The Drive Home to Hawkesbury had some exciting news to share at 12 noon today. Thanks to those that tuned in live to find out first! Don’t forget to send me your real estate questions, happy to answer your questions.
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I’m Rachael Goldsworthy, and welcome to The Drive Home to Hawkesbury, where I believe every home has a story and I love sharing those stories on real estate in the Hawkesbury with you. Here we share the best ways to add value to your property, how to avoid the common mistakes people make when buying and selling property, and how to get the maximum return on your investment with a focus on supporting local business. I live love Hawkesbury, and can’t wait to get into today’s episode with you, so let’s get started.
Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening depending on what time you’re watching this video. I’m Rachael Goldsworthy, and welcome to The Drive Home to Hawkesbury. Today I wanted to send you a live video just to say hello and wish you a good day, but also with a bit of an update for a couple of things that have been happening lately. For those that have been watching me regularly, you know my puppy dogs sit with me whilst I’m doing these videos, so Topsy wants to say hello. She featured on the last video … Yes, she’s saying hello to everybody today. Okay, I might introduce her to you again later on.
Just wanted to touch base and let you know that today, or yesterday it was, I went out to the Real Estate Institute New South Wales Roadshow. I caught up with Tim McKibbin, he’s the CEO, and also Leanne Pilkington, she’s actually the President of REINSW. Great people and doing some great things out there for the industry, especially for the real estate agents that are in the industry because things are always changing in what we’re doing and one of them in particular is the laws or the legislation around the registration of licences. So the next renewal for all of the agents that are out there, we all have different changes that are made. So people that have a Certificate of Registration will no longer be able to be an agent, they’ll have to become an assistant agent until they obtain their licence. So that’s a really big distinction for the agents. Hi to everybody that’s online and joining me, I really appreciate it, thank you.
I think it’s really important that they lift the bar for real estate agents, because I think they put a spreadsheet up on the screen that basically said that there was more training involved in being a barista than there was being a real estate agent. Now that’s …. I mean, I know it’s a serious thing making coffee and those sorts of things, because we all like our daily coffee, however being a real estate agent I take it very seriously and I’ve studied long and hard for many, many years and I continue to study even after 20 years of being in real estate. I think that a lot of real estate agents do take it seriously, but I think some do want to get into it I suppose, just because they see that you can make money very quickly and it looks easy, so let’s just bang up the sign and see how we go. There’s so much more behind the scenes that goes on with a real estate agent and the process of marketing a home for sale, or for rent, or for being involved with strata. It is challenging out there for a lot of consumers trying to navigate through that, but to have an agent that is actually qualified and knows all the ins and outs is really important.
So I think it’s great that the changes are coming, but I’ll do some more videos as we get closer to it. But the renewals are looking like towards the end of the year; once October hits that’s kind of the cut off date for those sorts of things. So real estate agents that only have a CoR they need to be looking seriously about what sort of traineeships that they’re going to be taking on as an agent, and progressing their knowledge to a licenced agent’s position. Equally the licencee in charge, different things are happening for them as well. So that will change for the consumer, hopefully change the experience for a consumer to make it a little bit easier for them to navigate through the different agencies and on what the services are that they have available.
A couple of other things that I’ve been organising too; I’ve got some exciting news in regards to a book launch. I was going to enlist your help if I can. I’m going to put a couple of ideas up. We’ve had a lot of feedback from the different things that we’ve put up over the years, and one of the favourite posts that people have is the quotes, the daily quotes. What I’m doing is I’m putting together a book and going to launch that this year, just in regards to different series of quotes that we have. So if you’ve got any suggestions in regards to that, or what there is available, more than happy for you to do that. I’ll put a couple of nominations up there and see which ones you think are the best book covers, and hopefully between all of us we’ll be able to decide it and put those books out this year.
I did actually go to the Bells Line of Road meeting as well on Wednesday night, so I’m going to have a further update for you. But what I also did … That’s in regards to the changes that are happening at Bells Line of Road, the movement with New South Wales Transport. There was a big meeting with a lot of people there, local council, and we’re organising interviews this week for next week. So I’ll have some people, hopefully a representative from Bells Line of Road the action group, and also some local councillors that were interested to come on and have a bit of a chat and share some ideas and thoughts around what is actually happening up there and the notice that’s been given and also the process that’s involved with that.
Third but not last, I just wanted to say a big thank you. A big thank you to everybody that has nominated myself and my team. We’ve become the finalists in the business awards for excellence, so Business Excellence in the Women for Altitude Awards, and I’m really proud of that for the team and myself. But they work really hard and I certainly couldn’t do it without them. I’ve got Joanne who looks after all of the trust accounting and has been … We worked out the other day, it was 25 years she’s worked alongside me. Melissa and Sandra and Warren and also all my puppy dogs have been fantastic supports over the years, and I just wanted to say a big thank you to my clients as well. Because I couldn’t do what I do without everybody else doing what they do and also the support from the local community. So thank you very much. I will post some details of that online, but equally these sessions that I’m going to be doing online as well will be in and around real estate.
We do have questions from time to time, generally every week we’re always getting questions. So I will post as many of those as I possibly can for you. I’ll post up the book launch details as well, so that you can help me out if you possibly can in regards to that, and also the interviews for next week I’ll let you know as I’m going to be scheduling those. So thanks very much. I want you to all have a wonderful weekend, it looks like the sunshine’s come out for us again this week, and it’s going to be a great weekend for everybody. I’ll catch up with you again on the next episode. Take care, and have a great weekend.
Thank you so much for taking the time out and listening to today’s episode. If you have any questions on the process of buying, selling, leasing, or strata management, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. Be sure to subscribe on iTunes, and I’d really appreciate it if you could spread the word by liking and sharing this episode with your family and friends. I’m Rachael Goldsworthy, and I look forward to catching up with you on the next episode of The Drive Home to Hawkesbury.