People always ask me, “So Clayton, how did you get into real estate?” After getting this question several hundred times, I thought it might be a good idea to jot down my story to fill in some of the blanks and help you get to know me a little better.
It all started for me way back in high school. I got a call one evening from my cousin, who invited me to a seminar in Madison. I had never been to any kind of seminar like this before, so I was apprehensive, even more so when I asked him what it was. He told me it was called “Rich Dad, Poor Dad.” After attending this seminar with my cousin, I knew real estate was something I was definitely interested in and always would be.
Fast forward to my days attending the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. I took several more real estate classes and majored in Business Management. It wasn’t until after graduation that the seed sprouted the tiniest of stalks.
While attending West Texas A&M University full time online and working full time in the Fox Valley, I thought now was the perfect time to buy my first investment property. Just barely out of college, going back to school for my MBA and with basically no money, I was determined to buy my first property.
I secured my first investment with an FHA loan using my tax return as the down payment. I got my first sale under my belt right then and there. But for me it didn’t stop there. I will never forget all the problems my agent took care of during this transaction to get the deal closed, and I felt that helping people with something I am passionate about could be a win-win situation.
Fast forward a year and several more investment properties later, I decided to take the plunge and get my real estate license. My first two years working real estate, I practiced at Keller Williams Fox Cities Realty. After two years (and as early as legally possible) in 2020, I decided to get my Broker’s License and start my own real estate company. The Mills Realty Group was born.
I met my fiance, Sara, right before buying my first home. Luckily for me, she has stuck around with me since then. I plan to continue to help as many people as I can for many years to come with their real estate needs. For me, real estate is a fun and exciting tool to use as an investment, to help others in their needs, and a place to call home. Whether it’s land, single family homes, multi family homes, commercial properties, or anything in between, give me a call. I’d love to see what I can do to help!
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