Brandon Johnson is the son of Bertha and Willie G Johnson Sr., sibling to Brandi
(twin sister), Willie Johnson Jr. (brother), and father to his 2-year-old daughter Cassie Johnson. He was born and raised in Beaumont, Tx. Brandon is the broker at
Realty Depot of Texas, a real estate company that spans throughout the state of Texas, general contractor, and owner of Lucille Homes & Remodeling LLC, and the newest loan originator for Town Square Mortgage. Brandon became a real estate broker on 12/1/2016 and set up 1 of the only full-fledged brokerage services in the Golden Triangle offering all the necessary services that surround real estate. He offers mortgages, property management, hard money lending, contracting, property management, credit repair, and some of the best agents in the industry to aid you in buying and selling a property.
His passion for real estate began when he saw the return of his initial investment on his first rental property, which led him to construct his first real estate company, Brandon Johnson Investments LLC, which is what his many investment properties are under. Brandon has been buying, selling, and investing in real estate for over 10 years now and has started a mentoring program to teach people how to invest in real estate using little to none of their capital! His biggest passion is helping and educating others to become the best person that they can be! He does this through his nonprofit organization Brandon Johnson- Believe and Achieve Foundation, where he mentors disadvantaged youth through guide right programs, helping them learn trades, and even offers scholarships to kids that would like to attend his Alma Mater Lamar University. This organization has given countless man-hours to our community, hosting Easter Egg hunts, back to school drives, toy drives for Christmas, feeding families for Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as partnering with many other local organizations to help serve, impact, and better our community!
Before starting these ventures, Brandon attended Lamar University where he financed his education by working at Ashley Furniture and Conns as a salesman. In addition to graduating in Dec. of 2008 with a degree in Business, Brandon also joined the prestigious fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi (Zeta Psi chapter) where achievement is the core principle of the organization. Brandon Johnson who turned 36 this Aug. 21, dedicates his success to GOD 1st, family, friends, and every person who had to struggle in life and made the conscious decision not to give up in life and make their dreams come true!
BBP: Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in real estate? BJ: Growing up, I knew I wanted to be rich. I just didn’t know how I would get there. One day my older cousin, Chris Sam, taught me about rental properties and the return on his investment. I knew what I learned from him would give me financial freedom to care and provide for my family. Shani Daigle, who was my realtor, influenced me to get my real estate license and that opened up a lot of doors.
BBP: What has been your greatest challenge as a Real Estate Agent and how do you work through those issues?
BJ: As a realtor my biggest challenge is “hear say.” It's hard winning over a stranger to become a new client when they’ve had a bunch of personal influences from people that have never bought a house. I overcome these types of obstacles by meeting with my clients 1 on 1 and educating them on the process. This allows me to build rapport and trust, even if I have to baby them.
BBP: What is one of the biggest misconceptions you think people have about Real Estate Agents?
BJ: The biggest misconception is that people believe they don't need a realtor.
There are a lot of laws in this business that apply to unlicensed individuals also. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Realtors are here to assist you through the home buying process, the contract, amendments, verbiage, and all.
BBP: What advice do you have for someone who may be considering a career in real estate?
BJ: Real Estate is like a diamond; it has a plethora of facets. This means there are so many ways to make a living and create generational wealth. Real Estate is 3rd on the wealth producing chart behind oil and inheritance, which is why if you look at most millionaires’ portfolios real estate is in there.
BBP: You started a nonprofit to mentor and support children and you have been actively involved in your community. Why do you think community service is so important?
BJ: Community service is my heart. Even in college I received awards from the NPHC for most hours collected. There’s no community without unity, and our community is what we make of it. We as a community have gotten away from the old school knowing and loving thy neighbor factor and we need to get back to that. We must treat others like our brothers and sisters, especially the people that look.
BBP: What is one thing you wished your community had?
BJ: I wish the community had more parents like mine. They were very strict and had the “it takes a village to raise a child” mentality. This goes a long way because it allows us to really love our neighbors like the good book instructs us too; that and opportunity.
BBP: To date, what would you say your greatest accomplishment has been? Why?
BJ: I feel my greatest accomplishment to date is becoming one of the youngest African American brokers in the Golden Triangle. Realty Depot Of Texas is the only full-fledged brokerage in this area. We offer leasing, buying and selling services, property management, general contracting for remodels, as well as in-house financing and credit repair. No other brokerage services all real estate needs. To me, this represents positive progress in the black community, and it shows our youth that there are other ways to make a living other than being an athlete, an entertainer, or resulting in something illegal.
BBP: Would you change anything about your journey? Why or why not?
BJ: Yes, it would be a lot easier lol! No, in all honesty I wouldn’t change anything about my journey. I feel that GOD’s plan is tailor made to fit my life, and just the way He wants it to be. Plus, I’ve learned some valuable lessons through the ups and downs of the mistakes I’ve made, and I’ve met some awesome people who helped me along the way. Also, if it was easy you wouldn’t value it and love it as much. Right?
BBP: What is your personal philosophy on life?
BJ: The philosophy that I would say I live my life by is the golden rule, “treat others the way you want to be treated.” I don’t do anything to anybody I don’t want done to me.
BBP: What is your favorite motivational quote? Why?
BJ: Rest at the end, not in the middle. As an entrepreneur or business owner, you won’t always be motivated to go after your dreams and goals. This is where your discipline comes in. Discipline allows you to get up early after going to bed late.
Discipline says you’re going to do ABC and D even when you don’t see EFG and H.
Rest at the end, not in the middle!