This post is part of a series of posts by leading property managers about how they got started in property management.
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After leaving school in year 11 [high school], I thought I wanted to be a hairdresser. I didn’t get an apprenticeship I applied for, so I decided in go into retail.
I liked retail and was really good at the sales and merchandising aspect. I loved talking to people, helping people, selling the products, and presenting the stock. However, there was something missing. I was still bored and not challenged.
An old boyfriend’s father approached me when I was in my very late teens and gave me the opportunity to look after on-site management for a block of holiday apartments at the beach in my hometown whilst he went on holidays (we lived in the complex too). I was so excited and jumped at the opportunity.
I loved bookings, collecting the payments, dealing with the people, the inspections, etc. I was hooked. It was not a role I ever given any thought to, and I more or less fell into the job. However, I have never looked back. Real estate was was once a job you just “fell into,” but now it is a career of choice and a profession that I’m so very proud of being involved in.
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I got my first start in an office from a lead I received. The person said I should try that particular office for a job. I hounded and hounded and hounded for weeks until they got sick of me calling them for the job and just gave me a job — and, well, the rest is history.
I love what I do because I’ve always had the flexibility to be more or less my own boss. I have diversity in my role, and real estate allows my creativity to flow. I’ve always thrown myself into my work and have been very passionate about what I do.
I suggest you have a read of my blog post How to Grow Your Property Management Business, which has much more information.Read more on Property Manager Stories