TOP REAL ESTATE AGENT IN MASSACHUSETTS PAUL RATHA YEM
How did Paul Ratha Yem become one of the most trusted agents in his community?
Paul empowers his clients to achieve their real estate goals through unparalleled access to the housing market and individualized customer service. As the principal broker with Global Realty Network, Paul works with clients ranging from first-time homebuyers to investors and business owners in the greater Lowell area
Paul began purchasing investment rental properties in Massachusetts and Rhode Island in the ‘80s. After purchasing twenty properties with the help of a real estate agent, in 1991 he decided to obtain a license himself. He then began work for a local bank in Lowell, MA where he focused on serving the Asian community and helping people to buy new homes. He became the Executive Director of a nonprofit in Lowell that promoted community and economic development and provided support to first-time homebuyers. In 2004, he decided to start his own company and began to work full-time as a broker. He’s passionate about advising and counseling his clients each step of the way so that they can achieve the American Dream of home ownership.
Paul was named as one of the top individual producers in 2018 by the Northeast Association of Realtors; was recognized in Boston Agent Magazine’s 2018 “Who’s Who in Residential Real Estate”; was named Broker of the Year by the National Association of Real Estate Brokers in 2014; and was recognized as one of the top real estate agents in the state by Top Agent Magazine in 2017. Paul is not only an acclaimed industry leader with 27 years of experience, but a devoted community member.
Paul leads a diverse team of agents that hails from at least four countries, and speaks Cambodian, Chinese, French, and English. “Each team member has a drive to help others improve their lives through home ownership,” he says. An impressive 70% of their business comes from repeat and referral clients. Paul’s past clients rave that he gives them the specific education and guidance they need to make good, informed decisions. He also works with clients to ensure they will be able to afford the home for years and years to come. Past clients return for support on investment properties, or even advice on starting a new business. To stay in touch with past clients, Paul uses social media, which has resulted in potential clients reaching out from as far away as Cambodia. To market listings, he conducts a thorough online campaign that results in quick sales at competitive prices. His listings have an average sales price of $300K and usually sell within two weeks.
What does Paul like most about his work? “It’s satisfying. I came to America as a young man, I could speak English while a lot of my fellow countrymen could not. It made me feel like a spokesperson on their behalf. In real estate, I bring the same passion and drive to help others as I had in my work at the nonprofit and at the bank. It’s a value I learned from my family. With every client I do my best.” Paul is heavily involved in his community. He ran unsuccessfully twice for Lowell City Council and even ran for state representative. “I grew up in a family that believes in giving back to the community we live in and making the world a better place for those who are less fortunate than ourselves,” Paul says. In his cherished free time, Paul loves to take short trips with his wife and their two sons. For the future, he wants to continue counseling and advising his clients, as well as purchasing “fix and flip” properties. This will allow him to keep up-to-date so he can best advise his investor clients and help them to be successful as well!
Paul is a HUD-approved selling broker, RES.NET & EQUATOR REO certified, a Certified Distressed Property Expert, and a Certified Buyer’s Representative, while his firm is a certified Minority Business Enterprise and a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise. He is an active member of Asian Real Estate Association of America, the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, National Association of Realtors, Massachusetts Association of Realtors, and National Association of Broker Price Opinion Professionals.
“Our goal is to be customer-centric. We don’t want to be the biggest company, we want to be the one that provides the best service!” he says.