I'M A REALTOR, DESIGNER, FLIPPER, DEAL FANATIC, FUTURE TV HOST...
AND ALL AROUND HOUSE-A-HOLIC!
Wisconsin born and raised, I later attended the University of Minnesota, where I pursued degrees in Interior Architecture and Communication Studies. After college, I made my way South and found myself in Phoenix where I got my first taste of the real estate by helping create a profitable portfolio of over 60 residential rental properties in Arizona and California. I helped to make it happen by sourcing the properties, acquisition, doing affordable remodels, renting them, and managing them as well. In the process of doing these homes, I expanded into flipping houses and that brings me to where I am today. In the last five years, I've flipped and designed over 50 homes with resale prices ranging from $100k - $1.8m. I've got a fantastic team and couldn't do it without them because together, we turn houses into homes.
In the process of all of this experience, I became a Realtor myself. As a seller's agent, I'm an asset to you because I can help design your home to sell. We see our own homes differently then buyers do, therefore it's important to make those simple changes that will help make your home stand out amongst the rest. Typically sellers don't want to put money into a home that they are selling, but when that small investment gets a full return and then some - It makes sense. Not only that, but so many people try to sell their homes vacant and typically this works against them. I stage homes as part of the commission structure so that every house feels like a home. My staging creates an emotional connection with buyers that allows them to imagine themselves living there and as a result - Creates offers. The biggest part of the DESIGN2SELL concept, is that it caters to our market today. Homes are usually sold "online" because buyers spend hours looking at photos before they actually get in the car to see it in person. Therefore as a seller, you need an agent that can do more then just put a sign in the yard - You need an agent that can make your property stand out so that it's at the top of every buyer's "must-see" list!
As a buyer's agent, I can help you re-imagine what you see in front of you. So many people have a challenge seeing beyond the cosmetic issues to actually understand the real potential of the house. This is not for everyone, but if you want to find your own fixer upper and embrace some DIY action - I can help you find the house with the most potential and offer you a complementary design consultation to help you get the biggest bang for your buck. If you can't afford your dream house just yet, then this is the importance and value of the BUY2DESIGN concept because it allows you to create your own dream home. The most important thing to determine before buying a home is location, because it cannot be changed. Everything else has possibilities and it's important for you to have an agent that can help share that with you from their own experience.
Selling? Buying? Flipping? Investing? I'm ready if you are!
Helped me buy and sell homes
Review by allisonmh12091 on 2018-01-03
James helped us buy, design, stage, and will help us sell a flip in historic Phoenix. He has been a joy to work with from the beginning. He is extremely knowledgeable and helpful with all aspects, and I would gladly recommend him! His energy makes the whole process fun!Thanks,
Review by 1jimrstewart on 2023-01-02
Best real estate sale experience…ever! Knowing full well that our plans for listing our special, historic home might encounter headwinds thanks to the changing market dynamics, we interviewed several top producers in our neighborhood and James and his approach blew us away and made us feel confident in our decision. We were not disappointed: James had a solid vision for presenting our house and was super efficient about getting us and the property ready to make a Big Impact at launch. It worked(!)…four days post listing we were under contract, at a price and under terms that worked for all parties (thanks to James’ masterful negotiation skills and, in our opinions, his reputation). James and his team are quietly, successfully doing what other teams and firms scream about in their (hollow) marketing - disrupting the real estate industry…mostly by excelling at the nuts & bolts: knowing the market, honestly assessing the product, innovating around presentation and always honestly and openly communicating. After a combined 28 transactions by us both, we’ve found our Realtor for life!
Review by tamarapier1 on 2018-09-12
James Judge is the consummate professional real estate agent-knowledgeable of the market, energetic, accountable, patient and reassuring. What this translates to is savvy on how to negotiate an excellent deal for his clients. James has an incredible design aesthetic. He can walk into a property and instantly size up its potential. I wouldn't even consider using any other agent in Phoenix!
Helped me buy and sell homes
Review by tmckeever602 on 2018-01-03
This is the first time that I've felt compelled to submit an online review for a real estate agent as most dealings with agents are lackluster at best. Typically you give an agent all of the parameters of what you're looking for and they try to regurgitate those back to you in the form of an available property. There is no insight as to what is possible and certainly no thinking outside of the box. I can assure you that this will not be the case when working with James Judge. He has an uncanny ability to "see" what is possible in a house and property that others would never consider. Being an admittedly VERY finicky buyer, I couldn't find what I wanted in a house as most remodels are done by hacks with a limited sense of style and a sickening fondness for BEIGE. James suggested that I revamp an older, outdated more "original" house in the area that I wanted. Not having that kind of foresight, James literally walked me through the process step by step. His architectural vision and design aesthetic helped turn what some would consider a "dump" into a designer showcase! He's not your average real estate agent - he's more of a "house whisperer" - as yes he made the total transaction of buying the house seamless and effortless but ALSO provided me with the direction to turn a mere house into a HOME.
Review by rystalc3 on 2020-07-19
James was a great asset and went above and beyond, more than a typical realtor. He offered my husband and I so much insight and knowledge to help us buy a midtown Phoenix home. He had his finger on the pulse of what was going on in Phoenix real estate and home buying. He has many skills which his clients can benefit from, including: understanding of home prices, interior and exterior design, staging, knowledge of good vendors, housing material, renovation/rehabilitation/construction, what long term and short term tenants are looking for and much more. He provided detailed insight and gave us the power to make informed decisions. You could tell that he cared about your financial and home buying goals, not just selling something or you being a number. He is a highly trusted agent and community member within midtown Phoenix. James, thank you for helping us find our new home!
Review by kristinmariegoodwin on 2019-05-13
James is an expert in downtown/uptown Phoenix area buying, selling, and flipping. He was always quick to respond to any questions and concerns, and worked around my schedule. James has exquisite vision for each house and its according potential. As a first time home buyer he made the nuances of paperwork/inspection/etc. very simple and encouraged a laid back atmosphere in an otherwise rather stressful financial decision. I am happy to call Phoenix my new home, thanks to James, and cannot wait to follow his growth in real estate and have a lifelong realtor for my future home buying/renting/selling experiences.
Helped me buy and sell homes
Review by lynnejackel on 2020-09-27
My experience buying a home in Phoenix could not have gone more smoothly and I have James Judge to thank for all of this creative problem solving. His knowledge of the Willo District in central Phoenix is unprecedented.He is professional and responded to all calls and emails in a timely manner.I could not recommend him more highly.
Review by dovid gorman on 2018-01-18
James was a pleasure to work with. He took care of all of the aspects needed to get my home on the market and was dedicated to selling my home for top dollar. I would strongly recommend working with James.
Review by lia56 on 2018-01-09
I've worked with James numerous times in the past few years as an investor in flipping homes. James has been able to take these projects from start to finish and turn a profit on each and every home. His understanding of the market helps him source amazing deals and negotiate the price even further to make the project worthwhile. His ability to see the worth and value beyond what is right in front of him is extremely valuable in today's hot market. He is a pleasure to work with and trust him completely. Without a doubt you will be well taken care of guided along the process of buying or purchasing a home.
Review by tmagne on 2021-09-05
James Judge is one of a kind. He is not a post and pray realtor but put hard work into selling my home through staging it, minor upgrades and actively promoting the property to neighborhood agents and by posting online. He had my back! This is my 6th interaction with a realtor in Phoenix and he is the only one who has earned my respect! He has high energy and a love of the field!