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Joe Iemma

As a school-leaver Joe Iemma was of­fered a job by a fam­ily friend and ‘fell’ into real es­tate by chance. Now a com­pany di­rec­tor and BDM at Doyle Spil­lane, Joe has a real pas­sion for prop­erty man­age­ment – even though he started out think­ing that ev­ery­one owned their own home.

Tell us a bit about your­self and your role at Doyle Spil­lane. At Doyle Spil­lane I am the Di­rec­tor and BDM for the com­pany and over­see the prop­erty man­age­ment de­part­ment.

What mo­ti­vated you to get into real es­tate? A fam­ily friend had an of­fice in the area and he of­fered me a job straight out of school. To be hon­est, I didn’t know much about real es­tate, es­pe­cially rentals – I thought ev­ery­one owned their own home! So I kind of fell into it.

What is the mar­ket like in your area right now? Sta­tis­ti­cally, we are head­ing into a qui­eter time of the year on Syd­ney’s North­ern Beaches, be­ing the win­ter months. This year we’re find­ing that it has slowed a bit ear­lier than usual. We don’t have a mas­sive amount of prop­er­ties va­cant, but they’re just tak­ing a lit­tle bit longer to lease.

Who or what in­spires you? I re­ally en­joy what we do and am very pas­sion­ate about our in­dus­try, es­pe­cially prop­erty man­age­ment. There is so much to do and op­por­tu­ni­ties to help peo­ple ev­ery day. In short, I don’t need much in­spi­ra­tion! I love my job and find it re­ally easy to be up for it ev­ery day.

In your ‘brief­case' right now is… I don’t own a brief­case and never have. All I need is my phone. If I’m out pre­sent­ing I’ll have my pre­sen­ta­tion folder, but even that is min­i­mal.

Some­thing (or some­one) you couldn't live with­out? I couldn’t live with­out my fam­ily and friends – I can’t get enough of them and they are my ‘why’! My beau­ti­ful wife Ni­cola and my four chil­dren: Mad­di­son (our new­est leas­ing con­sul­tant), Kris­tian, Ruby and Luca.

What do you en­joy most about Elite Agent/EPM Magazine? Great con­tent, re­ally rel­e­vant. I ob­vi­ously love the PM ar­ti­cles and there is al­ways plenty that I can share with the team for train­ing.

What apps do you use most at the mo­ment on your iPhone or iPad? Prob­a­bly the stan­dard – Face­book, In­sta­gram and Snapchat. I do a lot of videos and get some great in­ter­ac­tion through those plat­forms with land­lords and ten­ants.

What ad­vice would you give some­one start­ing out in real es­tate or prop­erty man­age­ment? Prop­erty man­age­ment is a great ca­reer choice – you learn so much about peo­ple and sit­u­a­tions, and life in gen­eral. If you have a good at­ti­tude and are happy to help peo­ple, the role can be very en­joy­able – there are al­ways go­ing to be ex­cep­tions, but they can be few and far be­tween.

I would ad­vise some­one start­ing out to ex­pect the un­ex­pected, as ev­ery day is very dif­fer­ent.

Any words to live by? My mantra is ‘100 per cent ef­fort, with­out wor­ry­ing about the re­sult – that will look af­ter it­self!’.■

“There is so much to do and op­por­tu­ni­ties to help peo­ple ev­ery day.”

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