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  • Darin Butcher: treat every sale as if it’s your first

    On getting into real estateAt first I chose computer science to do at university, but after a year failing and reviewing my options, I decided that I would come back to the Central Coast. I was looking for a job at the same time I was learning real estate at Tafe as a backup. Once…

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  • Andrew Milne: The art of selling

    On getting into real estateI had been working in men's retail, in particular selling suits. I had always liked property but I wasn't handy so I couldn't be a tradie, but I knew I could sell so I decided to sell homes instead of build them. The happiest moment in my careerWinning my first award…

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  • Matt Lahood: Reaching full potential

    On getting into real estate From the ages of 7 to 15 my parents owned three rentals, which my mum managed. They couldn't afford an agent, so mum would collect the rent and visit the properties - I would go along too and I thought this would be a fun job. The happiest moment in…

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  • Katie Knight: Family ties

    On getting into real estate My dad opened the business when I was half way through Grade 12 (we were the ninth RE/MAX office to open in Australia) and I had planned to head to Brisbane to study law when I finished school. Dad spoke to me before I returned my paperwork for university and…

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  • Dave Skow: Crossing Borders

    On getting into real estate I was the typical real estate fanboy from when I was a teenager, completing school-based work experience at two local agencies and then applying for an entry-level job (after a semester of confirming university was not at all for me). The happiest moment in my career Taking the plunge and…

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  • Spiro Drossos: Going off-script

    With 17 years’ experience under his belt, Barry Plant’s Spiro Drossos reveals why it’s important to have real conversations and to think like a customer – not a real estate agent. On getting into real estate As a kid I was always intrigued by and interested in real estate. This, together with my strong customer…

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  • Integrity, honesty and passion

    On getting into real estate I have had a passion for real estate since I was a young boy when I used to ride my bike to open homes around the area on a Saturday. This was before the internet and realestate.com.au, so it was a Saturday paper and a marker pen to choose which…

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  • Michael Coombs: Focus on the people, not the money

    On getting into real estate I left school and worked as a landscaper but growing up I always loved looking at houses and going through open homes. I use to go through as a kid, when I was about 15 years old, and ask a lot of questions. Most of the time they would kick…

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  • John McGrath: Keep changing and growing

    On getting into real estate I thought I'd like real estate and figured out it was an important transaction in everyone's life. I was pretty determined to find one thing I loved and stick to it, so it had to be something important if I was going to do it for 50 years. The happiest…

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  • Fadi Hajjar: Break up and make up

    On getting into real estate After a short stint in real estate upon graduating from high school, I decided that real estate was not for me, so we broke up. I went on to complete three university degrees and was a secondary school teacher for almost a decade. But the theatrics and adrenaline of auctions…

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  • Lisa Novak: Doing things differently

    On getting into real estate The short answer: I married a real estate agent. I’d always loved property so it was no wonder that I fell in love with a real estate agent and then the industry! I came into the industry as ‘a favour’ to assist with marketing in our then-brand-new agency, then moved…

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  • Stuart Benson: The Power of Relationships

    On getting into real estate I consciously chose real estate. I knew a traditional 9-5'er wasn't for me, and was happy to do odd days and hours because every day was a new location, a new client, a new challenge. On the other hand, auctioneering chose me after a few colleagues reckoned I was born…

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  • Joel Davoren: A genuine love of real estate

    On getting into real estate It took me some time to realise that I love the industry, probably three years. I just stuck with it through the challenging first few years and on the other side of that, I realised I genuinely loved the nature of the industry. Initially it was a job and now…

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  • Phil Harris: Strong results and service to community

    On getting into real estate Real Estate was not something that I grew up wanting to do. I always dreamt of being a professional sportsman, however that didn't work out for me so I had to get a real job. A friend suggested real estate so I applied with a number of agencies and I…

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