NSBA Member Spotlight: Ryan GebauerOctober 22, 2020
Ryan Gebauer has led a very interesting life. In June 1995, when he was only 16 years old, Ryan and his friends were climbing a tree in his neighborhood, as teenagers often do. When Ryan jumped out of that tree into the lake below, his world was changed forever. Ryan lost balance, landed in the water breaking his neck at the C3-4 level and leaving him paralyzed. He was hospitalized for six months following his injury. During that time, he had numerous surgeries, went through rehabilitation, and generally learned how to live as a quadriplegic.
Since that day, he has been a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the neck down. While many would simply give up, Ryan made another choice. He chose to get better rather than bitter. With that positive attitude, in 2008 he received a Masters in Business Administration after receiving a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, Criminal Justice and Business, a real estate license in 2004, became an advocate for the disabled, and a pillar of the community. Ryan was forced in the harshest manner and at a very early age to learn to overcome obstacles and with that knowledge he helps people.
While Ryan was mentoring and volunteering at the Spinal Cord Injury Support Group, he learned of the hardship’s members were encountering while trying to obtain accessible properties.
It was at this time Ryan saw an opportunity to put his education and energies to use by working for a local real estate brokerage to change the perception of an industry consisting of able-bodied agents.
Ryan’s first sale was a single-family house that was owned by an out-of-state homeowner, whereby Ryan learned quickly how to be proficient in negotiating, marketing and selling. His first rental was a single-family house that he assisted a paraplegic client in negotiating with the landlord to assist with accommodations, whereby Ryan learned how to be proficient in accommodations.
This ”NEVER GIVE UP!” quality pushed Ryan to another challenge; Ryan started the first real estate brokerage in the U.S. that specializes in assisting individuals with a disability to obtain a property, additionally, it’s the first brokerage to be run by an individual with a disability.
Today, Ryan is the principle broker to Ryan Realty Group located in Coral Springs, Fla., where he works with sellers, buyers, landlords and tenants throughout South Florida. Ryan Realty Group specializes in working with disabled clients and seniors, and has an in-depth knowledge of properties that meet the specialized needs of the disabled and aging communities.
Ryan has personally sold and rented real estate to able-bodied, seniors and disabled clients from Homestead to West Palm Beach, and oversees four real estate sales associates. Ryan’s presence in the real estate industry has allowed other disabled individuals to pursue a real estate career – one of Ryan Realty Group’s sales associates is also disabled.