Real estate agent Vivien Yap is the $1 billion woman, and was this week revealed as one of The West Australian’s 50 Most Powerful People in Property. As the director of Ray White Dalkeith-Claremont, her success is built on her renowned work ethic, which involves 10-hour days, six-anda-half days a week.
REAL estate powerhouse Vivien Yap has been named among the Top 50 people in property by The West Australian.
The Ray White Dalkeith-Claremont principal made her presence felt in the industry early in her eightyear career and has won numerous awards, gone from salesperson to business owner, and set several records along the way.
This year she expects to reach her biggest milestone yet, ticking over to $1 billion for the total value of homes sold since she started her career.
While a lot of her power in the market comes from her ability to speak five Asian languages, which has made her a go-to person for Asian investors, it is her work ethic that has taken her to the top.
Mrs Yap works 10 hours a day, six and a half days a week, and is well known for finalising deals late into the evening.
Among her accolades, she has been named WA’s top agent – based on price and volume – for five consecutive years in the Real Estate Business annual Top 100 Agents award.
On a national list, she ranked 21 this year.
It has not all been smooth sailing, speaking to Residential earlier this year Mrs Yap said success was all about mindset.
“I have had so many downs, many more downs than ups, but it’s vitally important to snap out of the negative mindset and remain fearless in the face of failure,” she said.
“In the early days I had so many sleepless nights but I focused on staying strong and determined.”
Property developer and founder of the Blackburne group Paul Blackburne also made the list, reshaping apartment development in Perth. A few years ago he recognised there was a significant shortage of higher end, larger apartments in the western suburbs and north west corridor and set about meeting that need with projects like Aria in Swanbourne, Essence in Claremont and the upcoming $280 Subiaco Pavilion Markets redevelopment, believed to be the most expensive apartment complex ever built in WA.
The 43-year old developer has also managed to break through the western suburbs' renowned resistance to height, with a 24-storey tower planned for the iconic Pavilion Markets site.
Mr Blackburne also has a strata management company with 180 buildings, including 4800 apartments, under management.
A separate division has 1000 residential and commercial dwellings under property management.
His company also has a mortgage broking arm.
While property is not his main game, mining magnate Andrew Forrest’s wealth and broad influence in Perth has led him to acquire some iconic properties and seen him earn a place on the list.
As owner of Indiana Tea House in Cottesloe he is leading public debate as to whether the iconic venue should be knocked down and rebuilt in a more modern design.
It is an issue that has struck at the heart of the community.
He also owns the iconic Tukurua homestead in Cottesloe and has a lease on the former Swan Brewery on Mounts Bay Road.
He plans to create an eco-resort at the Ningaloo Light caravan park in Exmouth, in a move that will boost tourism in the region.
The West Australian’s Top 50 people in property features people who have an influence in the property market, from policy shapers to developers and agents.
Property developer Paul Blackburne.