Backchat: Greg Wall LJ Hooker Urunga

LJ Hooker Urunga, Greg Wall, Urunga, I Love Bello Shire, Bellingen

Greg Wall, real estate agent LJ Hooker Urunga, chats with Rod about work, family, community, life and sugar.

What brought you to Urunga?
My family has owned one of the shacks on the Kalang for over 70 years. All of my family holidays were spent in Urunga and it was a life ambition of mine to one day live here. Then I met and married Jodie who grew up in Crossmaglen and went to school in Bonville and Toormina.  I suppose you could say it was meant to be. We bought our place straight away and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.

What do you like about your work as a real estate agent?
Being part of the community. Every day I meet and help different people, whether it’s new people coming to our beautiful region, or some of our own changing their circumstances.

What is the most important skill you have?
The ability to listen to what people have to say.

Best advice for someone wanting to buy a home?
Particularly in this current buoyant market, any prospective buyer needs to have their finances ready to go, so when that perfect home comes up you will be in a position to act promptly.

Why sell through LJ Hooker?
“Nobody does it better…” LJ Hooker is undoubtedly Australia’s most recognisable Real Estate brand. Here at LJ Hooker Urunga we are part of the largest real estate group on the mid north coast. Our offices stretch from Grafton in the north to Macksville in the south and through our 6 offices we sell at least one new property every single day of the year.

Do you have a good team?
Sharlene Purser has come to us from a very experienced career in the highly competitive Sydney market. She has over 300 property auctions under her belt and brings a new level to the Bellingen Shire real estate market.  We were able to secure Sharlene’s services when she and her partner made the difficult decision to leave Sydney to come here to help look after her parents, who have lived locally for some years. Monique Shaw, formerly  from Dorrigo Wholefoods, is our agent on the ground in Dorrigo.  She is already kicking goals and is a great attribute to our business.

What was your previous career?
I spent the best part of two decades in Construction Management, rising through the ranks from brickie’s labourer, leading hand, site foreman to site manager.  My works included a number of regional projects including working as a site foreman on the Coffs Harbour Water Treatment Plant at Karangi.

Your best childhood memory?
Countless memories of our holidays every year at the Shack, enjoying the jewel of the Bellingen Shire that is the Kalang River waterfront.

Your best sporting moment?
I played in a few representative Rugby Union teams through my teens and early twenties, but in my mind it was the time I chipped in for a birdie on the second at Urunga.  Unfortunately no one else saw it so according to all my brothers, it never happened…

What would you like to be remembered for?
Being a good family man and an active member of our community.

Friends say that you are?
Nuts for abandoning my very lucrative construction career to go into real estate.  But life isn’t all about money. Our children have a stable home, a great school at UPS, they are active in the sporting community and most importantly, healthy and happy, and so are we. If that’s nuts, I am happy to wear it.

What do you avoid in life?
At the moment I am trying to avoid sugar.

You wont mind if I just finish my Mars Bar, will you?
No…but you have a bit of caramel stuck on your cheek.

What secret can you share with us?
I really did chip in on the second.

If only……
I had started my career here earlier.

What really annoys you?
Making mistakes.

The best lesson your parents taught you?
In a direct quote from my father, “It’s not enough to be honest, you need to be seen to be honest, and that is twice as hard.”

Is that a Snickers wrapper in your bin?
That’s not my bin.                                                                                                                              

Who inspires you?
My wife Jodie. It was a big move from Sydney to Urunga. She has been a great support.                                                                                                    

How do you relax?
Working on our little block of land with Jodie and the children.                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Favourite shire eatery?  
As part of my involvement with Bellingen Rotary, we have been fortunate to sample a lot of the shire’s establishments.  I really don’t have a favourite, though the Ocean View Hotel in Urunga does hold a special place in my heart as that is where my grandfather used to hold his dental clinics back in the 1940s.                                                                          

Best coffee in town?
In no particular order, Pomegrante and Boardwalk Cafe in Urunga and the Old Butter Factory in Bellingen. All know what I like and never disappoint.

The previous career you wish you could forget?
In the eighties I worked briefly as a drinks waiter in a Country and Western themed theatre restaurant in Petersham. That’s all I want to say about that.                                            

Your current passion is?
Real estate.
It’s one of those industries that permeates  your life and can be all consuming if you let it.  I am fortunate to have a calm and enjoyable home life plus community involvement responsibilities, which allows me some balance.
That being said, I find it thoroughly fascinating and am eager to continue to expand my industry knowledge and experience.                                                                                                                                                           

In the movie Gregate, who would play you?
That sounds a bit ominous. I don’t think I would like to have a “Watergate” themed film made about me. But if it were, I am sure my brothers would probably suggest someone like Stephen Curry.

I was thinking Gary Sweet?
Are we done now?  

LJ Hooker Urunga, I Love Bello Shire, Urunga, Bellingen

Greg with Monique Shaw

                      

            

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