Move to Perth sets Bev Heymans on successful estate career

Move to Perth sets Bev Heymans on successful estate career

Bev Heymans

in South Africa and dabbling in property development on the side, a move to Perth prompted a career change for Bev Heymans.

“Real estate had always been my passion,” she said.

“I just love houses: big ones, small ones, quirky ones.

“I get really excited at the prospect of walking into someone’s home, and seeing what they have done – sometimes it’s a window, or a concrete bench, it’s just like opening a lucky dip.

“So when we moved to Perth, I decided to focus on something I loved.”

It was 2005 and the market was at its peak. Mrs Heymans said as an unknown she initially had difficulty getting a foothold in the western suburbs.

“It was only when the market became really challenging that I started to benefit from those changed circumstances and was able to prove myself,” she said.

Mrs Heymans’ career has progressed significantly since those early, challenging years and she now owns two highly successful businesses with her husband Grant.

“I started working for a smaller boutique agency, and then moved to Acton,” she said.

“I was the licensee for two years before I was given the opportunity to own two offices.

“As I was familiar with the brand, it was an easy decision.”

While it was once viewed as an occupation for semi-retirees who wanted to keep busy, or people looking for a part-time job, Mrs Heymans said she has seen real estate become a very serious career.

“The successful agents are highly trained, highly skilled and have a very strong work ethic,” she said.

“If people are considering taking up real estate as a career, they need to understand the commitment they will have to make to their clients.

“When we take on a listing, we are committing to do whatever it takes to achieve the best result for the client.

“Sometimes the best result takes a week, but sometimes it takes far longer; you must be prepared to show the same energy and enthusiasm on day 120 as you did on day one.” n