Nicola Fleet began her real estate career in 2006 as a property manager before moving into sales in 2014. Nicola lives in Bicton, has strong ties to her local community and is passionate about helping others. This desire to help others was the driving force behind her Community Give Back program, which she launched in 2018 while working in her current position at Mint Real Estate East Fremantle. The innovative Community Give Back program supports local charities, not-for-profit schools and community sporting organisations. For every property that Nicola sells, she donates $500 of her commission to a charity or not-for-profit organisation of the seller’s choice. Since the program launched, Nicola has donated more than $35,000 of her own commission, of which $19,000 was donated in 2021 alone. Charities she has helped include Attadale Rotary Club, Melville Cares, The Smith Family, Fremantle Foundation, Beyond Blue, The Amanda Young Foundation and the Starlight Children’s Foundation to name just a few. It was for her charitable efforts with this initiative that Nicola was awarded the Community Service Award at the 2022 REIWA Awards for Excellence in April. Outside of real estate, Nicola likes to spend time with her husband, two young boys and their dog. She also enjoys pottery, painting and meditating. The quick six with... Nicola Fleet 1. How did you become a real estate agent? I had just had my first son and always loved everything real estate. I thought I would try something different and get a part-time admin job in real estate and ended up being offered a role as a personal assistant, which I loved. I did this for a few years before a friend asked me to sell their investment property which just led to more listings. I always think back and am so grateful to this friend who trusted me to sell her property as it gave me the start I needed in real estate sales. 2. What do you enjoy most about your job? I love lots of things about my job. I love the office I work in, this is so important to me - they are super supportive, and we have a great time. I get to work with some lovely clients who have now become my friends. I enjoy meeting all sorts of people and representing them in the sale of their homes and being able to make a difference in their lives. It's also interesting chatting with buyers and giving them advice. I love that my job is flexible, and I can work around my family. 3. What is the most challenging part of your job? There are a number of challenging aspects, it is not as easy as people think. If it were easy there would be a lot more people doing it! You are responsible for your own listings, sales and reputation. Real estate agents in general have a bad name and I would like to change this. I am very conscious about doing the right thing, being professional and treating people with respect - my reputation is everything to me! 4. What are you most proud of achieving in your role? I love the fact I can make a difference. I am extremely proud of my Community Giveback Program. I started this in January 2019 as I always wanted to be a volunteer but never had the time. I decided this was a way to give back given I couldn't physically contribute. I am so happy that two of my colleagues have also followed suit and joined this program to also make a difference. 5. We know WA market conditions are strong, what have the last 12 months been like for you on the ground? Yes, it has been strong but it's actually been very unpredictable. The last 12 months have been very busy but you just never knew what was ahead with this pandemic - we have had to be very adaptable. I have never known a good market so it is nice after eight years to see Attadale and Bicton booming. 6. What is your best advice for buyers? Chat with the agent and be honest with them. I see so many buyers attend home open after home open and continually miss out on properties as their offers are too low. Put your best foot forward and show the agent you are serious. More information To find out more about Nicola Fleet, visit her reiwa.com AgentFinder profile.