‘Real estate is not about houses, it’s about people.’ Leslie Joseph Hooker
Call me old-fashioned, but I believe the original ‘Mr Hooker’ got it right when he made that statement. It’s such a simple philosophy that seems very hard to find in the consumer world these days. Each and every one of us expects great service. Clients and customers love it and appreciate it!
When you deliver an exemplary level of service you can’t fail; people remember you, they trust you and they come back to you. The alternative is… they won’t!
I’ve always had a passion for real estate and it’s a profession I’ve enjoyed doing for over 10 years. It’s a job I love, I enjoy helping people, and I’ve always believed in the basic principles of good, old fashioned service.
• 25 years of Military service in the RAAF (Cooks Assistant & Clerk Supply)
• Married to Leah since June 1982
• Two sons
• Two daughters-in-law
• One grandchild; and
• Foster parents to ‘Marshall’ (the cat)
• Oriental gardens
• Playing guitar
• Good movies
• Being a grandfather.
Before I was in real estate I …. was in the military for 25 years. I joined the Royal Australian Air Force when I was 17. After a brief stint in Catering, I became a supply clerk.
If I wasn’t in real estate I would …probably still be in the RAAF (but very near to compulsory retiring age).
When I was 18, I wish I knew … that I would be married within the next 12 months. (I was married the day before my 19th birthday.)
The person I admire most is … my wife Leah; we celebrate 35 years of marriage this year.
Over the years I have learnt … that being organised is the real secret to happiness.
I wish I had … the ability to fluently speak multiple languages.
Money … I’d like enough to be able to travel and be comfortable in retirement.
I bought my first house …Leah and I bought our first home in Medowie, NSW when we were 22. We now live in ‘The Meadows’ in Dunlop.
The best investment I made… our first home.
My dream house would be… it might need some minor tweaking but our current home in Dunlop is my dream home; however, the ‘dream garden’ is a work in progress. Once the garden is finished, only then will the dream be complete!
I had the time of my life when …Leah and I travelled to England in 2012; best holiday ever!
The biggest lesson I have ever learnt is … how quickly the years pass; it makes no sense worrying about the things you have no control over. Best to be happy and enjoy life.
My motto in life is … from my favourite poem ‘Invictus’ - ‘It matters not how strait the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate, I am captain of my soul.’
My favourite pastime … I can’t have one hobby; I’d get bored too quickly. In my downtime, I have several favourite pastimes: a good movie, ‘playing’ the guitar, music, writing my book (another work in progress), spending time in the garden, holidays, Chinese gardens and studying history would round out the favourites.
I’d like to …spend more time holidaying in the UK; From the Romans to the Beatles, I love the history.
Nothing beats … the feeling of becoming a grandfather.