James Blackwell is the Broker/Owner of Blackwell Real Estate in Annapolis, MD. Blackwell Real Estate is a full service residential brokerage firm serving the entire Maryland/DC/Virginia real estate market.
James grew up in Lanham, Maryland where he played hockey for and graduated from DeMatha Catholic High School. After high school, James attended the University of Maryland @ College Park, where he received a degree in accounting from the Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Prior to embarking on a career in Real Estate Sales, James started and ran a successful home maintenance and improvement company, but “fell off one too many roofs” and decided to try his hand at selling Real Estate vs. fixing Real Estate (a wise choice.)
In the spring of 2003, James joined Long & Foster Real Estate in Columbia Maryland where he sold 2 houses in his first 8 months in business. One of which was to himself!… So you can’t exactly say he set the real estate world on fire his first year.
In December of 2003, James moved to Prudential Carruthers in Crofton Maryland, and sold 27 homes in 2004, and 42 in 2005. From there, he went on to manage a 30 agent office for Prudential (where he doubled Per Agent Productivity in less than 1 year, and did not lose a single agent to an outside broker)
James stepped down from management at Prudential in June of 2009 and went back to selling Real Estate full-time (closing $7.5 Million worth of Real Estate from a standing start with no pipeline over the next 6 months)
In January of 2011, James moved to Keller Williams Select Realtors of Annapolis, where he eventually started the James Blackwell Team of Keller Williams Select Realtors. The JBT of KWSR quickly became the number 1 ranked team at KW Select, but was always proudest of the fact that 3 of his 4 teammates were ranked in the top 20 of that office (out of 150+ Agents, despite the fact that they had all started their careers with James, and had not been in business for more than 2 years prior to being ranked in the top 20.
James went to Keller Williams to study their business model from the front lines in anticipation of opening his own brokerage, and did so in January of 2015 when he launched Blackwell Real Estate.
James lives in Gambrills with his wife Sonia, and their 3 children; Kaitlin, Raegan and Matthew.