Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Robert Rose, Wal Murray

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Robert Rose, Wal Murray

Article excerpt

Have you always been in rural sales at Wal Murray & Co, Lismore?

No, I started my career 28 years ago in the rental department at Wal Murray. During this time I handled a lot of the residential tenancy tribunals. After that I began selling commercial and industrial properties. I then moved into residential sales, which I did for many years, and then to rural sales.

Why real estate?

I really enjoy the process of selling real estate. I enjoy seeing it through, from the listing right through to settlement. I also really enjoy meeting new people and helping them get the results they want. And being a country boy myself, I enjoy getting out and seeing all the different properties in the area.

What is special about selling country properties?

I come from a farming background and I like working on the land and dealing with country people. Also, in this region we have such a great range of rural properties: on the lower rivers there are good cropping and grazing properties, through to the plateau and all the villages in between, there is so many different types of country.

Are the people different?

I really enjoy country people, I suppose because I love the land so much. I find that country people are really honest and genuine. They are connected to the land, and I find them really easy to talk to and a pleasure to deal with.

Are there still a lot of tree-changers buying into the North Coast?

Yes, there are. A lot of people are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It's actually on the rise a bit at the moment because their places in the city are selling. So those people who want to can sell up and move here from the city.

What sorts of properties are they after?

Most of them want to get out of town; they want to have some privacy. …

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