Bob Richards: Southern Utah Realtor
REALTOR®, CRS, GRI, B.S. Marketing, A.S. Management
Bob Richards has been a resident of St. George since 1992. A native of Salt Lake City, Sugarhouse and Bountiful and the youngest of 6 children, Bob graduated from Highland High School in 1984 and later graduated in 1989 with an A.S. Degree in Business Management at Salt Lake Community College. In 1991, Bob graduated with Honors at Westminster College with a B.S. Degree in Marketing.
After high school, Bob served a 2 year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the south Texas region with headquarters in San Antonio. He thoroughly enjoyed his service there and loves the people of Texas to this day. Bob makes every effort to go back to south Texas to see his lifelong friends, spend time on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, the Alamo, and some fantastic BBQ in Austin.
While attending college full time, Bob co-owned a bookstore with his father in Bountiful located 12 minutes north of Salt Lake City. Bob’s dad, Lorin, retired from Podiatry after 37+ years and wanted something to “keep busy.” It turned out to be a VERY successful business known as Temple View Book & Tape. A few years following Bob’s move to St. George, he and his dad sold the store to a book publishing company.
In addition to going to school full time and working at the bookstore, Bob’s main career focus was in hotel management. During Bob’s senior year at Highland High, he worked at the front desk of the Hotel Utah in Salt Lake. Upon his return from his Texas mission, Bob worked as a Sales Manager for The Inn At Temple Square formerly located on the corner of West Temple and South Temple in downtown Salt Lake. Since that time, the Hotel Utah has been changed to The Joseph Smith Memorial Building owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Inn at Temple Square has been torn down replaced with a commercial complex known as “City Center” in downtown Salt Lake City.
Bob thoroughly enjoyed working in the hotel industry. He met many dignitaries such as former president George Bush, former president Ronald Reagan, Anwar Sadat, Neil Diamond, Buddy Rich, Journey, Karl Malden, countless flight attendants and pilots, U.S. Ambassadors and other heads of nations and countries as well as many church leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Bob’s motto: “CONSIDER IT DONE!” For him, that is more than just a slogan or motto. It’s a standard, a value, a way of life. Bob has learned through serving the hotel customer that they’re not satisfied until they tell you. Whether it was an extra newspaper, an extra glass of orange juice or having their car warm and ready when they leave, Bob made sure that everyone had a good experience, welcomed and appreciated.
“It’s what people deserve,” says Bob. “They expect a level of service and assistance that is above the standard. Whether it’s selling a book, renting a hotel suite, or selling a home, honesty, respect, integrity, and ethics are on top of my list.”
Bob is an avid golfer. Starting at the age of 8, he plays left handed like his Dad taught him. Bob was on the golf team for 3 years at Highland High and strongly considered golf as a possible profession. Maybe some day you’ll see him on the Senior Tour. Since the time commitment is so great, Bob doesn’t get a chance to get out much now but still loves the game. He even has a practice green and net in his back yard. “We have a fabulous selection of courses in southern Utah and Mesquite, Nevada and what’s nice is you can play year round”, says Bob. The fees are reasonable and more golf courses are on their way to our area making this a major hub for the golf enthusiast.
Bob moved to St. George Memorial Day weekend in 1992 and stayed at college housing known then as The Wedge Apartments. It was the only place available to rent short term and was just enough motivation for Bob to hit the ground running and learn the market. “College students who liked to party lived above me so I had limited time to sleep”, quotes Bob. “I had to sleep a few hours while they were at school and spent the rest of the time memorizing the area, streets, housing values, growth areas, and learn the business F-A-S-T!! I didn’t want to fail and certainly wanted to improve my housing situation very quickly. Within 4 months of being in this new business, I purchased my first home!!”
In the Fall of 1992, Bob married Becky Duncan. A resident of Bountiful, Becky and Bob met at the gas station across the street from Bob’s book store. No kidding!! She was racing in to get a drink before going to work and Bob had crossed 5th South to get a drink before opening the store. After a few years of dating and Bob being alone in St. George, they wed October 7, 1992 in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Whoever said “absence makes the heart grow fonder” wasn’t kidding.
Bob had a beautiful Sheltie named Jenny for almost 14 years. His dad received Jenny as payment for medical services. When Bob came home after a horrid day at school, there was this small fur ball at the bottom of the stairs with big brown eyes whimpering. It was love at first sight. “We were thick & thin,” remarked Bob. “I told her things nobody else knows and she truly was my best friend.” On Thanksgiving morning in 2000, Jenny passed away of kidney failure. To this day and forever, Bob misses his Jenny. A few years ago, Bob & Becky found a black lab / border collie dog named Holly. “She’s our child with 4 legs” kids Becky.
In the Fall of 1999, Bob & Becky were blessed with the opportunity of adopting two wonderful children, Tere and Christopher. Christopher was 9 and Tere was 11 at the time of their adoption. “We are a complete family,” says Becky. “These children may have come into this world from a different father and mother, but we know they’re ours.” If you ever have the opportunity to talk to Bob about how this came about, you’ll want to take advantage of it. It’s truly a modern day miracle. In May 2009, Tere married William Shake and are the proud parents of Kellin Duncan Shake who was born November, 2013.
“My wife and my children are my prized possessions”, says Bob. “No success can compensate for failure in the home and so I try to teach my children correct principles of honesty, fair dealing, charity, integrity, morals, standards, ethics, kindness and concern for their fellow man.” “We are active members of our Church.” We strive to be closer each day to our Savior, Jesus Christ and become like Him.” From 2008-2013, Bob served as a lay minister (known as a Bishop) for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the west St. George/Snow Canyon area for a congregation of over 700 members. This responsibility, along with his real estate career and family kept him VERY busy during very difficult economic times.
Bob’s Mom, Patti Richards is a full time resident of St. George and lives just a few short miles from Bob’s home. She’s an active adult, lengthening her shuffle every day!! Bob’s Father, Lorin, passed away February 2007 in St. George.
Bob understands that your real estate is a valuable asset and is usually the largest investment anyone makes during their lifetime. You DON’T want to waste your valuable time and money by listing your home with an inexperienced, unprofessional REALTOR® and you certainly DON’T want to sell your home “by owner” unless your money and your time are not a priority to you. If you’re selling your home soon, BOB’s FREE service is designed to help establish your home’s current market value. Simply choose FREE Market Analysis Section and fill out the requested information. Bob will use current, reliable comparable sold listings to help you calculate today’s fair market value of your home.
Bob Richards & Associates, recognizes that you need help from start to finish. His TEAM’S services to you as YOUR exclusive Professional Buyer’s Advocate Specialist are FREE!! (the Seller pays the fee). Bob’s counsel, negotiating skills, area information and unsurpassed knowledge of real estate and finance will handle ANY of your real estate questions or issues. You can be assured of prompt, professional service by the members of BOB’S TEAM, Director of Buyer Services, assistants, lenders, mortgage brokers, appraisers, home inspectors, warranty companies, termite/pest inspectors, mold inspectors, surveyors, engineers, etc. etc. and yes, even the moving guy!! 24/7 Anytime Search for ALL Southern Utah Listings
Bob Richards and Associates at KELLLER WILLIAMS, ST. GEORGE specialize in representing their clients in the purchase and sale of single family residences, townhomes, condominiums, income property, commercial property, land, lots, acreage and ANY other real estate available in ALL of Washington County NO MATTER WHO HAS THE PROPERTY LISTED FOR SALE!!
However, Bob is not limited to serving their clients only in Washington County. They have built a network of professional real estate agents across the country. They use uniquely qualified Realtors in other market to match up their out-of-area clients.
Bob has been a resident of St. George for many years. Originally from the Salt Lake and Bountiful areas, Bob has successfully owned and operated a retail book store and managed 2 hotels in Salt Lake before making St. George his home. Why real estate? Bob feels a home is one of the most important investments people make and he wanted to use his skills, education and abilities to ensure a win/win transaction for every client he works with. Growing up, Bob saw his parents not be properly represented or treated with respect by other Realtors®. When Bob started in real estate, he dedicated himself to 100% customer satisfaction, complete customer service to upgrade the real estate profession. A graduate from Westminster College (B.S. Marketing), Bob’s wealth of knowledge in marketing, management, negotiations and business is a tremendous asset to those he works with. He is also a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS). Only 6% of ALL REALTORS® in the nation hold this designation.