Next Gen Spotlight: J.B. Andreassi of Andreassi Development

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In this Next Gen Spotlight, Relationship Manager Myles Christian sits down with J.B. Andreassi, co-principal of Andreassi Development, rising real estate star, and reality TV personality, to discuss his journey from real estate to TV, working for the family business, and how he balances it all.

J.B. Andreassi is a thriving real estate agent, co-principal of residential luxury development company Andreassi Development, and featured on the docuseries Selling the Hamptons. He sat down with BBH’s Myles Christian to talk about his unique career path, trends in the real estate market, and how he maintains his personal brand while working in the family business.

1. From the NHL to HBO – you’ve had a unique and fascinating career path. How did you get where you are today?

My first love in this world (besides the love I have for my family) was, and still is, sports. I was fortunate and blessed enough to play football at Dartmouth. Following graduation, I decided to pursue a role in professional sports business, as a marketing and sponsorship sales associate with the National Hockey League.

After an incredible four years with the NHL, I yearned for a role where I had more control over my own destiny. I joined Related Companies, one of the largest, most respected real estate development firms in the world.

Two years later, I decided to leverage my experiences, resources, and network and join my father’s building company in the Hamptons. My job was to modernize an already well-respected development company while also selling the Hamptons home-owning dream. I became a Real Estate broker and co-principal in our building company – selling, buying, and developing properties in one of the most sought-after, and unique markets in the world.

Shortly after joining Nest Seekers International brokerage group in 2019, I was approached to star in a Netflix show called Million Dollar Beach House. My family was cautious and didn’t like the idea at first. I also had no experience in front of a camera!

But I said yes, and it was one of the best decisions of my life. The show rebranded as Selling the Hamptons and now airs on MAX (formerly HBO).

2. What are some trends in the real estate market? Are you seeing any shifts around first-time homeownership?

Like the stock market, the real estate world is constantly changing. It is directly impacted by the health of the economy, politics, and global events. Some markets are less vulnerable to the elements when there is a concentration of lots to do – such as Manhattan, the Hamptons, and South Florida.

More than ever before, people are leaving the places that they know and in which they grew up in search of emerging cities and towns that are more affordable and offer ease of living and a balanced lifestyle.

The shift toward remote work following the pandemic has allowed people to buy and invest in areas that they may not have been able to because of their previous work situation.

We’re also seeing a lot of first-time home buyers entering the housing market in less expensive areas with the hope of those places growing and appreciating in value over time. More than ever before, people are leaving the places that they know and in which they grew up in search of emerging cities and towns that are more affordable and offer ease of living and a balanced lifestyle.

3. You’re also part of the 2nd Generation of a family-owned business. Tell us about your experience working alongside family. What lessons have you learned?

It’s not always easy! I am blessed to be in such a close family – even if we butt heads sometimes. My father came from nothing and worked endlessly to provide the best possible life for my siblings and me.

My brother Chase and I grew up learning the luxury construction world from him. He taught us to find comfort, or even pleasure, in the grind. If you don’t work harder than the person next to you, you don’t have a chance. If you fully commit to your craft and the business, you create your own opportunities.

What separates our real estate development company from the rest is how we interact with our clients. We give everything we have to our partners and enjoy the relationships that creates. We become life-long friends with our partners and our clients and that’s something I am most proud of.

4. Your personal brand is a large part of your success. How do you make sure your authentic self comes through your work – whether online, in person, or on TV?

This part is easy because I am just always me. I am thankful my parents raised me to be kind and considerate and to treat everyone the same no matter their background. I'm an extrovert through and through and just love to be around people and interact with others.

I'm fascinated by successful individuals in any industry and seek to learn from their stories including failures and triumphs, their commitment to the work, and their personal journey to success. I try to focus on what I can do to improve myself and continue to learn from others.

5. What’s next for J.B. Andreassi?

A loaded question! Like many people my age, at 33 I’m still trying to figure it all out. From technology to geopolitics, we’ve seen a lot of change in our day-to-day lives. I want to control what I can control and learn how to be at peace and let go of the things I can’t.

I want to continue to grow as a person and as a businessman. I want to continue to make an impact on those who deserve a helping hand.

J.B., thank you for your time and insights.

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