Real es­tate agent pays it for­ward

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Pa­trick Tansey

One lo­cal real es­tate agent is giv­ing back to his com­mu­nity in an un­usual way.

Ray White Co­bram’s Troy Sch­link is do­nat­ing $200 out of each com­mis­sion from ev­ery house he sells back to the com­mu­nity.

And the vendor chooses where the money goes in or­der to sup­port a com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Mr Sch­link said the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the idea came from his last work­place.

‘‘I used to sell real es­tate up near Coffs Har­bour and it was some­thing we did up there as a good way to give back to the com­mu­nity,’’ he said.

‘‘Any sup­port you can give is al­ways much ap­pre­ci­ated by all re­cip­i­ents of the do­na­tion.

‘‘The ven­dors ap­pre­ci­ate it as well be­cause real es­tate agents don’t al­ways have the best name or rep­u­ta­tion, so to show them you’re giv­ing some­thing back to the com­mu­nity is usu­ally warmly re­ceived.’’

Mr Sch­link has no in­put where the funds go, it was ‘‘com­pletely at the vendor’s dis­cre­tion’’.

‘‘Once we list the prop­erty we let them know that $200 will be do­nated from the com­mis­sion sale, ob­vi­ously not com­ing out of their side of things, just so they can give back in what­ever shape or form they choose,’’ he said.

The agent has been work­ing at Ray White Co­bram for three months af­ter liv­ing up north for the past few years.

He de­cided to come back to the re­gion for fam­ily rea­sons and he said his pay it for­ward op­er­a­tion had been go­ing well.

‘‘We are still in the early days of the ini­tia­tive. So far we’ve had five sales where the com­mis­sion has gone to­ward a com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion,’’ he said.

‘‘Ob­vi­ously you’ve got to wait for the prop­erty to set­tle first be­fore any­thing can hap­pen.

‘‘The most re­cent case was a gen­tle­man from Ba­rooga, who de­cided he wanted the money to go to the Ba­rooga Fire Bri­gade.’’

On Mon­day night, Mr Sch­link caught up with Ba­rooga Fire Bri­gade cap­tain Wayne Smith to present him with a $200 cheque.

Mr Smith was blown away when he heard of the do­na­tion com­ing the bri­gade’s way.

‘‘It’s very timely and greatly ap­pre­ci­ated; we have to say a huge thank you to Troy for this great ini­tia­tive,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve got quite a few projects on the go at the mo­ment that will be happening in the new year so to get a do­na­tion like this is fan­tas­tic. Ev­ery cent helps.’’

Ba­rooga Fire Bri­gade is do­ing its fa­mous Santa run on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 21, from 6 pm, and aims to get to ev­ery street in town.

Mem­bers will have a do­na­tion tin on the night which will go to­ward up­grad­ing the sta­tion.

Mr Smith said ev­ery­body at the bri­gade wished res­i­dents a merry Christ­mas.

Help­ing out: Ba­rooga Fire Bri­gade cap­tain Wayne Smith and Ray White Co­bram real es­tate agent Troy Sch­link.

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