Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Q & A PROPERTY; in Our Series in Which People in the North East Property Market Give a Personal View on Homes, Housing, the Industry and More, Homemaker Meets Ann Brodie

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Q & A PROPERTY; in Our Series in Which People in the North East Property Market Give a Personal View on Homes, Housing, the Industry and More, Homemaker Meets Ann Brodie

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Name, position and how long you have been in the property industry Ann Brodie, lettings manager of Reeds Rains in Whickham, near Gateshead.

I have worked in the property industry for five years and started off as a negotiator and worked my way up. I have worked across the North East dealing with all kinds of houses from country homes to City centre apartments and love the variety the jobs gives me.

What sparked your interest in the property business My family were into property in Scotland so that's where it all started. I have always been a people person and loved a challenge, so it was the perfect job for me.

What is the best advice you have ever received about property? Don't always let your heart rule because if you can't afford it, it will make you miserable.

And the worst? If you're buying a house with cash, you don't need to bother having a survey.

What tips would you give to someone wanting to enter the industry? In this job you will never stop learning and will definitely need to be a people person.

The best advice I can give someone is to start at the bottom and learn all aspects of the job. The more experience you have, the better the service you can give to your customer, which will in turn give them complete confidence in choosing you as their agent.

What should a prospective buyer/ renter look for when choosing an agent? Go with your gut instinct! Go with the agent that you feel confident will get you the best price for your home but don't compromise on the service. Internet coverage is also a major factor to selling or renting a home so make sure your agent is offering the full package.

What are the three most important things people hoping to buy should think about when looking at a home? Is it in an area that suits your needs or where you want to be? Can you afford it and will it sell on in the future? What condition is it in and what could it need in the coming years? Or if they're planning to rent? If something looks tired, run down and just in generally poor condition, stay clear! The chances are you are going to run into repair issues. At the end of the day this will be your home so you need to feel happy and confident that the agent/landlord are going to look after you. …

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