Sales open gate for rural award
The Lismore saleswoman won top honours in rural sales statewide at First National’s gala awards in Sydney last week.
To put the icing on the cake, Katrina’s sales single-handedly helped her employer, Wal Murray and Company Lismore, win the top office honours for rural sales as well.
Katrina is now in the running for the national top rural sales award for the second successive year.
“This is a sign of a healthy local market. Unlike many areas, the downturn hasn’t really affected prices here, just the number of sales,” she said.
Katrina said sales were down only about 20 per cent on the Northern Rivers from last year and she was looking forward to next year with the rising interest rates.
“Ironically, rising interest rates mean everything is getting back to normal,” she said. “It really helps people’s confidence.
“In an area like this, people know it is a good region to invest in.”
Katrina started on rentals about six years ago and has been in sales for the last three. Unlike many of her peers, she actually misses rentals.
“I loved it. You got to know everyone and you would see their kids growing up,” she said.
“I love my job and meet as many people now, but I don’t get to enjoy the regular relationships.”