Principal, Ray White Figtree
Figtree’s highest performing real estate agent has launched his own office after six award-winning years in the Illawarra region.
Former Ray White Wollongong agent, Ben Baaner launched the Ray White Figtree office in March with the support of his old boss.
Having secured 16 properties for sale in his first two weeks, Mr Baaner said he is humbled by the support he has received from the community
“It is only early days but I am honoured that so many people have been willing to follow me into my new business,” he said.
“I've always liked to think that I have been an agent with integrity who gives people honest advice. I think that shows through.”
Having grown up in the area, Mr Baaner also credits his success to his strong community contacts and history of achieving results.
“I am the leading agent for Figtree in terms of sales but I also have a strong network through the greater Illawarra,” he said, adding that he has over 1200 property owners on file who he regularly communicates with. He also cites the Ray White brand as integral to his real estate success.
“I could have made this office whatever franchise I wanted but I chose Ray White because I truly believe it is the best brand and the strongest network.”
“One in three properties sold in the Illawarra are sold by Ray White. We have it wrapped up I think.”
With the Illawarra having seen four years of strong growth, Mr Baaner believes there is still plenty of room for movement as Sydney investors and owner occupiers increasingly look for more affordable options.
“We are going to see continued growth over the next 12 months as supply is low and demand is still high.”
“Figtree is the next suburb south of Wollongong so it has always been popular because of its proximity to town,” he said, adding that its low density and good schools are also draw cards.
Mr Baaner believes the biggest challenge in his new business will be managing its growth and is already looking for staff to join him.
“I’ll be putting on a property manager and trainee sales person. The right person could start here tomorrow,” he said, adding that they must fit his and Ray White’s brand values.
“I am an agent who will honestly give you the facts about your property and will always tell you like it is.”
Hi Ben, I just wanted to thank you so much with helping us sell our property! We knew from the first time we meet you that you were a genuine person and we both had a good feel about you. We will most definitely recommend you to our friends and family. (We had one who we gave your details to the other day) Thanks again Ben
Katie & Ben Mulcahy - Dapto
Dear Chris, We'd like to take this opportunity to let you know what an excellent job Ben Baaner did in acting for us in the sale of our property in Cabbage Tree Lane. Ben was both enthusiastic and professional in all aspects relating to the sale from initial contact, to marketing and management of, and reporting on, open houses. Ben has a rare ability to relate to people of all ages, to listen to others' point of view and take on board any suggestions we made as well as proffering very helpful ideas of his own. We would be very happy to recommend Ben to anyone considering selling their home.
Keith & Jill Enever - Mount Pleasant
Ben, I would like to thank you very much for all the help you gave to me, and Fe in selling our house at 34 Emerson Road Dapto. We believe that you are a very honest and good salesperson. We would have no hesitation in recommending you as an agent to any person who wishes to sell or buy a home. God bless and best wishes always.
Des & Fe Goulding - Dapto
3 September 2012 Dear Ben, Thank you for all your help and professionalism with regards to 71 Hamilton Street, Fairy Meadow, I believe we are now formally the proud owners and we are very happy! You were great to deal with, honest, straight forward and kept to your word and we really appreciate this!
Sula Giannakenas & Stuart Mason - Fairy Meadow
To whom it may concern, I have just had the pleasure of doing business with Ben Baaner and I wanted you to know that I found him to be polite and professional in every way, his ability to get the job done in an efficient and fast way without making me feel hurried was very pleasing. Ben listed my house on Wednesday, the photographer, and the plan drawer were at my place Thursday morning, on Friday afternoon, my home appeared on the internet, Ben letter boxed the street, Saturday was open house, and I was greatly impressed with the way that was run, I was respectively asked to make myself "scarce",a sign was put up at the door, "In the interest of security people are asked to sign the book and show their licences'." This made me feel a whole lot better about the whole "open day" thing. Eight people were present I don't know where he got so many at short notice!!!! I chatted to him afterwards and he was very confident that there was definite i
Robyn splitt - Fairy Meadow
It gives me great pleasure to provide this testimony regarding Ben Baaner (Sales Consultant) at Ray White Wollongong. Ben Baaner was hired to sell my house. Ben's manner was extremely professional. Ben has the ability to listen with care to your needs and suggests useful advise. His attention to detail is outstanding. Ben's unique ability to use his intelligence to provide the best service possible is much appreciated. I would have no hesitation in recommending Ben as a Sales Consultant. I would be happy to discuss this testimony. Please contact me on 0408112556. Annette Gonzales
Annette Gonzales - Fairy Meadow