Nicola Michels

Investment Property Specialist

Phone: 0431 457 762

How long have you been in Real Estate?

I have been in Real Estate 14 years.

What aspect of Real Estate are you an expert in, or what aspect are you most proud of that you do? 

I am proud of having worked in all facets of the residential real estate arena including Sales (established, investment sales nationally and off the plan sales) and  Property Management both in the government and private sectors.

What is the strangest/nicest/most interesting thing you have had to deal with, in your Real Estate career?

Most interesting :  My time spent at Hamptons International, London. I loved the international vibe, the history, the architecture and the amazing team of people I worked with.

What is the most interesting non-Real Estate job you have ever had, and what about that job has helped you most in your current Real Estate role?

I spent almost three years managing the boutique, Prairie Hotel in South Australia’s outback, population four. This required a lot of hard work and long hours often looking after guests from across the globe from breakfast to bedtime.  The ability to relate to a variety of people and understand their needs at any one time (including film crews, grey nomads, backpackers and the local community) and do it with a sense of humour is a skill I have transferred into my real estate career. Our clients, being our vendors, landlords and tenants all have different motivations and needs around property and it is my goal to understand and service these needs over and above their expectations.

What is the one piece of advice you would give a new Landlord/Vendor/Tenant/Client?

Landlord - Don’t choose your Real Estate Agent based on fees alone. The difference in management fee from 5% to 6% on a $500pw property is approximately $22 per month.  Should your property sit unnecessarily vacant for two weeks this could cost you a $1000. Choose a professional agent who brings their A game, every time.

Tenant - Take 15 minutes out to read and understand your Tenancy Agreement. If you have any questions, consult your property manager. Communication is key.

Vendor - Prepare your property inside and out and ALWAYS use professional photography.  In this world of digital marketing/advertising you can lose prospective buyers with the click of a button.