Brad Winget is a distinguished Real Estate Broker based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Throughout his seventeen-year career in real estate, Mr. Winget has immersed himself in all facets of the industry. With extensive experience in flipping homes and originating mortgages as a loan officer, Brad primarily focuses on helping his clients buy and sell real estate. Brad has a distinguished and very experienced team who make it possible for him to run multiple companies and sell real estate. A leading expert in his field, Brad is currently the CEO of two different real estate-related companies, including Utah’s Best Vacation Rentals and Utah’s Best Real Estate Group. The vacation rental business has been a good niche for Brad as he has become an expert in this market and has helped many buyers and sellers navigate through the complexities of owning a successful vacation rental.
To say Brad Winget works hard is an understatement. He has proven to have a rare capacity to successfully wear a lot of hats at the same time. Between managing the two very active companies as CEO, he is also a loan officer, high school baseball coach, entrepreneur, and devoted husband and father of four. Brad has always thought of himself as a “Steady Eddie”, who has tried to be consistent throughout his real estate career doing things he knows best. Even in his youth, Brad was no stranger to hard work. As a high school student, he managed to excel academically while maintaining the rigorous practice regimen necessary to be successful in sports, being named to the All-State Baseball and Basketball teams. Winget saw his efforts pay off especially in baseball, leading to the Minnesota Twins drafting the talented high school prospect in 1994.
Despite the allure of a professional baseball career, Brad decided to accept a college baseball scholarship and enroll at Brigham Young University. Brad graduated from BYU in four years and had a very successful collegiate baseball career setting multiple WAC records and being selected as an All-American. After graduating, Brad could have played professional baseball like his brother Jeremy did for seven years but decided to hang up his cleats, get married and focus on his family and career.
Fresh out of college, Brad dove into the real estate industry head first in 1998 when he became a Loan Officer:
I was fortunate to learn every aspect of the mortgage business working as a loan officer for my father who owned a small mortgage brokerage. In 1999, we bought our first home and had our first child. With a good foundation in the mortgage business and a wife who was a trained loan processor, we decided to start our own mortgage brokerage so we could both work from home. Shortly thereafter, I saw an opportunity to further my career by getting my real estate license and becoming a real estate broker. With an established mortgage clientele, we decided to open a real estate brokerage as well in hopes to becoming a One-Stop-Shop.
Since beginning his career in real estate, Winget has learned so many different things and considers himself “one of the lucky few, Jack of all trades”. Brad will openly admit that finding a balance can be challenging when you are juggling so much but wouldn’t change it for anything. To date, he has personally flipped more than 500 homes, closed 500+ mortgages and closed more than 500 real estate transactions. Despite the heavy workload, he maintains, Brad is driven by the challenge of building successful companies fueled by the satisfaction he gets from helping his clients buy and sell real estate and live the American dream of home ownership. Like many real estate and mortgage professionals, Brad experienced the devastating effects of the real estate crash in 2008 and thus, has worked hard to create diversity and stability from the home flipping and property management businesses that are a natural complement to the mortgage and real estate business. In addition to being the CEO for two companies, Brad has always had a great real estate team consisting of two buyer’s agents and a full-time assistant, while he primarily focuses on working with sellers and assisting his clients who want to purchase a successful turnkey vacation rental.
Despite all his professional responsibilities, Brad still manages to find time for his family and community. When not working in real estate, Winget can be found with his wife Malissa and their four kids as they are all active in sports and other recreational activities. Brad also supports multiple charities and sits on the board of The Sons of Baseball Foundation which is something he is very passionate about. Last but not least, in 2013, Brad accepted a job as the Head Assistant Varsity baseball coach in Draper for Corner Canyon High School where his two oldest boys attend. Corner Canyon was built in 2013 and was a brand-new school that had a very slow start in the baseball program. Brad has been instrumental in helping to establish Corner Canyon as one of the top baseball programs in the state taking a team that finished dead last in their first year to a 3rd place finish in the Utah State Championships in 2016. Through baseball, Brad has been able to escape the craziness of his professional life and focus on giving back to the sport and his local community by working with kids and teaching them important life principals and lessons on and off the field. Coaching baseball can be very time-consuming and comes with its professional and personal challenges for Winget:
Without an amazing head coach, Daron Connelly, who is understanding and flexible with my schedule, and the unwavering support of my incredible family and everyone at the office, there’s no way I could ever justify the time that coaching requires. It’s humbling to know how much support I have and all the sacrifices so many people make to allow me the rare opportunity to coach and I will forever be grateful.
As a leader in his field, Winget keeps his finger on the pulse of prevailing trends in Utah’s real estate market to stay ahead of the competition. He pays close attention to the growing opportunities in the vacation rental business. As one of the first to enter the Salt Lake City vacation rental space in 2007, Brad has seen the market expand from its infancy. Discussing this trend, he said:
I got into the vacation rental business by default after the real estate market crashed and I found myself in a difficult predicament as my wife, and I owned forty-five rental properties in Salt Lake County, four of which had just been vacated. I made the risky decision to spend most of my savings on brand new furniture and décor to prepare my four vacant homes to be rented to hopeful vacationers. I created four separate listings on a site I stumbled upon called “VRBO” and the rest was history as I started squeezing lemonade out of the lemons I was dealt. With no hospitality background, we learned a lot of hard lessons but slowly over time, launching one home after another, we became an industry leader. Without my real estate tools and experience, there’s no way we would have been successful in the vacation rental business.
Winget has since watched vacation rentals become one of the fastest growing sectors in real estate. He noted:
Previously, most people didn’t know about vacation rentals as an opportunity. But the rise of Airbnb, VRBO, and Home Away have really changed the market and now are publicly traded companies. This business can drastically increase real estate values for clients. It creates a lot of unique opportunities for builders, realtors, investors and homeowners that understand all the benefits. There’s also a lot of tax revenue available for local cities and the states. This business is staged to explode as more and more people learn of the unique and affordable lodging alternatives where friends, family, and even their pets can stay together in a home away from home enjoying home cooked meals and fun private amenities.
Living in a state known for its mountains, world class skiing, outdoor recreation and five incredible national parks, Brad has been at the forefront of this rapidly expanding market as a co-founder of Paradise Village at Zion, a “First of Its Kind” vacation rental community in St. George, Utah that boasts the first waterpark and best pool in Southern Utah. Paradise Village was recently awarded “Best of State” for vacation rental communities and features 124 individually owned homes in a village packed with incredible amenities, custom designed and furnished vacation homes in one of the most beautiful settings in the country.
After nearly two decades dedicated to real estate, Winget shows no signs of slowing down. In the coming years, he hopes to stay hard at work serving his clients and community while building reputable companies that support his family and all their employees.
Things that Distinguish Brad Winget from his Competition:
Education & Certification
Brigham Young University, B.A., Sociology and Psychology
Graduate, REALTOR® Institute
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
Short Sale and Foreclosure Certification (SFR)
Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR)
Seller Representative Specialist (SRS)
Certified Relocation Specialist (RELO)
Utah Vacation Rental Manager’s Association (President)
Sons of Baseball Foundation (Board Member)
Salt Lake Board of Realtors®
National Association of Realtors
Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS)
Licensed Loan Officer with Trillion Mortgage, "The Brad Winget Team"
Awards & Honors