Josh Markiewicz (8)

Josh Markiewicz - Former U.S. Army Green Beret turned commercial real estate broker in central Illinois. I focus on all aspects of CRE, and provide my clients a 360-degree perspective to the commercial real estate process. I'm passionate about gaining a situational advantage in the real world, and preach the power and importance of leadership, teamwork, preparation, and perseverance every day. Read my blog Josh Markiewicz Follow me on Twitter @crejosh

Weapons of Mass Distraction

Since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, we’ve all heard the term Weapons of Mass Destruction, or WMD thrown around quite a bit… but let’s talk about a different type of WMD – Weapons of Mass Distraction!  My last post; 1000 LB Bombs, Trust and Commercial Real Estate, touched on how I’ve found myself wasting […]


1000 LB Bombs, Trust and Commercial Real Estate

1000 LB Bombs, Trust and Commercial Real Estate It’s important and necessary to trust a lot of different people in the military – especially when you’re fighting a war.  I developed an amazing level of trust with my teammates in the Special Forces, which allowed us to operate at an extremely high level in difficult […]


3 Things That Climbing Mount St. Helens Taught Me About #CRE

I recently traveled to the Pacific Northwest to explore Portland and Seattle, and was really excited to have the opportunity to summit Mount St. Helens while I was there.  It was a great experience, and here are 3 things that it taught me about commercial real estate: 1. Pre-Diligence is Important Prior to this trip, […]


Utilizing the SOF Truths in CRE

A large part of my focus in both tBL posts and my personal blog, is taking experiences from my time in the Army and transferring them to business (commercial real estate) and life. The Special Operations Forces or SOF Truths were originally written in 1987 by retired Army Colonel John Collins.  According to United States […]


1 Simple Trick for Better Looking Listings

A few months back I read Kristian Lee’s post Dress Your #CRE Listings for Success, and it got me thinking about a simple trick that I use to make my listings look better. I don’t hire a professional photographer, use a fancy DSLR camera or create the perfect lighting… I just use my iPhone. If […]


3 Ways That War Makes You a Better CRE Professional (Part 3 of 3)

This is the final part of a 3-part series on how war makes you a better CRE professional. Please read Part 1 and Part 2 as well. Build a Network In Afghanistan, our network consisted of local villagers, elders, contractors, children, police, and even Taliban. Your network supplies you with intelligence (leads), and introduces you […]


3 Ways That War Makes You a Better CRE Professional (Part 2 of 3)

This is Part 2 of a multi-part series on how war makes you a better CRE professional. Click here to read Part 1. Build Rapport Our Afghan counterparts (ANA) were critical to our mission in Afghanistan.  They knew the people, culture, terrain, history, and sketchy areas better than we ever could.  There were countless times […]


3 Ways That War Makes You a Better CRE Professional (Part 1 of 3)

War teaches you a lot about life, death and yourself.  Over 2.2 million Americans have fought in Afghanistan and Iraq, and everyone had different experiences and take-aways.  I learned a lot while fighting on the front lines of Afghanistan, and had a lot of fun doing it.  Here are 3 things that have made me a […]

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