Real estate agent by day, apartment developer by night. Justin Brennan wears two hats in the real estate industry. With lofty goals and the patience to achieve them, I’m running two real estate businesses.
What I’ve always tried to express to anyone in real estate sales is that a lot of Realtors get fixated on being the biggest Realtor and the next transaction instead of using residential sales as a catalyst to own rental income property and set themselves up for retirement. I’m very cognizant of that. I enjoy the residential sales side and helping people, but there’s a bigger purpose – to grow out of residential sales into a full-time apartment syndicator, investor and apartment business owner. So at an earlier age, that’s what I’m doing. If I can help other Realtors set themselves up for that retirement side, I’d like to help.
Growing up with a Vision
Born and raised in San Diego, I grew up the son of a developer. My childhood was filled with long days on the job site – digging ditches, learning about construction, and falling in love with the process. That’s why at age 27 I got my general contractor’s license.
I love looking at raw dirt and thinking about what can be…. Then all of a sudden a building goes up and WOW – I was a piece of that. I really love that.
My background is a direct reflection of watching my father, Jim Brennan, develop and build over 8,000 homes, condos and apartments over his 40-year career.
I went right through the midst of the 2008 financial crisis. Everybody I know was affected in different ways. It affected the economy, jobs, and lives across the board. It was humbling, but an incredible learning experience at the same time.
As a developer, I focus on multifamily apartments. And while I began in San Diego, our company has expanded nationwide, seeking better investment opportunities in mid-western and southern states. He’s put a focus on college towns, where the demand is high and always-present.
I found that there’s no better curator for both emotional security and financial fluency than owning real estate.
I wear two hats. At some point in the future, I’ll be running a full-time apartment company. It’s all building toward that.
Justin sees the next real estate cycle adjustment coming into focus. As he notes, the business has always been cyclical. Every five to eight years the market shifts. We are nearly 8 years Rather than dreading a downturn, I see opportunity. I’m ready for the inevitable when it happens. People ask if money can buy happiness. I say that money can buy you choices and the choices you make with the money give you happiness. If you buy material items, you’ll not likely find happiness. If you buy experiences and moments with friends, travel, and family… you’ll have happiness.