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Real estate profile: J. Lennox Scott

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By age 9, J. Lennox Scott was already working in the real estate business. He helped to paint "for sale" and "open house" signs for his grandfather's company, John. L. Scott Real Estate. And while growing up he absorbed nuances of the industry shared by his father and grandfather. "I grew up learning the business from two amazing role models," Scott said. His grandfather founded the Seattle-based company in 1931. By the time Scott was 12 he joined a yard crew and assisted with cleaning up around real estate offices and for-sale homes. At 17 he worked at a title company, and he received his real estate license the following year. He later graduated with a business degree from University of Washington. In 1977, a year after he began to sell homes, his father passed away, leaving Scott as the inheritor of the company. At 23 -- while some his age hadn't yet graduated from college -- he had the responsibility of owning the family real estate firm...