After selling just under half a billion in career sales, and consistently ranking in the top 1% of agents worldwide, Mark Hughes moved from sales into brokerage leadership in 2008. Mark is the former President of Windermere Services Southern California where he oversaw operations, and managed development, service activities, and growth throughout the region. Prior to that he was the Chief Operating Officer of First Team Real Estate, California's largest Independent real estate company. Mark is the President of Nook Real Estate and Search with Style Inc. both headquartered in Newport Beach, California.
Mark is a past Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate owner and managing broker and a Re/Max International Hall of Famer. For over three decades he has accumulated comprehensive luxury sales and marketing success with a track record of delivering multi-million dollar results. Mark is the author of the popular industry book and workshop series: Branded Agent.
He is an accomplished real estate speaker, media talent, and former HGTV National Open House host. Mark is a skilled sales strategist with a keen understanding of branding and marketing techniques that attract real buyers and accelerate sales. He is adept at leveraging his analytical and industry talents to develop and execute tactical plans that deliver unparalleled competitive performance, increased customers, and international asset awareness. He is an inspiring manager and motivating leader. Mark maintains a strong industry voice, remains an industry innovator, and is best known for his engaging drive and tenacity. Mark holds multiple brokers licenses and a BA from the University of Virginia.
Q. Why are you passionate about real estate?
A. Nook exemplifies everything I love about real estate. One of life’s true joys is finding your Nook: your safe, peaceful, comfortable, dependable spot. That is how we look at real estate: helping different people with a multitude of ideas as to what that perfect spot or space is; to find it, enjoy it and curate their own lifestyle in and around it. We assist in helping people search for, market, buy and sell “home”.
Q. What's your favorite room in your house and why?
A. I have a reading nook off the living room with a view outside. That spot is what I think of when I think of relaxing, reflection, peace, safety and happiness. We want to help everyone find that spot.
Q. If you could change one thing about how real estate is transacted today, what would it be and why?
A. I am very interested in the introduction of blockchain into the escrow and title process. The industry is now in the hands of a generation that understands the efficiency of digital dynamics and how to apply it exponentially to an outdated linear system of recording and tracking our limited resource of land and property. We have already solved much harder problems with big data and it is time to streamline the home buying and selling process as it relates to the storage and timely dissemination of property ownership. We can leverage the same dynamics driving cryptocurrencies to reduce transaction times by weeks. Utilizing new redundant digital ledgers for better recording and issuance deeds and titles would be an amazing step for our business.
Q. What's your favorite architectural style for homes and why?
A. My favorite homes, although I have only owned one, are log homes. I like fireplaces, usually the centerpiece of most log homes, and I love the vibe of natural wood surroundings. My dream is to eventually own a cabin, on a lake, in the mountains. I am happiest with books, time, family and the outdoors.. My goal is to have that spot for retirement after changing the real estate industry for the better through Nook.