Michelle Champion has been forging a name for herself in the Cairns property market for a few years, and she’s now excited to be introducing her husband, Wade, to the industry.
Although, Wade is no stranger to real estate, having recently received notification from RealEstate.com to advise that he was amongst the top 2% of users nationwide.
“I’m always looking out for movement in the market, trying to anticipate future growth for investment opportunities.”
Wade has spent the past 19 years working at the family business, Cairns Steel Fabricators. In this time, Wade has learnt all the facets of the company from boiler making, detail drafting, estimating, project managing and working his way up to the Operations Manager.
Wade’s time at Cairns Steel Fabricators has given him extensive experience in running a business, growing a business and managing up to 200 employees. Wade felt he had achieved everything he had set out to achieve in the business and therefore he needed new challenge. “I’ve always had a passion for real estate; I’ve bought homes, built homes and renovated homes, and it seemed like a natural progression with my strong business background”. Wade is known in the construction industry for his enthusiasm, dedication and work ethic.
Michelle has already created a name for herself as one of the up and coming young agents in Cairns and her passion for real estate and hard work have seen her achieve success in only a few years. Michelle explains that she had worked in the real estate industry briefly when she first finished school. “However, I was just too young for the industry then. I went on to full-time employment whilst I also studied a Bachelor of Accounting. It was challenging, juggling full-time work and full-time study, but it got me ahead a lot faster. It meant I had years of practical experience by the time I finished my degree.”
“I held various roles once a qualified accountant, including management accounting, business analyst type roles and all the way through to operations management. However, I just didn’t have the job satisfaction I wanted. I always knew that real estate was where my passion lay.”
“I truly believe that if you enjoy what you do, then success will follow. We have a passion for property and believe this passion will enable us to provide a superior, innovative and personalised service to clients and build a business based on referrals. Word of mouth is a great form of advertising,” says Michelle.
Already making a great team and having a shared vision for their future, Wade and Michelle decided that teaming up was the obvious choice. “Drawing from our previous careers, I feel we have a lot to offer and provide a different perspective that we already know achieves results.”
“Being a husband and wife team has it’s benefits, as we are both equally invested in making the business work. You also get both of us working together for you, we offer different personalities and different skills with a common goal, which offers our clients a lot more value for money.”
Both Wade and Michelle acknowledge that it can be a tough industry and that there is vast choice of real estate agents in Cairns. However, they are confident that they have a lot to offer their clients. They understand both sides of the sales process having built a home, bought, sold and renovated homes. Michelle has also successfully sold two of their own properties.
We are keen to have a break from renovating our own properties and focus all of our attention on helping others with their properties.
“Our last renovation occurred during a busy period of our lives – we bought a new home, moved, got married and finished a renovation all in the same month,” Wade laughs.
“Now that we have done a few ourselves, we know how it works; we know the costs, and when it’s worth the effort. If you invest $1, you want to be making at least $2. We also know how to stage a home for sale and the importance of this.”
Michelle says there is a common misconception that a vendor should get their house on the market as soon as they can. “Too many people rush to the market. it’s important to take some time and have the property looking the best it can. That’s where our experience is going to be a huge benefit for our clients.
“Joining the team at Marsh Property is really exciting. The Marsh Property brand and future-plans for the business aligns perfectly with ours. Chris Marsh (the agency principal) has been in the industry for about 12 years and had developed a reputation for integrity and quality marketing practices. Behind the Marsh Property façade, there is a tight team of experts, with creative marketing strategies and a clear vision in place to be the best not the biggest. They take pride in everything they do, which is evident with the opening of their stylish new office studio in Edge Hill and the involvement they have with the local community and charities,” Wade explains.
“We want to not leave a stone unturned. We want to be able to put hand on heart, and tell our client that we did everything in our power to get the best price for them.”
Michelle and Wade are excited to announce they are “Champions in Real Estate”.