When Alan Fettes broke his leg playing footy at school in Brisbane, he had to give up his dream of becoming a professional golfer. Now he’s got his next big break: a gig at Ray White Double Bay.
A friend suggested he’s make a good salesman. So after learning the ropes offloading fizzy drinks, jeans and insurance, he tried real estate.
Now after five years selling lavish homes in Sydney’s east, he and sales associate Calvin Stewart are two of several new young guns expected to arrive at Ray White Double Bay soon.
Mr Fettes says he notched up $1m worth of commissions last year selling properties and he believes he was the first 24-year-old in the country to do so.
“I’m the only one to have done it at the age of 24,” he said.
Mr Fettes said the sales — which included Di Ipkendanz’s home in Wellington St, Woollahra, for $9.5m and a range of others in Bellevue Hill, Rose Bay and Vaucluse — included a couple he did with his former boss, Clint Ballard.
“I had a three-year partnership at Ballard, learnt a lot and broke that record,” he said.
“But now I’m ready to take my my career to the next stage.
“I feel that with Ray White I’ll be able to enhance it even further.
I’m thrilled to be joining the most successful real estate businesses in the country — Ray White Double Bay has always been an office in which I envied to be a part of.’’
Ray White Double Bay are hailing the arrival of Mr Fettes and Mr Stewart as the “dawn of a new era”.
The firm’s managing director, Elliott Placks, said bringing Mr Fettes into the team was an important step for the future.
“This business has been going from strength to strength for more than 32 years, and I look forward to leading the already strong sales force over the coming years,” Mr Placks said.
“Every business goes through a period of renewal from time to time and we’re thrilled to have Alan join us.”