As a 5th generation Washingtonian, Will has a deep affection for his local community stretching the entirety of the Puget Sound Region. As a kid, Will remembers riding his bike around downtown Bellevue, weaving in and out of streets that have now turned into skyscrapers and high-end development. Will welcomes the change throughout the region, the past 10 years have provided opportunities for Will and James to shape and grow Heaton Dainard from a risky idea, to the full service and locally minded brokerage it is today.
From a young age, Will was drawn to investing, particularly real estate as a tangible resource to literally build and expand. When the opportunity came to work for an investment real estate company, knocking doors and finding leads- Will was a natural fit. Will has a knack for spotting and creating opportunity in situations others would run from. In 2008, at the height of the market crash, Will and James jumped on opportunities to invest, beginning with wholesaling, moving on to flipping, and then lending. Will’s entrepreneurial spirit played an integral role in the success of Heaton Dainard. With his multi-faceted approach to real estate, Will enters into each and every business decision from a wholistic standpoint. He utilizes a broad range of understanding from his experience and business ventures in investing, transactional lending, buying and selling.
Business was tough at the beginning, the
Will and James saw an opportunity when the market was down in 2008, focusing on wholesaling, they realized they could also find great deals on the MLS. James got his real estate license, and began representing on-market
His first flip was meant to be a rental opportunity. Will bought a two-bedroom house in Auburn, assuming it would be a nice cash flowing option. After issues with tenants, he found the house had been completely trashed, and required a major renovation to appeal to new tenants. Will poured money and resources into the home, by the time he was done he needed to sell the home to make back some of his lost profits. After making a profit on the home, Will was hooked and realized decided to dive into flipping homes.
While building their flipping business, James and Will have continued to invest in rental properties, starting with single-family homes, moving on to small multi-family, and now large scale apartment buildings. The business model has grown and changed from the beginning, now encompassing all aspects of the real estate process. Will actively participates in all aspects of real estate from facilitates development deals, transactional lending, purchasing, and selling, Heaton Dainard has a hand in every facet of real estate.