ABEL McGrath property consultant Sam Bevan had no idea an illness would lead to a 25-year real estate career spaning all aspects of the industry, including being named a rookie in her 40s.
“I dropped out of my commerce degree due to illness and a childhood friend found me a reception job at Paxton Hoad North,” she said.
“I had intended to go back to uni, but of course that never happened.”
Ms Bevan went from reception to trust accounting, to property management assistant, property manager and department head over the next 18 years.
In that time she won the inaugural Employee of the Year award at the now defunct Wentworth Mutual and dabbled briefly in commercial property management while working at Harcourts – she said it was a completely different beast to residential.
Her career came full circle when she returned to Paxton Hoad when the firm incorporated as the Property People with Abel McGrath.
Three years ago Abel McGrath directors Carmel Gardiner and Simon McGrath saw her potential as a sales representative and she now works actively in residential sales, mostly in and around Wembley.
“Last year I got up on stage at the REIWA awards to accept an award for Top 5 Rookie of the Year; being named a rookie after 24 years in the industry was surreal,” she said.
“I guess you can reinvent yourself at any stage of your career and at any stage of your life.”
Ms Bevan said she had seen a lot in her time in the industry and worked every inch of the metropolitan area.
“I even had a client name her chicken after me as a thank you for selling her home,” she said.
“Right now I am involved in a mentoring group with my colleague Michelle Kerr.
“It’s called Women in Real Estate, a group of sales representatives, property managers, principals, administrators – basically a cross-section of women working in real estate in Perth – and we share and encourage each other.”