Agent profile

Wed, 22nd Mar 2017

It took Jan Withers from Belle Property Group a long time to be convinced, but now she sees auctions as the best way to sell a home.

What was your very first job?
My first job was also in sales. As a young teenager I loved working in a toy shop on Saturday mornings because it enabled me to start a record collection.

What is your favourite place on the Sunshine Coast?
No particular favourite spot but the views from Buderim always make me feel thankful to be living in this part of the world.

Describe your perfect day?
My perfect day is a well organised one with at least one pleasant surprise thrown in for good measure and often a quick catch-up with a friend.

What is the best holiday you have ever had? 
Our year of travelling around Australia when the children were young has been difficult to beat, but holidaying in the Yukon with 130 huskies was also very memorable.

How long have you worked in the real estate business and what attracted you to it in the first instance? 
I began real estate in 2003 because I’ve always enjoyed variety in my working day and as a people person wanted to continue working with the public.

What was the first property you sold? 
My very first sale was a Buderim home that is still enjoyed by the same delightful family today.

What was your most recent sale?
A Maroochydore unit plus a Mooloolah home and Buderim unit that go unconditional this week.

What do you love most about your job? 
The many close relationships I’ve formed with clients throughout and beyond their campaigns are special to me.

What is the most difficult thing about your job? 
The lack of agents willing to conjunct these days is extremely frustrating as my buyer could bring their sellers the top price.

What’s best – auction or private treaty? 
Auction. It took me a long time to be convinced but for many years now I’ve witnessed way more benefits to my clients through this method. However the choice is always theirs.

How have you seen the property market change in the past 12 months? 
With fewer listings available, those properties that are on the market have been selling quicker and usually for higher prices than anticipated.

How do you see it changing in the next 12 months?
Due to the high sale prices in the southern states and the infiltration of many of those sellers into South-East Queensland we could see our prices continue to climb – unless we are once again affected by overseas events.