ZOOMING IN ON A NEW CAREER
AFTER selling her family home “accidentally”, Leesa Winter made a career change to move into the real estate sector.
Leesa, her husband and daughter had been living in a historic cottage at Lutana when a friend of a neighbour knocked on their door and offered to buy their house.
They had been thinking about selling, and quickly came to an agreement with the potential buyer.
Unfortunately, inexperience took the edge off the deal — just a bit.
With the bank valuing the property at less than the sale price that had been agreed on, Leesa said they felt stuck.
“We wanted to sell, we had already moved on in our minds, booked removalists and started looking for a new home, so we just bit the bullet and went with the lower figure,” she said. “Not having the experience or knowledge of this industry was a problem.
“My next port of call was to contact the Real Estate Institute of Tasmania and book in to do the agents’ course.”
Leesa had spent most of her working life in the air.
She started out as a flight attendant in 1989 working between Launceston and Melbourne, which at the time took an hour and a half on a small propellered plane.
Her career progressed to working as a cabin manager on international flights to destinations such as North America, the Caribbean and African routes.
While the work was exciting and great fun — including the glory days of being able to go on safari with friends on breaks between shifts — home life beckoned. Leesa wanted something different. “I have friends who work in the real estate industry, they love it and we thought it’d be a good fit for me — the creativity, customer focus and interacting with people,” Leesa said.
Three months ago she started work at Ray White Hobart.
“When speaking with Ant [Manton, Ray White Hobart director], he said this job can be what you want it to be, which struck a chord with me,” Leesa said.
“He said an agent can choose to work 24 hours a day or be a mum who can sell houses and also do school pick-ups too.
“Some people can make family and aviation work, but I love being home with my little girl, so this new career is a great fit.
“Meeting people, showing them their potential new house, it has been great fun so far.
“So much about real estate is about relationships, trusting people, being reliable — similar to my old job, really.”