Our team is not new. Our energy is new.
We have not so much arrived as evolved.
The foundation of The Local Agent began in 2003 as Trendall Real Estate. For the last 13 years we have run a small real estate agency (4 staff) from this same local shopfront in Tarragindi. Our unassuming identity played no part in expressing the true nature or substance of our business. That is why we have changed our identity. We are happy to share with you, who we truly are.
If there is such a thing as a typical real estate principal, then I probably don’t fit the stereotype.
Within my “programming” are a professional background of 8 years in Chartered Accounting and earlier an academic background with an honours degree in Classics (Latin, Greek, Ancient History, Philosophy).
Diverse, might be a good description.
My UK background is another influence and a lifelong love and participation in various team sports adds another layer of experience.
My real estate experience started as a seismic shift in careers in 1992 to what became one of Raine & Horne’s most successful offices in Brisbane’s bayside. My over-qualified, intellectual self easily overcame the shock of suddenly being an uninitiated novice, because, to me, I no longer had a job. I had a pursuit, which I loved.
Fortunately for me the 90s lacked a property boom, so I was able to gain a deep and valuable understanding of real estate sales for all market conditions. I relocated to inner South Brisbane as a salesman in one of Ray White’s most successful offices and soon moved up to controlling the sales team in the Bulimba and Morningside branch offices. We also moved our family home and became newcomers to Tarragindi in 1997.
I tried to buy a real estate office, but instead, in 2003, I invented my own, starting with an empty shop in Cracknell Road Tarragindi. I had no customers so I knocked on local doors to ask if it would be useful to have a new real estate office in the middle of the suburb. The locals all said yes to the idea. A number of them soon became customers.
I fitted out an office and hired 2 local mothers who had children at Wellers Hill school as we did, and we forged a local business. It was the beginnings of The Local Agent but we called it Trendall Real Estate. The ideals were there at the beginning but having my own agency seemed to have the most meaning. The last 13 years have allowed me to cultivate the ideals and built the desire to find a more authentic representation of what I wanted to do. The Local Agent is my true expression.
I started my working life as a Registered Nurse, training at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and specializing in Accident and Emergency Medicine. From here I moved into pharmaceutical sales working for multinational company Ciba Geigy. After my children were born I took time away from work, joining a local playgroup, and later becoming actively involved in the Tarragindi Kindy and Wellers Hill State School communities. When my boys started school I eased back into work with a part time job in fashion retail which I enjoyed for many years. 4 years ago I decided that it made perfect sense to join our family business.
I studied for my real estate licence and came on board to head up our property management division. I have always worked in very people orientated roles with a strong service emphasis and never more so than in my current role. This has turned out to be the most rewarding career move I have ever made, and in hindsight I wish I had done it years ago. I am extremely proud of the business I am building.
I have two fantastic, like-minded, dedicated staff in Heather and Amy and we pride ourselves in the relationships we have built with both landlords and tenants. I honestly believe that the level of service we provide is second to none. The sheer number of word of mouth referrals we receive is testament to this.
Almost 7 years ago, Chris and I moved with our young children to Brisbane for his work. Being born and bred in Perth, we knew nothing of Brisbane, we just knew we wanted somewhere with a great community. After some searching, we found a little suburb called Tarragindi.
We knew this was an area that we wanted to live in so we applied for a rental in Fernvale Rd that day. Perth is flat and dry, so we loved the rolling hills, the huge number of trees and how easy it was to get everywhere. We enrolled Olivia and then Jasper at Tarragindi Kindy. It was such a great kindy and people quickly made us feel welcome. We made some wonderful friendships there.
After the kids were settled, I started to feel that it was time for me to return to work. I have always being interested in property and kept a keen eye on the local market – you could say it was my hobby. With Olivia now at school at Wellers Hill, I chanced on an advertisement in the school newsletter. It was for a part time position with Trendall Real Estate. At my interview I was nervous, having been out of the workforce for several years, but Ed quickly put me at ease.
That day was the beginning of 5 years at Trendall Real Estate. Peta and Ed are both wonderful people and wonderful employers. They understand what it is like to be part of a family and have given me the flexible workplace that I needed. We now have 3 children, with Emily being born a year after I started. After having a year off, Peta and Ed welcomed me back and I have worked my way back to 3 days a week. I studied for my real estate license and now work in managing the property management side of the business with Peta.
I love living and working in Tarragindi and my favourite part of the day is when friends and neighbours give us a wave on their drive past the office. A 2 minute drive home at the end of the day doesn’t hurt either!
I started my property management career in a large family run real estate office in Cairns. When my husband Brian relocated to Brisbane for work we approached Peta and Ed in our search for a home. Brian had grown up locally and being firm foodies, we were impressed with the emerging Cafe culture in Tarragindi and its neighbouring suburbs.
Brian happened to mention my previous property management experience to Peta and as it turns out, she was looking to expand her team. Having found our home in Tarragindi, the opportunity to live and work local seemed to good to pass up. So in a case of perfect timing, I joined the Trendall Real Estate I have worked at Trendall Real Estate for more than 3 years and love the strong customer focus and the exceptional level of personal service that we provide to our landlords and tenants, many of whom have gone on to become friends as well as clients.
Footnote – We are delighted to announce that Heather and Brian have recently become first time parents to twin girls Lily and Amelia. Heather is currently on maternity leave but pops into the office regularly with the “girls” for a catch up.