Josh Uminski


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Josh Uminski grew up in Canton alongside two brothers and a sister. He graduated from Canton South High School before attending The Ohio State University. Josh studied sports management for three years in Columbus before transferring to Kent University where he received his Bachelor’s degree. Throughout his studies, he took real estate courses before receiving his license. Shortly after graduation, he was unsure of the direction his career would take him. He moved back to Columbus for a nice change of pace coaching baseball at Worthington Kilbourne High School before he decided to pursue a career in real estate. Josh began at HER Realtors where he met his current BHHS Pro supervisor, Rob Matney. He moved brokerages to become an assistant broker for a year. It was his reconnection with Rob that brought him to BHHS Pro. He began at the Gahanna location working alongside four agents and he has grown with the company through the expansion of the Gahanna Creekside office. In 2016 Josh received the Circle of Achievement award for his sales with the brokerage.This past fall he received the OAR President’s Sales Club Award of Distinction making him among the top 10% of Realtors® in Ohio.  Josh married his wife, Shelley, in June and the two happily reside in Canal Winchester.


Professional Q&A

How did you become interested in a career in real estate?

I have always enjoyed architecture. Growing up I always wanted to be an architect. I’m not sure why I never pursued that career path, but here I am now selling homes


Why Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty?

BHHS Pro has great name recognition. That is one of the reasons I didn’t hesitate to jump on board when Rob reached out to me.


How do you maintain work-life balance being a realtor while still being available to your clients?

That is the ultimate daily struggle. I actually just hired a coach to help me with that. I like to be active so I play basketball once a week as an outlet outside of work.


What is one feature you believe every house must have?

I believe every house must have a deck. I value having an outdoor space for entertainment to hang out with friends during the warm months in Columbus.


What advice do you have for homebuyers in their search for the perfect home?

I would say don’t settle just because you think nothing else is going to come on the market. It’s important that clients find a home they can imagine themselves in for years. Don’t rush finding that perfect home for yourself or you will regret your decision when your ideal home comes on the market.


Describe a unique interaction you've had with a client.

I don't think there is just one interaction or experience that sticks out. I think what we do, day in and day out brings stories I'll randomly remember 20 years from now. It’s the people we meet and the homes we walk through where we see all kinds of strange things and different ways people live. But that is what I think is so cool; what I think is a unique way to live is completely normal to someone else. You don't really realize it until you see it every day.


Personal Q&A

Your favorite Columbus restaurant?

Shades on the Canal


What 3 words would your friends use to describe you?

Adventurous, caring and intellectual


What is your favorite way to spend your weekend?

I could watch hours on end of Netflix. I particularly love the show Mad Men.


Why Columbus, Ohio?

I love the small town hustle and bustle. You get the best of both worlds in Columbus.


What is your favorite space in a home?

A finished basement that can serve as a hangout room with friends


Do you prefer a large family room or large kitchen?

Large kitchen


Your ideal vacation getaway spot?

I recently visited Greece and I loved it. I would travel there every chance I get.


If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I would learn how to play the guitar


What is your greatest accomplishment?

I think my greatest accomplishment is persevering through the rough times of just getting started in real estate without being financially stable. For a while I worked two or three part time jobs just to pay the bills. I worked those jobs overnight and on the weekends to sell real estate during the day. There were a lot of sacrifices because of it. In the end, the lack of sleep and all the Ramen Noodles was totally worth it. Those are the times I'll look back on and remember the most; not the random Friday nights I missed out with friends.


What is something you are looking forward to in 2018?

I’m excited to vacation more in 2018. I already have a trip planned to Seattle.


What are your plans/goals coming into the new year?

My focus this year is on accomplishing my goal of selling $10 million


Are you involved in any outside organizations?

I’m a wish granter for the Make a Wish Foundation. I am also involved in the Young Professionals Network (YPN) on the business technology committee.