Real estate agent pays it forward
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.