I recently caught up with Shani Stevens of One Agency Ballarat for a pot of tea & a chat at the recently opened Higher Society.
I was interested to learn that after commencing a real estate career in her fathers agency in the mid-1980's, Shani took a long break, returning to the industry 3 years ago. This year has been an amazing year for Shani, with the opening of One Agency in Ballarat which has provided the opportunity to continue the work which led to her winning a Bronze franchise award, in her first 12 months back in the industry.
Here's some of the topics we covered during the course of our discussion and what I learned about Shani:
Her favorite food is – Sour dough toast with vegemite, chocolate (We'd just like to clarify that these are best enjoyed separately 🤣🍞🍫)
She loves talking about – Life
The last song she listened to was – Layla
Her favorite movie genre is – Crime
She really wishes she had more time to – Travel
Her favorite city is – Ballarat; although she prefers the country lifestyle
She thinks the best aspect of her job is – Meeting people and working with them towards their goals
Shani feels the one thing all buyers have in common is – A budget they must stick to
She believes that the one thing all vendors should know – Research the agent you are thinking of using. Do they have knowledge of your area, are they going to negotiate fiercely to get you the best price or just take whatever comes just to “get another sale”. Marketing and negotiation can make thousands of dollars difference to the end result.
Shani tells me that if she didn’t sell real estate he would – Be a surgeon (Well there's one out of left field 👩🔬🤣)
Finally, it didn't seem right to let Shani go without asking her what she thought it was important for people to know about the agency she represents, One Agency Ballarat and how he feels that One Agency differs from other agencies.
Shani told us that, 'as a smaller boutique agency, we focus on our marketing & our negotiations – that is where the highest prices are achieved. We want to get to know our clients, as we believe we can best service them by knowing them. We feel it allows us to market their property with passion & the same conviction they would have if they were marketing it themselves. We also negotiate with that same passion. We are the only female agency in Ballarat. Not saying that women are any better than men, but we definitely approach things differently. Different approaches appeal to different clients.'
Thanks for your time Shani & to Higher Society for the fantastic hospitality!
If you'd like to talk to Shani about your real estate needs, you can get in touch via the following links:
T: 0467 266 667 / 4301 7760
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Jo Powell is the Director of 3 Pea's Property Styling. Combining her creative skills with her accounting background to assist her clients to achieve the best possible outcomes in the sale of their property.