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Updated: December 25, 2022

Realty of Maine is now women- and veteran-owned

Courtesy / Realty of Maine Beth Sleeper Roybal and Julie Sleeper.

Realty of Maine in Bangor marked its second generation of ownership late last month with a gathering of staff and partners in the real estate industry.

Beth Sleeper Roybal and Julie Sleeper started the transition of ownership from the company’s founder, Dave Sleeper, in January 2020. 

But the pandemic resulted in a three-year delay until the company could celebrate the occasion. 

“This is a very special moment for us,” Julie Sleeper said in a news release. “Our success up to this point with this company is 100% due to the agents and staff of this company.”

“We are Mainers serving Mainers, generation after generation into a bright and strong future,” said Sleeper Roybal. 

Founded in 1999, Realty of Maine has over 170 agents at nine branch offices in Maine — the Bangor headquarters plus Belfast, Brunswick,  Dover-Foxcroft, Ellsworth, Greenville, Lincoln, South China and Winter Harbor.

Dave Sleeper is a former nuclear test manager at the General Dynamics Electric Boat facility in Groton, Conn. He began selling real estate in Bangor in 1979. In 1986, He and a partner formed a real estate company that eventually evolved into Realty of Maine. In 2015, the agency had statewide sales that totaled $222 million — the fifth consecutive year of double-digit year-over-year increases. 

Beth Sleeper Roybal is his daughter and Julie Sleeper is his daughter-in-law.

Sleeper Roybal and Sleeper grew up in Greater Bangor.

Julie Sleeper received a degree from the University of Maine with a concentration in psychology and business. As a military spouse of 21 years, deployment travels took her abroad and to various locations across the U.S. While stationed in Tennessee, she served as the family readiness group leader and supported families, spouses and parents of deployed soldiers. In 2010, she returned to Bangor, started a photography business, then started work at Realty of Maine in 2016 as a digital brand manager. That position grew to become marketing director and compliance officer. 

A few years later, Dave Sleeper announced his plans to retire. Julie Sleeper and her sister-in-law, Beth Sleeper Roybal took the opportunity to partner on an ownership transition and  took over the leadership in 2020.

Before her career in real estate, Beth Sleeper Roybal served in the U.S. Marine Corps for eight years worked as a real estate broker in Virginia. After her youngest child began college, she and her husband relocated back to Maine. 

Realty of Maine is one of Maine’s largest independently owned and operated real estate companies. 

“This company has grown under their new leadership,” said Dave Sleeper. “Their ability to recruit people and train, and just be good mentors is amazing.”

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