48 Hours in the Life of a Sales Agent

 The life of a sales agent is a busy one, but what do they really do all day?

As buyers and sellers, we only see the calm, unflappable exterior as our agents welcome us to sparkling open homes and walk us through the paperwork. Just like ducks, though, there’s a lot of frantic action going on out of sight to keep things moving along.

We asked Eliana Rojas-Terry, sales agent with Independent Property Group Tuggeranong and definitely not a duck, to share two days from her diary with us so we can see what really goes on under the surface.

Saturday

4.45am

I’m up around 4.30am most mornings to go to the gym before starting my day. Today I let myself sleep in until 4.45am, but then it’s all go. I don’t drink coffee, so the gym is the thing that gives me enough energy during the day. Well, that and the fact that I enjoy my job!

8am

All the agents get together at our favourite Tuggeranong cafe for breakfast. Saturday is usually our busiest day, so it’s a chance to pump ourselves up a bit. We talk about what we have on, how many opens we might have and if anything’s closing. It’s a real part of our team culture.

9am

I have three open homes today, so I have to get moving. The first one is at 9.30am, but I try and get there about 20 minutes earlier. That gives me a chance to check that the house is ready and primp it a little bit.

Right now, I swing past the local florist. I always bring a bunch of flowers to put on the table for each open home. It pretties the place up, and they’re a nice thank you for the owners for all their effort in getting the place ready. Continue reading

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COFFEE, ART AND CULTURE – DISCOVERING CANBERRA’S REVITALISED SUBURBS

 

The humble suburban shop was once the destination for early morning milk runs, newspaper pick-ups and ice creams after school. But with the rise of large shopping centres boasting huge supermarkets and retailers, the little corner store seemed certain to disappear.

Headlines welcomed the ‘death of Canberra’s suburbs’ and speedy growth in housing around the inner north and south painted a foregone conclusion, but Canberra isn’t ready to let go of their local suburban shops just yet.

Revitalisation efforts, which typically see small businesses move into government-owned shops, has taken on many shapes in Canberra. Cafes and small restaurants remain a favourite, but community spaces and galleries are also on the rise across the city.

The ACT Government appears to understand the importance of revitalising our suburban shops, working to upgrade 20 of the 66 shops across the city in the last decade, according to government data provided to the Canberra Times.

According to Mark Larmer of Independent Property Group, growth and renewal of a suburb has plenty of benefits for buyers and homeowners.

“For many buyers, lifestyle is just as important as the property itself. People want the benefit of living in an established suburb – the large backyard, access to public transport, good schools. But they also want the convenience of being close to cafes and shops.

The more a suburb has to offer the more attractive it is to buyers. Properties become more valuable and homeowners benefit from an increase in demand. All residents get to enjoy the perks of revitalisation, it’s a win for everyone”.

Having limited ourselves to sipping long blacks on Lonsdale Street for too long, we set out to venture across Canberra and discover more about the suburbs leading the way in revitalisation. Continue reading

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Hypertravel and Underwater Cities: Will This Be Life in 2068?

The year is 2068. It’s the end of your working day in Canberra. You step into your commuter pod, fly along a pneumatic tube, and ten minutes later, you’re standing outside your home in Fiji. Inside, a personal robot brings you a cold drink—he doesn’t have to ask, he can sense that you’re hot and tired—and you settle down on the couch to plan your upcoming holiday under the ocean.

It might sound like the fever dream of someone who’s watched too much The Jetsons, but scientists are working on all these technologies now.  We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite future predictions to create a picture of what life might be like in fifty years’ time. Continue reading

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A Year in Review with John Minns and Hannah Gill, 2017

2017 was a big year for Canberra. Light rail construction was in full swing, our first tram arrived and who could ever forget Lonely Planet naming our great city the third best in the world.

It was a big year for Canberra property, too. With the median house price surpassing $700,000 for the first time and approximately 37 suburb records broken (source: Allhomes), 2017 saw Canberra sitting near the top of the highest growing capital cities in Australia.

But what does this all mean? And where is the market heading in 2018? We sat down with John Minns, Chief Operations Officer of Independent Property Group and Hannah Gill, Managing Director of Independent Property Management, to find out. Continue reading

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How Long-Term Leases Can Solve Rental Woes

Catherine still has possessions in storage from the last time she moved. It didnt seem worth finding spaces for them all when she knew shed have to box them all up again in a few months, so now shes paying for a storage unit as well as her rent. Shes already moved four times in the past five years, and her lease is up in six weeks. Shed love to buy some plants for her balcony, or choose her own paint scheme, but it doesnt seem worth it when shell just have to move again shortly.

At Perspective, we hear several tales like Catherine’s. These are tenants who want nothing more than to settle down in one spot, find their favourite local cafe and introduce their children to the nearby schools. But instead, they’re asked to move by landlords who want to sell up, move in or renovate. Some landlords also only offer six-month leases, and because there’s so much competition for the longer leases, tenants like Catherine might find themselves with no choice but to accept six months. Continue reading

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