Realtor Gerald "Jey" Ellis (Image provided by Coldwell Banker Heritage Realtors)

Home Expert of the Week: Gerald 'Jey' Ellis

What’s an interesting Dayton story you have to tell?
Ellis: I remember shopping at Rike's department store in downtown Dayton with my grandmother, and I recently acquired some dinnerware from their restaurant of many years ago. It sits proudly in my house, which was built in 1938 by David Rike's granddaughter.

What are your favorite Dayton activities?
Ellis: There are so many wonderful parks in our area -- I look forward to playing tennis and biking the minute the weather breaks in the early spring each year. 

What experiences best prepared you for being a realtor?
Ellis: From the young age of 14, I started working in customer service jobs and have done so ever since. I learned from my hard-working family to put the needs of clients first.

How do you make a difference in your community?
Ellis: I have spent the last 25 years with some amazing non-profits as a teacher (American Heart Association CPR), board chair (Family Services), animal care/fundraiser and committee member (Humane Society), and general volunteer (Ronald McDonald House). I have met an endless amount of incredible people, in addition to loving animals in need of great homes.

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen while on the job?
Ellis: Probably something that I did. It was early on, when I first started. I realized that I must have left the beautiful orange tabby cat outside at a home I was showing. I securely and safely got him back inside, out of the cold, and then later found out that the owner didn't have a cat! Luckily, the owner and the listing agent thought this was all pretty amusing and returned "Garfield" to the right home later that afternoon.

If you could be any super hero, who would you be?
Ellis: He might not be a super hero to everyone, but to me, I'd want to be Scooby Doo. He solves mysteries, he's genuine, and he helps others while being funny (and eating constantly). Not a bad job.

What does the future of real estate look like?
Ellis: It has changed forever since the market crashed several years ago; however, sometimes things need to get worse in order to get better. We have all learned from the past, and I think there is a renewed energy and focus on real estate that will take us forward for the next decade or so. I am looking forward to my next 12 years and continuing the journey of helping others realize their dream of owning a home.

For more information about Jey Ellis or to contact him, visit the Coldwell Banker Heritage Realtors website.