TAFE New England students sold by real estate course

Sold: Georgia Bradley, Maison Skene and Sally Fielding are sold on the idea of real estate careers, bringing in top dollar during their mock auction examination at the Tamworth TAFE on Tuesday. Photo: Gareth Gardner 051217
Sold: Georgia Bradley, Maison Skene and Sally Fielding are sold on the idea of real estate careers, bringing in top dollar during their mock auction examination at the Tamworth TAFE on Tuesday. Photo: Gareth Gardner 051217

Going once, going twice, going three times, sold to the local TAFE students who passed their first mock auction with flying colours on Tuesday.

Sally Fielding, Maison Skene and Georgia Bradley took the gavel and centre stage to complete the sales unit at the halfway mark of their 12 month real estate course.

Teacher Michaela Newman said that auctioneering, as well as real estate in general, is not as simple as some people might believe.

“I was marking the auctions looking for plenty of passion and personality, although the legal requirements involved are probably what we look at most – they are very important,” she said.

Ms Fielding was first up, selling her mock house in Hillvue for $595,000 to the highest bidder, although the real winner on the day was herself.

“I own a local business where I am surrounded by men, so I wanted to do something for myself,” she said.

“Now that I am six months into the course I am really enjoying it, I actually like all the paperwork.”

Mr Skene was next up, and has ambitions of using his real estate training to leave Tamworth and set up a career as a realtor.

“I liked the idea of real estate when I started but wasn’t sure, now that I am studying it I really like the challenges and what goes on behind it,” he said.

For Ms Bradley she finds the industry “interesting and pro-active”, and can’t wait to launch a career selling houses.

“I wasn’t sure what I wanted for a career. Real estate seemed like something a bit different,” she said.

“Every day you meet different people – it’s great.”