Getting to know Rachael

Rachael

Rachael joined the Sydney Vision team back in August 2018

As Vision's first point of contact for many of you, we thought it would be great to get to know Rachael a little better...

Here's a recent Q&A:

What was your favourite year at school?
Primary school year 4. Best teacher, Ms Rhodes was stern but fair and got the best results on all topics from everyone. With the free time, the whole class would practice our end of year school performance. That year (1980) we did a dance to most of the Village People songs!! Like an acrobatic performance, with me doing a front flip while still holding a tray of milkshakes to the song ‘Milkshake’! Needless to say that Ms Rhodes rode a motorbike to school and wore a leather jacket.

What is the best book or series that you’ve ever read?
I like all topics. I really enjoyed Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons and Deception Point.

What is your favourite movie or sitcom?
‘Chocolat’ with Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp

What is the most useful app on your phone?
Dendy Cinema or Events Cinema

Where is the most interesting or relaxing place you have been?
Both Getty museums in LA. Interesting and relaxing. Beautiful gardens.

If you could go back in time, what year would you like to travel back to and why?
1750 to see the fashion then, Baroque/Rococo style. Attend a Masquerade Ball in the finest dress and jewellery.

What was your first job?
Account Clerk at a wholesale watch repair company. Charles Spring Repairs in Sydney. There was a team of watchmaker/repairers. Prouds and Angus & Coote would send all repairs to us, I filed by customer name then distributed to the watchmaker then back to Prouds or Angus & Coote and answer calls on the status of the repairs. Very similar to what I do now, only a physical product. And we had a Telex Machine….receive messages by a thin strip of paper!

How long have you been working in the mortgage / property industry?
18 years

Please tell us a little about your role with Vision…
I'm often the first point of contact for clients at the office, on email or on the phone. My main role is to support the brokers with all  that is required to have a loan submitted, all the way through to when a loan settles i.e. online loan submissions, email clients for further supporting documents to progress their application, liaising with the lenders, solicitors and other 3rd parties etc.

What motivates you to work hard?
I learnt great worth ethic from a young age from my father, our family trained very hard (Karate) and I have been able to apply that to work, plus I have a great respect for my employer.

What is your favourite thing about your job now?
I enjoy the attention to detail and receiving ‘Conditional Approval’ straight away upon loan submission.

What are some small things that make your day better?
I enjoy my daily mocha at lunchtime.

Who has impressed you most in the world with what they’ve accomplished?
My husband.

If you were ruler of your own country what would be the first law you would introduce?
In a perfect world, I would not rule, I would love everyone to be treated equal and with kindness.

What do you wish you knew more about or who would you love to meet?
A lot of things fascinate me mathematically, I am mesmerised by architecture (old and new) and the brilliant minds behind it. I always walk along looking up at buildings. Lily Serna on SBS game show called ‘Letters and Numbers’ is just amazing at how fast she can calculate and problem solve.

What would you do if you won the lottery?
If the amount was life changing/generational changing. I would definitely give generously to charities. Have my own bank. Pay teachers and lecturers a very good income to provide free education and accommodation. Pay a great income to experts in trades, horticulture and farming to teach living skills to become self-sufficient.

If the lottery is a couple of million….help out family, invest, still go to work (Lucky for us!)