“Real estate is in my DNA; self-employment was my destiny.”
A native Washingtonian, Mark Butterfield was born and raised in Bethesda, MD in a family that set him up for success in real estate from an early age.
“Many years ago my dad gave me my grandfather’s pocket membership card to the Montgomery County Real Estate Board (Now GCAAR),” Mark recalls. “He was the 26th member to join the Board in 1951.” Mark’s family has been in the real estate business for several generations, and he was exposed to real estate early on. As a result, Mark always desired a career in the business.
Carving out his own path
By college, Mark knew that real estate was his path forward; he obtained his license before he graduated from the University of Maryland in 1982. By 1984, he was working as a full-time agent, and soon after recognized that his dream was to own his own brokerage.
At only 24 years old, Mark sold 18 houses in his first year in the business. As the current Owner/Broker for RE/MAX Realty Services, Mark no longer sells actively, but his career sales are in excess of $150 million.
“I am a very entrepreneurial-minded person,” Mark explains. “I wanted to run a RE/MAX brokerage where people had all the right tools, the services and support, and the right environment to grow their individual real estate practices within my brokerage — therefore making us all successful.”
In 1990, Mark joined RE/MAX, and by 1992 had opened his first office on Bethesda Row. He recalls his humble beginnings, starting with seven agents on Bethesda Row. Yet, all these years later, four of his original agents are still with him; the other three have since retired. Since opening its doors in 1992, RE/MAX Realty Services has grown to three franchise locations, two satellite offices, and over 100 successful agents.
Built on Passion
As Mark’s business shifted from helping clients buy and sell homes to helping his agents and supporting their businesses, he’s found that the daily reward remains just as enticing. “I believe in the old saying, ‘Find something you love to do and you will never work another day in your life.’ That is what my office is about; it’s full of people, both staff and agents, who love being there,” Mark explains.
With a passion for helping agents build their business and achieve tremendous financial success, Mark ties in joy and love for the work he does into his efforts, day in and day out.
“My career goal all along has been to own a thriving real estate brokerage that is home to many top producing agents — and I have accomplished that.”
Looking ahead, Mark sees real estate as a rapidly changing, ever-transforming industry. As a result, it’s rich with new opportunities and challenges. “I am excited to continue helping my agents seek out these opportunities and overcome the challenges so that they can continue to reach new goals,” Mark says.
Beginning and ending with family
Growing up, Mark’s family inspired his interest in real estate, to begin with; today, his family continues to be an inspiration. He has three kids: Cole, Walker, and Avery. Cole recently graduated college and has since joined Mark at RE/MAX. Walker and Avery are both still in college and have each worked with Mark during summer breaks. In addition to his three children, Mark’s brother, Paul, and his wife, Melinda, work at his company.
Together, Mark, Cole, Walker, and Avery love to travel together. Just last year, they took an extended vacation to Morocco, Croatia, Rome, and Paris. Mark also has a boat, and together they spend many summer weekends on the bay. “I love to travel and enjoy adventures,” Mark continues. “In the last few years, I have climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, hiked the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, and have been skydiving in St Maarten.”
“Many agents look for the ‘shiny new object’ to help them develop their careers because they are not being coached properly,” Mark explains. “Successful agents will always remember that maintaining relationships with both clients and colleagues is the ultimate path to a long and lucrative career. I run a company that is consistently ranked in the top by Washington Business Journal, Real Trends, etc. What’s different about us is that we have the brand recognition and technology tools of a large global company, yet the flexibility to operate like an ‘indie’ because I own my franchises. It’s the best of both worlds.
“In the real estate business, I think success is when you are doing the things you do because you want to, not because you have to.”