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By Bridgeman Downs Office

This International Women’s Day, we are shining a light on the women that make Ray White great. Get to know one of our top women, Ray White Bridgeman Downs sales director Sonya Treloar.

Why real estate and how did you start in the industry?

I had been a wife and a mother, two roles I truly cherished. My husband and I had done some small projects and found that the agents we were dealing with were almost absent from the job. I felt that it was a profession that I could inject some genuine empathy and understanding into and that I might be good at it.

I started in late 2010, commission only in a local Ray White Office. My first day didn’t go well. I came home to Wayne and said that I couldn’t go back. I did and the rest is history…

How does your usual day look?

4:30: Start
4:45am: Gym session
Walk Bentley after gym
Make breakfast & lunches for my husband and son.
8:30am: Start at the office
Meet with my team to make sure we are on track each day.
Make sure I’m ready for my three appraisals each day.
Call all my sellers regarding the progress made on the sale of their home.
Check back in with my team to see if the days goals were met.
Go home and make dinner for my husband and son.

What do you enjoy most about being with Ray White? What makes real estate different?

I love the fact that Ray White is a family business. It holds similar values to me and has always impressed me with the genuine connectivity that the family (the Whites) maintain.

It is a brand that has seen the market evolve, and Ray White has either evolved before or during massive times of change. COVID was a classic example of change needed in such a short amount of time. The group makes real estate an enjoyable professional because of all the training and support.

Tell me about a unique success story?

There are many of these success stories, because each transaction has its own truly defining moment which makes it special. However recently we sold a home for a lady and we achieved almost $100,000 more than she was expecting. She told me I had changed her life…she could now retire comfortably. That’s a success story.

What’s the one thing you know now, that you wish you knew when you first started out?

That no two transactions are the same and that you have to adapt and change with each listing.

Where do you see yourself in the next 12 months?
Raising a team of high achievers within our business that can have and share in the rewards that I have been privileged to.

What are your goals?

I am striving to achieve No. 1 again, that was a highlight of my real estate career, and it took me a little longer than I was hoping for. I also wish to be able to pass on the knowledge and experiences that I have gained. I have had such great mentors both inside and outside the group.

Are there any other Ray White women who inspire you and why?

Megan Jaffe and Julie Ryan are without question two of the most incredible women that have and continue to achieve amazing things both individually and corporately.

What advice would you give to women starting out in the industry?
Don’t let anyone tell you that you are not good enough to succeed in this industry, believe in yourself and get a good mentor who shares your values. Let real estate be your career, not what defines you.

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