As a good old local boy, Mark Brough is happy to be back home in Fort Wayne, helping people with their new homes.
Toward that end, Brough, the Fort Wayne-raised real estate professional, has opened a new storefront at 3518 Broadway, right next to the newly revitalized 07 Pub, operating what he calls a “design-based real estate firm with a showroom.”
Calling it “Modern Mill,” Brough’s storefront offers a showroom for its interior design products on the ground floor, and the headquarters for his renewable energy company on the building’s second floor.
“Fort Wayne is very much ready for this; we’re bringing the real estate brokerage home,” he said. “We’re coming back home, but we’re bringing the big-city vibe to Fort Wayne.”
And while Brough’s storefront just officially opened on June 23 of this year, the Bishop Luers graduate has been involved in real estate for years.
“I’ve been in real estate most of my life,” Brough said, “so this was natural for me.”
After having spent several years in San Diego, California, working in the solar energy industry and at flipping old houses, Brough decided to move back to his hometown in about 2007 and try the same business here.
Brough began selling and marketing solar panels to local homeowners, and while installing and showing those products, the furniture and designs in his staging homes drew a lot of customer attention and appreciation.
So, he thought, why not combine the two businesses into one and create a whole new entity?
Operating much like the HGTV show “Fixer Upper,” Brough’s company helps customers not just to install solar panels and save on their energy bills, but to upgrade the look and feel of their home’s interior, as well.
His firm also assists homeowners with any work they might need done to their roof, siding, electrical, plumbing, or concrete. “All things above and below the roof are what we get involved in,” Brough joked.
Modern Mill will even help people with financing their improvements, he said. “That’s the people I want,” Brough explained, “the people who know what they want, but don’t know how they’re going to pay for it.”
So far, Brough said, business has been booming. “We just started marketing ourselves about two months ago, and we’ve already got more leads than we can handle.”
He said the interest in his new business isn’t just good for him and his new firm, but for the city’s south side, and Waynedale, as well.
“All this together is bringing life back into this area,” Brough said.