John L. Scott

The Company He Founded Over 80 Years Ago Still Bears The Family Name

The vision of John L. Scott Real Estate started over eighty years ago when a young Scottish immigrant named John L. Scott set out on a long journey to San Diego, California with his bride and infant son. The two-year trip included a stop in the burgeoning city of Seattle, Washington where John later recalled, “It was like reaching City Beautiful in Pilgrim’s Progress.” Seattle, not San Diego, would become the Scott family’s new home.

Once the family was settled, John began working as a sales associate for a local real estate company. In 1931, he established John L. Scott Real Estate, which has become one of the largest and most successful regional real estate companies in the nation. It now operates over 100 offices with over 2,500 agents throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

John L. Scott Real Estate is currently led by Chairman and CEO, J. Lennox Scott, John’s grandson, who started working with the company as a sign painter when he was just nine years old. Sixteen years later, Lennox assumed leadership of the company.

“Over eighty years ago my grandfather succeeded at building John L. Scott Real Estate because of his unwavering dedication to customer service. Today the same holds true as we strive to enhance the home ownership experience through the perfect balance of tradition and innovation.”

Lennox has an ability to anticipate market opportunities and is best known for the role he has played as a pioneer in combining real estate with technology. His contributions to the real estate industry have made him one of the most admired and respected real estate figures in the nation, earning him national recognition from some of the industry’s premier organizations. Some of his awards include:

  • Three separate honors by REALTOR® Magazine as one of the 25 Most Influential People in Real Estate
  • Induction into the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers Hall of Leaders

By maintaining the highest standard of professional service, John L. Scott Real Estate continues to uphold the values and principles established more than eighty years ago.

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