Melbourne agent doubles GCI in 12 months during lockdown

Last year, Daniel Di Battista launched his business in Melbourne, the most locked down city in the world. Twelve months later and he’s doubled his GCI, in his first year with UrbanX, completely exceeding his expectations.

“My goal for our first year was to write $400,000 – in my last year with my previous agency I wrote $300,000,” he said.

“Coming up now at the end of year one we have exceeded our goal by over $200,000.”

He said Di Battista Real Estate was founded on the concept of providing superior service to the people of Craigieburn and its surrounding suburbs in Melbourne.

“We’re area specialists who tackle a large variety of listings,” Mr Di Battista said.

“The thing we love most about our core suburb is its diversity in buyers and property types. Entry level properties like townhouses and apartments start in the $300,000s, but we also have great quality properties and acreage that can be more than $1 million.

“So, we get to help first-home buyers, upsizing families and even developers.”

Mr Di Battista said he and his dad built their new agency on the back of their well-established name.

“I knew we could use our name, which has a good reputation here, to our advantage and do real estate the way we ourselves would expect to be treated – with white-glove service,” he said.

Mr Di Battista said he couldn’t have had the success without the backing of UrbanX and its Chief Executive Officer, Dan Argent.

“They managed the entire setup process and now take care of all the ongoing back-end administrative tasks so we can focus on listings and selling!” he said.

He said UrbanX had exceeded all expectations.

“Other agents ring me now saying they’re thinking of joining UrbanX and I tell them, ‘If you think it’s too good to be true, that’s exactly how I felt. But they walk the walk. I’ve never had an issue – what’s promised is always delivered’.”

Mr Di Battista said one of his greatest achievements since kicking off Di Battista Real Estate has been doing things how he wants and having the freedom to do so.

“We’ve ditched the whole cookie-cutter approach to selling a house,” he said.

“Dad took a little while to come around to it because he was very agency-orientated for the last 15 years.

“Our approach is, ‘What’s best for the owner? How can I get them the best money?”

Not only has Mr Di Battista doubled his GCI but he has been able to keep more of his commission.

“It’s been the most fun, challenging, rewarding and best year in my career,” he said.

Mr Di Battista said he’s looking forward to growing his market share in the second year of Di Battista Real Estate and was excited for Melbourne to open up and the opportunities that would present.

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