Dowling Mayfield officially opened their doors March 3rd 2003 in a sample office opposite our current location.
Commenced with two sales people and a receptionist and was purely just a sales office at the time. Joe remembered at the time any rentals generated were transferred to another nearby Dowling office to look after for a period of time until having enough properties to manage ourselves.
We were mainly focused on listing and selling properties within the Mayfield and surrounding area. Sales did generate, many investors and our rental portfolio grew very quickly. Within two years of opening our doors I recall that approximately 30-40% of sale properties were sold to investors, so early 2016 I decided to start a property management department within the office, Mayfield was always a very sought after location mainly targeted by first home buyers and investors. Its close proximity to the CBD was a real attraction, however it was the affordability level that really attracted those buyers.
Fast forward 15/16 years, I know have a combined sales team within two locations of five experienced sales consultants and two sales support assistance. Property management which started from scratch has built nicely and we now employ three property managers and two property officers.
The demographics have certainly changed in the area. Look back ten years ago and it was difficult to find a nice coffee in the area, now there are multiple coffee shops located all over the Mayfield and Tighes Hill area.
Many of the rental properties that were present in the early 2000’s have now been purchased by many owner occupiers and being been fully renovated and beautified. Many of the streets in Mayfield have character great street appeal and the homes themselves built early to mid 1900’s show so much character.
I truly believe that’s what attracted a lot of the first home buyer to the area. It’s also a change of generations. Over the years I have sold so many properties to people who had built their homes and have never sold. The homes were always immaculate and the owners were house proud.
I have tried to establish a business where the team members are very important and vital to the success of the business. It’s important that we have established team members that are happy within the environment. The first person I employed was in fact my sister Maria who at the time (early 2003) was working in a different industry all together. Fast forward 16 years and Maria is still employed and loves helping people sell their homes. Maria has a very natural and caring way of understanding people and their real estate needs. Born and bred novocastrian, raised in the Hamilton area and loves to socialize with family and friends.
We proudly support the Mayfield West Bowling Club and Maria is on the social committee board and has introduced new social events throughout the year.
Joe Di Claudio – Licensee in Charge & Registered Valuer