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Facebook: Heeding the call to property management

17 June 2015 Reporter

While some property managers were set to join the industry from a young age, many others fell into the position unexpectedly.

After asking how and why you became a property manager, we received some great and varied responses. (See below)

A few of you heard the calling for property management during childhood, while others came from a sales background and eventually saw the light.

A couple of you started as receptionists before stepping into the property management game.


There were also a few cases of starting in hospitality before making the shift into property management.

Most of you were gently nudged into the industry by friends, family or great bosses.

“As a child, my father seriously worried about my prospects in life. A highly successful Bendigo businessman said to him one day, ‘You need not worry; I have seen him play’. I was organising other children to do tasks building huts, cubbies, paths, and play areas on vacant land – I was allocating jobs. I was managing property as a 10-year-old child.” – Hunter Gill

"Whilst doing another role my friend was a property manager at the time and I helped her for a couple of days and realised that property management looked like a very interesting and rewarding career, the rest I guess you say is history." - Adriana Verdino

"I was 22 years old selling real estate in a town where the sales market slumped. My boss said to me there is a job for you in rentals or we will have to let you go. Rentals sounds like a great idea. Twenty-two years later I am still in real estate and still in property management." - Jamie Stephens

“Two years of sales and leasing work, I was ready to leave the industry! Fortunately I was lucky enough that the principal of my dream company decided to take a chance and drop inexperienced me straight into a full property management role!” – Tomas Rivera

"I bought a house and the sales manger of the company offered me a receptionist/property management assistant position. That was 40 years ago and I have never been out of work since." - Elaine Danson

"When I was in grade 5 I wrote an essay saying when I grow up I want to work in real estate and live in a big house and drive a big car." - Metta Gorwayhayes

“This is what I call my second working life as I was in marketing before taking maternity leave. I ended up going back to uni and was doing a double arts/law degree and took a part time job in a suburban agency to help pay the bills.” – Maureen Barker Greene

"I worked at a resort on work experience and they told me about a job going at a real estate office. I was quite young and didn't even know what the job was! I was offered the receptionist position and as soon as I got my registration I was offered an assistant PM role at another agency! Seven years later and I still have that senior PM's voice in my head when I do an entry condition report." - Stefanie Regan

"Seven years ago I was looking for a role with variety because I was sick of being sat at a desk all day wishing away the hours. Luckily the recruitment agent put me forward for a trainee position and I found it worked well for me. I just love to help people, it's so rewarding." - Victoria O'Dell

See the original Facebook discussion below:


Have you always wanted to be in the property management game?Tell us when you knew it was the perfect fit for you!

Posted by Residential Property Manager on Wednesday, 10 June 2015
Facebook: Heeding the call to property management
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