Over the past 15+ years, Ted Wight has earned himself a reputation for being a unique REALTOR®.
“People say, ‘Oh, Ted, you get all the fun listings,’” he reflects with a telling smile. Unique properties get Ted most excited in the real estate business.
“I’ve come to be known as the go-to person for mid-century and contemporary homes, and over the years, my scope has broadened to historic homes, farms, and more traditional homes, too,” Ted says proudly.
Ted’s passion for architecture and commitment to service have made real estate the perfect career for him. However, real estate wasn’t his first career choice. In fact, he started in corporate America.
Ted grew up in Ladue and attended St. Louis Priory School before continuing his education at Lake Forest College. He later received an executive MBA from Washington University’s Olin School of Business.
Early in his professional life, Ted built a career managing business-to-business sales teams in corporate America. He was great at what he did but desired more control over his schedule. That’s what initially drew him to real estate. He began his real estate career in 2005 as a part-time venture while maintaining his full-time corporate job.
“I figured I’d just dabble in real estate at first. In my first year, I sold one condo, then in my second year, three or four properties. But, I was building up some steam,” Ted reflects.
By 2011, Ted was making enough money in real estate to feel confident about leaving his corporate position and taking the plunge. He’s been a top producer since.
UNIQUE, HISTORIC, BEAUTIFUL
Unique properties have become Ted’s niche. When he began his career, he started blogging about mid-century and contemporary homes, which had been a love of his long before his entry into the real estate business.
“I was inspired by my parents, who bought a house designed by William Bernoudy, who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright. The house they bought was the house Bernoudy lived in himself. So, that started my appreciation for mid-century design and contemporary homes. I started a blog, which helped give me a wonderful venue to talk about mid-cen- tury homes, and it helped my real estate business grow, too,” Ted explains.
Ted purchased that home from his parents in 2012, making his full-time home an architectural masterpiece.
“Every day, I appreciate this beautiful home,” he smiles.
Ted’s family also owns a farmhouse in Pike County, Missouri, that sits on the National Register of Historic Places. The pillared brick home that sits on the land has spurned further interest in historic homes and luxury farm properties.
“I love historic and unique properties,” Ted beams. “Unique, beautiful, and historic homes. And some- times, it’s hard to sell those homes. I sold something that used to be a water filtration plant turned into a house, and another that was a church turned into a residence, for example.”
Ted’s unique take on real estate is not only fitting for his personality and taste; it’s been a winning strategy. He’s sold properties created by many renowned St. Louis architects: Maritz & Young, Isadore Shank, William Bernoudy, Harris Armstrong, Ralph Fournier, Frederick Dunn, and Phillip Durham. As a solo agent with Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty, he closed 50 transactions for over $50 million in 2022.
STAYING ON HIS TOES
Outside real estate and architecture, Ted is passionate about gardening, cooking, and travel. He enjoys spending time on the family farm, going to the gym, and being active with nonprofit organizations.
Ted is on the boards of the St. Louis Art Museum Friends, St. Louis Fashion Fund Friends, The Sheldon Friends, and the Missouri Baptist Healthcare Foundation, and he is the president of the Tennessee Williams Festival board. He has also served on event committees for CAM, St. Louis Public Library, The Frank Lloyd Wright House, PROMO, and others.
There’s one more thing Ted is passionate about — taking care of people. That’s perhaps the greatest driver of his real estate success. He’s happy with where his business stands today, but he’s also motivated to continue innovating, challenging the norms, and creating more beauty in the city of St. Louis.
“I want to stay at the forefront — of marketing, of architecture, of real estate,” Ted says. “I’m passionate about my job. I’m passionate about architecture, homes, and gardens. And I’m passionate about taking care of people.”