The working class boy from Titahi Bay who started out as a commercial cleaner, the 16 year-old who worked his way to London to visit his grandma, or the leading real estate agent.
All true - and a great background for Real Estate - which is all about the art of people.
Before setting up Tommy's in 1999 with his business partner, he won Salesperson of the Year Awards (open to all Wellington real estate companies) in 1996 and 1997.
His professionalism has raised the benchmark and he's now one of the most recognised and respected names in the sector. His sales expertise is a key factor in the huge impact Tommy's Real Estate Ltd has had on Wellington's real estate market in recent years.
His personality and dynamism have made Tommy's the success story of today; that's why the business carries his name.
The mantras drummed into him from his youngest days, "if you look after people, they will look after you" and "behave as you want people to behave". He's also known to be the first to thank people and - when necessary - to be equally speedy to apologise.
Despite working in Wellington's real estate industry for the past 20 years, his enthusiasm and desire to help clients achieve their property objectives remains unquenchable.
He loves his home city and the lifestyle and opportunities it offers. Golf and horse racing are his main leisure interests, but Tommy is equally committed to helping others in the community. He's now well-known for auctioneering at charity functions, and his motivational - and infamously honest - speeches to other major companies, schools and charities; after all, supporting the local community is a core part of the Tommy's culture.
One of the major differences between Tommy’s Real Estate and our competitors is the underlying fact that Tommy’s is a brand built around his name.
To this end Tommy is personally available to anyone who entrusts the sale of their home to Tommy’s Real Estate, 7 days a week - on 021453549
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