Realtor®|GRI, ABR, RLSC
Licensed since 2012
Firefighter, Dad, Entrepreneur, Leader,
Trusted Firefighter Trusted Agent
In 2011, after 20 years of serving the public and community in Emergency Medical Services, it was time to retire my stethoscope and pursue new endeavors. Helping people has always been at the core of everything I have focused my life on, so it was important that my next career path had to focus on continuing to help others.
After much soul searching, I came to realize that the home and what it represents: love, family, security, memories, togetherness, joy and happiness, occupied a special place in my heart. This realization helped guide me in my decision to pursue a career in real estate, and help others achieve their dream of ‘Home’. So, in 2012, I earned my real estate license and became a Realtor®.
Honor, integrity, caring, and satisfaction are important qualities to me; and are central guiding forces for me as I navigate through the murky waters that is the real estate industry. In a field full of unscrupulous and inadequate agents, I strive to be a beacon of honesty and knowledge; and deliver more value to you than you expect to receive.
I’m currently a firefighter with the Lake City fire department. I’m a father and family man. My children are often around, included and I highly encourage you to do the same. I base my business in Minnesota. If you’re moving out of state, I’m happy to pre-screen agents and find a referral for you.
If you have a question about starting your own career in real estate, I’m here to help. Reach out at anytime.
Don’t just chose anyone, click below to see how my expansive education in Real Estate will make me the best choice for you, whether you’re buying or selling.
Justin’s Designations and Certifications Explained
I have committed myself to the study of law and ethics in the field of Real Estate, as well as pricing, market dynamics and marketing. In the process, I have earned the following Designations and Certifications:
Graduate Realtor® Institute (GRI) Designation – Approximately only 15% of all Realtors have earned this prestigious Designation, and it is only awarded to those that have followed a rigorous educational tract focused on an in-depth knowledge of technical subjects relating to real estate, as well as the fundamentals of real estate.
Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) Designation – Approximately only 11% of all Realtors hold this designation. An agent who has earned the ABR Designation is a specialized practitioner who has demonstrated a commitment to working with buyers, and has completed specialized training focused on delivering the best in buyer-representation services.
Residential Listing Specialist Certification (RLSC) – A specialized certification to give Realtors the tools they need to master the art of listing residential properties by providing agents with strategies, tools and more, to help agents enhance and differentiate their listings.
Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA) Certification – This certification is specifically designed to help Realtors enhance their skills in pricing properties, creating Comparable Market Analysis (CMA), working with appraisers and guiding clients through the anxieties and misperceptions they often have about home values.
At Home with Diversity (AHWD) Certification – This certification is just one part of a comprehensive cultural diversity outreach program designed and administered by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). This certification focuses on cultural and racial sensitivity, US Fair Housing Laws and developing professional guidelines for working with a diverse population of people in an increasingly changing multicultural real estate market.
e-Pro Certification – This certification program helps Realtors master the advanced digital marketing techniques used today, as well as provides education on the laws and best practices regarding the safe sharing and storage of sensitive client information in today’s digital world.
Commitment to Excellence (C2EX) Endorsement – This ongoing endorsement is awarded every 2 years to Realtors committed to the highest levels of professionalism through ongoing education and proficiency in 11 categories, ranging from customer service to technology. As new content and industry updates are developed, Realtors who have earned their C2EX Endorsement, receive a notification inviting them back to engage and keep their skills and knowledge up to date.
Mom, Entrpreneur, Activist, Politician
Small Town Advocate
I was born and raised in Lake City, Minnesota. My ancestors were some of the original founders of Lake City, something I feel is slowly being lost to history. As generations change and families move on, I’m drawn to the stories and few images that remain. My husband would probably say I’m obsessed with old houses and their ancestry. I’d agree, and add that it goes much deeper.
Lake City has always been this gem on the Mississippi River, not really a sleepy town, but one that has been able to hold onto it’s “Americana” look and feel. I’ve always been drawn back, but couldn’t really put my finger on it until recently. “Americana” It’s evokes a special emotion for each individual. For me, it’s riding bikes with friends in the summer, the coolness of the mornings, the ducks in the park, the flags on porches, the manicured lawns, eating handfuls of Jolly Ranchers and Laffy Taffy at the pool and there’s just something special about afternoon thunderstorms here. There’s a simple feel and the long time residents know it well. We’re always going to need revitalization, beautification and additions to infrastructure; but, it’s Lake City’s residents that keep our city so unique.
Together with my husband, Justin Novak, we developed the K&J brand. Early on we both held our Real Estate licenses. Due to unforeseen circumstances and safety concerns for myself, I relinquished my license to focus on interior design, photography and transaction management.
Depending on your unique needs, you may see a lot of me, or very little of me. Regardless, I’m always working to make sure your file is up to date and/or your property is shown in it’s best light.