Some of you may know Danny as the guy at the helm of Century 21 Bellingen, but as of 5pm on October 31st 2018 the business is trading as Danny Whalen Real Estate Bellingen. As they say- new name, same great service.
Rod paid Danny a visit to get to the bottom of the name change and in the process learnt a whole lot more!
How long have you been in the real estate game?
Nearly 30 years. I started selling real estate December 1989.
So why the name change?
The name change has been part of the plan since the business opened in Bellingen April 2017. We were just waiting until our franchise agreement expired.
What do you like about selling real estate?
I enjoy building trust with my clients, putting a deal together and helping people to achieve a great result. I also enjoy the legal side of selling real estate.
What makes you different from other agents?
I think my customers and clients would say the ability to calmly create win-win outcomes for both sides.
What factors will influence a buyer?
Probably a couple of things. A buyer needs to be able to trust the agent and the agent needs to be genuinely interested and enthusiastic about the property they are selling.
I know that you’re busy away from the office too. What community groups are you involved in?
I’ve been involved with Rotary for years. I’ve been president 5 times over this period. I’m also involved with Kairos Prison Ministry Australia, which is an interdenominational Christian ministry reaching out to incarcerated individuals, their families and those who work with them. I’m also involved with Emmaus- a Christian movement which works to train leaders in the community.
Your best memory of childhood was?
Fishing with yabbies in the Macleay River at Stuarts Point in my grandfathers clinker rowing boat and catching bream and school jew. At the same time listening to 3 generations of family playing Euchre late into the night around the family table. Something I was able to joined in on as I grew older.
Your best sporting moment was?
Riding 100kms on my mountain bike around Bellingen and Coffs Harbour in 4hrs 15mins last weekend. This was a personal best. My goal is to break the 4 hour mark.
What would you like to be remembered for?
Dropping what I am doing at the time to help people in major need. I understand that when people are in difficulty they need a help up right then.
What are you reading right now?
Point Man by Peter Farrar.
What are you listening to right now?
Polly in the Bellingen Food/Bellingen Maid. It is always entertaining.
What really annoys you?
People who avoid speaking their truth because it might be uncomfortable.
The best lesson your parents taught you?
Be generous. If a neighbour has to steal your crops to get by, it is your fault for making him a criminal.
The last big belly laugh you had was?
When I knocked Dr M off his bicycle because I forgot to inform him I was turning right and we both crashed.
How do you relax?
Drinking red wine, listening to music or both. But my wife would probably say I do not know how to relax.
The previous career you wish you could forget?
I had so many different jobs before I found a passion for real estate. I could not say one over another. They all sucked.
In the Movie Dannygate, who would play you?