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Ryan Asao

Episode 061

A Young Man Networking in Real Estate

Ryan Asao is the best-kept secret of the San Gabriel Valley. He is the epitome of what a Realtor should be. His #1 priority is his client. His open-door policy makes him available to his clients at any hour of the day. Ryan is personable, professional, and a pleasure to work with. Due to his kind demeanor and excellent communication skills, he made the whole transaction a smooth and enjoyable experience for all involved. Specializing in entry-level living, Ryan always treats his clients like he would want to be treated. He takes the time to explain the process to first-time home buyers and is the person they can trust when making one of the most important investments of their lives. Ryan also makes it his business to get his clients top dollar for their property. He provides useful tips to increase the value of one’s home and accentuate the home’s best features. He takes great pride in his work and values his clients. When you work with Ryan Asao, expect the best and get more!

Ryan grew up in the San Gabriel Valley. He takes great joy in giving back to the community. He is a mentor and coach to the Arcadia High School JV Boy Soccer team. He is involved with his Parrish at Saint Luke Church of Temple City. He has been the Mission Delivery Chair for the Arcadia Relay for Life for several years. He has also been the Chair of the Tech Committee for the Arcadia Association of Realtors. Whether you are buying or selling a property in today’s real estate market, it is important that you trust and have confidence in your real estate professional. Ryan is a realtor you can trust, and he works hard for his clients. He will go the extra mile to provide an enjoyable experience to his clients with minimal stress. When Ryan is working for you, rest assured the job will get done. His commitment as a realtor is to provide the superior real estate services his clients deserve.

Ryan is an influential and respected realtor in the San Gabriel Valley and the surrounding area. He has served on numerous leadership committees and was the 2012 President of the Arcadia Association of Realtors. He has a passion for education and loves his realtor family. Aside from serving on the Board of Directors for the Arcadia Association of Realtors, Ryan has been very active with YPN (REALTORS Young Professionals Network) and was the Brainchild of the YPN Pledge; he serves as the Vice President of the Mt. SAC Foundation, Chair of the Young Executives Committee at the City Club of Los Angeles, serves on the Board of Directors for the California Association of Realtors, serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Realtors, and proud graduate of the National Association of Realtors Leadership Academy in 2018! Ryan takes every opportunity to grow as a realtor and attends several real estate workshops and conferences throughout the year. Working in the real estate business for as long as he has, Ryan knows the real estate market from the inside out and passes on that knowledge to his valued clients. He specializes in the real estate market of the San Gabriel Valley in Southern California. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys spending time with his three children, coaching soccer, networking, mentoring other realtors, volunteering at local charities, going to concerts, playing poker, and watching sports are other favorite pastimes. Ryan has built his business on relationships, and he is number one in customer service with a huge emphasis on communication!


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Ryan Asao Quotes

  • “I transitioned into real Estate in 2001, and that was probably the best thing that ever happened to me”
  • “Just do your best for your clients. I think there are things I could probably do better as a business owner, but I think I’m just more about relationships.”
  • Ryan was is fully Japanese third-generation immigrant.
  • His father owns a successful fish supplier. 
  • Ryan has always been athletic and still helps his father coach soccer.
  • Ryan had a child young with his wife.
  • Ryan became a real estate agent after his real estate agent told him he would be good at it.
  • He works with friends and family now as a successful real estate agent.
  • Scott and Russell sit down with a realtor from an area that has really déçu over the years, El Hambra. Ryan settled into Real Estate, and he has never looked back and has become a successful partner in his firm.


What is your connection to the San Gabriel Valley?

Ryan is another success story that was born and raised in the SGV.

He grew up in Temple City, and the school system was mostly caucasian. Now that he’s grown, most of the school system there is Asian. This is just one way that shows how that whole area has changed.

Were your parents born here?

Ryan is fully Japanese. He is a third-generation Japanese. His parents also were born and raised in the area as well.

What was it like growing up Japanese in Temple City?

Ryan’s grandparents were actually sent to the American internment camps in California.

After that, they all became very Americanized. Going so far as to not even speak Japanese in the house.

But that mindset helped Ryan I’m business. It helped him mentally get to a place where he could adapt.

Do you deal with a lot of people who are 1st or 2nd generation immigrants?

Ryan’s team consists of his 24th at the old daughter, who does marketing. His cousin Brent and his other partner Robin speak 6 languages.

With all that talent and ability to speak and work with these Asian cultures, they do deal with that demographic often.

What is your experience with people who were sentenced to internment camps?

It definitely helped shape the Americanization of his family. It guided his parents to want to be more American.

What led you to the path you’re on today?

Ryan’s now-wife got pregnant and married at 19. They had the baby at 20.

Ryan worked at a manufacturing job where his uncle was the manager. He then went to school at Mount Sac. When he was looking for a house, his Real Estate agent actually recommended him for a job.

Ryan comes from an SGV favorite. His dad is part owner of Fish King. A provider and seller of fresh fish.

Your daughter is the reason you pushed so hard?

Absolutely, he worked hard in college and finished up in business education. He stayed in Real Estate because the business was just too good, and he found his calling.

What did you bring?

Ryan brought a picture of him and his daughter and his sons.

Ryan coached at Arcadia High School with his dad and has coached 800 kids in soccer.

Ryan hates losing more than he likes winning. He keeps that attitude toward sports and life in general.

What are some challenges you faced?

Ryan’s age when he first started was a challenge. He had to really work to be respected because he was so young selling pieces of people’s lives.

He had tried canvassing from door to door, looking for any kind of lead as a kid.

And now, as someone who has been in the industry for a while, he’s trying to give back and share industry knowledge through YPN.

(Young Professional Network). Ryan was the youngest and first president of the YPN.

Ryan first overcame the challenge of “looking too young” by having strong business practices like following up with clients.

Some of the other things that Ryan likes to do on the Network and to stay active besides soccer are golfing, poker, fishing, dancing, concerts, and going to sporting events. He says you can learn about people by how they do those things.

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Ryan Asao

Mount San Antonio College is a great place to visit, and it donates a lot to charity. 

The City Club is a social club where people network and a place to golf. 

Downtown Monrovia is a beautiful place that has a nice vibe.