Group bridging the gap

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 27-Jul-2017

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WHEN three local real estate agents decided to start a networking group for women in the industry, it started as little more than the occasional coffee and chat.

In just two months, the membership of the WIRE (Women in Real Estate) group has exploded to over 60 members and held its first major event last week.

The group was formed by local property industry professionals Rebecca Cooper, Helen Ashby and Bec Allen, who saw a gap in the industry for women to connect with like-minded individuals.

So they took it upon themselves to establish their own local network, which has gone from strength to strength in just those few months.

“Our goal is to provide a network that is accessible to all within our industry,” Ms Cooper said.

“Each role in every sector that touches ‘real estate’ is so integral to the day to day operations and future of what is a very large industry in Bendigo. 

“Our current members are a representation of that, spanning across your typical sales, land development, building and construction representation through finance, property management, administration, legal services, engineering, property valuers, local government and planning.”

The group held its Christmas in July function last Friday at Rocks on Rosalind, with 35 people in attendance to hear from guest speaker Elli McLeod.

That came as a surprise to the organisers, considering their initial forecast was to cap guests at around 15 attendees.

“It’s more evident than ever the gap may have been larger than we thought,” Ms 

Cooper said.

“The feedback and support we have received from individuals and local employers through to the local REIV secretary has been overwhelmingly positive and leaves us very excited about what we are going to be able to achieve in this space.”

That vision is one the group is clear on.

They plan to expand the range of events they offer, but also remain as an outlet to facilitate the a simple catch up for coffee.

“Our vision is to expand the network of contacts for all our members and open the door on sharing the wealth of experience and knowledge within our own community,” she said.

“Even by something as simple as having someone who understands the challenges you face every day to grab a coffee and nut out a solution, through to our committee coordinating a series of managed events, fundraisers and workshops.”

With more events planned for later in the year, Ms Cooper said the group is encouraging women to get in touch and be involved.

Those interested in becoming a part of WIRE can find the group on facebook by searching Women in Real Estate Bendigo.

THE historically low interest rates could continue for some time yet, according to the Real Estate Institute of Australia.

REIA resident Malcolm Gunning said with Consumer Price Index figures always a key consideration for the Reserve Bank, the latest figures provided a positive outlook.

The All Groups CPI, increased by 0.2 per cent in the June quarter giving an annual increase of 1.9 per cent. 

That is marginally lower than the annual increase to the March quarter of 2.1 per cent.

“The latest CPI figures show that the increased investment in housing through the current taxation arrangements has kept growth in rents lower than they have been historically,” Mr Gunning said.

“In Sydney and Melbourne where much of the investor activity has been focussed the increase in rents in the past twelve months has been 2.5 per cent and 1.7 per cent respectively.

“With the CPI figures always a central component of the RBA’s consideration, the latest inflation data would suggest that home buyers can be comfortable in the knowledge that interest rates will remain stable for a while yet.”

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