Real estate a family affair

Published 5:00am 30 November 2023

Real estate a family affair
Words by Jodie Powell

Three generations of the Chippendale family are continuing a proud real estate legacy in the Moreton Bay region.

The family has been associated with Professionals Caboolture-Morayfield since 2007 when Leigh Chippendale took over as principal of the long-established office on Beerburrum Rd.

Now Leigh has passed the baton to her son, James, who becomes the office’s principal.

“I am so grateful to my mother who established a wonderful legacy, and I am honoured to take over the family business she created,’’ James says.

“Mum will stay involved as a sales consultant and auctioneer, while my dad, Greg, who is well known in the Moreton Bay Region as a former deputy mayor, will have a role as a sales consultant - although he’s pretty much retired.

Third generation joins the team

“I’m thrilled that the family dynasty is expanding to a third generation with my daughter, Taya, joining the team after recently receiving her real estate licence.

“When Taya was studying for her licence, she realised how much she already knew of the industry after being around the business all her life.

“I know she will do well, as, like the rest of the family, Taya has a strong work ethic.’’

James became involved in the family’s real estate business eight years ago after a successful managerial career with Queensland Health.

“I always planned that I would transition into real estate and the family business,’’ he says.

“When I decided to purchase the business it was a no-brainer that I would continue with Professionals as our family’s name is linked to the brand and our values align.

Life-long connections

“Being part of the Professionals ‘family’ means a lot to me.

“The group did the right thing by mum and from our experiences we know they are good people.’’

James is committed to the Caboolture-Morayfield area.

“I’ve lived here since Grade 2, went to school at Tullawong and it’s been the perfect place to raise my own family,’’ he explains.

It was at Tullawong where he met his now wife, Amanda, who also has a role in the family business.

“Our family is proud to be a part of this community and as businesspeople we have always tried to give back.

“It all started when mum and dad owned the Chippendales’ convenience store in Caboolture and dad served on the local council for 19 years,’’ James says.

“Our family business is fortunate to be supported by an excellent team who are all friendly, helpful and consistently go above and beyond for our clients.

“The Moreton Bay Region is an exciting place to be right now.

“The real estate market is booming, prices continue to grow, there’s good rental yields for investors and strong capital growth.’’

Professionals chief executive officer Katherine Gonzalez-Cork says the group is proud of its strong family ties and generational legacy.

“The many multi-generations actively involved in Professionals offices across the country adds to our high level of retention of members and sets us apart from our competitors,’’ Katherine says.

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