Life ex­pe­ri­ence has value be­yond mea­sure

Manawatu Standard - Property Weekly - - Front Page -

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.’’

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