John M. Peckham III
Four Longfellow Place
Suite 2003
Boston, Massachusetts 02114
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Columbia University School of Law, 1956
Tufts University, Political Science/Economics, 1955


One of this country's most knowledgeable and visible real estate executives, he has achieved an enviable track record of innovation which has been acclaimed nationally and internationally.

As CEO of several real estate investment entities including a twenty-eight office commercial real estate franchise and four real estate limited partnerships, he has been involved in the acquisition and disposition of over a billion dollars in real estate assets.

Considered by his peers to be a skillful and innovative manager of people and organizations, he is able to negotiate major transactions at the most sophisticated levels.

Probably the most widely published author on the subject of real estate investments and real estate investment brokerage, he is also a highly acclaimed speaker, having addressed real estate and investment groups in 44 states and several foreign countries.

An acknowledged leader in and speaker on the field of strategic planning, having chaired the Strategic Planning Committee of the 800,000 member National Association of Realtors®. Developed five year plan for the real estate industry setting forth strategies for coping with anticipated sociological, economic, political, environmental, and technological changes affecting the real estate industry.

Developed other major strategic plans including the international plan for FIABCI, the International Real Estate Federation, with members in forty-four countries.

1964 to Present

Chairman and Chief Executive
Founded and developed this Commercial/Investment Real Estate Brokerage Firm. Coordinated the sales efforts of thirty commercial real estate salespeople. The first firm in the United States to utilize computers to analyze and market commercial investment property (originally Data Realty Corporation, founded 1964). Marketed the first major condominium conversion in the United States. Completed the largest successful cooperative conversion in Massachusetts. Accounted for 42% of the annual profit of an institutional joint venture partner's annual profit from one transaction. Created 420 office private commercial MLS. Executed more tax deferred exchanges than any other east coast commercial broker north of Florida.

1987 to 1990

Chairman and Chief Executive
Created and developed "America's Commercial Real Estate Franchise". Developed innovative programs and services for commercial/investment real estate brokerage firms. Opened twenty-eight franchise/licensed offices in seven states with FTC filing covering thirty-seven states.

Prior to 1964

  • Investment property sales with Star Realty and Commonwealth Real Estate (1962-1964)
  • LCDR U.S. Navy. Served as navigator and operations officer USS Neptune (1956-1958). Served as officer in charge of U.S. Naval Intelligence Office, Portsmouth, NH (1958-1962)


  • President, Massachusetts Association of Realtors®, 1979
  • Realtor of the Year, Massachusetts Association of Realtors®, 1969
  • Realtor of the Year, Greater Boston Real Estate Board, 1969 and 1989
  • Vice President, National Association of Realtors®, 1969
  • Honored as one of Greater Boston Ten Outstanding Young Men, 1969
  • National Association of Realtors®:
    Chairman, Strategic Planning Committee
    Chairman, Publications Committee
    Chairman, Communications Committee
    Member, Executive Committee, Board of Regents, Nominating Committee, Political Affairs Committee, Technology
    Committee, International Operations Committee, Commercial Investment Committee, Auction Committee


  • Author, Master Guide to Income Property Brokerage. Prentice Hall (14 Printings)
  • Author, 101 Questions and Answers on Investing in Real Estate. Prentice Hall (12 Printings)
  • Author, Fundamentals of Income Property Brokerage. (MAR)
  • Author, Profits from Condominium Conversions. (PBP)
  • Author, Investing in Real Estate Newsletter. The Newsletter Bureau/Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
  • Author, The Homeowner's Advisory Letter. The Newsletter Bureau/Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
  • Contributing Editor, The Real Estate Investor. The Newsletter Bureau/Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
  • Contributing Editor, Wealth Magazine.
  • Columnist, Investing in Real Estate. Boston Sunday Herald 1968-1977
  • Columnist, Investing in Real Estate. Syndicated by The Newsletter Bureau/Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
  • Columnist, The Homeowner's Advisor. Syndicated by The Newsletter Bureau/Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
  • Author, Various published articles covering subjects including strategic planning, computers in real estate, real estate analysis, real estate marketing and public relations for real estate companies.


  • CCIM. Commercial Investment Member. Commercial Investment Real Estate Council, National Association of Realtors®
  • CPM. Certified Property Manager. National Institute of Real Estate Management, National Association of Realtors®
  • CNM. Certified Network Member, Investment Network of America®

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