Sam Arthur’s 10th birthday celebrations
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.