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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.

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