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Name Aidan McMahon

Age 27

Where do you live Malone

Who do you work for Templeton Robinson (Land & New Homes).

What brought you into the business?

I knew Herbie Hunter, a retired estate agent in Co Antrim, and while at university he asked me help out in his estate agents as there was a ‘property boom’ under way. I stayed on after university full-time for a year then Templeton Robinson snapped me up.

Who has inspired you in the property world?

Probably our leader and mentor Keith Mitchell. He’s a top sales person and tells it how he see’s it, people respect him for this. Also Shamus Jennings of The Ballyrogan Group, one of Ireland’s top businessmen.

What do you have sitting on your desk?

A toy man dressed as a schoolboy, which a colleague bought me for Christmas one year because she said it looked like me, my Sydney Australia card holder, my St Anne’s Square car park pass, a bunch |of cards for our financial advisor Ryan Hay, my Blackberry, my diary and my computer, of course.

Downtime is?

Watching King Kenny and the rest of Liverpool FC. Hanging out with my other half, family and friends.

Do you do lunch?

Yep, it’s hard not to on the Lisburn Road.

What qualifications are essential for estate agency?

You have to be switched on and not miss a trick to ensure your clients don’t miss out on a sale.

I also think a major part is having a good personality and being able to communicate with people, ensuring they feel at ease. Also be very organised.

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

I wanted to test new computer games.

If you could give it all up tomorrow, where would you go and what would you do?

I’d move to London and develop super-prime properties, like Candy & Candy Homes for the super-rich.

Any unfulfilled ambitions?

No.

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

That we are less than honest and do nothing for our pay.

Most of us though are motivated to help people and really appreciate it when clients recognise it.

Top tip for house-hunters is:

Find out how much you have to spend first. If you need a mortgage go speak to an independent financial advisor. Once you’ve done this go and view the properties in your price range.

Finally don’t look at property as a short term ‘investment’ unless you are a speculator and can afford too, it should first and foremost be a home that meets your lifestyle needs and can be enjoyed.

n Check out twitter – @trhomes

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