Ryan Smith is a Real Estate Agent with Tahoe Investment Properties in Lake Tahoe. Ryan feels connected and energized by the relationships he creates; ultimately working to help others achieve financial freedom through real estate investing.
Ryan’s childhood visits to family in Tahoe, inspired the hope that he would one day have the chance to live there.
After a few college years in Bozeman, MT; Ryan pressed pause on school to follow his dream of living in Tahoe. Typical for locals, Ryan worked three jobs to afford to live there. He landed a job on the opening team for Coldwater Brewery, worked Heavenly as a Guest Relations specialist, and eventually furthered his business career with U.S. Bank as a Universal Banker.
“A local’s life in Tahoe isn’t easy. Most of my friends are working 2 or 3 jobs, living off tips and seasonal business. Not many people understand the sacrifices locals make to live here. For me, finishing my degree and pursuing real estate is a way I can give back. How can I take what I’ve learned and make it easy for someone else who’s working hard on their own path?”
During his time at U.S. Bank, Ryan met his Broker, David Vogt. David and Ryan began working together on projects, some of which involved marketing material and building websites, others were worldwide non-profit organizations. Ryan and David remained friends throughout the next three years when Ryan left the Lake to finish his college degree.
Ryan pursued a Bachelors in Business with a focus on Entrepreneurship, from California State University of Monterey Bay. While Ryan was finishing college, he worked his way through the Apple Store in Monterey. Beginning in sales, working through every aspect of the Genius Bar, Ryan eventually became the store’s Business Pro. As Business Pro, Ryan leveraged Apple technology to generate and develop business to business relationships while leading trainings for his customers and team.
“I loved my time at Apple and will always be grateful for my experience there. I’m an entrepreneur at heart, and I wanted more than a career. I’m fascinated by the wealth real estate generates and understanding investment properties has opened my eyes to the possibilities of true financial freedom. That’s my aspiration, and I hope to help anyone who wants that same freedom.”
Ryan left Apple after college to pursue a life of financial freedom back in Tahoe. Joining broker, David Vogt at Tahoe Investment Properties, Ryan focuses on Condo, Multifamily, and Investment Properties. Ryan leverages his technological skills and business knowledge to elevate his marketing capabilities through social media.
“Technology is changing the real estate market. Both consumer and agent are becoming more connected through apps, and mega-companies like Zillow. My time with Apple, and passion for making life easy has taught me to use technology -and never to depend on it. Relationships are what matter to me. People and their dreams -that’s why I work hard. I wouldn’t be where I am without those who’ve helped me. My focus will always be local.”
When Ryan’s not focused on Real Estate, he’s outside snowboarding, hiking, or mountain biking with his family. Ryan’s love for personal development keeps him busy with side projects, he sometimes consults people/businesses on strategy and purpose driven lifestyles. Ryan’s followed his dream, and he’s passionate to help others follow theirs. He believes anyone can generate cash flow through real estate, and his expertise can guide anyone from a first-time investor, to an established real estate investor.