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“Stay genuine, be kind...celebrate every success along the way.” - Rebecca Berry

Years in the real estate industry?

15 years.

How did you get your start as a real estate agent?

My uncle offered me a job as a receptionist at his commercial real estate office in Newcastle. I was 19 at the time. After this I went travelling around Europe and when I returned to Australia I took on a leasing consultant role then gradually worked my way up to property manager, senior PM then department manager.

Favourite parts about the business?

Watching my team grow and develop into agents who strive to deliver an outstanding level of service. By operating at such a high level, we get so much encouraging feedback from our landlords and tenants which makes us want to work even harder to maintain that excellent service. The relationships I’ve built along the way have been one of the more enjoyable parts, as well as the opportunity to view so many amazing properties throughout the St Kilda Bayside area.

Do you have any mentors who helped shape your career?

Everyone I’ve worked with in the past and to date, but I have to say it’s my parents who taught me that the more you put into something, the more you get back. I watched them live this for the 25 years that they ran their business.

Can you share some advice for female agents starting out in the industry?

Know your end goal; plan out what you want to achieve and in what length of time. Put strategies in place to ensure your own success. Build and maintain as many relationships as you can along the way. Stay genuine, be kind and don’t forget to celebrate every success along the way.

What has surprised you most about your career in property?

1) The fact that I was able to progress my career even after my third maternity leave. 2) How much my directors understand that working mothers need flexibility and how supportive they are of my personal and professional journey.

Top tip and final words?

Here are some best practices that have worked for me:

Exercise often to keep those endorphins firing! Maintain your self development - short courses, motivational speakers etc. Organise everything you need for the next day the night before. Read EVERYTHING. Ask lots of questions along the way. Don’t keep people waiting. Don’t demand respect, earn it.

rebecca berry , property management , st kilda , hockingstuart , Balanceforbetter , IWD , IWD2019 , International Women's Day , Real Estate