Hans Wydler’s only memory of the Amtrak train crash in May is falling asleep in the cafe car on the way to New York City and awakening to find himself on a stretcher in the midst of what looked like a war zone. Thankfully, his only injury was a concussion. He says the experience made him more deliberative in his thinking, along with the fact that he’s turning 50 this spring.
Hans and his brother, Steve Wydler, say the accident prompted them to leave their Long & Foster brokerage to strike out on their own.
“The train crash crystalized something we’d been thinking about for years, which was starting our own brokerage,” says Steve, co-founder of Wydler Brothers Real Estate, which opened in the District, McLean and Chevy Chase, Md., on Jan. 4. “Life’s too short and there’s no perfect time to do anything, so we decided to push ahead with our plans to control our own business.”
The Wydlers say they are making a leap of faith that the real estate market in all three local jurisdictions will continue to thrive in the coming years. While other boutique agencies have opened in the region in the past, it’s unusual to open three offices, in three locations, immediately and anticipate that all their customers will follow them.
The brothers say that their team has grown over the past 10 years and that they would like to bring on more veteran agents and teams to work with them.
The brokerage has about 30 agents and 14 employees across the three offices.