Sam Arthur’s 10th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions

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There’s a call for cel­e­bra­tion when Sam Arthur Real Es­tate cel­e­brates 10 years in busi­ness to­mor­row.

The Fin­ley busi­ness sells and rents prop­er­ties across the South­ern Rive­rina and is led by li­censee Sam Arthur with two other full time em­ploy­ees, Tanya Tay­lor Smith and Pip Oliver.

Mrs Arthur learnt her trade and skills from her fa­ther Greg McNa­mara, who owned Pat McNa­mara & Co., and is also guided by part-time em­ployee and mother Nella McNa­mara.

‘‘I used to go down to my par­ents’ busi­ness and an­swer the phones as a kid; it was busy,’’ she said.

‘‘There is noth­ing bet­ter than see­ing the joy on faces when some­one buys their first home and I hand over the keys; it’s cer­tainly ful­fill­ing.

‘‘It’s not just first home buy­ers, it could be the el­derly sell­ing up from the city and com­ing here where it’s more af­ford­able.

‘‘I don’t just send off the in­struc­tion to the so­lic­i­tor, I try to also or­gan­ise things like pest and build­ing in­spec­tions.

‘‘There’s a lot of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the two par­ties so I make sure it’s as easy as it can be.’’

Sam Arthur Real Es­tate has been nom­i­nated for Ber­ri­gan Shire Busi­ness Awards and in 2015 Mrs Arthur took home the Young Ex­ec­u­tive of the Year.

Es­tab­lish­ing her own real es­tate agency wasn’t easy, as she had to make an in­stinc­tive call if she would go into busi­ness and trade suc­cess­fully on the back of the Mil­len­nium Drought.

‘‘Orig­i­nally it was Gil Silby & Co., be­fore he sold to McCurdy Real Es­tate who then sold to PGG Wright­son.

‘‘They called and told me they were go­ing to cease trad­ing so I ei­ther had to buy it or find an­other job.

‘‘We didn’t know the drought was go­ing to end then, so I had to make this hap­pen. But I love it.”

When Mrs Arthur started in busi­ness 10 years ago she only had one house for sale.

Now she has about 50 on the mar­ket and 170 rentals.

An­other hur­dle she has faced was be­com­ing a real es­tate agent in a male dom­i­nated world.

‘‘When I started it wasn’t com­mon for a fe­male sales per­son, so I had that bat­tle of break­ing the ice with peo­ple who wanted a male,’’ she said.

‘‘But now in Fin­ley I think sales staff are 90 per cent fe­males.’’

Mrs Arthur thanked the com­mu­nity for ac­cept­ing and sup­port­ing the busi­ness.

She also thanked her em­ploy­ees Tanya Tay­lor Smith, Pip Oliver and Nella McNa­mara for their com­mit­ment and hard work.

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