• January 20, 2014

Ten Questions with Traci Charles

We fired a series of questions at Partner of Compton Green, Traci Charles and discovered how redesigning floor plans at the tender age of eight sparked her initial interest in real estate. Clients often praise Traci for bringing a personable and straight forward approach to every sale. In the office, she is renowned for her witty sense of humour.

1. What were you doing before real estate?

I used to be in hospitality as I was a front office manager for La Meridian and Radisson Hotel Chains. When I arrived in Melbourne, I then managed a number of restaurants in Yarraville.

2. When did your love of real estate start?

I was eight when my mother would take me along to all of the open for inspections and when I would go home, I would redesign the floor plans to make the home more functional. Mum’s favourite past time was and still is to go check out homes so I can attribute my love of real estate to her.

3. What has been your career highlight?

There’s not one career highlight but it’s the collection of special moments which really makes me love what I do. It’s now years later after my first sale and I still feel a wave of excitement when I receive the phone call confirming settlement. Congratulating the vendor, exchanging the keys and seeing the happiness on the new purchaser’s face is what it’s all about.

4. Tell me something we might not know about you?

In my late teens, I wanted to be an actor. I was in my late teens when I was a regular high school kid on Neighbours. I was also filmed in the movie, Spotswood which featured Toni Collette and Anthony Hopkins. Toni Collette was very down to earth, quiet and focused on her work.

5. What do you love to do in your free time?

I love catching up with family, spending time with friends and going out for dinner. Sampling the delights of the many wonderful Melbourne eateries in Melbourne is also great.

6. What’s your favourite recipe?

Vegetable Tagine which is a Middle Eastern dish. The slow process, flavours and aromas combine beautifully.

7. Favourite type of architecture?

Art Décor and anything Frank Lloyd Wright.

8. What do you love the most in your home?

My brand new couch and an old wooden horse that used to be my grandmothers. The horse is not the most attractive object but it has sentimental value.

9. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully healthy. I would love to still be listing and selling real estate for Compton Green. I also hope to have more frequent flyers points under my belt.

10. What is the most challenging aspect of your usual day at work?

I don’t come across many challenges but when I do, I like to think of them as learning curves.


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