National award honour for Rockhampton’s rental property guru
OVER the years, Elizabeth Hood has helped many people climb the property ladder.
Since starting as a receptionist at Pat O'Driscoll Real Estate 13 years ago, Elizabeth has worked in almost every aspect of the business.
On the weekend, she was recognised for her work, winning Business Development Manager of the Year at the 2015 PPM National Property Management Awards.
Elizabeth said the role was all about building relationships with clients, helping to prepare their homes for the rental market and building the business's rental listings.
She said it wasn't something which could be achieved in a hurry, with months or years dedicated to building a strong connection with owners.
"It's just having that long-term relationship (with clients) so we can create the best results for them," Elizabeth said.
With some clients, especially those not based in Rockhampton, Elizabeth said she would help manage renovations or building works before presenting the property to the market.
And while strong knowledge of the region's property market is essential in her role, Elizabeth said there was another equally important skill needed.
"Property is very important, but I think it's a people business," she said.
"When I'm with a client, I'm in my element and my goal is to achieve what they want. Every owner is different, what they want is different and I get a bit of a high out of listening to what they want... and working out a plan to achieve that."
Elizabeth said Rockhampton was starting to emerge from two economically tough years.
With skyrocketing prices in Sydney and Melbourne, Elizabeth said the region was an attractive alternative to inner-city living.
"I think there will be a transition from the bigger city areas, because it's not a good lifestyle for families," she said.