Gaining Nidd Realty Ltd's annual top company award for sales results five years running - from 2009-10 to 2013-14 - has been a stand out achievement in my real estate career. Since moving from journalism to real estate in 2007, I have been thrilled with the results achieved. After winning the company's rookie of the year award in 2007-08, my sales totals have been consistently among the top attained and I am continuing to set and meet high targets, achieving more than $20 million in residential sales in a two year period, more than $10 million in one 10-month period and now exceeding a total of more than $60 million.
Following more than 30 years as a journalist in New Zealand, Australia and the UK, I have found many parallels between the two careers. I believe the key ingredient in real estate, as in journalism, is people and I enjoy mixing with people from all walks of life. This is an attribute I developed from experience as a police and political reporter in Adelaide and as a chief reporter and towards the end of my journalism career, as senior editorial writer with the Otago Daily Times in Dunedin. I also enjoy social contact through various sporting interests, including golf and soccer which I have played and coached for many years.
Aligning my career with what had been a hobby has been extremely rewarding and fulfilling. In the past 20 years, I have written about property-related matters, redeveloped several residential properties, become a landlord and established and grown a property investment company, so it is very rewarding now to be helping people with their real estate needs.
I thrive on success and personal achievement and believe life should be a continuous learning experience. My aim is to continue to soak up knowledge and experience in the real estate industry and become widely known for my professional and friendly service.
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