Success Story: Madison Hildebrand

Brief Bio

Madison served as Director on the Malibu Association of Realtors Board; served as vice president of Malibu Green Machine; and regularly hosts fundraisers for "Children's Hospital Los Angeles" and supports a variety of other community causes. His motto is, "He who freely gives, freely receives." Still, Madison finds time for surfing, snowboarding, and playing with his dog Rex.

Sales Associate,
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Start Date:
January 2005


  • International President's Elite
  • Top 2% of Sales Associates Internationally
  • Star of Bravo's hit reality series "Million Dollar Listing"

I'm Madison Hildebrand and this is my Coldwell Banker® success story.

Out of college, I worked in the hospitality industry with the future goal of transitioning into a career in advertising. I then saw an opportunity in the high-end real estate market and decided to commit myself to the profession. At 24, living in Malibu, CA it was a bold move to try and sell luxury real estate, but it turned out to be an excellent career move.

Real Estate As A Profession

My journey to selling multi-million dollar homes didn’t just happen overnight; it started with a commitment and a plan. I studied for my real estate license and mentored with one of the top-producing agents in the nation. It was my continuous passion for people and love for the art of negotiation that helped me land my first deal – a $2.8 million dollar home sale to a celebrity. I made more with my first commission check than I did the entire year working in hospitality! When I started my path in real estate, I didn’t know what to expect, but with over $100 million in sales to date, I made the right choice. My success would not have been possible in such a short period of time had I not had the support from my Coldwell Banker office.

My Coldwell Banker Experience

I interviewed with five competitor offices, but knew all along that I wanted to be a part of the Coldwell Banker brand. I needed an intensive training workshop – Coldwell Banker offered the most comprehensive. I needed a company with results, Coldwell Banker had the dominant market share in my region. I needed technology – Coldwell Banker had tools and resources other companies simply could not afford or provide. I needed a strong network and support – Coldwell Banker was like a family. I needed strategic advertising placement at a low cost – Coldwell Banker had those partnerships. Lastly, I needed protection – Coldwell Banker legal is the best. Coldwell Banker has provided me with the opportunities to do great things, which include:

  • Closing on a $20+ million dollar home
  • Being named to REALTOR® magazine's 2008 "30 Under 30"
  • Becoming a personality on the hit Bravo TV's "Million Dollar Listing" for four consecutive seasons
  • Authoring "Activate YOUR Passion, Create YOUR Career"
  • Becoming President of
  • Speaking for National Association of REALTORS and California Association of REALTORS
  • Mentoring new agents

Helping People Make a Change

My steadfast values as a person and as a real estate agent have made me the success I am today. I came into this business looking for ways to help people make a change and everyday that is what I do – I love what I do! I recommend real estate to anyone who:

  • Commits to real estate as a long-term career
  • Has an unwavering ability to make ethical decisions
  • Is passionate about people
  • Is committed to action and prepared for the unexpected
  • Is confident and charismatic

That’s my formula for success. Join a Coldwell Banker office today and discover your own.

Professionals who represent buyers or sellers are commonly referred to as “real estate agents” in the United States and Canada. These individuals are licensed, independent contractors who affiliate their real estate license with a real estate brokerage in a particular market area.

Why Choose Coldwell Banker?

  • "My greatest achievement as an agent is the connections I have made through Coldwell Banker."

    Tina Mak  |  VIEW HER STORY

  • "I knew from my first meeting with my broker, the only place I wanted to be was Coldwell Banker."

    Mitch Dietz  |  VIEW HIS STORY

  • "The more time that goes by, the more I know I won't go anywhere by Coldwell Banker."

    Benjamin Beaver  |  VIEW HIS STORY

  • "My business has basically doubled every year since I've been at Coldwell Banker."

    Bill Boswell  |  VIEW HIS STORY

  • “Breaking into the real estate field was difficult, but my success came naturally.”

    Stacy Gottula  |  VIEW HER STORY

  • “Right out of school, I had to answer the question ‘what profession can I succeed in and fast?’ The clear answer for me was real estate.”

    Christina Griffin  |  VIEW HER STORY

  • "I worked in Real Estate right out of college and hit my stride with Coldwell Banker."

    Jennifer Janet  |  VIEW HER STORY

  • "I chose real estate because it offered me more of what i wanted in life – a flexible schedule, unlimited earning potential and the personal gratification i receive when helping others realize their dreams."

    Michael Jones  |  VIEW HIS STORY

  • "I wanted to surround myself with like-minded individuals who want to serve clients."

    Irene McCann  |  VIEW HER STORY

  • "My previous company said we were in charge of our own destiny, but it felt like i was more going it alone."

    Toni Coursey  |  VIEW HER STORY

  • "I wanted the best company to stand behind me, especially since I was new and young, and I sought out Coldwell Banker."

    Madison Hildebrand  |  VIEW HIS STORY

  • "I've been in real estate for 10 years, and have learned the most in my year and a half at Coldwell Banker."

    Tammy Heckart  |  VIEW HER STORY

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