Once a small commercial real estate market with an equally small cadre of brokers, Austin is now a magnet for young professionals learning the biz. There are still a few long-serving experts who understand how Austin became Austin, and how it can continue its successful upward trajectory.
Mike Kennedy of Avison Young, as such, may be the dean of brokerage in Austin, having moved here in 1985 from Houston where he learned the business in tandem with being an attorney.
“I went to law school because I always had an interest in being a professional, and I felt like being a lawyer would put me in that category. It provided a good business education as well, and it’s proven to be very helpful over the years,” Kennedy said.
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