This little not-for-profit organisation wouldn’t be able to operate without the support from our friends and believers! Ward Partners have been cheerleaders for¬†DHH¬†from the beginning.
This year, they’ve become our official sponsors. There wasn’t much arm twisting … Matt Ward found this interview much more difficult than signing the cheque for DHH!
Thanks for being our #dhhplatinumsponsor Wards… you are a top example of beautiful¬†#businessandcommunity collaboration.
1. You are into everything in our community, it seems Matt…. Why did you get involved in DHH 4 years ago?
I joined the DHH committee 4 years ago. Wards certainly were around from the beginning of¬†Discover Hunters Hill¬†11 years ago and¬†is a great way¬†for Wards to connect with our community, outside of real estate.¬†
Discover Hunters Hill has helped create and support heaps of great local events… The Tour de Hunters Hill is an event I really love because it brings so many people¬†to ride bikes¬†together. I’m a bit of an outdoors enthusiast so that event is fun for me to be at, and be in.¬†Then¬†of course the now famous -¬†Street Feast has been¬†an outrageous success. Who hasn’t loved 2 years of a massive Gladesville Rd¬†street party?
2. How deep is your love for¬†triathlons, really? Like…¬†are you cheating on her with casual yoga?
I really need to start more than¬†casual yoga because my body is falling apart! Triathlons are a way for me to stay fit and healthy in a multi-disciplined arena.¬†I would find it so stressful to be in a¬†triathlon¬†competition Matthew, how do you stay focussed?¬†¬†Well, just quietly …¬†fb & instagram create a little bit of a myth about how much I actually compete. I’m gonna blame overzealous friends posting heaps!¬†But it’s nice to have a bit of physical¬†variety. I’ve always been sporty…¬†I just really love to be active.¬†I thoroughly enjoy swimming,¬†I reasonably enjoy running and I like cycling the least. How can you like cycling the least,¬†when¬†you’re a Tour de Hunters Hill lover? Easy, the Tour de HH is really¬†a big¬†picnic with a little biking on the side! The Priory is a sensational location and I really enjoy mixing with¬†friends and locals on that hill. We sponsor the Tour -¬†not just¬†because biking is a top way to look at real estate -¬†but the Tour de Hunters Hill combines nearly everything I love; a¬†bit of sporting¬†activity with the disc golf and riding, food, mixing with loads of people and helping to increase community profiles like¬†HHRCS. I like the way you slipped looking at¬†real estate in there,¬†Matt¬†Well, I like to¬†think that¬†after 16 years,¬†looking at houses¬†comes naturally now,¬†Alison!
3. What would you do if you weren’t in real estate?¬†
I know you were very young when you started Matt‚Ä¶ I remember getting in your little bomb of a car many ago and driving around trying to find a new HH¬†home for us!¬†Think you‚Äôre being a but harsh about¬†the car, Alison. So if you weren‚Äôt in real estate?¬†I‚Äôd be just about contemplating my retirement from the tennis¬†circuit . Ahh yes, you‚Äôre a Lawn Tennis Club man, aren’t you? I am, I do love playing… Tennis is¬†a bit of an obsession/passion¬†and I get to be with other tennis diehards. Sally Stobo does a great job as President of the Hunters Hill Lawn Tennis Club. Sal’s just as passionate about tennis as I am, so I’m in great company there.
4. What is the first rule of real estate you were taught?
I don‚Äôt know whether I was taught this, but I adopted it early on, that if I say I’m going to do something, I DO it. It might be the smallest thing like ‚ÄúI‚Äôll call you tomorrow‚Äù -¬†even if its to say I’m still waiting on an answer¬†- a work rule for me.You must have been inspired, or enjoyed that “do-what-you-say-you’re-going-t
o-do” quality in someone else? I was really heavily influenced by my parents. Both being in small business with great work ethics, yet different styles.¬†Dad’s a massively¬†hard worker and mum’s got terrific¬†attention to detail. Hopefully there’s a balance of them in me. I like to think I‚Äôve brought my own style too. As for a favourite real estate story ‚Ä¶ there isn’t just one, there’s so many. For¬†people with a lot of emotion¬†and love tied up in¬†their home, I particularly¬†enjoy building a lot of trust with them.¬†The trust part is so important and tends to¬†create¬†the best outcome overall. I don’t mean¬†just a great¬†price for our clients, but a positive real estate experience. I love bumping into clients months later¬†and being able to hear how happy they are in their new home, or how pleased they still are with their¬†sale¬†result. That’s¬†the ultimate compliment, plus job satisfaction¬†for me.
5. Finally, Matt’s turn to¬†ask Alison¬†a question!
Thanks¬†Alison‚Ä¶ I’ve been waiting patiently for my turn to grill you!¬†You‚Äôve obviously got a passion for the area, where did you come from BEFORE you lived in¬†HH? Because you‚Äôve been here a long time….
Matthew became a ruthless interviewer, getting the whole real estate¬†story out of Alison,¬†from Beacon Hill to¬†Hunters Hill with a Rozelle stop off in between. As I am telling Matthew about Rozelle, our mutual friend¬†Belinda Dowsett of BM Interiors¬†calls Matt… Belinda and Alison were in Rozelle¬†mothers group together 20 years ago, now she’s a mate of Matt’s, as well as a DHH member ~ SMALL WORLD 🌐
Thanks Matt for being our DHH super #platinumsponsor and well done surviving a DHH interview. No doubt we’ll see you on Tour de HH Sunday 23rd Oct!