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Local realtor receives prestigious 30 Under 30 Award

  • Written by Deborah Stone
j_Bret_ButlerLast year, Bret Butler set a personal goal for himself.

The 29 year-old local man decided he wanted to win the National Association of Realtors 30 Under 30 Award.

The esteemed honor is bestowed on the nation’s top 30 realtors under 30 years old who are recognized as the rising stars in the industry.

Candidates are selected by the National Board of Realtors in conjunction with Realtor Magazine, as well as via a national vote. Those chosen to receive the award are passionate and motivated professionals, who have been highly successful in the business. They possess a strategic vision and have demonstrated ingenuity and creativity in their careers, as well as leadership and a commitment to their clients.

For 2011, there were nearly 1,000 applicants for the award. Among the 30 winners was Butler, a WHS grad (2000) and USC alum.

"I was elated when I heard I had been selected," says the local realtor. "It’s the culmination of a year of hard work and dedication and to be recognized on a national stage like this is the ultimate reward for me."

Butler has only been in the industry for the past two years, although he has been around it all his life.

His parents, Greg and Sunny Butler, are both realtors and run their own brand (Butler & Butler Real Estate) under Windermere.

"I didn’t think I wanted to go into the business when I was younger," comments Butler. "It wasn’t until after I graduated and entered the workforce that I had a change of mind."

The local man worked in Las Vegas for both Countrywide and IndyMac as a wholesale account executive.

His stints at both companies taught him a valuable lesson on how not to do business and he came away from those failed enterprises determined to put consumers first, while upholding himself to the highest moral and ethical standards.

"I sought out real estate because I really wanted more control over my destiny," explains Butler. "And it just seemed natural to enter the family business."

He adds, "My wife is in the business, too, so there are now four of us. We’re four different personalities that mesh well to create a good team. It’s stressful at times, but we’re all working towards a common goal and we bring our own skill sets and strengths to the operation."

Last year, Butler tripled his personal sales volume by implementing new marketing strategies. He uses a variety of technology tools and continually networks within the community.

He attributes his success to hard work, perseverance and a hearty dose of patience.

"I try to project a professional and confident image at all times," he says, "and I stay positive. I like people and I’ve been told I’m friendly and easy to work with, and that I’m also charismatic. This business is definitely people-oriented and you have to have people skills or you’re not going to make it."

Butler’s passion for his job is evident in his voice when he speaks about his work. He notes the challenges, the excitement of the negotiation process and the satisfaction he gets from handing over the keys to a new homeowner.

"I really love what I do," he adds. "And this award that I got is the cherry on the top."

Butler is on the current cover of Realtor Magazine with an article about his success inside.

Since receiving the award, he has been getting calls for interviews from newspapers around the nation.

"It’s definitely been fun," he comments, "and I’ve been able to meet with top professionals in the industry, which has been a wonderful opportunity for me."

As for his goal for next year, Butler says, "I just want to do my part in helping to continue growing the business."

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