I have developed an absolute LOVE of what I do, that thankfully still gets me excited to come to work in the morning, and to finally click SEND on a proposal well after I should have probably gone home for the night.
Each week I wrack my brain, trying to come up with new content that will provide a reader with something relevant, helpful and HOPEFULLY, worth their time. In competition with a 24 hour news cycle and an endless Facebook feed that at the moment, seems to have little to offer that ISN’T property related, this isn’t always an easy task!
For something a little different this week though, I thought it might be worthwhile taking a more personal look at how I deal with real estate. This year marks my 10th year working in property, having started as a research and administration assistant for Colliers International fresh out of Uni here at JCU. From something I had seen as a temporary stop on the way to a very different career, here we are a decade on and you could say I am well and truly hooked. From those early weeks thrown in the deep end of campaign management, I have developed an absolute LOVE of what I do, that thankfully still gets me excited to come to work in the morning, and to finally click SEND on a proposal well after I should have probably gone home for the night.
While as an agent the industry can become very much a volume-play, particularly in a market like Cairns where our median house price still floats in the $400,000s, what really gets me excited is the opportunity to do something distinctly different from the norm. Whether its traipsing through scrub or rainforest (and mostly avoiding snakes) to get to that swimming hole the owner keeps telling me about, climbing fences with a photographer to get just the right shot or implementing a marketing programme that will be seen by literally tens of thousands of people across Australia – it’s the variety that we get to encounter that makes me glad of my choice of direction.
I have no doubt that the 80s would have offered some adventures (1990 model, so I missed those), but the availability of technology now as a tool for property is something I am particularly grateful for – I might have a face for radio, but the storytelling we can do now with video is an opportunity that I think we are only just starting to tap into properly and I can’t wait to see what comes next.