“Butch” Charles Grimes is a seasoned real estate Broker, Expert with over 25 years in the real estate industry. Specializing in Probate, Conservatorships and Trust. Entrepreneur, radio talk show host, columnist, community leader – a man of many hats, is committed to improving his community and the lives of those around him. A recognized real estate authority, he is often called upon by national and multi-national companies for guidance on achieving success in the ever-evolving minority emerging markets. He has also testified before the Legislature on issues of mortgage insurance, unfair lending practices and other issues impacting the underserved communities. His success is based on a formula of trust, education and compassion, the cornerstone of his career and life.
Grimes’ initial introduction to real estate began through purchasing, improving and selling distressed properties. His passion for the industry ignited, when he became an agent, then a loan broker for his own company, “Trust Financial.” Realizing inner-city homeowners needed more than someone who simply buys and sells their properties. He provided education and information, particularly in the subjects of property retention and preservation. These efforts of assisting and educating his clients led to their independence as well as his own. He established the following companies: L.A. Metropolitan Funding Group, Inc., Team Equity L.A. Property, Inc. Su Sueno Real Estate Services and We Talk Real Estate TV & Radio Enterprises.
Grimes real estate expertise and community contributions do not end there. In addition to overseeing 35 Agents and the day-to-day operations of Team Equity L.A. property &
Management, Inc. he is the past State President of the California Association of Real Estate Brokers (CAREB). Grimes’ influence on the 54-year-old organization is illustrated by its embracing of 21st century technologies needed to maintain and enhance its power and influence. Prior to serving as State President of CAREB, Grimes was a two-term President of the Consolidated Realty Board.
Grimes share’s his considerable real estate & Mortgage knowledge in his weekly radio show, “We Talk Real Estate with Butch Grimes” on KTYM, 1460 AM and KTIE 590 AM in Los Angeles. The show is the first live talk radio show dedicated to addressing real estate questions and concerns of inner city communities. He also writes a monthly column as the, “The Real Estate Insider” for many statewide and local newspapers.
Due to his vast experience and speaking ability, Grimes has been retained as a statewide Real Estate Instructor and speaker by The Professional Realtor Institute. PRI, as it is formally called provides college equivalent education courses recognized by the Department of Real Estate and the National Association of Realtors as the #1 Real Estate designation earned in the country. (GRI Designation).
A native Los Angelean and former football all-conference wide receiver, Grimes earned a Bachelors degree in Political Science from University of Redlands. An avid fisherman, Grimes is the first African American to win a renowned Professional Fishing Tour in 1999. Other hobbies include golfing, scuba diving, bowling, tennis and flying. Grimes’ accomplishments, achievements and relentless passion to help others are embodied in his quote, “I see opportunity daily and I want others to have my vision.”
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