Bliss Grayson has always had a passion for learning new things. From her first job as a newspaper delivery girl to her 16-year real estate career, the Housequest agent never rests on her laurels. Here, Bliss explains why agents should never stop evolving.
What was your first job?
My first paying job was as a newspaper delivery girl.
I was 12 years old and I used to convince my younger brother to help me and get him to go to the houses where I knew scary dogs were barking behind the fence.
Did you choose real estate or did real estate choose you?
I like to think I chose it.
I started in the industry as a receptionist two weeks after graduating from high school in 2004.
I knew I wasn’t interested in going to university and I was keen on securing a full-time job.
A position became available at a family friend’s local real estate business, so I jumped at the chance, and I haven’t looked back.
What type of business do you focus on?
We focus on clients selling and buying real estate, mostly residential, with the occasional rural and vacant land sale.
Most memorable sale?
The sale that’s stuck in my mind is not a happy story, unfortunately.
I had some buyers who were mother and daughter that were really looking forward to moving in together.
But the mother passed away between the unconditional date and settlement.
It was really sad for everyone involved.
It’s true what they say about this industry – no two days are the same.
What’s the most important part of your day?
Besides my iced latte? Feeling organised.
I have a set morning routine that gets me in the right mindset to have a productive day.
I like going to bed each night knowing I’ve achieved what I set out to.
Where would you like to be this time next year?
Celebrating a bumper year.
There were many unique challenges in 2020 in regards to COVID-19, so it would be nice to move on from that this year and make it a year of breaking sales records.
I think a lot of people pressed the pause button on their plans because of the pandemic, so I’m expecting a busy year with plenty of sellers ready to make their move.
If you could change one thing in the industry, what would it be?
How competitive the industry can sometimes be.
I am lucky that Ipswich is somewhat of a small city, and I’ve been working in real estate here for more than 16 years.
I’ve come to know many of the agents in the community and have a great working relationship with them.
But I know not everyone experiences that.
Different firms have different things they can offer, and that’s a good thing.
We are not a cookie-cutter industry where one size fits all.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
When you think you know it all about something, keep searching for new information.
We never stop learning.
We never stop growing.
This applies to all facets of life, particularly in the real estate industry where things constantly evolve and change.
Bliss Grayson is an agent at Housequest Ipswich