Fiona first received her NSW Real Estate license in 2003 while working for Ray White Elizabeth Bay in Sydney. In the 14 years since she has been on quite the journey to starting HostPartners!
In 2013 she found herself being a single mum with 100% custody of her 10 year old son living in the Southern Highlands of NSW near Bowral. Fiona was travelling 4 hours every day to a high pressure corporate job in Sydney. Her son was being looked after by family members and carers.
One day her son said "Mum, I think we are drifting apart". Cue the tears and heartbreak of a single mum trying to do her best.
That day Fiona made a decision that brings her to Host Partners.
Fiona quit her Corporate Sydney job with the heels and make-up...with no backup plan. She was determined to be at home as much as possible.
Daphne, Fiona's ever practical mum always said to her "Fiona, what about house cleaning, its the perfect area for it".
So she did. Fiona put an ad on Gumtree, had business cards made and door-knocked her town. With her Sass and Bide jeans and RM Williams shirts she may not have been "your average cleaner", but she worked hard cleaning houses and offices to pay her mortgage and feed, clothe and educate her son on her own.
Along the way she met owner after owner who were dabbling in short-term rentals of their properties through AirBnb and other sites. They all said the same thing. Its hard work and takes a lot of time. She had also seen other agents charging in excess of 25-30% to manage these properties for the owners!
Ever the business woman Fiona offered to manage these properties for her owner friends.
As Fiona Says: "This is not 1977 any more!..lets just do this smarter!".
That's how Fiona started Host Partners.
Fiona runs Host Partners with her team and manages all the guest bookings and liason with her owners.
Thanks for stopping by.
You can call Fiona on 0408415775. Like any small business she works 7 days.