Principal Broker/Owner of Modern Realty, top real estate agent in Washington Santino Filipelli always knew that he wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. After working as a firefighter and in a hospital, he realized that he could help people build their wealth through real estate. He never imagined that he would become a full-time REALTOR®, but now, 15 years later, Santino owns two brokerages, one in Washington state and one in Portland, Oregon as well as a property management company and an investment company. His talented real estate team covers a vast area from Salem to Seattle, with the bulk of his sales in the greater Portland metro area.
Santino’s success story is not a typical one. With humble beginnings, he worked hard to build his real estate career from the ground up, eventually growing his two brokerages to include forty agents. His work ethic and focus on people over profit has resulted in a lot of recognition in the industry, including recently being featured in the Portland Business Journal. He also became the second person in the state of Oregon to win the prestigious Forbes “30 Under 30” award. Of his success, Santino attributes much to his faith in God as well as his dedication to building a brand that puts clients first. “People don’t care about how much you know, they care about how much you care,” he says.
With everything he does, Santino takes pride in developing individual relationships with his clients, and he sees his work as an opportunity to change lives. Surrounding himself with the best people is part of why he is successful. “In the fire department, they say, ‘we can teach you to put water on top of fire, but we can’t teach you character,’” quotes Santino. “In real estate, it’s, ‘I can teach you how to write a contract, but I can’t teach you character.’
Aside from his successful real estate career, Santino owns two construction companies in Oregon and Washington. He’s also an avid investor who fixes and flips properties in addition to owning a portfolio of short term rentals. As a devoted husband and father of two, Santino spends his spare time relaxing with his family and engaging with his community. He supports the non-profit organization, New Story, which builds homes for people in need overseas. He and his team also give back to their local church and organize winter coat drives for the homeless each year.
As a result of years of hard work and professionalism with an authentic approach, the growth of Santino’s business has been very organic. Last year, he completed $78 million in sales and he’s been offered buyouts by numerous larger corporations of the years, though he has always said no. As he looks to the future of his business, Santino’s ultimate goal is to mentor as many leaders as possible in the industry. “If I can provide a boost to individuals who share my passion for helping others, then we can multiply our reach and make an even bigger impact.”