Ryan Bak

Ryan’s real estate career began more than a decade ago, after his competitive nature and desire to achieve results previously drove him to excel as a professional distance runner representing Team USA at world championship events on many occasions and helped him propel a start-up company into the #1 selling brand in their category in the US. Ranked in the Top 1% of all real estate agents nationally by total volume, Ryan has been a top producer since launching into real estate, selling more than 500 properties and nearing half a billion dollars in total sales volume.

Originally from Connecticut, Ryan moved to the Central Coast of California after graduating from Trinity College with a degree in economics to pursue professional athletic endeavors and eventually relocated to the Gunnison Valley where his future wife was finishing school at Western Colorado University. Following her graduation, they moved to Oregon where Ryan ran as a Nike sponsored athlete for more than 10 years.

After building a highly successful small real estate team in Bend, Oregon with the help of his wife, Natalie as transaction coordinator and marketing manager, Ryan and his family decided to move to Crested Butte to give their three children the opportunity to grow up exploring in the mountains in a safe small town where they could walk to school and enjoy the freedoms of old times. While growing his business and team in Crested Butte, Ryan continues to manage his top producing real estate team in Bend.

Long before relocating full-time to Crested Butte, Ryan began investing in the local real estate market and strongly believes in the long term value in owning property in Crested Butte. Ryan loves helping clients realize their real estate goals whether they are buying or selling primary residences, vacation homes or investment properties.

Ryan’s clients appreciate the skills he brings from a highly competitive market. He is committed to fast, professional, 5-star service, so every client he works with can have an amazing real estate experience. Ryan’s negotiation skills, attention to detail, competitive experiences and strong passion for real estate enable him to achieve results and provide his clients with an edge against the competition. As a testament to his hard work and personal care for his clients, Ryan’s business has flourished through the loyalty of returning clients and their referrals.

Outside of real estate, Ryan enjoys running, mountain biking, skiing, coaching youth sports and exploring with family and friends.

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During the past 30 years, we have bought or sold more than 20 properties in multiple states while working with a number of good Realtors. However, we found Ryan to be extremely excellent and the best we have ever worked with. We met Ryan last fall when considering a possible move from California. Despite a high degree of uncertainty as to whether we would actually purchase a home, Ryan took the time to listen to our wants and needs (including responding to late night emails), presented options that might meet our needs, and remained very patient until we were prepared to act. Ryan and his team members worked around our schedule to secure access to homes, provided great insights about the area, and ultimately narrowed our search down to the perfect home for us. What has set Ryan apart from other Realtors is his work "after" the deal closed. While other Realtors tend to walk away following close of escrow, Ryan remained with the transaction giving us recommendations for great contractors needed to complete some remodeling and arranging to be on-site to let these providers into the home while we were away. His time spent on helping us in this way was otherwise taking time away from the generation of the “next deal” or commission, but it was more important to him to make sure that our needs were fully met, and he seemed genuinely happy to help. Impressive! Our guess is that lessons learned during Ryan’s pursuit (and records) as a world class athlete have contributed to the development of an exceptional Realtor. He is thorough, extremely responsive, and knows the market exceptionally well. Buyers or sellers cannot go wrong in choosing Ryan and his team for the purchase or sale of their home.
Amy & Greg M.
Ryan made our entire relocation stress-free and seamless. From sourcing great properties, through to closing on the home we wanted...we couldn't have asked for more personal yet professional support. Thanks Ryan!
Pete & Rachel C.
Ryan made the buying process very smooth, by making sure we got answers to our questions quickly, and opportunities to view houses even before they were on the market. He did an extensive amount of work behind the scenes to help us close and buy our dream home. We are so grateful to Ryan and would love to work with his team again in the future!
Kara & Darragh B.
Ryan was wonderful to work with. At every turn he was helpful, patient, informative, supportive, as well as acting and advocating on our behalf. I would very highly recommend Ryan for anyone looking to purchase real estate.
Chris & Wendy B.
From the initial conversation to see if we were an ideal client for Ryan to the signing of the closing documents everything went without a hitch. He knows his stuff and isn’t afraid to go up to bat for his clients. I can’t convey into words how hard working and focused Ryan is. From high level questions down to detailed one off questions he will have your answer. I will recommend Ryan time and time again for ANYONE looking for a real estate agent.
David & Tina T.
I am so glad we used Ryan and his team to list our house! Ryan is professional, smart, responsive and thorough. We were given regular updates and clear information at every turn. Ryan and his team put energy and effort behind each phase of the sale. I found his efficient work style especially helpful with the negotiations and getting through the mounds of paperwork that is required during the process. Ryan is very good at what he does and it was clear the title company, staging company, and others who aided in the sale enjoy working with Ryan and his team as well.
Elizabeth & Tim L.
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