Dennis DellasCertificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate)

Wanting to open his own real estate agency, Dennis Dellas decided it was time to return to study so he could exchange his real estate clipboard for an auctioneer’s gavel.

“I started the Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate) purely because I’d been practising real estate for 10 years, and I wanted to take up the opportunity to get my full license so that I could eventually start up my own office,” said Dennis.

The Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate) allows graduates to apply for a full real estate license, open their own estate agency and to perform auctions. Dennis continued working while he completed his course off-campus. He says the off-campus experience was a positive one for someone wanting to stay in the workforce.

“It took me a few years to do, but I enjoyed the fact that I could pick up a subject or two each semester, over the course of several years, and actually complete it. The people in the off-campus office were extremely helpful. If I needed anything it was just a phone call away.”

In April 2007 Dennis established Lindellas, located in Box Hill. After more than a decade of experience, he still loves the unpredictable nature of his work. He says every day; even every single hour is different.

Now, Dennis simply looks at home when conducting auctions. He’s an expert at making a difficult task look simple. In all the properties he’s sold, one stands out the most. He sold one large block in Thames Street in Box Hill for $1,955,000 — totally exceeding all his client’s expectations.

As Dennis is the only auctioneer in his office the pressure to perform is constant.

“It is mentally and physically tiring, as you have vendor expectations with their anxieties. Then there are the buyers who throw curve balls at you but it is still fun and I enjoy it. I am nervous beforehand but I just concentrate on the job to do,” said Dennis.

As for changing careers again, Dennis thinks it is pretty unlikely.

“This business gets in the blood and it is there forever.”