Bonnie & Daniel Wan look at their partnership through the poetic lens of the ancient Chinese poem Ye Ya-a piece of poetry scribed about a native bird species in the South of China. These birds, like Bonnie & Daniel, fly together in pairs-to not only create strength, but also to reflect each others’ passions and to balance their own natures.
Leading to this beautiful-and successful-partnership (both personally and professionally) is the perfect combination of Daniel’s warmth, empathy and analytical side-and Bonnie’s charm, creativity and pleasant demeanor. A mere gaze at their photos and imagery will instill the peace that they bring to their lives, and to the home-buying and home-selling processes. The result of their two complementary personalities is a sentimental partnership that their clients are immediately drawn to-and that keeps them coming back time after time.
After their first meeting over traditional Chinese tea, one set of clients described the Wans by paraphrasing famous Chinese painter Li Zhou when they said “I admired the couple, their own natures magnified by nature itself, and after a long thorny path they are able to fly together, beautifully, with paired wings.”
In the 1980s Bonnie & Daniel immigrated to Toronto, Daniel from Hong Kong and Bonnie from Taiwan. They were immediately united by their passion, determination and caring natures-and became partners, for life and in real estate-like a pair of mated penguins. It was this combination of their personal and professional pairing that developed into their pioneering approach to the real estate industry with their ‘Living Real Estate’ concept .The Living Real Estate approach, of impassioned selling combined with smart analytics (a result of Daniel’s Engineering and Accounting degrees and experience), has created a power couple of Richmond Hill real estate-a true ‘doubles championship’ of realtor performance. Their track records of success and results have led to numerous industry accolades-and a long list of happy clients.
Both Bonnie and Daniel define their ‘doubles’ success not as independent realtors, but as a strategic team. If you’re curious about the effectiveness and dedication of this ‘team’ approach-simply gaze on the radiant smile on Bonnie’s face, as she speaks about the honour, pride and gratitude she feels for being blessed with this professional and personal success with Daniel.
Their team approach leverages the finely-tuned expertise of each, with Bonnie handling the marketing, PR, advertising, design, photography, interior design & renovations and pre-sale property enhancements-and Daniel (leveraging his engineering and accountant brain and analytical side) to complete their human resources-like tasks, accounting, analytics, value assessments and high-level technology. Daniel focuses on pioneering communication techniques that value the opinions of their clients, while empowering him to focus on pre- and post-sales services. His dedication to his clients is focused on deeply listening to them, his buyer and seller empathy-and in combining their needs with market-driven analyzations to create a sound investment strategy, over the long-term.
Daniel was an unlikely accountant, engineer and IT professional (before entering the real estate industry-and never looking back!) given his warm nature and his natural connection with others. This background served him extremely well though, as his ability to combine his warmth with his analytical side created a force to be reckoned with. It was this ‘force’ that carried him through his rough start in the industry-as he joined the industry in the 1980s, a time of historically-high interest rates of 21% and an extremely ‘down’ market. Luckily, Daniel was no stranger to overcoming adversity, he has already done so while in Hong Kong-graduating as an engineer and doing extremely well despite his disadvantaged beginnings. Soon after, Bonnie joined him in the industry, and they teamed up each of their interpersonal skill set with the other-to create accumulating experience that, thanks to their innovation, would lead them to creating tremendous opportunities for themselves in the industry.
One of Bonnie & Daniel’s major successes in the business has come from their rich ties to the Chinese and Asian communities here in Richmond Hill. Not only has their fluency in Cantonese and Mandarin helped them to grow deep roots in the community here, their own experiences as new immigrants gives them significant empathy for newcomers to Toronto and Richmond Hill.
When a new immigrant first arrives in the city they must navigate the world of accommodations, either in the difficult world of renting-or the even more-confusing world of Canadian home ownership. By understanding new immigrants’ fears and hopes for their ‘Canadian Dream’, Bonnie and Daniel are able to turn a traditionally-transactional process into an exciting experience-carefully guided by caring professionals who can help them make well-informed decisions. Unfortunately many agents and brokers, even other foreign-national Canadians, do not offer the same integration services to our new immigrant friends-with many choosing a quick-sale, transactional relationship that focuses on their own profits, instead of on the individuals and their hopes and dreams in this great country.
Bonnie & Daniel’s approach to new-immigrant home sales is on ‘faith’, ‘humanity’ and ‘professionalism’. Their trust-worthy suggestions and faithful assistance leads to exciting new beginnings in Canada.
Service is supreme for the Wan team-a sentiment cherished by Bonnie, who has made it her passion to cater to every detail of the home-selling process, from art design in advertisements to landscaping to interior design. Her perfectionist nature means she leaves no detail untouched, which when combined with her artistic nature (she has a lifelong love-affair with singing, dancing, music and drawing-which have been showcased locally in local charity performances and community events) has developed a creative super power.
Apart from the aesthetics of real estate, the team-mainly through Daniel-is highly focused on accumulating knowledge in IT, to add to their overall advertising/marketing and service offering. In addition to incorporating technology into their selling processes they also encourage technology-oriented home upgrades that add value to home, including computerized smart houses, remote controls, high-tech power supplies, green energy, solar power, waste-water reutilization, eco devices, remote surveillance for family safety, and more.
This service through knowledge accumulation is beneficial not only for the newcomer clients who need to know what technologies and artistic designs are coveted in Canadian real estate, but also homeowner and homebuyers looking to make smart investment decisions.
One of the things that initially drew Daniel and Bonnie together is their unwavering commitment to personal integrity and morals. They have brought this to their professional life. This professional commitment to morals and integrity is refreshing in the industry-a sentiment that is highly regarded by their client base, who understand that the Wans simply will not facilitate a quick transaction for short-term profit. The Wans build long-lasting relationships based on earned trust, which both comes from-and fosters-a solid reputation in the Richmond Hill Chinese community.
Their unwavering integrity has led to their bright and successful career-as they continue to soar in the sky together, like the Ye Ya partnered birds.
Bonnie and Daniel are grateful for their continued success and continue to feel extremely blessed for their loyal clients. They look forward to what the future brings-a future they will face, with strength-together.
"I admired the couple, their own natures magnified by nature itself, and after a long thorny path they are able to fly together, beautifully, with paired wings."
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