Life experience has value beyond measure
Cynthia Thompson is Harcourts Palmerston North’s newest sales consultant, but she certainly isn’t a rookie.
Cynthia has sold real estate previously for Harcourts as part of their Feilding team and says she likes Harcourts’ principles and admires their ethics.
‘‘Especially their client follow up, they do that very well.’’
Cynthia is Auckland born and bred, having lived and worked in Whangaparaoa on the Hibiscus Coast and also for 10 years in Australia. She has recently returned to Manawatu to support her mother and two of her lovely grandchildren. Two daughters in Melbourne have another two grandchildren, a good excuse to jump the ditch every so often.
Settling in to Palmerston North has been easy she says, as family is very important to her and she knows she is meant to be here.
Working in sales for most of her career has given Cynthia a great deal of experience relating to people from all walks of life. Owning a seven-day superette, then a photocopy and print shop and more recently being the go-to person in a retirement village has contributed invaluable skills, of true significance when working in real estate. Understanding, consideration and compassion are essential when dealing with people in sometimes stressful situations.
Cynthia says she feels she was able to make a difference and that made her happy.
Cynthia has also written and published two children’s books, thanks to her experience as a grandmother.
Cynthia was most impressed with Palmerston North’s recent Festival of Cultures and says she was blown away by the size and popularity of the event.
‘‘So many nationalities and so much wonderful food and music, who wouldn’t be impressed?
‘‘I am schooling myself up on everything Palmerston North and Manawatu has to offer so I’m better informed when talking to potential buyers and investors.
‘‘This is a great city to raise a family and also a good place to own rentals.’’
As a sales consultant Cynthia is able to match people with houses quickly and effectively thanks to her past work experience. She says she can visualize well and it helps to connect people’s desires with the right home.
‘‘If I can find them a house that’s right for them, that’s a real bonus for me.’’
She says she encourages people to do their due diligence on a house, not to just get carried away with the emotion and to be prepared to walk away if it’s not right for them. Her honest approach is a helpful attitude.
‘‘You know you’re doing a good job when you get repeat business and it really comes down to what’s just plain polite for me. Do what you say you’re going to do, and always do the follow up.’’
Cynthia believes variety is the spice of life; that life experience is invaluable and you’ve got to be open to what the universe can provide.
‘‘If things aren’t working out where you are, you’re not stuck, you can always move.’’