“I foresee myself growing my brand and bringing it up and down the Gulf Coast,” says Justin Helmus, 27, who opened his brokerage two years ago, serving clients ranging from first-time buyers to investors and second-home buyers. It’s a bold goal, part of his constant search for ways to operate outside his comfort zone. “I like public speaking a lot because it scares me, but I use those butterflies as a motivator,” says Helmus, who has spoken at Chamber of Commerce meetings and his local real estate association. “Any chance I have to dive into the unknown, I do.” Before entering real estate, Helmus did a two-year stint in the financial industry and remembers sitting in his office thinking, “This isn’t me.” Real estate is.
*Company name changed from Homes & Estates Realty in November 2014.