Gill Hunt – Hunt Estates
What makes you spring out of bed in the morning?
As a business owner you have responsibility to your clients and staff and so I find myself juggling a lot of tasks for the day, so I am motivated to get up and get started and try to finish the day with some degree of satisfaction by getting through the list! Of course, the best thing is helping people find their dream home and hand holding them through the process. It is a great feeling sharing their joy.
How did you get to where you are today?
I had studied dance from the age of 5 and after my A levels, I still wanted to dance and I had to make a choice between university or dancing. I followed my passion and was fortunate enough to have constant work until my mid- twenties. It was hard physical work, but so enjoyable and satisfying and I met some wonderful people. I then had to think of another career and I was always interested in property. I began work in an existing agency then subsequently set up another agency with a colleague which we ran for 11 years. I have since established Hunt Estates. During my time in estate agency, I have studied for my Fellowship in Estate Agency. Part of this involved going to the UK and sitting 4 x 3-hour exams. There was nothing offered locally, and I wanted to be more qualified than just learning on the job. I have now been in the industry for well over 20 years. It is a fascinating sector and I will never stop enjoying the celebration of someone buying or selling their property and the happiness and comfort it can bring.
What couldn’t you live your life without?
My family means everything to me. I was the youngest of six siblings and came to Jersey from Teesside. We are very close, and the family is now very extended, but we enjoy fabulous Christmases together. In Jersey, where I met my husband, Steven, and made my home, I have another family and we are fortunate to have two lovely granddaughters who make any problems you have just melt away!
I also love Art History and have taken evening courses in Jersey. I love to attend lectures, both on and off the Island. There is so much to study online and I cannot resist a visit to the National Gallery in London or art galleries in Europe whenever we are there.
Which outsiders (professional services, investors, mentors, family etc.) have been most important to the success of your business?
I have always enjoyed great support and encouragement from my husband, Steven, who has joined me in the business since his retirement from a law firm. He brings great marketing and business development skills to the business and has many local contacts following twenty-one years as a civil servant and nearly twenty years in the financial/legal services sector.
I have a very good business adviser who helps me with financial, HR and regulatory matters. I also have a very good team of negotiators and administrators at Hunt Estates where we have lovely harmony in the office and support one another, which is important.
What have been the biggest challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The biggest challenge was to take a bigger step to establish my own agency in the heart of town at 9 New Street. It was a big commitment in every respect and required me to be focused, committed and driven to achieve.
What advice would you give to your younger self before embarking on your business journey?
I would say concentrate on the things or topics you are interested in and enjoy and work in that area. Never stop learning and if you love the subject you will be hungry for knowledge and enjoy it more. You spend a lot of time at work and if you enjoy it, you will be happier and healthier as you will get a buzz from success and results. My mother gave me good advice as a child, which I have always carried through in business:
Always be yourself, treat others as you would like to be treated, be respectful and kindness costs nothing.
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