Baby fever on rise at Ray White

Four ba­bies in 12 months

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WHEN Jes­sica Fer­gu­son fell preg­nant last year, three of her col­leagues hap­pened to fol­low suit spark­ing a baby boom in the Ray White Whit­sun­day of­fice.

“It was so funny but it was good to have that strong sup­port in the of­fice,” busi­ness de­vel­oper, Jess said.

Af­ter the birth of Jess’s daugh­ter Ivyanne, head of main­te­nance Erin Ras­mussen gave birth to her daugh­ter Te­nielle Atkins three months later.

Shortly af­ter, for­mer as­sis­tant to Ray White Whit­sun­day owner Mark Beale, Jen­nifer Rat­tray gave birth to Lach­lan.

End­ing the baby boom was com­mer­cial prop­erty de­part­ment man­ager, Tracey Oates with her daugh­ter Lila Jones.

Hav­ing worked in the real es­tate busi­ness, the women had a reg­u­lar in­sight into life in the Whit­sun­days and knew it was the per­fect place to raise their grow­ing fam­i­lies.

“I’ve got two other kids who are eight and 10 and we moved from the Gold Coast,” Erin said.

“We came up here and it’s been great with the school and the small com­mu­nity.”

Echo­ing Erin’s view was Tracey who said the life­style was per­fect for rais­ing a fam­ily, with the weather and be­ing able to have a swim­ming pool at home a huge bonus.

Ar­riv­ing in Air­lie from Amer­ica as a back­packer five years ago, Jen­nifer said the area was the last place she wanted to raise a fam­ily but work­ing in real es­tate quickly changed her mind.

“When I started work­ing for Ray White I no­ticed it was a com­mu­nity and I started to meet lots of peo­ple,” she said.

“I started to re­alise there were other things to do here other than go out to the pub and from there, I started to look for op­por­tu­ni­ties to own a home and prop­erty.”

For Jes­sica, it was a case of “when I mar­ried my hus­band, I mar­ried Air­lie” but it was an easy life­style change hav­ing fallen in love with the in­ti­mate town.

Own­ers Mark and Belinda are par­ents them­selves and the women said they re­ceived in­valu­able sup­port from the cou­ple at work.

“It’s such a great place to work and Mark and Belinda were so sup­port­ive through­out the whole process,” Jes­sica said.

PHOTO: INGE HANSEN

MUMS AND BUBS: Jen­nifer and Lach­lan Rat­tray, Erin Ras­mussen and Te­nielle Atkins, Tracey Oates and Lila Jones and Jes­sica and Ivyanne Fer­gu­son.

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