Bruce Holmes

    Bruce Holmes

    Bruce has been President of Century 21 Venture Ltd. and Asset Real Estate Management, Inc. for 31 years. He has a background in marketing, real estate development and construction management. Bruce has worked in newspaper advertising, radio advertising, and once owned an advertising agency. As Vice President of Salter Properties with offices in Boston, Massachusetts and Maine, he was involved in the site acquisition, development, and leasing of office buildings and subsidized housing projects. While in Boston, Holmes also worked with Meredith and Grew, Endeavor Development, New England Communities, and R M Bradley Real Estate. In addition to real estate brokerage, Holmes owns Asset Real Estate Management Company, which currently manages apartments, shopping plazas, and office buildings. Holmes's management company had a 10 year relationship with Bradley Real Estate Trust for its properties in Maine. In 2007-2009 he worked with Lockwood Mills, LLC in setting up the leasing and management system for the Hathaway Creative Center in Waterville, Maine, a $24 million Historic Rehabilitation project totaling over 300,000 SF of housing and commercial space.

    Holmes has enjoyed unique experiences ranging from creating and marketing private placement investments at 100 Federal St. in Boston, Massachusetts to acting as the American Master of Ceremonies for the United States/South Korea, Tae Kwon Do Conference with Master Joon Rhee at the Hyatt Regency in Seoul, Korea. He has had the fun of marketing the Elizabeth Arden Estate, the Prince Tara Tasso Hunting Lodge, and a 40 acre island off the Maine Coast. Commercial sales include 28 poultry farms, a poultry processing plant, and a Maine paper mill. Holmes' commercial experience ranges from office and shopping center management, extensive commercial leasing and sales, to helping set a company record of over 1000 units of multifamily sales within a several year period. The firm works with owners and developers from throughout New England in the sale of Maine industrial, retail, commercial buildings and development sites.
    He has had a career long involvement with Realtors, having been a past President of the local board of Realtors, Vice President of the state association of Realtors, charter member and two year President of the Commercial Board of Realtors, current Commercial Board Director, two-time recipient of the Realtor of the Year Award, and State Realtor Fair Housing Chairperson for 5 years.

    Since his involvement with Century 21, Holmes has participated in IMA (International Management Academy) and Orbit with Mike Berry. He was chosen for the Century 21 National Advisory Board in 2005 and has taught courses in Commercial Real Estate Leasing at their National Conferences. Bruce has served as Century 21 Council of Maine's President for three years, Board of Directors for two years and Board Chair for one year.
    In May, 2007, Holmes was certified by Harvard Law School as an Instructor under the PON'S (Program on Negotiation) method for teaching negotiation in an organization and puts on seminars on negotiation. In 2010 he obtained his 'Certified Negotiation Expert' designation from the Real Estate Negotiation Institute. In 2012 after taking 8 additional courses at different locations in the country, he received his Master Certified Negotiation Expert designation and will be presenting the courses to certify other realtors.

    Holmes received his B.A from the University of Maine, Orono in 1971. He has since taken numerous real estate courses, has taught the real estate practice and real estate law courses as an adjunct instructor for Thomas College and the University of Maine at Augusta both in the classroom and on the State-wide ITV (televised system). Holmes presents courses nationally in Negotiation and Commercial Leasing. During the fall of 2009, he was asked to present three courses to an international audience for the Century 21 Commercial Conference

    My Client Testimonials

    Bruce is an incredible asset to Century 21 and our family as well. I appreciate his professionalism, knowledge and kindness. He made this process fun. ~ Amy Colter, Manchester
    I tried communicating with several other brokers with no success. They either were slow to respond or didn't understand what I was looking for. Bruce was immediately approachable and understood what I was looking for. A+ for all the above. I would grade higher for communication. Bruce kept me updated on everything despite my limitations on communication... poor phone reception and intermittent email access. ~ Mary Courtney, New Vineyard
    Bruce was great throughout the process and was a strong advocate making sure there were no surprises. He also was very patient with us as we looked for the perfect property. ~ Ryan, Augusta
    Bruce Holmes and CENTURY 21 Venture Ltd. did a wonderful job helping me sell my mother's house in Waterville Maine. The property was listed for less than 3 days when we received an offer and was under contract within 5 days of listing it. Bruce was very helpful and patient throughout the process. I would highly recommend him and CENTURY 21 Venture Ltd. ~ BIll Rafuse Vassalboro Maine
    I would definitely use Asset Management, Mike Lee and Bruce Holmes again. ~ Paul Wade, Manchester
    Bruce has sold several homes for us and has long been a good friend. I highly recommend him ~ Susan Banden, Hernando, FL
    Bruce Holmes was very knowledgeable and knew what would be a best fit overall for me. He made good recommendations and was very helpful. I would highly recommend Bruce Holmes to friends, family or anyone looking to purchase a home! ~ Juanita Blondin, Augusta


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