This is an article Gai O’Driscoll, the Principal at 2nd Avenue Realty, wrote as an editorial for the Sandgate local paper about how a Helper Agent(R) and real estate work together.

Good old fashioned honesty and trustworthiness is seldom mentioned when people talk about real estate agents. History has shown the industry to be one of the least trusted professions and there are times that stigma is justly deserved. However, there is a small group of real estate agents who want to make a difference and they are called ‘Helper Agents®’.

The official website describes a ‘Helper Agent® as an agent who is trusted and respected for their honesty, integrity and transparency. It is someone who will maintain the professionalism expected while empathising with and caring for your needs’.

“It is so very important to develop an understanding of a person’s circumstances and to build a trusting relationship based on that”, explains Gai O’Driscoll, professional Helper Agent® and co-principal of 2nd Avenue Realty, Sandgate.

“There are many different reasons why people choose to buy or sell a home. Apart from financial motivation if securing an investment, the decision to buy or sell is often made emotionally along with a great deal of stress. The death of a family member, divorce, the birth of a child, job transfer, marriage and retirement are some of the events that can trigger the purchase or sale of a home.

“At these times, not only is a person dealing with a plethora of personal emotions – fear, anxiety, excitement, grief, impatience – but they are also about to make what could be the biggest financial decision of their life. In some cases, the entire wealth of a person can be placed in the hands of a real estate agent,” Gai O’Driscoll said.

The sales and property management team at 2nd Avenue Realty back Gai 100% on the Helper Agent® philosophy. “My agency’s values are based on helping and building real relationships with our clients. The values we espouse through our business reflect what we value in our own lives. We work with a Helper Agent® mindset by validating our client’s emotions and where they are in their life without judgement,” said Mrs O’Driscoll. “If a person has our trust, then they are more likely to listen to our advice. By respecting them, we always have their best interests at heart. And, by being empathetic, we see the world as they see it”.

Whatever the reason behind your decision to buy or sell a home, or to utilise property management services, the team at 2nd Avenue Realty, Sandgate will always strive to ensure the experience is a positive one. Gai O’Driscoll and her team can be reached on 3269 1555.

To find out more about the Helper Agent® philosophy, visit www.helperagent.com.au

Author: Dianne Ray

I have almost thirty years in business management in the hospitality, tourism, hospitality, real estate and service industries and in education as a teacher in secondary schools and TAFE Colleges. I was born in the Western District in Victoria, my schooling was in Hamilton and Melbourne and my Tertiary Education was at Melbourne and Monash Universities. My family consists of 4 sons, 3 daughter in laws and 5 grandchildren. Over the last 9 years I made my home in Noosa, Queensland and since February 2011 have moved to Brighton, a suburb of Brisbane and contract to 2nd Avenue Realty as a licensed real estate agent. Selling residential property in the the Sandgate, Shorncliffe, Brighton, Deagon, Bracken Ridge and other areas. I also sell and market boutique accommodation properties, such as Bed & Breakfasts,Self contained Cottages around Australia on http://www.dianneray.com Over my life time I have travelled extensively throughout Australia and numerous times overseas. My interests are obviously travel, all aspects of sport especially golf, outdoor pursuits, fine dining, appreciation of wine and love meeting people. I gained my Bachelor of Education and taught secondary and TAFE students for a number of years and studied for my Masters in Business Administration. I have been self employed for the last 20 years comprising owning and operating an exclusive 4.5 star B&B; established an e-commerce business involving the hospitality and accommodation industry; in selling, marketing, training workshops, relief service and management. I changed my career path ten years ago and concentrated on real estate and business broking. I am a licensed real estate agent in Queensland. My involvement in real estate has been very satisfying and I enjoy the interaction with the buyers and sellers. In my role as a real estate agent, I am able to effectively fulfil the needs of clients and this is my passion, and to use my skills to obtain a win/win situation for everyone involved. I believe in the old traditional values of respect, integrity and genuineness and I am very passionate about helping people with their needs and I focus on listening to and genuinely helping my clients. I am a very honest, natural outgoing person who enjoys life to the fullest “My mission is to live with integrity and compassion and to make a positive difference in the lives of others”