Real estate brokers boast a combined 60 years in the business.
NASSAU, BAHAMAS - Among the top qualities of a first-rate real estate broker are sales experience, local knowledge and connections, and honesty.
At Island Living Real Estate, brokers Rachel Pinder, Hazel Wicky and Christine Wallace-Whitfield, who boast a combined 60 years in the business, are making sure their clients benefit from those qualities - and more.
Pinder, Wicky and Wallace-Whitfield all received their real estate licenses in the same year, 1997, an dhave built a solid reputation in the industry.
Pinder got her start in real estate in the US and decided to pursue a full-time career in real estate when she moved back home. That was more than 20 years ago.
"It was a natural progression for me," said Pinder.
Since then, Pinder has worked in property management and now heads up Island Living Real Estate on East Bay Street.
For Hazel Wicky, real estate was something that she gravitated to after moving back to the Bahamas in 1996. The following year she sat the real estate exam and has worked in the industry ever since.
Wallace-Whitfield is a commercial artist by trade and decided to pursue a career in real estate while living in Grand Bahama.
When she moved back to Nassau in 2012, she joined Island Living Real Estate and served as director of the Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA). Wallace-Whitfield is the BREA"S current president.
The most satisfying aspect of selling real estate, said Wallace-Whitfield, is helping people find their dream home.
"It's exciting to match up your client with a house, when they've found exactly what they're looking for and they are satisfied," she said. "That is so rewarding."
For Island Living Real Estate, client satisfaction and honesty come before anything else.
"we are a boutique firm, and of course we all have to make a living, but it's more important for us that our clients are actually satisfied with what they choose at the end of the day," said Pinder.
"We get tremendous amount of satisfaction when our clients are happy."
The combined experience of the three brokers covers a lot of ground.
Between Pinder, Wicky and Wallace-Whitfield, they have lots of knowledge when it comes to the Family Islands, New Providence and undeveloped property.
Over the years they have also developed a keen sense of what a property can fetch in the current market, even before the appraisal is done.
Pinder cautiously estimates that while it is still very much a buyer's market, "things have picked up a bit from a year ago.
As more real estate agents have come on stream, Island Living Real Estate stands on its own for its unique size and brand.
"We want to be that more individualized brand," said Peter. "We are not just a number trying to find a house."