From Rookie to an Expert Broker in a Year: Chris Baker

Author Ivan Smiljanic Read bio
Date: January 3, 2023

Imagine being a new real estate agent, starting out in a market you’re unfamiliar with, and quickly becoming a top producer at the company. Impossible, right? Well that’s exactly what Chris did.

Beginning as a rookie broker in San Francisco, Chris was determined to learn everything he could and make a name for himself in the industry. In just one year he proved that he had what it takes to be successful, and now his advice is sought after by founders, CEOs, and other agents all over the country. If you’re looking to make a name for yourself in real estate, or simply want to learn from one of the best, then read on…

Chris Baker is ready to teach you how it’s done.

How does someone go from rookie broker to an expert within one year? For Chris, it wasn’t easy but it was worth it. In this blog post, Chris recounts his experiences working as a new broker in San Francisco through a pandemic and provides valuable tips for those who are looking to make their mark. 

From knowing your market inside out to creating lasting relationships with clients and other professionals in the industry, Chris has advice for everything. 

If you’re ready to take your career to the next level, don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the best.

It All Started With Baseball

Chris Baker is applying his communication, leadership, discipline and creativity, learned through his baseball career, to successfully meet his client’s real estate challenges in commercial real estate. 

“I’ve been able to successfully use my skills from my playing days and transfer them into commercial real estate,” said Baker. “Being able to work hard, being disciplined and staying focused have all helped me become successful in this industry.”

Creativity is also an important aspect of commercial real estate, according to Baker. “In commercial real estate, there are often many different stakeholders involved in a deal, so it’s important to be creative in order to get everyone on the same page and work towards the same goal.”

Making A Difference in the Life Science Sector

With years of experience in the commercial real estate sector, Chris Baker is no stranger to the art of negotiation. His sharp business acumen has allowed him to maintain successful relationships with tech and biotech companies, whose increasing presence in the market requires special care when it comes to finding them an ideal space.

Chris prides himself on adhering to the best standards of professional service and always keeping his client’s needs and goals at the top of mind. Investing time into understanding their unique demands, he remains devoted to achieving a successful outcome for each endeavor.

Clients Chris Helped Achieve Their Real Estate Goals

Chris has provided dedicated real estate services to several successful businesses over the years. Amongst his list of clients are AAT Bioquest, Timbuk 2 and Science Corp., who have all seen tremendous successes since he began helping them with their real estate goals. 

Science Corp

Chris Baker proved to be a great asset of the team when the assignment was given to him to locate a suitable place for Science Corp. He didn’t accept anything less than perfection and worked diligently to find the most ideal spot. With his expertise and dedication, he was able to save Science Corp from having to endure a long procedure in order to accomplish their goal. 

His attention to detail and decision-making skills allowed for this difficult task to be handled quickly and efficiently. Chris Baker’s hard work and commitment has been noticed by everyone at Science Corp and is an excellent example of an outstanding employee.

Read the full case study here.

AAT Bioquest

Chris is experienced in developing innovative marketing strategies which allowed him to perform a comprehensive campaign reaching out to diverse stakeholders. His astute analysis of the market propped up AAT Bioquest and ensured maximum exposure and impact within the industry. 

Utilizing his skillset, Chris obtained an agreement for a 17,000 sqft building in San Francisco despite challenging economic times. He conducted research on costs, services, and logistics associated with life science buildings to make sure it met all of their needs as a company. This landed AAT Bioquest a secure facility that is essential for their ongoing success.

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Chris Baker’s expertise in the fluctuating market was invaluable to the successful transition of Timbuk2 into a new headquarters. From the selection process, to finalizing a subleasing agreement with their former HQ and finally completing the move, Chris ensured that every step was taken with purpose and precision. 

The combined experience and acumen of Chris proved instrumental in securing an ideal headquarter for Timbuk2 that best suits their long-term needs.

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A Piece of Advice for Beginner Brokers

Commercial real estate can be a very lucrative career, but it’s important to remember that it’s also a lot of work. If you’re just starting out as a broker, there are a few things you should keep in mind in order to be successful.

First, build a strong network of contacts. This includes other brokers, developers, lenders, and potential clients. Get involved in industry events and associations, and make an effort to stay abreast of current trends.

Second, don’t be afraid of cold calls. Generating new leads is essential to success in this business. Finally, provide exceptional customer service.

Remember that your clients are entrusting you with one of their most valuable assets, so it’s important to always act in their best interest. If you can do all these things, you’ll be well on your way to a successful career in commercial real estate.

Think big, work hard, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it – that’s the advice from one of the best in the business. And if you’re just getting started, remember that we’re here to guide you on your path to success. With our experienced team by your side, anything is possible.

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