Agency News and Awards October 5, 2020

Meet James Colgan

James Colgan comes to Green Team New York Realty with an interesting background. While we’ve heard about people moving up to this area from New York City, few actually started out here, moved to the City, then moved back! However, that is exactly what James Colgan did.

Growing up in Warwick

James knows a lot about Warwick and the surrounding areas. After all, he grew up here He attended Warwick Schools, graduating from Warwick Valley High School. His family still lives here. Therefore, even when he lived in NYC he’d come back to visit. James never lost his love of Warwick.

While growing up in Warwick, James’ love of sports became evident. Furthermore, sports also defined his career path. James received his B.S in Physical Education from SUNY Brockport. At Brockport, James was president of the Men’s’ D1 Club Hockey Club,  In addition, he was a member of the Physical Education Club. He then attended Southern New Hampshire University. There, James earned his Sports Management and certification in Athletic Administration.

James Colgan’s passion for sports and coaching led him to become a physical education teacher in New York City, where he also lived,  In the past, James also coached both lacrosse and golf at Warwick Valley High School during the summer enrichment program.  Further, he coached Warwick’s Boys Freshmen Lacrosse Team.

The Transition to Real Estate

However, another passion began to grow. He helped his parents sell and buy a new home. Then, he was inspired to buy rental properties. The same dedication and hard work he put into his love of sports extended to his love of real estate. He enjoyed the overall experience, from renting to buying and selling a home. In addition to his teaching, he obtained his license and started working in real estate in New York City.

However, he was pulled to come back to the beautiful area he was raised in. James purchased a townhouse in Sussex County, NJ, which borders Orange County, NY. He has family and friends in Warwick, where he grew up. He has extensive knowledge of Warwick. Additionally, he is very familiar with the rest of Orange County, and Westchester. With his knowledge of real estate and of the area, James decided to join Green Team New York

Lessons learned in school

A transition from teaching and coaching to real estate is not a stretch at all. James learned the importance of building relationships and listening to the wants and needs of his students. That same caring and attentiveness that he gives his students is also shared with his real estate clients. Further, the discipline and teamwork that come with playing sports and coaching is engrained in the way he works with clients. James continues his education, keeping up to date with policies, trends, and the real estate market.

The love that James has for this area is evident. James describes Warwick as a “homey” place, where people are friendly and respectful. The eclectic shops, the Farmers Market, and the restaurants make Warwick a lovely town for people to call home. James is especially fond of the outdoor spaces and activities available year-round. Because, of course, his love of sports has not faded away. So, in his “spare” time, you’ll find James on the golf course or playing hockey.