Dan Bernstein, of eXp Realty, is a real estate Renaissance man. With a vision that goes beyond the buying and selling of homes, Dan has put his engineering mind to work to create a network of businesses that complement each other for the holistic benefit of his clients. In addition to working individually with homebuyers and sellers, he works with development groups on gut renovations, teardowns, buildups, condo conversions and new construction. He also sells commercial real estate, as well as small to medium-sized businesses.
“I think my experience in mechanical engineering, commercial real estate, and development adds a lot of value and knowledge to my clients, ranging from sophisticated investors to first-time homebuyers. I can help clients beyond their purchase or sale by advising them with their business, their real estate investments, developments, or just connecting them with great referrals,” says Dan.
Prior to getting into real estate, Dan put his mechanical engineering degree from Ohio State University to good use in Cincinnati, where he worked in engineering design, contracting with GE aircraft engines. He then moved to Washington, D.C., in March 2008 to work as a patent examiner for the United States Patent and Trademark Office, where he examined patents for internal combustion engines. Although he obtained his real estate license in 2013, he didn’t quit his job and go full-time until 2016.
“My past jobs involved mostly sitting in front of a computer and churning out work. I prefer being out among the people and blazing my own trail through life,” says Dan. “Real estate opens so many doors and opportunities that you just don’t come across working a typical 9–5 job. It’s just fun and completely opposite from working in the corporate world or for the government.”
You can take the engineer out of engineering, but you can’t take engineering out of the engineer. As an extrovert who loves being around people and being on the go, Dan’s involvement in networking, going to events, and learning about other agents, brokers, and businesses, led him to establish his own network of specialized services.
Dan is part of a few development teams that are involved with some big projects in D.C., including two luxury townhomes and a 14-unit condo conversion. Looking into the future, he would like to move into some larger development projects, build a small real estate team, and continue to grow his business brokerage — Bernstein Business Brokers. “It’s a dream of mine to one day walk down the street with my son and point out a large building I developed,” he says.
Dan’s son, Levi, is 5 years old. His wife, Jaime Bernstein, is a leading professional in the matchmaking industry at Three Day Rule and appears regularly on local television. “Jaime is a spiritual positive force and I would not be where I am today without her,” says Dan.
With a love for woodworking, tennis, softball, hiking, biking, fishing, and traveling, Dan is just as active and multi-faceted in his personal life as he is in his professional life. With broad vision, talent, and determination like Dan’s, he’ll soon be known as the Da Vinci of real estate.