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Meet Mackay’s $4M Woman

By Tammy Laval

Ray White City agent talks about a fortnight to remember

Stacey Arlott has a million reasons to celebrate.

Well, about four million actually.

She has achieved close to $4 million in property sales over the past fortnight – a phenomenal achievement for Ms Arlott, one of Mackay’s most respected property agents.

While proud of her achievement, Ms Arlott was quick to emphasize the satisfaction she had gained from her success was less about tallying up the figures and more about achieving the best possible outcomes for her valued clients.

“I’ve been in the real estate industry for nine years and I’ve always maintained a strong passion for it,” Ms Arlott said.

“Longevity in the real estate industry is relatively rare compared to other industries. Passion, dedication, drive and resilience are key characteristics for long-term success. I’ve gained experience and knowledge during my career that is fundamental to providing the best service to my clients.

“It’s a process that takes time and complete dedication, so achieving results such as this is more rewarding because it means that my commitment is paying off for my clients.”

Ms Arlott joined the winning team at Ray White Mackay City in October last year and has worked in the local real estate industry for close to a decade. She said her recent run of extraordinary success had topped off a week of great achievements for the Ray White Mackay City Team.

“This week, Ray White Mackay City is celebrating its fifth birthday, has achieved the coveted honour of being the number one Ray White office in the Mackay and Whitsunday region as well as a personal best in sales figures for the office,” she said.

With interest rates being kept on hold again this week after an announcement by the Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens on Tuesday, and a continued demand for property to purchase in the Mackay region, Ms Arlott said there was no time like the present for people wishing to buy or sell their homes.

“Owner-occupied homes represent the majority of homes being put up for sale at the moment – there is a massive demand for these properties to the point where many are attracting multiple offers,” Ms Arlott said.

“This means sellers are more likely to achieve, or in some cases, even exceed their asking price.

“It also means we have keen buyers who are wither cash-ready or finance-approved, ready and waiting to buy. This is great news for home owners thinking of selling.”

The team at Ray White Mackay City is keen for more listings with buyers ready and waiting to purchase homes throughout Mackay as well as the Whitsunday and Hinterland region.

“My advice to people who are considering selling their property is simply, don’t procrastinate. It costs nothing to have an obligation-free appraisal done and some expert advice given. Home owners may be surprised to find out what their home is worth and an experienced agent can also offer valuable advice on preparing your home for sale,” Ms Arlott said.

She also added that many home owners were put off by the myths surrounding putting a home up for sale.

“Before people go out and spend money on improvements such as landscaping, flooring or painting, always call a reputable agent for advice,” she said.

“Often buyers will want to redecorate to their own taste – why repaint your entire house in Mocha when someone is just going to buy it and paint it blue?”

With a long list of devoted clients and glowing testimonials to her name, Ms Arlott’s professional experience has provided her with valued knowledge to help her clients achieve optimal sales outcomes.

“I am happy to sit down and discuss a complete sales strategy for each client’s individual needs,” she said.

“But, fundamental points to consider include ensuring your house is well presented from all angles.”

Ms Arlott suggested driving up and down your own street to gain a buyers’s perspective of your property.

“Also, having friends and family look through your home and give honest feedback on areas that you may have lived with for so long, you don’t notice.”

Presenting a property for sale is another area of expertise where Ms Arlott is happy to share her years of experience.

“A well presented property not only generates greater interest among prospective buyers, this often translates to higher offers,” she said.

“Another piece of great advice on selling your home with the minimal of stress is pre-arranging building and pest inspections through a licensed contractor. If I could make one thing mandatory – this would be it. If a seller can invest $500 – $600 to have the building and pest inspection completed – and then rectify as many issues as possible before it comes time to dealing with it during the contract phase – it can save a lot of time and stress.”

Domain, Daily Mercury, Friday March 9, 2012. Page 5

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