From Football to Real Estate: How Matt Wandersee Broke Boundaries

By Sabrina Stocker Sabrina Stocker has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on October 4, 2023

Life often takes us on journeys we don’t anticipate. For one individual, the path from college football dreams to a prosperous career in real estate was anything but linear. Determination and passion characterize this story, which shows what makes a top name in real estate today.

In 2012, faced with a crucial juncture, Matt Wandersee was yet to become a Team Lead and Founding Partner at The Brooks Team, RE/MAX Four Corners. Balancing multiple responsibilities, he was a devoted teacher, football coach, and part-time REALTOR®. 

The dual role was demanding, leaving little breathing space in his schedule. An old knee injury necessitated surgery, forcing him onto crutches during his teaching hours and relying on clients to transport him to property viewings after school.

Adapting to adversity

Matt’s life had taken a different course from the football dreams he nurtured during his college years in Minnesota. The injury had derailed his plans to continue playing football, prompting him to redirect his focus towards teaching and coaching the sport. 

In pursuit of a warmer climate, he moved to Dallas, Texas, where he would meet his future wife, a fellow first-year teacher. Life appeared to be settling into a comfortable rhythm as they fell in love, married, and purchased a home together.

Becoming a property prodigy

With several years of teaching and school changes behind him, Matt Wandersee’s interest in real estate began to blossom. In 2012, he secured his REALTORS® license and embarked on a part-time journey in the industry. Hurdles hindered these initial days as the fledgling professional continued to recover from his knee injury, relying on clients for transportation to property showings. However, buyers and sellers admired his dedication and ability to juggle real estate and a full-time teaching career.

In his debut year as a REALTOR®, the newcomer uprooted expectations, clinching the Rookie of the Year Award at his brokerage while working part-time. During the following school year, he made a life-altering decision to step away from coaching, redirecting his focus toward his family and a full-time career in real estate. It would prove a pivotal choice.

Reimagining real estate

Underlying the dramatic times and momentous decisions is an approach to the real estate industry that sets a valuable example for others. A background in teaching equips the REALTOR® with a unique ability to educate and empower his clients, making informed decisions during significant financial transactions.

Furthermore, his marketing strategies, including leveraging his extensive network, high-quality multimedia, and innovative social media campaigns, offer a blueprint for success in an ever-evolving industry. Excellence without compromise ensures maximum visibility for listed properties.

Matt’s journey evokes the essence of life’s unpredictability. Today, he takes great pride in the equilibrium he has struck between his family life and his flourishing career. When he’s not working, the Founding Partner and his family relish time at their favorite East Texas lake, creating cherished memories.

When a prolific actor rises through an industry’s ranks, it rarely goes unnoticed. The Team Lead has earned numerous accolades, including being named a Top 500 Agent by North DFW Real Producers from 2018 to 2023 and recognition as one of D Magazine’s best real estate agents between 2017 and 2023. Additionally, he has attained the prestigious Chairman’s Club status at RE/MAX, consistently ranks among the top 1.5% of agents in the nation for production, and has received the Torchbearer Award, given to the Top 40 Agents under 40 in the US and Canada.

Matt Wandersee demonstrates the importance of resilience and adaptability when facing life’s unexpected twists. Despite common conceptions of born-and-bred agents, a well-rounded background can bring immense value to the real estate industry. 

The Minnesotan-turned-Texan’s journey underscores the power of perseverance and the ability to make impactful choices, ultimately inspiring fellow REALTORS® to excel in unique ways. Today, he illustrates the industry’s potential and the impact one ambitious individual can have when guided by dedication, passion, and performance under pressure.

By Sabrina Stocker Sabrina Stocker has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

Sabrina Stocker is a Features Columnist at Grit Daily. Based in Los Angeles, she is originally from the UK and has a storied career in the events and awards business.

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