In Their Own Words

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Members of the Shared Estates team, property service providers and local community leaders discuss the Berkshires, what motivates them and the democratization of some of the world’s most exclusive real estate.

Daniel Dus, Founder and CEO

Renewable energy pioneer and serial entrepreneur Daniel Dus talks about one of his key motivations for founding the fund: “the lack of asset backed, sustainability-focused investment opportunities that drive social good.”

Billy Keane, Jan Perry Associates

“The Berkshires is thriving economically, culturally, socially, artistically… but what it also has underlying all of that is a foundation of calmness, of natural oneness and stillness… it is a creative community,” says Billy Keane of Jan Perry Associates, rockstar (literally) realtor.

Lindsey Schmid, Director of Marketing

Lindsey Shmid takes a personal look at the abundance of natural, cultural and culinary opportunities the Berkshires has to offer. “I try and get to as many things as I can and I don’t even scratch the surface.”

Jessie Tobin McCauley, Creative Director / Investor

“Everyone came here for the same reason: to unplug from city life, get a slice of Berkshire life, and slow down.” Jessie Tobin McCauley talks about some of the reasons so many people are coming to the Berkshires from places near and far.

Kamil Peters, Artist / Welder

Artist Kamil Peters talks about his passion for mentoring young people as he creates art and builds spaces for Shared Estates properties. “The experience I had growing up, there weren’t a lot of resources, there just weren’t things for me to do as a young person.” Kamil created Diesel Works to provide a safe and creative space for youth.

Jason Dus, General Contractor

“The Playhouse was in dire need of restoration… and was completely transformed,” said Jason Dus, General Contractor and Partner. “The Freeman Berkshires was built in a way to basically last forever… That’s always the goal that I have in building. It’s not to get the next paycheck, but to build a structure that is going to last generations.”

David Erwin, Software Engineer / Investor

David discusses being a first-time real estate investor, the proprietary booking platform being developed in partnership with Shared Estates and how technology is enabling the largest real estate syndication / crowdfunding ever done in the Berkshire Hills. 

Tricia MacCormack, Photographer

“What I love about the Berkshires is the tight community we have here,” said Tricia McCormack. “My greatest passion is reflecting back the joy in people’s lives. To rent a bigger piece of property and have all of the people traveling for your event stay together is really an amazing thing.”