Advised early on by his father that real estate was a wise career, particularly for an African American, Eddie L. Jackson Jr. was recently made a Senior Associate at CB Richard Ellis, the largest commercial real estate firm in the world. “This is an honor and testament to the theory that you can achieve anything you put your mind to,” Eddie says
But Eddie Jackson, Jr.’s principles have always placed people first: He attended VCU in the ‘90s, where he majored in Social Work and minored in Real Estate and Urban Land Development. Today, Eddie lives on the Southside of Richmond and enjoys time with his “four wonderfully talented children,” Trinity, 8, Eden, 6, Jordan, 4, and Eddie III, who is 4.
How long have you been with CB Richard Ellis?
I joined the team at CB Richard Ellis about thirty days ago as a Senior Associate. I have had the opportunity to work with and be trained by one of the Richmond office partners for the past 4 and a half years. Transitioning to the firm full time and converting my business solely to commercial real estate was an easy decision. Currently, I am the only African American working for this firm throughout our MidSouth region, which is Fredericksburg, Richmond, Norfolk, Raleigh and Charlotte. Additionally, I am the only African American in Richmond working for any of the “true commercial brokerages.”
What drew you to a profession in real estate?
My father gave me the thirst and understanding of real estate and development. As the saying goes, “Since I was knee high to a grass hopper,” this is what I learned and easily established a love and passion for. He added one important fact which helped me focus and learn to go after what my goals are. He shared his thoughts regarding this industry, “Eddie, Real estate is a black man’s ticket to wealth and freedom. If you own land, you can learn to leverage your financial status and lift your family out of poverty.”
Do you specialize in a particular kind of commercial property?
I am a jack-of-all-trades, which will narrow down as my career continues to unfold. I have extensive broker experience in the historic tax credit and development side of the business. In addition, I work in the following areas: Industrial office, multi-family and retail. I am able to offer consulting services to business owners who may wonder how to expand their market presence. I am currently working toward the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation. A CCIM is a recognized expert in the disciplines of commercial and investment real estate. A CCIM is an invaluable resource to the commercial real estate owner, investor, and user, and is among an elite corps of more than 9,000 professionals who hold the CCIM designation across North America and more than 30 countries.
What are some of your hobbies, and how do you relax when you have time off?
My hobbies consist of looking for new projects to develop mainly. In addition, I spend time with my shared pets, Leonidus, Neapolitan Mastiff, Moses, an English bulldog, three cats, Stella, Memphis and Assar. Oh yeah, and [I have] two very fertile rabbits. At home, I enjoy quiet times to reflect on my blessings and how I can be a better role model to my children and youth of today.