Bret Calltharp

Director of Industry Outreach in Seattle, Washington

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Communicator. Facilitator. Collaborator. Networking and relationship building have been the ink that has written my life's story.

I work as Director of Industry Outreach for Zillow Group, drawing upon the lessons learned over nearly twenty years in real estate to now work as a liaison between the real estate community and Zillow Group.

I'm also honored to serve as a Contributor to Inman News, where hopefully my insight can serve to inform, inspire or at the very least entertain. It's a pleasure to interact with agents around the world via my work with Inman as well as through public speaking appearances such as the 2014 RE/MAX Western Canada Super Sales Rally (Vancouver), Agent Reboot at Real Estate Connect New York 2015 (New York City), 2015 RE/MAX International R4 Convention (Las Vegas), 2015 RE/MAX Brasil Conference (Sao Paolo), the 2015 Michigan REALTORS Conference (Detroit), 2016 GBAR Road Show (Boston), the 2019 Century 21 One21 Experience (Las Vegas) and multiple Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate events.

I was also proud to be selected as an Inman Ambassador for Real Estate Connect New York (2015, 2016, 2017) and Inman Connect San Francisco (2015, 2016).

I love people and work diligently to draw out the very best from them - I will believe in you before you believe in yourself. A life-long thirst for learning, love of all things social media & tech and knowing how and when to put the "I" in team are consistent tools of my trade. My background features management, marketing, journalism, messaging, recruiting, training, coaching and a dash of guitar playing thrown in (as any Google search will most likely show.)

I'm fortunate to have been featured in NAR's "REALTOR® Mag", REALTrends' "LORE Magazine", the Huffington Post and RE/MAX, LLC's "Above Magazine" among other media sites.

Before joining Zillow Group, I worked as Director of Talent Attraction/Consulting/Network Engagement for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate (Realogy) and served as Manager of Business Development for RE/MAX Crest Realty (Metro Vancouver Properties Group), home to an incredible group of agents that sold more real estate (by sales volume) than any other RE/MAX Multi-Office Salesforce in the world eight of the last ten years.

I cherish the friendships and relationships made with other real estate, social media, management and coaching professionals around the world - no matter what company or brand is on their business cards.

  • Work
    • Zillow Group
  • Education
    • Bachelors, Business Administration - The University of Florida