RMA 2018 ORMEAU AGENT OF THE YEAR WINNER

Sue Ward of LJ Hooker Ormeau wins Ormeau Agent of The Year in the RateMyAgent 2018 Agent of the Year Awards!

I am very excited to share with you the announcement that I have won the prestigious award of 2018 RMA Agent of the Year in Ormeau! This puts me in the top 7% of all agents throughout Australia.

These awards, which are the largest real estate awards in Australia, recognise those agents and agencies that have ranked the highest based on customer reviews and feedback.

In such a competitive market with many ethical agents, I’m delighted to be named the Agent of The Year in the Ormeau market. This award recognizes our dedication to providing exceptional service with unfailing integrity. My Team and I work tirelessly to change the way our local property market view real estate.

I’m not in the business of selling homes; I’m in the business of helping my clients achieve their goals, making their life a little easier during the process and helping put a smile of their faces while doing so. We’re thrilled so many of our clients appreciate our work and have rated us using the RateMyAgent site. To be voted number one by your customers is a real testament to the service we provide.

The RateMyAgent Agent of the Year Awards compare over 32,000 agents and agencies across the country.  They highlight the leading real estate agents and agencies in each suburb, city and state across Australia, and on a national level.

The Agent of the Year Awards are the largest real estate awards in Australia, and the only awards to use customer reviews and recommendations to rank agents. The awards also recognise leading agents on a suburb, state, city, and national level to help sellers choose their leading local agents. All reviews on ratemyagent.com.au are verified and attached to the property listing they relate to ensuring that the information provided is unique to the agent and from a genuine property seller or buyer.

is Australia’s No. 1 real estate agent ratings and statistics website. It provides recommendations, rankings and reviews for real estate agents in Australia. Started in 2014 the company now has over 32,000 claimed agent and agency profiles and is a leading consumer site for people looking for transparency in the real estate industry.

For a full list of winners visit: ratemyagent.com.au/agent-awards-2018

View my RateMyAgent profile here https://www.ratemyagent.com.au/real-estate-agent/sue-ward-bw488/reviews

 

 

 

Ekka – The True Queensland Experience

Winner Angela and Sue“Who said that we have to grow up?” – Walt Disney

Another week almost over, and (I’m very happy to say this) another successful competition!

Heading towards the EKKA, we decided that we would treat a family to one of the world’s most wonderful experiences – tickets to have a day and night of magic with their family at the Royal Queensland Show. As everyone of us can recall our own memories of fireworks, carnival rides, colourful wigs and show bags, it seemed like the ideal thing to do to allow others the same experience.

After posting the competition on Facebook, the response that we got, was to put it simply, PHENOMENAL. Reaching over 15,000 people, we had more than 165 entrants to the competition. The anticipation was almost as good as Christmas for us – who would be the lucky winner?

Finally, the day of the draw approached, and I’ll admit, there were butterflies! Our winner was the lovely Angela Fuller – and I honestly don’t know who was more excited – Angela or Me!

Angela attended the EKKA with her family and we were thrilled to read her post (and giggle at the pictures) about the experience:

“What an awesome day at the EKKA yesterday. Kids had a ball, heaps of rides, show bags and the fireworks were spectacular!!! Thanks heaps to Sue Ward Team – LJ Hooker Ormeau for the fantastic prize I won – family pass, $80 rides and food”.

Angela, congratulations again on winning the competition. We are absolutely thrilled that we were able to give you the opportunity to share that experience with your kids!

In the meantime, as we are currently riding the giddy feeling from such a joyous competition and result, we have noticed something missing. Not quite sure what…

… no, wait, we’ve worked it out – another competition!

Keep your eyes on this space, my wonderful friends. My palms are already itching and my mind is racing with ideas for our next fun experience – which means another chance to win. But what will it be?

You’ll just have to wait and see 😉

Until next time,

Never a Goodbye, it’s a See You Later

Sue and Simone“We cannot accomplish all that we need to do without working together”– Bill Richardson

Sometimes you meet people who change your life for the better. Those people are called…

Baristas.

Of course, while they make every work day inevitably easier, it also helps if you have wonderful colleagues as well.

I’ve been very fortunate to work with the people that I do. Each and every one of them are fascinating in their own, unique way, and each of them brings something so completely different to work every day – their own brand of genuine, honest enthusiasm.

It’s very easy to have a job where you simply go to work, make your way through the work day and count down the minutes until you have to leave. Working where I do, you simply don’t feel like that. Every work day is fun, the office is energised, and I feel like I am with my family. This translates into striving to do more for my clients and customers, because why not convert that fun into the energy that I give the customers?

As time passes, it’s unavoidable that on occasion, one of your adopted family members will spread their wings and leave the nest. And such an occasion has recently occurred – my amazing, wonderful, kind hearted and marvellous assistant, Simone, is off to new adventures.

Whilst it’s extremely hard to see her go, I am also excited for her. This girl has the world at her feet, and deservedly so. My work days may be a little dimmer without her daily sparkle, but this will be countered by the phone calls and visits that I know I will receive updating me on her new experiences and life plans.

They say that great workmates are those who make work seem like play. So while Simone won’t be in this playground anymore, you can rest assured that her name is still etched into the play equipment.

Have fun Simone, farewell and good luck – until we catch up next.

Until next time,

 

Let’s all climb the hill together

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ – Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

You should be able to tell by now just how proud I am of our community. That may come from the fact that I’ve already said it multiple times in previous posts, or from what you see posted on my Facebook page – or even from meeting with me. There are so many wonderful people in our area, with their own unique stories, and I love hearing from them and about them.

 

Being the person that I am, I’m always trying to find ways to give back to the community. Some of the ways I’ve been able to do this have been by running competitions, sponsoring events, sharing history of the area and much more. But one of the things that stands out to me the most are the video posts that I do on the Facebook page with local businesses.

 

I am able to sit down with people and not only get to know their businesses, or their products, I am also able to get to know the people behind it. This has the knock-on effect of allowing you to do the same, just by watching the videos. I’m more than happy to promote a local business, because keeping it local is what adds to the community. The current shopping experience has been slightly lessened by the fact that everything is quite literally at your fingertips in this day and age – which can be fantastic, especially if you have a situation where you are unable to just simple pop down to the shops for an hour to do your weekly stock up.

 

What it doesn’t allow you is interaction with actual people. There’s something to be said for being able to walk into a shop and have them know your order, or know your tastes, or even ask you ‘how that thing went that you and I were discussing last week and oh, by the way, I saw your video, it was great!’.

 

Community isn’t just a bunch of shops or houses or schools – it’s the people in those places. It’s the friendly banter when you run into someone you haven’t recently seen, it’s in hearing your name called out while you’re just ducking out to grab a coffee.

 

In order to further our community, I will be continuing my online videos with local businesses, showcasing offers, and products – call it your online introduction to people that you will be seeing on a quite regular basis. If you are interested in having your own online introduction to the local area, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me – the more, the merrier!

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The adage runs true – One hand helps the other. In this case, you help me feel giddy by fulfilling my sense of giving back to the community, and I help you by bringing you to the attention of more potential customers – and friends.

 

Let’s see If we can’t all help each other out – and have some fun in the process.

 

Until next time,

 

Time to bring out the Child in Everyone

“Play is our brain’s favourite way of learning” – Diane Ackerman

 

I love the smell of popcorn. Most people associate it with the movies, seeing as it’s the staple of a cinema experience, right alongside a quickly melting Choc Top. But whenever I smell popcorn, I immediately start to think of bright lights, happy shrieking people on rides, show-bags full of all sorts of goodies and music.

 

Have you worked out yet what I’m thinking of?

 

I’m talking about the local show, of course. The ones with the turning clown heads eager to help you nab a prize if you can just land the ball correctly. The dodgem cars, the cha-cha, the little ponies for the children brave enough to go for a circular led trot and the fireworks that light up the night sky.

 

When we were kids, there was something so magical about it. Trying to take it all in, full of a sense of awe and appreciation. Nowadays, while it doesn’t hold the exact same ‘Wow’ factor for an adult that it used to, we instead look to the children and can see the awe and appreciation in their faces.

 

Thankfully, we don’t have to look far for the next chance to have and share that experience. LJ Hooker Ormeau is proud to be sponsoring the upcoming 11th Annual Ormeau Lions Fair to allow us that opportunity to share what we had as kids with the current generations. And let’s face it – we’ll probably buy ourselves a Bertie Beetle show-bag on the sly, if they’re still available.

 

Running on the 15th and 16th of July, and with over 200 stalls, there will quite literally be something for everyone. There are school Dance and Music contests, performances by Dance companies, a V.I.P Dog show, Pony rides, the Classic Car Show and Shine (what a great way to appreciate some beautiful cars?), rides, show-bags, and yes, even the fireworks on the Saturday night. I’d advise allowing a later night than usual for the young ones, because how often do we get to physically see Fireworks these days?

 

The location for this year’s fair has changed, as the size of the fair has simply outgrown the previous location, so make sure you don’t head to the wrong place! This year, the fair will be located at Ritchie’s Auctions, 1-57 Burnside Road, Yatala. With free entry for everyone, the hours will be from 8.00am to 9.00pm on Saturday, and 8.00am to 4.00pm on Sunday. All funds raised from the Ormeau Fair will be used within the community to help support schools, hospitals, underprivileged people and many other charity organisations.

 

So make sure that your calendar is cleared, you’ve got your warm clothes, and some coins in your pocket. Go by yourself, go in a group, round up all of your kids, nieces, nephews and friends. Chances are that I’ll bump into you somewhere there.

 

And if you beat me there? Grab me a Bertie Beetle show bag!

 

Until next time,