Special Agent: Customers come first for Michael
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Name Michael Dunn
Home Strangford, Co Down
Who you work for? Michael Dunn Property Consultancy
What brought you into the business?
When studying for my A levels, I spent a week on work experience with Brian Morton & Company. I was hooked and got a holiday job with them. One thing led to another and I stayed on.
Who has inspired you in the property world?
Two successful businessmen. My father Ronnie, who is retired now but in the 1990s received an OBE in recognition of his contribution to the construction industry in Northern Ireland; and secondly, Eric Cairns, who taught me a lot. Both are very professional with high standards and yet also have a very human side to them and a great sense of humour.
What do you have sitting on your desk?
Computer, iPhone, old-fashioned measuring tape, a bottle of water and an apple.
Spending time at home in Strangford with family and friends, walking in Castle Ward, cooking a seafood extravaganza, gardening and having the odd pint of Guinness.
Do you do lunch?
Just a quick sandwich and some fruit.
What qualifications do you think are essential for estate agency?
Personal qualities are far more important. We are dealing with clients who are considering a move for all sorts of reasons. We need to empathise with them and give our best impartial advice.
What did you want to be when you were a child?
An estate agent or a newsreader.
If you could give it all up tomorrow, where in the world would you move to, and what would you do?
I do love travelling, but I would end up back in Strangford (probably selling houses again).
Any unfulfilled ambitions?
I did have a flight in a hot air balloon recently which was one of my ambitions and an experience which I’d strongly recommend. I’d also like to be a good ballroom dancer — watch this space.
What is the most common misconception people have about estate agents?
That we’re all dishonest and filthy rich.
Your top tip for house-hunters is:
Buying a house now is a long-term decision. Think about the property, the location and the lifestyle that you would like to have over the next few years and make sure that your budget allows you to afford other important things like family time and holidays.