Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA
realestatebusiness logo

Breaking news and updates daily. Subscribe to our Newsletter!

Home of the REB Top 100 Agents
Breaking news and updates daily. Subscribe to our newsletter

Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.

The advantages of being a regional agent

By Hugh Bateman
18 July 2016 | 1 minute read
Hugh Bateman

I began my real estate career as a cadet with Dalgety Australia in their head office in Bridge Street, Sydney in 1969.

In 1971, I decided to further my career and joined well-known Sydney real estate agency Killen Thomas in their auction department. While employed there, I attended Sydney University Extension Board and gained my real estate licence.

Recognising a great opportunity in my home town of Mudgee, I returned in 1973 and opened an agency there called The Property Shop. Utilising the skills I had gained from my former employers, the opening of the office was extremely successful. Within three weeks I had over 30 listings.

Operating an office in a regional area has enabled me to interact with the community a lot more easily than my city counterparts. With the use of newspapers and radio, and involvement in local clubs and committees, I gained a profile very quickly and have maintained that connection ever since. Giving back to your community is so important, and because regional areas are much smaller in population, the networking possibilities are so much more prevalent than in metropolitan areas.

I believe the perception of rural agencies has changed drastically over the past 20 years. With modern technology, progressive agents around Australia are very much on the same footing. The boutique agency and elite agent work hard and fast, and regional areas allow faster accessibility to property inspections (excluding large rural holdings, of course) than many urban areas.

I believe there is a strong code of ethics in regional agencies and, because of their rural base, I believe that the best property auctioneers exist in regional areas. Many of the top auctioneers in metropolitan areas gained their experience in regional areas.

I began my business by borrowing $400 from my dear Dad, and I’ve never looked back. I’m particularly chuffed that I chose a regional area to conduct my practice. Sure, I may have been successful wherever I had been; however, the bottom line is quality of life.

The advantages of being a regional agent
Hugh Bateman 300x300
lawyersweekly logo

Tags:

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Hugh Bateman

Hugh Bateman

Hugh Bateman is director of regional agency The Property Shop. He is a licenced real estate agent, stock and station agent, business agent and strata manager, and is also a registered valuer. Furthermore, he holds a certificate in conveyancing law from Macquarie University.

Among his accolades, Hugh has received the Government of NSW Community Service Award (2016), the Paul Harris Rotary International Award (2015), the Real Estate institute of NSW Centenary Award (2011) and the REINSW Woodrow Weight Award (2001). He was also named Mudgee Shire’s Australia Day Citizen of the Year in 1998.

Rankings
rankings
JUST RELEASED
May 09, 2022

REB Top 50 Women in Real Estate 2022

REB is thrilled to present the Top 50 Women in Real Estate 2022 ranking, which sets t ... LEARN MORE

rankings
JUST RELEASED
May 04, 2022

REB Top 100 Agents 2022

Now in its second decade, the REB Top 100 Agents 2022 rankings are the most revered s ... LEARN MORE

rankings
JUST RELEASED
May 02, 2022

REB Top 50 Agents NSW 2022

Even a pandemic has not put the brakes on the unstoppable property market in NSW, whi ... LEARN MORE

rankings
JUST RELEASED
April 27, 2022

REB Top 50 Agents VIC 2022

The COVID-19 crisis has not deterred the property market in Victoria, which has been ... LEARN MORE

rankings
JUST RELEASED
April 25, 2022

REB Top 50 Agents QLD 2022

As the property market continues to roar in Brisbane and Queensland, the REB Top 50 A ... LEARN MORE

Coming up

rankings rankings
Do you have an industry update?

top suburbs

12 month growth
Mirador
103.33%
Bawley Point
98.13%
Walla Walla
90.7%
Byron Bay
86.67%
Kiama Heights
85.93%
Greta
84.14%
Nulkaba
81%
South Hobart
78.78%
Diddillibah
76.25%
Lennox Head
73.98%
SEE AREA REPORTS ON SMART PROPERTY INVESTMENT WEBSITE
Subscribe to Newsletter

Ensure you never miss an issue of the Real Estate Business Bulletin.
Enter your email to receive the latest real estate advice and tools to help you sell.