Talk to him about: Business valuations, mergers and acquisitions, expert witness requests and trends in the real estate industry
Steve, the president and owner of REAL Trends, earned his credibility by having been in the residential real estate field since 1977. He also co-authored four books on the valuation of residential real estate brokerage firms; co-authored the 2011 book “Game Plan,” about the past and future of residential brokerage; and co-authored the 2014 book, “Game Changers: The Unfounded Fears and Future Prosperity of the Residential Real Estate Business.” Steve has served dozens of state and local Realtor® associations and MLS organizations in a consulting capacity and has consulted with several large technology firms over the years.
Outside the business world, Steve heads outdoors to appreciate the unending beautiful nature that Colorado offers. Hiking, fly fishing and playing golf are his top hobbies. But, you’re just as likely to find him reading novels and history books. He’s an adventurer at heart, having taken a five-day horseback riding trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana back when he was in college. Oh, it’s important to note that he knew nothing about the wild when he did it! While we’re on the topic of college, Steve’s first out-of-college job included serving as a gas station attendant. Imagine that!
Steve is strong in his faith, which has propelled him thus far in his career. He credits his wife and two adult sons with his success. He says his driving force also comes from having the ability to do things for others. His favorite business saying is this: “When all is said and done, more is said than done.” But be careful what you say, because one of his pet peeves is people not keeping their commitments. Leadership is important to him, and he has witnessed what a heavy impact leadership can have on a group of people. For all who have worked with him, Steve is known as the consummate professional and a true leader.