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Against All Odds “Walk by sight, Run by faith” — Anonymous

Herbert Burkart Broker/Owner Awards Platinum Club - 2 years Top 1% of REALTORS Washington State #6 Individual - Pacific NW Region (Oct 2004) Single Office Volume Award (2005)

Herbert Burkart was born and raised in Germany. His early family experiences strengthened his desire to be in charge of his own destiny. Against all odds, he found his way to the USA in 1989, and found work without speaking a word of English. Gaining the respect of top management for his integrity, work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit, he was promoted to Journeyman. By 1996, he became a REALTOR® with a national firm and soon became their top producer. After working six years for other Brokers, Herbert wanted his independence and took a leap of faith with his partner, Jim Hart, to open their first RE/MAX franchise in 2002. RE/MAX Signature has already grown from a four agent company to a 36 agent success story. Herbert is a devoted family man with three children. RE/MAX SIGNATURE 3131 Smokey Point Drive, Ste. B Arlington, WA 98223 425-239-7392

I knew from an early age that I would have to be responsible for myself and that I would have to make good. I grew up in a home where alcohol and physical abuse were a daily occurrence. Although this resulted in setbacks as a child and as a young adult, I kept my mind focused on the way I wanted my life to be. I dreamt that when I grew up I would become a physician and help other kids in dysfunctional families who suffer from the same kind of trauma. And, I dreamt of achieving financial success and one day having a happy and loving family. Against all odds I became financially successful. But it came at a heavy price. I worked too many hours and neglected what mattered most – my family. In 2005, my wife and three children left me. My life was a mess. At times the pain and the void in my heart became almost unbearable. It was then I rediscovered my faith in God and the power of prayer. I asked for His guidance to find the inner strength to confront challenges that would prove more difficult than any I had experienced before. With God on your side - even if your world crumbles - you find the power to put it back together again. Today, my family is reconciled and happier than ever! Recently, I read ‘Living Your Dream’ by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. It was truly an uplifting experience! Currently, I am reading ‘Everybody Wins’. Reading these books remind me again and again that dreams really do come true. My dream of having a successful happy and loving family is a reality. My career continues to flourish and we surpassed our five year goal in two years. However, I still harbor the lifelong dream of becoming a doctor for abused and neglected children. But, I have found fulfillment as an Associate Broker/Owner with the RE/MAX family – an organization who cares about the well being of each and every member. I have so much for which I am grateful. And, I have learned the most important lesson of all: success is about balancing your personal and professional life – however, your family always comes first! To God goes the glory!

Herbert Burkart  

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