Justin Gonzalez was born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1974 at Barksdale Air Force Base . His parents were in air force and defense contracting, so Justin started moving every two to three years from the time he was born until high school. He went to 17 different schools around the world and 5 high schools. He often says that living in the Philippines for three years was the most impressionable place he ever lived. He graduated from Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia in 1993 and moved back to Austin, Texas after graduation to be closer to both sides of his family that are native to Austin. Justin has always been in sales and marketing and in 2001 he started his real estate career.
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In 2001, Justin and a good friend started a small boutique real estate brokerage together. At that time, Justin was just an investor and was working in direct food sales. In 2004, his industry took a downturn and he decided to join his real estate company as a Realtor in 2005. From 2005-2010, he focused mainly on first time home buyers and new home sales.
After five years with his small brokerage, he was looking for a change and wanted to expand his career and he decided to join Keller Williams at the end of 2010. He met his now wife Carly Gonzalez and they started The Carstin Team together at Keller Williams in 2011, consisting of just the two of them and a transaction coordinator. He and Carly left Keller Williams in April of 2018 to join eXp Realty.
In the 8 years at Keller Williams, Justin and Carly were both on the agent leadership council for 6 years. They became one of the top Keller Williams teams in Austin, Texas and were recognized city wide for over 7 years for being in the Platinum Top 50 to 150 real estate agents out of 14,000 total real estate agents in the city. Justin wrote a 20 point open house training system that Keller Williams used to train their new agents at the Southwest Austin market center. Justin has his CNE and ABR designations and is also licensed in Washington state.
Justin and Carly made the move to eXp Realty in April of 2018. They became ICON agents their first year and have enjoyed being a part of the company and receiving many of the benefits eXp offers to its agents.