Garrett Clayton is a young attorney who grew up in Houston, Texas and spent considerable amounts of time in each major Texas City before deciding to move back to Houston to start his family and career.
Garrett earned his undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Towards the end of his undergraduate career Garrett decided to attend St. Mary’s Law School in San Antonio where he was awarded a partial academic scholarship, Mock Trial Best Speaker Award and in his third year the Marinist award for helping the needy via the school’s criminal defense clinic. “It was at this time I realized that the individuals who truly need the most help are the ones that cannot afford the services of a qualified attorney.”
Being in San Antonio for three years also enabled Garrett to explore several business ventures. Garrett along with a couple of other family members purchased a large real estate brokerage firm called Home Team of America that was based in San Antonio. At the time of purchase the firm had roughly 400 real estate agents/brokers and to date Home Team has expanded into every major city in Texas and has roughly 1,000 agents/brokers. “This down turn in the real estate market has really created a purging. From realtors to loan originators to entire companies we have seen a severe contraction in the marketplace and for all of those still standing it is a much clearer playing field.”
After taking and passing the Texas Bar Exam Garrett moved back to Houston and married Katie Cappadonna Clayton. “2006 was a very memorable year for me…I finished my stint at academia, started my family and got into the mortgage industry at probably the worse time in history.”
“Although I use my lawyer hat every day I decided to really go after the real estate market towards the end of 2006 and create the ever elusive concept of one-stop shopping for the consumer.” Through a couple of acquisitions and a few start-ups Garrett and partners put together a platform the includes Real Estate Brokerage, Mortgage Banking, Home Owners Insurance, Title Insurance and Home Warranty.
“The future looks very bright and I am excited about the direction all of our companies are moving in. Not only are we continuing to expand our Texas foot print, but we have just opened our first out of state office in Rancho Cucamonga, California.”