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December 2017


At this time of year it can feel like we are all scrambling to the finish line, for me I have just got accustomed to writing 2017 and now need to re wire myself to not just write the numerals 2018 but plan my 2018 goals, 2018 team goals and 2018 family goals.  Life is moving so fast these days, that now more than ever before it’s important to embrace the festive season as a time to slow down, to be reflective and to gather family and friends around to spread some love and fun. Writing a Christmas letter to share with all our clients is a little tradition for me and actually it’s not the act of writing but it’s the process of re reading the previous 9 letters, it evokes emotions as I remember key moments from the past.  The years always bring doses of awe, sadness and elation as we remember local news, particular sales that we enjoyed, celebrations within our team, the learning and the growing that we do, the speed at which we bounce back and re set or just t...

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October 2017


“Time” - the great equalizerI thought this was a fitting topic this month based on the fact there are many vce students finishing off their exams.  This time of year takes me back to those moments in time when I believed I had all the time in the world to carve out my personal success story, there’s always next week to study, next month because you believe there is so much time ahead and sometimes we unwittingly squander the present moment and use it for entertaining ourselves rather than for preparing ourselves.  But thankfully age brings wisdom that says we must pause frequently to remind ourselves that time is the great equaliser, and it offers opportunity for those who want to take it but demands a sense of urgency.  The clock is ticking.  And if moving home is what you want to do, act now, I listen to people wanting a foolproof opportunity to appear before they act but real estate is about timing just as much as dollars and we cannot allow our...

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Septmeber 2017


I’ve always gravitated towards the ocean, not to live but at different times of the year I crave it, that feeling of diving into a wave and then the force lifts you right up with a jump, maybe its just the salt water or maybe its because I’ve always associated the beach with a holiday. And on holidays everything seems a little brighter, my eyes are little wider and my pace a little slower. As we move into spring/summer we see these same glassy eyed, holiday makers visit or return to our towns for a much needed break, because our special town offers a comfortable, relaxed vibe with a heart for fun. This along with our sunshine brings people up here in droves, looking for the ultimate holiday house or dreaming about the ultimate goal to move and enjoy the wonderful liveability of our towns. One such buyer comes to mind this month who has bought a holiday house and I’m fascinated by this recent sale because this property sold within 2 days and for the full asking price &...

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June 2017


Moving House Last month’s writing of the blog has paused... My topic ‘moving house’ has not been jumping off the pages, and it should because we have just moved house..! I’m thinking now that my powerful mind has subconsciously buried the experience in the hope of self-preservation. And is making it very difficult for me to put pen to paper. I have made attempts on scrap paper several times and have felt the job is insurmountable, it’s easy to prioritise it down the ladder & to make excuses and then justify those excuses….However after a lot of wasted energy I come up with the same conclusion that somewhere deep I have as we you have a compulsion for closure. The feeling of this incomplete job is stressful and it takes more energy shortcutting it than completing it. Your mind continually wonders back to it and it becomes distracting and stops the ability of you working on the next great task. So today, the solution is to start the task and stay...

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May 2017


Political correctness –hurtful or harmful? Maybe always, maybe just now because my eyes are wide open but political correctness is creeping in everywhere, even into my world at home and my world of real estate.  Way back when our real estate careers started – Wayno Kennedy (pop) who rides high on my most admired list and I headed off to a home that literally had the floor moving with mess and mice.  And Wayno told them it was a mess and left quickly and I remember thinking we can’t say that and had this overwhelming want to soften the ‘blow’ with an alternative approach – but retrospectively why…? Why now do we have a need to rationalise, sugar coat and avoid offending people..? Is it to seek harmony over the truth?  This occurred again recently after a parent teacher interview whereby my girls and I sat and listened to their teacher tell us that effort and enthusiasm were great so let’s celebrate, - but driving home our ...

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April 2017


This month my favourite sale has been a small block of land to a young woman and I wondered why this brought me more happiness or sense of pride than a waterfront result. Is it because I am raising three young women and one of my hopes for them is independent financial freedom..? partially yes but I’ve decided it wouldn’t have mattered male or female or her age it was actually her can do attitude, while those around her could quietly erode her desire and her determination she went against the status quo and did what others don’t and because of that in years to follow she will not say “I should have..” She knows that we need to take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves such as the first home owners grant, as they say opportunity knock’s but we must open the door… This young girl is not just dreaming about what if, could I, should I, she has acted out her goal. And her goal has come to life because of the consistent discipline...

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