joe’s our guy!””

Realtor.com Lead

Highly likely to recommend

“Joe is extremely knowledgeable about the Columbus real estate market. He was a great resource, not only in the real estate transaction but in the construction and upkeep of homes. His knowledge of the neighborhoods was definitely a plus since we were from out of town and did not know the Columbus area. He was patient and prepared. He had referrals at his fingertips for inspectors, movers, locksmiths, security companies. Honestly, he was helpful in every aspect of our real estate search and the final transaction. Overall we had an enjoyable, non-stressful and easy time, and Joe found us the perfect home in a great neighborhood.”

Relocation Buyer

Highly likely to recommend

“I can’t say enough about Joe’s knowledge and skill-set that helped us secure our family’s first home. From the first time we met, he informed us of a specific loan we had not known we were eligible that saved us tens of thousands of dollars on our down payment. He was able to put us in contact with an amazing loan officer, and though we only had 21 days to close, Joe kept things moving smoothly and organized; we always felt we could reach out to him with any questions or concerns. He was also able to successfully negotiate with the sellers on our behalf to make improvements to the home that we needed in order to feel comfortable with the final sale. I would recommend Joe to anyone looking for a realtor who will put them first, especially a first time home buyer such as myself!”

PhD, Nurse Partioner Doctor Loan Program

Highly likely to recommend


First Time Home Buyer

Highly likely to recommend

“On a whim, we decided to go to an open house in Old Town East. That is where we met Joe. We told him that we were fairly new at looking at houses but we were considering buying vs renewing our rent. Later that day, he invited us to look at few more homes over in Weinland Park. We really appreciated that the had the MLS docs to share with us and giving insightful information. We knew after that day he was going to be our realtor. During the home search process we loved his honest opinion, he was always on our side, and we never felt forced to make an offer. He was great at guiding our decisions and didn’t waste our time. We saw dozens of homes after that, but 2 months later we closed back on that 1st home we saw in Weinland Park. On the day of closing, he popped a bottle of Champagne at the closing and the cork shot out so fast that it dented the ceiling in the shape of the cork! We had a good laugh. Joe was a joy to work with. He will work with you on getting you what you want!”

LGBTQ+ home buyers

Highly likely to recommend

“Working with Joe was a great experience for us as first-time home buyers. Immediately after asking if he would represent us, he worked through the night building a portfolio of homes that he thought we might be interested in, and he ended up being spot-on with matching to our tastes. He was more than willing to make himself available to best suit our needs, even if it meant making a showing work at 9 PM. He’s also a great negotiator and will make sure you’re getting the best possible deal. If you want to ensure you find the right house at the right price, Joe is your guy.”

First Time Home Buyer – Down Payment Grant