Real estate profile: Mark Smith

Last updated on May 13th, 2019 at 02:45 pm

broker, Judson & Associates

Company: Judson & Associates S.C.
Title: broker
Education: "B.S. in business administration, Marquette University, 1976 (Go Warriors)."
Family: Daughters, Carly, 21, a senior at UW-Stevens Point; Caitlin, 19, a sophomore at UWM. Engaged to Carla Brieman, a dental hygienist in Hartland.
City of Residence: Oconomowoc
Hobbies and Interests: "I enjoy cooking, especially cuisines of different cultures. Traveling. This past spring, we traveled to London, Amsterdam and France. Beaune, France which is in the heart of the Burgundy wine region was especially interesting and scenic. Learning about new things and ideas has always interested me."
What are you working on? "I’m working on a couple of mid-sized office and industrial buildings for sale. Recently, I leased up about 46,000 square feet of flex space for a client of ours in Pewaukee."
How does the market look to you? "The market has been very active. I have more clients that are looking for buildings than there are buildings on the market. Most of the businesses that I am working with are looking for larger facilities to capitalize on their expanding markets."
What was the best deal you’ve ever been involved in? "The best deal that I’ve ever been involved with happened this past June. I obtained a 46,000-square-foot industrial listing from The Journal Communications Printing Group in Hartland and sold it to Rapco Fleet Support, which was located just across the street. That’s called a ‘home run’ in our business."
What was the funniest moment of your career? "My funniest moment happened early in my career while I was out promoting a listing of mine in Burlington. When I was at ABC Supply, they told me that they were looking for a new building and then at my next call to Cooperative Plus Inc., which was next door, I asked if they would consider selling one of their underutilized grain storage buildings. It took about 1 1/2 years and a lot of negotiating, but I learned a very valuable lesson: neighbors buy neighbors."

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