Get to Know our Team Member, Listing Agent Lamar Jostes.
Q: What is your background? How did you get into Real Estate?
My college degree is in accounting, but my first job upon moving to Dallas was a Research and Financial Analyst for a small Commercial Real Estate services firm. The experience I gained working for that firm in the late 1980s was very interesting. I learned alot about the DFW real estate market as I researched properties, trends, and future growth opportunities. After leaving that firm I transitioned into an Asset Management role working for one of the Federal Savings Banks that came out of the Resolution Trust Corporation following the failure of many savings and loans.
Q: Where did you grow up? Why are you where you are now?
I was born and raised in South Texas in town of Beeville. I went to Texas A&M University in College Station, and then came to Dallas for a job after graduation. After the previous mentioned jobs, I worked in Banking for nine years and then a few years in consulting. It was in the early 2000s that I decided to get back into real estate, only this time in the residential arena.
Q: How did you join LocationDFW?
Marvin and I have known each other for over 8 years through real estate and having been an individual agent, I liked the idea of being part of a team where I can further leverage my experience to provide leadership and mentorship to the members of the team. It all started with a casual conversation with Marvin one afternoon that led to an exciting discussion on how we could improve the professionalism of our industry. I believe that with a small team of agents you can deliver the best and most consistent level of service to our clients. I also enjoy the opportunity to develop new and innovative marketing strategies with like-minded teammates.
Q: Who is in your family? Do you have any pets?
I’ve been married to my wife, Heidi, for 16 years and we have 2 children, Luke who is 12 and Lilly who is 9. We currently have one dog, Rusty, and 2 hamsters, Buster and Cookie.
Q: What are your hobbies?
I like to stay in good physical condition, so I enjoying running and have recently discovered an awesome fitness community called Camp Gladiator that is getting me back on track with my fitness goals. As a family we love to camp, hike, and would love to take them backpacking sometime soon.
Q: What is your favorite place?
Most anywhere outdoors, and more specifically, I really enjoy the Rocky Mountains and like most anyplace in Colorado.
Q: What is the best way to spend $100?
Nowadays, it doesn’t take much to not to spend $100! I would say for me, the best way is to choose something that you’ll get some lasting enjoyment out of it.
Q: What is a habit you have developed in the past year that has changed your life for the better?
I’d have to go back to the fitness group that I started in Sept, the comraderie and exercise has really been beneficial and something I had neglected for a while.
Lamar and Marvin both participate in Camp Gladiator. Beckey Leverett is a Personal Trainer and Coach for the program, which has tons of locations all over the metroplex.
Learn more about this incredible
(and CHEAP) fitness program HERE.
Q: What are you looking forward to doing next week?
Having been sick this past week – which is rare for me – I’m looking forward to getting back on schedule.
Q: If you were to win the Powerball Power Play, would you take the Lump Sum or would you choose Annuity? Why?
Lump Sum – I would like to invest the money to develop my own annuity stream. I would invest in Real Estate to develop my own cash flow stream.
Q: What kind of music do you listen to most?
I enjoy most any kind of music – depends on my mood – when I”m grilling food – Cajun or Country (today’s sylte as well as Western), in the evening – Classical or Jazz, throughout the day – Rock, Christian, some hip hop, in the morning – Christian worship. My radio dial and most of my Pandora stations are Christian based for my default.
Q: Has anything weird happened to you while you’re “on the clock” ?
One time, I had set up an appointment to show a home to an interested buyer, I rang the doorbell and walked in and found the homeowner vacuuming her bedroom…half dressed. It’s always awkward when you walk into a home and you surprise the owner.
Q: What is the best home you have ever sold? What made it the best?
I have to say there are many and they revolve around helping clients achieve their objectives after a previous,less than stellar experience. This is becoming more commonplace in our industry now, whereby, homeowners have listed their home with another agent and due to either agent inexperience or lack of service, the home hasn’t sold. I’ve been consulted on many occasions after the home has failed to sell the first time and after recommending various improvements in the home’s presentation and using more innovative marketing techniques, I’ve been able to get the home sold and typically quicker and for more than the homeowner had anticipated. I always enjoy helping others sell or purchase a home.
Lamar Jostes was licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission in 1989. He applies his knowledge of risk management, insurance, and mortgage origination along with his skills in marketing and business strategies to the residential real estate space.