Nest Realty: How did you get into real estate?
John Ince: My mother, who had been a successful Realtor in Northern Virginia in the late 60’s, sent me information on Virginia Real Estate Licensing requirements when I was training horses in California in the mid 70’s. I still remember the preamble, ”Under all is the Land.” It was nearly ten years later that I actually moved back to Virginia and dove in.
N.R.: That seems like foreshadowing, given your niche of Charlottesville country properties. What was the first property you sold?
J.I.: I’ll never forget the first property I sold. It was in 1984. It was a horse farm on the Rapidan River in Orange County called Tuck Hill Farm. The buyers were struggling horse trainers with a super star stallion that made it all possible.
N.R.: What a perfect transition. Speaking of transitions, why did you join the Nest Team?
J.I.: I saw the future in the Nest Realty model and jumped in with both feet. There is always a best way to do things and Nest has a way of figuring that out first.
N.R.: As you evaluate the country property market, what trend should we be on the lookout for?
J.I.: There will come a point when buyers who have been waiting for the perfect time to buy realize it was yesterday. There will be a scramble for property at yesterday’s prices due to the pent up demand that has accumulated over the last five years.
N.R.: What is your favorite room in a house?
J.I.: Being involved with country property my entire career my favorite room is the one with the view. Whether it’s a magnificent Blue Ridge panorama or an intimate back yard garden, it tends to be the setting that draws people to gather and share.
N.R.: So far Nest agents have picked a comedian, an actor and a television persona as answers to this question. Who would be YOUR dream celebrity client?
J.I.: Robert Redford or his female equivalent. I’d love to work with someone passionate about preserving our natural bounty. I think we already have a good, strong consciousness towards conservation here but the pressures will always be increasing, so we must be vigilant and proactive in our efforts to balance growth with sound earth ethics.
Want to connect with John?