You know when you see someone who has a true passion for their work. It comes through in the way they help others … the way they invest themselves fully to reach results for those around them. That’s the spirit that Brian Siebel, J.D., carries with him each day.
As vice president with Siebel-Adem Homes at Compass, Brian takes an all-in approach to helping his clients find success with a true sense of commitment and tenacity. “I really enjoy my clients and helping them achieve their goals in life. It’s very satisfying,” Brian emphasizes. “While I enjoy working with clients in all stages of life and with various real estate needs, the majority of my focus is with first-time homebuyers. I really enjoy helping them make that transition in life. I also have a very international clientele and enjoy the diverse group of families and individuals I have the chance to help.”
Making a Difference
Brian earned his real estate license in October 2013. Before that, he built a successful, difference-making career in Washington, DC, as a public interest lawyer, including serving for 13 years with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. “Through my time there, I fought to reduce the scourge of gun violence on a national level,” he recalls. “I also worked for organizations to protect voting rights and advocate around federal judgeships and issues before the U.S. Supreme Court. It has always been my passion to help change the world for the better.”
Learning and Growing
Brian was born on a dairy farm in Indiana and grew up in Illinois. He learned many lessons that have stayed with him and have helped to shape his life. His father left farming and became a REALTOR®, a role he relished for the rest of his life. Brian’s stepfather, who had the biggest influence on him, was a businessman with a law degree. “I practiced law for 22 years and now work as a realtor. It’s fascinating to me that I’m doing the things that my two fathers did,” Brian smiles.
After 10 years in Washington State, finishing college and working, Brian moved to Washington, DC, to become a public interest lawyer. He went to American University, where he met his wife, Linda Howell, at law school. He clerked for a renowned federal judge in Buffalo, New York, for two years, moved back to DC., got married, and, after a few years litigating at a large DC law firm, began his tenure with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
When the economic crash of the late 2000s hit, the Brady Center had to cut its staff dramatically, and Brian was let go. “After the Brady Center, I worked for a couple of other organizations, but was once again the victim of a lack of public interest organization funding,” Brian recalls. “Eventually, I decided I was going to go into real estate to help people directly.”
Brian joined McEnearney Associates Inc. REALTORS® in Arlington, and it didn’t take long for Brian to realize he was on the right path. As he says, “I was very happy immediately. It was a great opportunity for me to build my own business. It was the time for me to be in charge of my own path. My first year built a foundation. In the second year, the business took off.”
Signs of Success
That’s definitely an understatement. Brian quickly grew his business, and, in his fifth year, he started averaging over $20 million in sales volume annually. In the process, he has been recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as a Top Producer every year since 2017, and by Arlington Magazine since 2019. In 2020 and 2021, Brian received DC Modern Luxury Magazine’s real estate award and Broker Agent Advisor’s Seven Star award. Zillow has also awarded him Best in Customer Service, Master of Client Happiness, and Best of Zillow.
In 2019, Brian moved to Compass in Arlington and is proud to have joined forces this year with Brian Adem, in turn forming Siebel-Adem Homes — a team that has five members today.
Brian works with gratitude for the environment he enjoys at Compass. “I really love it here. Compass is a very forward-looking company that offers tremendous tools to its agents to help us help our clients,” he says. Brian also enjoys the parallels between law and real estate. “In both cases, I put my clients’ interests first. When I was at the Brady Center and a couple of other organizations, I tried to make a difference on a macro level. With my role in real estate, I can make an impact on a micro level, helping people through life-changing events,” he points out. “I look forward to helping them go through the same successful life transitions I’ve experienced.”
Family is at the heart of life for Brian. He and Linda have two adopted children: Elizabeth, who is pursuing her master’s degree at George Mason University, and Ethan, who just started his collegiate career at DePaul University.
In his free time, Brian has a passion for travel. He also likes to exercise and looks forward to time spent on the water.
Leading the Way
Those who have the chance to know and work with Brian appreciate his honest, straightforward manner and the way he puts his experience and expertise to work to make a positive difference in the world. It is reflected in more than 90 five-star online reviews offered by his clients.
“I’ve lived a very good life and I’m trying to help other people live good lives too. Homeownership is a key part of that,” Brian says. “My life changed when I bought my first condo in DC, and then, after Linda and I married, we bought our first house, followed by a bigger house as our kids started to grow. At some point, we will become downsizers. There are a whole lot of memories attached to all of that. I’m trying to help others have those same types of good experiences and memories.”
Congratulations to Brian Siebel for the positive impact he creates. Each day, the people around him benefit from his heartfelt commitment and tenacity.