Kathryn Fry is a co-founder and visionary behind Grow Real Estate, situated in beautiful Townsville – North Queensland. Grow Real Estate is a relatively young business within the local Townsville market, but is already taking the market by storm with a fresh approach to residential rentals and sales.
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To kickstart this space, we asked Kathryn some questions about her business and tap into some of the secrets behind her success.
What was your motivation for pursuing a career in real estate?
I started working in real estate part time as an assistant property manager whilst I was at uni (studying Bachelor of Arts majoring in Human Rights & Ethics). I was prompted to gain a role as a Property Manager after watching a New Zealand tv show about Property Manager’s and I remember watching it and thinking (whilst they were conducting an eviction), “I could do that.” So I applied for a job and successfully got one. I’ve pursued my career in real estate because every day is different and it’s so gratifying in lots of small ways. It’s an unpredictable role where no day is the same but the people you get to meet, I got in it really for the people. I just love people!
What has been your biggest challenge to date?
Probably work life balance. Real Estate is not 9 to 5, Monday to Friday and sometimes I need to remember to prioritize family time and me time. I’ve just hired my first assistant so another challenge is giving up control and letting her do things. Easier said than done.
How do you stay organised and on track?
I have my main diary which stays on my desk and this has all of my appointments and tasks to complete. I then have a To Do list which feels incredibly satisfying to cross items off. I also use my Email inbox as an organizer, emails don’t get filed away until they’re resolved. My phone has a range of apps to keep me on track as well as having invested in some of the latest technologies for inspections etc that send me reminders and work out my schedule for me (Thank you for Inspect RealEstate).
Where do you see yourself in five years?
With more market share in Townsville and a successful sales component of our business. My business partner is a solicitor so we would eventually love to offer Grow Conveyancing. Maybe with some more offices around Australia and a better work life balance 🙂
How would you define success?
I used to think money and fame but I think success is when your name becomes synonymous with something. My 4 year old daughter said to me the other day that she wants to be just like me and go to strangers homes like I do. That was a really fulfilling moment. I think my definition of success will constantly evolve as I do and as the business does. But there’s so much to do and learn, so I think it’s a constant goal.
What are the top three skills needed to be successful in property management/ real estate?
I think it depends on what role. To be a successful Property Manager you need to have a great personality and be warm and friendly but also be assertive and know how to have difficult conversations, you also have to have mutual respect for everybody you come across. Some organizational skills and administration skills are a must as well. Assisting people with their housing; whether buying, selling, renting or being a tenant is a huge part of somebody’s life and you can’t take it for granted. For us it’s another day and another to-do list but for them, it’s their biggest asset or one of the bigger decisions they will make at that time. It’s an incredible privilege to be involved in some small way.
If you could give yourself any advice before you started this career, what would it be?
Drink wine, it helps. Really, it would be to remain open minded and learn. Surround yourself with passionate people who expose themselves to lots of different things. Invest in your own growth and get a mentor (I have a few (they may not know it though) Deniz Yusuf from BDM Coach, Stacey Holt from Real Estate Excellence, Nikki Taylor from REJS). Find the humour in the day to day, build relationships and treat everybody with respect. Also, know how to take some personal and family time – switch the phone off and be present in the company of the people around you.
View the Grow Real Estate website here.