We Are Real Estate

  • Paulette Contessi: Higher education

    On getting into real estateVery early on when at uni studying commerce (marketing/PR), I took a role at LJ Hooker as a junior rep. I loved it but felt I was too young and needed some world experience, so I moved to Sydney and worked in hospitality. When I returned, I started an event management…

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  • Sally O’Connell: A different approach

    On getting into real estateI chose real estate as a major career change from private client banking at the age of 40. I selected the company I started my career with by asking people who had recently bought or sold what their experiences were like with the market leaders in the area. I had one…

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  • Andrew Gibbons: The long haul

    On getting into real estate On my way home from living in New York, the previous passenger had left a real estate magazine in the pocket of the seat in front of me. Whilst I was reading the articles inside, it dawned on me that this career was for me as I loved working with…

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  • Kathy Tsai: Don’t get caught in the Matrix

    On getting into real estateReal estate chose me when I was a little girl. My parents have always been buying and selling properties. I have been really fortunate to meet and deal with many real estate agents in the past before becoming one myself. The happiest moment in my careerThe happiest moment in my career…

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  • James Gwynne: Value adding

    On getting into real estateI was looking for a career that you could work hard in and really reap the rewards if you did well at it.  The happiest moment in my careerI think my proudest moment was when I made the top 10 in Queensland for the franchise I was in and it was…

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  • Kelly Jones: A fine balance

    On getting into real estateI bought a house with a granny flat and I thought I had better do a property management course and work out what I needed to do to rent it out. The happiest moment in my careerThe happiest moment is when I can sell a property off-market. Match a property with…

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  • Michael Rava: Born to sell

    On getting into real estateI am a second generation real estate agent; my dad is a stock and station agent. So I guess you could say that I grew up very close to my dad doing deals on the phone. The happiest moment in my careerWhen I decided not to open my own franchise, which…

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  • Chari Emirzade: Pick up the phone

    On getting into real estateI tried a few different roles. I tried being a plasterer and was terrible at that. Then I tried being a handyman and that was too hard. Then I tried sales at Godfreys (selling vacuum cleaners) – and I quickly worked out I was good at selling, so it was a…

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  • Lee Fitzgerald: Life-long friends

    On getting into real estateInitially, I applied for a job advertised in the paper for a receptionist at Elders Real Estate, Morely Peter Kuhne & Associates. Thankfully I got the job, and within about six months, I became their assistant property manager. Now, after 21 years still working in the industry, I still love it.…

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  • Henry Wong: Aiming high

    On getting into real estateReal estate was the only profession that I could see myself earning over $100k per year, profit that is, given my skillset and habits I had at that time. I gave myself three years to achieve this $100k-plus per year. There’s no other profession I’d be able to achieve that, as…

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  • Clint Ferguson: Real estate is easy

    On getting into real estateI had no job after a career-ending back injury (previously a carpenter for 13 years) and after 16 months of mental and physical rehabilitation, my insurance company stopped paying me a wage. I was beyond broke. I had applied for dozens of jobs without success – even Bunnings wouldn’t give me…

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  • Bridget Gabites: From science to sales

    On getting into real estateI was in the scientific industry before real estate. I have a science degree and helped researchers with high-end imaging equipment for scientific research. I was tired of all the travel and wanted to settle down a little. I researched all the career options I had and really spur of the…

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  • Rob Fearnley: Beyond the comfort zone

    On getting into real estateReal estate chose me. The happiest moment in my careerIn 2014, I was working interstate for 18 months in my first management role. I learnt so much about people management but also loved being in a new city. It was a win-win and something I highly recommend to young professionals who…

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  • Tini Mincher: Hammering it home

    On getting into real estateI have always been that kid who asked if I could look around your house – it would drive Mum mad! My parents are not surprised that I ended up in real estate.  The happiest moment in my careerI have absolutely loved the auctions I have worked on. Working on the…

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