Former CBS 47 meteorologists Justin Sacher and Jenny Toste are reunited once again as real estate agents with Realty Concepts in Fresno. Photo contributed

published on November 17, 2022 – 10:24
Written by Edward Smith

Central Valley residents who tune in to CBS 47 for weather advice can now turn to former on-air talent when buying or selling a home.

Former meteorologist Justin Sacher has joined Jenny Toste’s team at Realty Concepts after leaving the news station and getting his real estate license. As real estate agents, Sacher and Toste said their journalism backgrounds nurtured a passion for learning, trust and communication.

Sacher joined his former colleague and fellow meteorologist in October as Toste continues his fourth year with real estate company Fresno. He had been at CBS 47 since 2008 as the weekend weatherman.

After becoming a homeowner in 2015, Sacher says he fell in love with the architecture of the house. Before becoming a real estate agent, he loved attending estate sales and open houses.

“Before I even imagined myself becoming an agent, I loved learning about the different styles of homes in Fresno,” Sacher said.

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Justin Sacher started as a weekend anchor for CBS 47 in 2008 and has spent much of his career alongside colleague Jenny Toste. The couple are reunited again. Photo contributed

One of his favorite pastimes is driving along Palm Avenue to see housing styles progress over the decades at every major intersection, from Fresno High School all the way north.

Now he’s working on differentiating between builders based on home features.

Toste said of Sacher, “He wants to be the best at everything he does.”

When Sacher was reporting on wildfires, he enrolled in a firefighting course to better cover natural disasters.

A lot of real estate involves trust, Toste said, and as meteorologists/journalists it was their responsibility to build that trust.

Toste got into the business for her love of people, marketing and negotiations. One of her favorite activities is helping people prepare before they buy. She particularly enjoys talking about the investment aspects of home ownership. For example, she has helped new parents plan how to use a house to pay for school as the child grows up.

They both use the skills they learned during their years in journalism. Working daily stories in a newsroom helped Toste pivot to treat different homes and people alike. As a journalist, she feels like she is a lifelong learner, which is essential in the real estate industry. And having to renegotiate contracts in her career has helped her do the same with her clients.

For Sacher, his work in journalism helps him deliver information from inspectors to buyers who might not understand the language of the industry.

Toste’s team of herself, Sacher, and realtor Joumana Witt covers Kings, Tulare, and Fresno counties. Sacher says he loves working with his colleague again.

“Not only are we friends, but we are former colleagues,” Sacher said. “Never go into business with a friend – different people have different wisdom on this, but working with someone before gives you a good idea of ​​what they’ll be working with.”