Dif­fi­cult in­dus­try

The Compass - - NEWS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS

He may be a lit­tle older than he was when he opened his first of­fice in 1993, but Barry Clarke still runs his real es­tate busi­ness the same way he has for the past 20 years — with a fo­cus on fam­ily val­ues.

When Barry opened that first lo­ca­tion on Colum­bus Drive in Car­bon­ear, his daugh­ter Natasha was five years old, his wife Glenda took care of the book­keep­ing and he sold prop­er­ties.

Now, his com­pany has grown to four lo­ca­tions — Car­bon­ear, Bay Roberts, Pla­cen­tia and Con­cep­tion Bay South — but he says it is still a fam­ily busi­ness.

“My daugh­ter Natasha just opened our Con­cep­tion Bay South of­fice in March,” Barry ex­plains. “She is do­ing very well with it. She has al­ready re­cruited three agents.”

Be­fore open­ing the of­fice, sig­nif­i­cant ren­o­va­tions were done on the build­ing to con­vert the rear into an apart­ment for Natasha.

Barry’s plan for his ven­ture is sim­ple — he wants to grow the busi­ness.

With four of­fices flour­ish­ing, Barry says he will con­tinue to grow the busi- ness, but it may take some time out­side the St. John’s area.

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