Mover and shaker won't wear being called elderly
JEAN Hamer remains the leading lady of Sunshine Coast real estate agents. She's been in the game 52 years and is still there now, working full-time and loving it.
She has been a director of the Queensland Board of the Real Estate Industry of Queensland (REIQ) and its chair for two years as well as chair of the Sunshine Coast REIQ.
We talked to Jean about what continues to make her an outstanding Coast professional as she looks out across Mooloolaba bay from her office at Leading Realty.
On being 75
I am proud to be 75 because I don't feel I look it even though my daughters tell me I am old, 'really old' and I have to retire. I say no.
I am as fit as I can be and happy being as I am.
But I can't believe that big number. Every so often I look at it and look at things that say elderly. I don't wear that mantle at all. I am not elderly.
I am a vitamin nut with anything that says it's going to do wonders for me. I also go to a naturopath.
Walking is something I need to get back to; I haven't really done that properly this year.
Eating? I don't eat as much as I used to; I don't need too. It's two meals a day and good food.
I love that I am working; that's my social life. It's what I have always done.
I have a good head for real estate and I am doing exceptionally well.
It's the people I like. You are dealing with people, giving them what they want and using my experience of having sold real estate here for 52 years.
Retirement isn't for me. I am not the sort of person who can retire and do the morning teas and go to the movies. I'm not really good in just all-ladies company.
I am used to talking with men and women, and talking about things.
When you are older and by yourself that's what you miss. To me, that's what I get working with younger people and dealing with a lot of retired people. I can sit and have a meaningful conversation and go home a five o'clock totally exhausted, but that's fine.
It's still 40 hours a week because you can't do real estate part-time if you want to do it properly.
I am feeling better than ever so I will keeping going as long as I am doing the right thing. If I'm not making money at some stage, I will give it up.
What is your downtime like?
Sleep, probably because I have just had eight weeks with the confounded flu.
My days off on Sunday and Monday I might just lie down with good book and read, or I might do out somewhere with my daughters, or go shopping.
Still looking glamorous
Each six weeks I go to a beautician, Angela. She's 82 and the best beautician I ever been too. My skin is amazing; I'm so lucky. It must be good genes.
I also go to my hairdresser once a month.
I do spend too much on clothing my daughters will tell you, but it is important to me to look good and look the part.
Your favourite colour?
Cobalt blue is my absolute favourite colour.
My nails are currently painted bright blue.
In my unit it is white on white, but then I have cobalt blue, bright yellow and silver with it. It looks fabulous.