A Man for All Seasons

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Growing up as the son of Australia’s most-produced playwright in the history of Australian theatre could have left Rory Williamson in the shadow of his famous father David. However, after following a fifteen-year career in the arts, Rory is establishing himself as a passionate estate agent in sun-soaked Noosa Heads, as John Caruso discovers.

“I was born in Melbourne however the family left when I was two and mum and dad settled in Balmain which had a real hippie vibe to it. Sydney-siders referred to the locals as ‘Balmain basket weavers’,” recalls Rory Williamson.

The Williamson household was somewhat of a ‘Brady Bunch’ affair.

“I had four step-siblings, mum and dad had two kids each when they met and then they had me,” Rory explains.      

It was only natural that Rory explored a career in the arts. He played the role of Dr Paul Exley on the long running New Zealand soap Shortland Street, with more stage, television and film roles to follow, however property and real estate were always an interest, even from a young age.

“I was digging about in an old filing cabinet and I discovered amongst all my old acting stuff, this other file – and remember this was all before the internet – I had cut out and saved real estate listings and photographs of properties and homes from magazines. I’d kept them in this folder, pretending I was adding them to my property portfolio,” he said.

“I’ve always loved architecture, renovating and property so I decided to focus on that after a wonderful run in the arts. I’d achieved everything I wanted to achieve and ticked all the boxes: I wanted to be in a television show; I wanted to make a film that was released in a cinema; and by luck that all happened,” says Rory.

Luck and a load of talent no doubt.

Rory’s real estate achievements saw him launch Williamson & Co several years ago and he’s about to set up shop in Noosa Junction together with a growing team.

“Using my marketing experience from a film and television background I’m keen to put my own stamp on real estate,” he said. “It’s a service industry and I want to give people a really personalised service, adding value to their properties even before they hit the market “We do that through great video, great copy, great photography and giving potential sellers a brief on how and what we can do to add value to their property.

“Whether people list with us or not, I am happy to walk around a property and have a chat with potential sellers and that would be the same as if I were talking to my siblings or my mum and dad. If you work with Williamson & Co, you become part of our real estate family.

“This business isn’t rocket science, it’s marketing and negotiation and they are the two things I focus on,” says Rory.

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After 30 years in radio, John now runs the Conversations IN Noosa podcast and in between being our writer, sanity checker, accounts manager, event MC, and delivery boy; he spends time with his first love, recording a daily Drive program for regional radio from home (often in his pyjamas); and presenting Saturday mornings on Hot 91.1. He has previously worked for FoxFM Melbourne, Triple M Brisbane and SeaFM, as well as managing and presenting on ABC Sunshine Coast.

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