A glimpse at Brad Winget’s remarkable story reveals a real estate industry expert whose goal is to help everyone he encounters to enjoy success. Whether clients, coworkers, family members or the members of the high school baseball team he coaches, people in Brad’s life ultimately prosper. They succeed on and off a “field” that may consists of four bases and a mound, five bedrooms and four baths, or complex financial scenarios in need of repair. “You could say I’m a serial entrepreneur,” says top real estate agent in Utah Brad Winget, CEO of Utah’s Best Real Estate Group. “I thrive on diversification and on truly helping people.”
The path to Brad’s success began in the late 90s when, after graduating from BYU and working as a mortgage loan originator for his dad’s mortgage brokerage, Brad and his wife welcomed their firstborn son, built their first house, and started their first business. Seventeen years later Brad and his wife Malissa operate a diverse realm of real estate offerings through four businesses. “Originating mortgages in the late-90s, I got a good peek into the world of subprime, nonconforming loans,” Brad says. That experience led him and his wife to open their own mortgage brokerage in 1999. Influenced by his brother Jeremy, Brad decided to explore the real estate as well in hopes to becoming a “One Stop Shop”. In 2001, Brad and his brother Jeremy got their real estate licenses.
Unable to stop at loan origination, mortgage brokerage and real estate sales, Brad decided to become a real estate broker and soon added a real estate brokerage. “At one point we had 20 REALTORS® and 20 loan officers before the market crashed in 2008. In 2005 I partnered with Doug Clark and Mike Baird (who went on to become reality tv stars & public speakers “The Flip Men”) and decided to get into the home-flipping business.” Their company quickly became a power house in the foreclosure and home flipping industry buying homes at auction and flipping as many as 150 homes per year. “We’d bring in our own remodel crews to fix them up, show them to our real estate clients and help buyers finance their purchases.”
But in 2008, just as the market tanked, Brad and his wife were holding onto 45 rental homes they’d collected over the years that had been long term rentals. As some of their renters lost their jobs and quit paying rent, they realized they had a problem. During difficult times, despite many critics who thought they were crazy, they spent a significant amount of time and money repairing and furnishing their homes to convert them into vacation rentals. Brad and Malissa now manage Utah’s Best Vacation Rentals and have more than 50 homes they manage along the Wasatch front and in St. George.
In 2010, Brad and Malissa saw an opportunity to dive back into the foreclosure and home flipping business right before the market started turning around again. Through that company along with his team of investors have continued to buy distressed property and fix them up improving neighborhoods one house at a time. Brad has become distinguished in this field and continues helping people navigate through the complexities of foreclosure and home improvement.
Nowadays, Brad has a great real estate team and is the associate broker for Utah’s Best Real Estate Group. He as 2 buyers agents and an experienced assistant who help him work with buyers. Brad focuses on selling homes which has become very good at. Brad admits that one of his biggest strengths is his ability to communicate and relate with his clients as well as his attention to detail with homes he lists. He has so much experience in flipping homes, there is nothing he encounters that he hasn’t found a solution for and has a large network of contractors and specialists at his disposal who can help him resolve any problems he encounters on behalf of his clients. With Brad’s 15+ years experience in property management, home flipping and mortgages, Brad is unique in his field and offers a great value to his clients and team.
Brad’s continued work on expanding Utah’s Best Vacation Rentals offers a lot of excitement for him. “There are a lot of people who don’t realize that I’m a vacation rental specialist”. I’m sure it would be a lot simpler just to focus on real estate!” he jokes. “These days, I’m focused on building that business and working with people interested in buying vacation rental investment properties or second homes. I’d love to develop an even better inventory of properties all across Utah,” he says, barely taking a breath before describing his newest undertaking in vacation rentals. “I’ve recently had an opportunity to work closely on building a first-of-its-kind custom vacation rental community,” he adds, describing the 17 acres his business partner purchased for the team to build out Paradise Village at Zion near St. George which was recently awarded Utah’s Best of State for a vacation rental community. “I’m back and forth regularly to St. George these days, to check on the progress of the vacation rental and real estate office we’re opening there as we expand into Southern Utah.”
One thing people may not know about Brad is that he loves baseball and was All-State at Murray High School graduating in 1994. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins to play professional baseball out of high school but chose to attend BYU where he played baseball for 4 years graduating in 1998. Brad had a good career at BYU and was selected as an All-American. When Brad isn’t coaching high school baseball & giving back to the community, he enjoys golfing and fishing in his spare time. However, a far higher priority to Brad than any entrepreneurial ventures, golf or baseball, however, is family. “I love all the time I can get with my wife and four kids. There’s nothing more important to me than family.” Brad has been married to his wife Malissa for 17 years and they have 4 kids.
The couple’s two oldest children play sports at Corner Canyon High School, where Brad has coached baseball for 3 years since the new school opened. “Of course I love baseball, but coaching is sometimes less about baseball than about being a role model and positively influencing our next generation,” he says. Reading online accolades from countless clients who describe his ethics, hard work and attention, it’s easy to see how Brad is just the role model any parent could want for their child.