November 10th, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Keeping a 13,000-square-foot real estate office with about 100 desks, offices and meeting rooms filled with successful agents can be quite a challenge.

Unless you’re Chuck Sackett, manager of the La Mesa/El Cajon office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties. With a real estate career launched in 1972, Chuck is chief recruiter for the sprawling agency overlooking Interstate 8. He came out of retirement a few years ago to bring strong leadership to the brokerage, and hasn’t left since.

“Recruiting is a major part of my responsibilities,” he said. ““I really enjoy that part of it. It’s a different day every day. Having so many people in the office, they’ve all got something they might need assistance with. So it’s fun to be able to help them out. It’s not necessarily that they need the answer, it’s that they need somebody to ratify that they’re doing the right thing. And giving new people the opportunity to make a pretty good living is very gratifying. You can do it out here if you apply yourself.”

Chuck grew up in Mission Hills, started selling homes there at age 27, and stayed in the business. He’s lived in East County the past 15 years and is quick to tout its praises.

“I think it’s the best-kept secret in all of Southern California,” he said. “You can buy a three-bedroom, two-bath house with a pool for $450,000 or so. Where else can you do that? The June gloom, we don’t have it. In 20 minutes, you’re downtown.”

After more than four decades in residential real estate, Chuck says he still looks forward to coming to the office: “Helping other agents succeed. That’s my great motivator.”

Chuck Sackett is based at the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties’ 9555 Grossmont Summit Drive, La Mesa, CA 91941. He can be reached at 619-589-8600 or For more information, visit


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