07 Oct 2016

A buyer's agent can be man's best friend

Melbourne based buyer’s agent Melissa Opie has a strong team behind her including two very special employees of the four-legged variety.

Tibetan spaniels Coco and Bella have been coming to work with her for the past two years and according to Melissa, their wagging tails and playfulness are a vital part of her team’s morale.

“Studies have shown that people who take their dogs to work have lower stress levels during the workday,” says Melissa who runs Keyhole Property Investments.

“Our clients love them and often invite them into the boardroom during their consultations but if I think that they need time out then there is plenty of space for them to go.

“Sometimes I take them on property inspections and once or twice I’ve had the selling agent take them for a walk, leaving me time to view the property without them.”

The double storey office, which is located in Flemington, has a courtyard and deck for the dogs to run around.

Melissa started her career in real estate in 1987 and has been a buyer’s agent since 2005.

“I chose a career so that I can help clients make informed purchasing decisions because I know that if people purchase the wrong property, it can set them back hundreds of thousands of dollars over the lifetime of ownership,” she says.

“I absolutely love getting the best deal and purchasing a property that the clients could never have secured without my assistance.”