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West Valley City Journal

Draper Resident Recognized Nationally

Jun 09, 2016 10:40AM ● By Jana Klopsch

Each spring, REALTOR® Magazine features 30 rising young stars in the real estate industry. In determining who makes this “30 Under 30” list, REALTOR® Magazine staff looks for candidates who are successful in the real estate business and have demonstrated skill, success, creativity, and leadership in their careers. The award from the National Association of Realtors is the nation’s highest recognition for young real estate agents and brokers.

This year’s group of young professionals exemplify the ingenuity, dedication, and prowess that’s raising the bar in real estate today. Windermere Real Estate-Utah is extremely proud to welcome a local Draper resident, Scott Steadman, as the third “30 Under 30” honoree at their agency. Scott joins past honorees Lori Hendry (2003) and Grady Kohler (2008), as one of the industry’s best and brightest young professionals.

At 14, Scott started Scott’s Neighborhood Landscaping to save up for a TV. Along the way, he built a thriving lawn-mowing operation focused on customer satisfaction. “It was important to be on time for appointments, and I even sent handwritten thank-you notes,” Scott, now 29, recalls. “I knew if I did a bad job for my next-door neighbor, he wasn’t likely to refer me to his next-door neighbor. So it was all about taking care of people.” Some of those customers from his youth are his best real estate clients today. Those long-nurtured relationships help explain why 70 percent of his business is from referrals. “It’s funny when some of my clients look back and say, “Man, I knew you when you couldn’t drive,’ ” Steadman laughs. “They know I’m not just putting a sign in their yard; they know they’re not just a transaction.”

Realtor Magazine received nearly 400 applications for this year’s nomination. Fifty agents were chosen for further evaluation. In addition to business success, the judges sought real estate professionals with “community and professional leadership” and “compelling stories that bring to life innovative business strategies.” Suncrest, a community located within Draper, played a huge part in Scott’s submission and stood out to panel of judges, qualifying him as a hyper-local expert.  The 30 winners were honored in the May/June issue of Realtor Magazine.

Windermere Real Estate—a real estate company founded and based in the Windermere neighborhood of Seattle, Washington—was founded by John W. Jacobi in 1972, when he purchased an eight-agent office. Still privately held, it is now the largest real estate company in the Pacific Northwest, with over 300 offices and 7,000 agents. Five of those offices are located in Utah. Windermere Real Estate-Utah is honored to have Scott as part of their local Draper Team.