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Special Agent: How you present yourself is vital

Weekly focus on who's who in our local estate agents

Name Nadine Savage

Age 31

Home Spa, Ballynahinch

Married to Martin

Children Henry, 6 and Jack, 4

Who you work for? Reeds Rains Estate Agents, Lisburn Road branch

What brought you into the business?

I have always had an interest in the property market and began my career in our Ormeau Road branch 10 years ago. I love every aspect of estate agency and have been lucky enough to progress through the ranks in a job that excites me!

Who has inspired you in the property world?

I would have to say Maurice Grey, land and new homes director. Throughout my years he has always been there to give great support and advice to me which has obviously paid off.

What do you have sitting on your desk?

PC, phone, camera, water, files and Homefinder!

Downtime is?

Dinner and drinks with friends. Spending time with my family at home and, of course, a trip to a Spa.

Do you do lunch?

When I can, usually a quick sandwich in the office.

What qualifications are essential for estate agency?

I did a business degree at Queen’s and although I don't feel it has directly helped with estate agency, it has helped in other areas of my role. I undertook the NAEA exams which I would suggest any agent does plus being able to communicate and present yourself are key.

What did you want to be when you were a child?

Successful.

If you could give it all up tomorrow, where in the world would you move to, and what would you do?

Australia has always been a favourite of mine so my one-way ticket would be to Sydney.

Any unfulfilled ambitions?

Not yet, still have plenty of time.

What is the most common misconception people have about estate agents?

That we don't put in the hours that we actually do, tell me one who actually works 9 to 5.

Your top tip for house-hunters is:

Get financially qualified before starting to view property, this means you won’t waste your time or become disappointed when you find your dream home.

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