Our Backyard – Anglesea & Torquay

Quite apt that we have been experiencing some of the coldest mornings for years this week as today is the last day of winter! Hallelujah!!!! There’s a sprinkling of blossom appearing on the tress which is always a positive sign a change of season is upon us. This change very much effects the real estate market as many property owners hold off on listing their houses until spring, mainly because properties shine a little more in warmer months, however when its freezing it’s hard for buyers to get motivated about travelling in the rain and cold, particularly to a coastal town. With many of our buyers being Melbourne based, it’s a big effort to travel to look, without the attraction of spending the day on the beach, walking or hitting the water.

It’s timely that the banks (Westpac) have aligned an increase to their variable mortgage rates by 14 basis points, with one of the most abundant times of the year for home loans, as the stock level increase in the real estate sector. Perhaps it will slip through to the keeper, however I think most property owners were anticipating it. The increase is on average going to equate to be approx. $35 per month to an existing mortgage.

Today is Equal Pay Day! The gender pay gap is the difference between women’s and men’s average weekly full-time equivalent earnings, expressed as a percentage of men’s earnings. The national gender pay gap is calculated annually by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency using the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ labour force data. The gap is currently 17.9% and has hovered between 15% and 19% for the past two decade.

I thought it was relevant that I highlight women in real estate given the day and provide some information on the Top 50 women in Australia. More importantly though, worthy of certainly highlighting that whilst it is very much a male dominated industry, It’s certainly one where the opportunities are very much equal, based on how driven you are and your motivation to strive for success. There are no handouts in real estate, it’s a job where your reputation and work ethic is represented in your remuneration, being a commission and performance based role.

Throughout the 50 top women, the average years working in real estate is 17! The amount of actual sales varied from 20 – 287! And of course the average sale prices were incredibly different, for example an agent in Melbourne (Toorak) sold 20 properties however her average sale was close to $4million!

I’m blessed to work for a company that has been incredibly supportive of women and our branch is very strong with women and strong women at that!

Have a wonderful SPRING weekend, and a BIG Happy Father’s Day to all those wonderful Dad’s out there. we look forward to seeing you at the open for inspections and private appointments.

Regards

 

 

 

 

 

Kellie Saddington

Branch Manager

 

Open For Inspections

Saturday 01st & Sunday 02nd Septemeber 

Anglesea

21 Russell Avenue, Sat & Sun 11.30 – 12.00

48 Fairway Drive, Sat 12.00 – 12.30

2/105 Great Ocean Road, By Appointment 

Torquay

1313A Horseshoe Bend, Sat 11.00 – 11.30 

49 Grinders Ave, Sat & Sun 12.30 – 1.00

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