Richard Bao, Real Estate Broker
If you are looking for a highly skilled real estate professional who employs a client-centered philosophy with a result-driven mindset, you have come to the right place. My name is Richard Bao, and I am your local realtor servicing the Greater Vancouver region.
The truth is that you can sell your home or buy a property without ever using a realtor. Many people choose to sell their homes on their own, while some buyers buy properties without a realtor. However, those who do not engage a realtor during a real estate transaction often come from a place of saving costs on paying commissions. Why? Because most people don’t see the value of hiring a realtor. They assume that a realtor’s job simply consists of taking pictures of the home and hosting open houses. While it may be true for some, my value proposition to you goes well beyond the industry standard.
I see things as they are and I speak my mind. I must admit that I have a very strong personality and that is because I care about my clients and I guard their trust in me with the highest honour. Anything I see that can potentially jeopardize your best interest will be fully disclosed to you; and anything I see that can maximize your interest will not only be done, but it will be done in the best way possible. When you choose me to advise you on a real estate transaction, your best interest is my utmost interest and your goal is my only priority. I will set your expectations of my services during our initial meeting, and I will thoroughly explain everything from my marketing methods to the commission that I charge. Any questions you have will be answered and any requests you have will be discussed.
My skillsets are crucial to my survival in a highly competitive industry. Just like any successful athlete who trains consistently and tirelessly with their coach to constantly strive for better performances, I am no different. I train weekly with my personal business coach to fine-tune my practice in order to deliver better experiences and higher results to my clients. Rest assured I will always strive for the best at everything I do in order to meet your real estate goals.
I am not a sales person, but rather a service provider. And my service to you is simple yet impactful – I give you my knowledge and my expertise to help you succeed your real estate goals, while making sure the experience is also positive and memorable. The success of my business is based solely on your referrals and your recommendations of me to others, and it is only when you are happy with the level of service and the results that I deliver to you that I can consider myself a successful realtor.
I am my business, and I work closely with one assistant to ensure that all my clients are well cared for. My small team and the high level of service that I provide only allow me to work with a selected number of clients at a time without compromising the quality of experiences that I deliver to my clients. As a result, I prefer to work with the following types of buyers or sellers:
The concept of sushi is so simple yet so elegant. There exist a thousand different combinations of sushi but my favorite kind is Onani.
Take me to a Sushi restaurant, please.
I’m a big fan of inovative startups and early initiatives. They are the ones changing the world for the better, not me.
I like the CEO title, a lot.
I started of as a Fashion Design marketer in London. I’ve got taste for the good brands. Yves-Saint-Laurent is my all-time favorite.
Real Estate is not as easy as people make it sound. Realtors rarely pop champagne and party on yachts. Some do, of course but… you’d be surprised to know how much we work. We hustle all the time. We have to keep an entrepreneurial mindset because nothing is certain about this job. There’s a probability that you earn nothing through an entire year.
Both of my parents were lawyers. And so were my grand-parents. So… I grew up hearing my parents negotiating with others over the phone and in person. I have had my fair share of negotiations with them through my teenage years and well into my adulthood. I believe that sophisticated negotiating skills are absolutely integral to the success of any business deal. I negotiate strategically to ensure that your interests and your needs are always taken care of.
I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Simon Fraser University and upon my graduation I went on to purse further education in Fashion Marketing and Management at Central Saint Martins in London, England.
I was and still am passionate about the fashion industry. I worked for a fashion marketing company in London after my graduation. Paris is probably one of my favorite destinations for that. I was there last summer (Laughs).
Omg yes. Yves-Saint-Laurent. 100%. I LOVE EVERYTHING the brand does AND WHAT THE BRAND STANDS FOR - he was one of the first designer to introduce business suits into womenswear, he’s a feminist!
I deeply dislike tourists who disrespect cultures of hosting countries they travel to. It is very common among Westerners when going to Africa or Asia, for example.
I wake up at 5am every morning to go to the gym and I rarely sleep later than 10:30pm. I’m a time freak. I know in advance each and every of my activities, apart from when I work at the office. My job is more prone to changes and uncertainty.
Given that I manage my time effectively, I like to take time-off. I am very results and goals oriented. So for example, if I have a goal of selling a certain amount of real estate this year , and I happen to reach that goal by August, then I take the rest of the year off. That’s my philosophy. I don’t need to work beyond what’s necessary for me, life is so much more than just waking up and paying bills!
I prep my meal for the next day, everyday. I pay a lot of attention to what I eat. I select all my ingredients based on nutritional factors. The only meat I eat is chicken, and I love all kinds of seafood!
No BS and full transparency. I see things as they are and I speak my mind. I must admit that I have a very strong personality and that is because I care about my clients. For example, if I believe that house doesn’t fit you, even though you tell me you like it, I will make sure you know my opinion. I explain everything from my marketing methods to the commission that I charge. Communication is key.
I like to support startups like Castle. They did the branding for my website!