Living the Dream: Christine Henderson

Two years ago Christine Henderson gave up a job in executive management to switch to real estate and is now a property consultant at Hodges Mentone. A lifelong resident of beautiful Bayside, Melbourne, she has high ambitions, takes the trouble to write handwritten notes to clients – and somehow finds time to be a single mum too.

How did you get started and how long have you been in real estate?
I started in real estate just over two years ago; I had always had a passion, not only for property but for the local area. Previously I had worked for Tupperware as an executive manager, but I wanted a job where I could spend more time with my girls and have a better work/life balance – and not be out every night of the week! I am extremely passionate about where I live and have been a lifelong resident of Bayside, Melbourne. I find it easy to sell not only a home but the incredible lifestyle on offer.

What have been your biggest challenges so far?
My biggest challenge has been my limiting belief in myself. It’s all in my mind! I know I am capable of anything and I have huge goals.

Who or what inspires you?
I’m constantly inspired by the dynamic team here at Hodges, plus our two amazing and supportive directors. The whole team has a high work ethic and it motivates you to be your best.

In your briefcase right now is…
My ‘to-do’ lists, fineliners, highlighters and copious amounts of bulldog clips; my laptop and notecards (I love handwritten notes) and my copy of Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

Something you couldn’t live without?
My iPhone and my Lucy dog – always happy to see me no matter the hour.

What do you most enjoy about Elite Agent Magazine?
I like learning what other agents are doing, and taking ideas and implementing them to be my own. Plus I love reading about trends in the industry.

What was it like meeting the Altman brothers?
It was such a thrill. They were such gentlemen and so complimentary. Going to the private cocktail party was a highlight of my year and I am so grateful to Elite Agent Magazine. I also loved their presentation – it was a good reminder that no matter your goal you should never lose sight of it. Work, live and breathe it, and anything is possible. They had huge setbacks but never gave up.

What advice would you give to your younger self, or someone just starting out in real estate?
Prospect, prospect, prospect. Every day! Door-knock and make sure everyone knows who you are, and listen. Also never stop learning and evolving your business. Be topical, not typical; be genuine and be yourself. I just wish I had started in the industry sooner!

Words to live by?
“I’m too busy working on my own grass to notice if yours is greener.” Stay focused, tune out the noise around you and make it happen! And “Love the life you live, live the life you love.”

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