Penny Vandenhurk – My passion is ensuring home buyers are informed and empowered with information

Sydney Buyer’s Agent with a background as a Property Lawyer and years in retail banking working in home loan product.
I started Purchase with Penny in 2020 as a side gig and then left my corporate job mid 2022.
I’ve travelled to 72 countries, lived in England, The Netherlands, Croatia & Canada. Now call Sydney home, married to Luke, with a mini Groodle dog Waffle.
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My passion is ensuring home buyers are informed and empowered with information when making significant financial & emotional decisions. Real estate is traditionally very one sided with the real estate agent working for the vendor, not the buyer.
Bob Proctor once quoted ‘To believe in the things you can see and touch is no belief at all. But to believe in the unseen is both a triumph and a blessing”. How important is it to you to have the belief within one’s self?
Fundamental, because if you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will. I believe in being authentic and vulnerable to self doubt (everyone has it when you start out), but back yourself because you are already one step further ahead than yesterday.
Tell us what the word “Entrepeneur” means to you?
To give it your best shot at making an outcome happen, when many others who walk the same path would not be able to get there. The path may not be a nice straight line, but an entrepreneur can navigate the challenges and stay on course.
What has been one of the biggest business ideas you have had and how did you have the trust and hope within yourself to implement it?
To leverage corporate partners to find home buyers who are struggling and may benefit of assistance and setting up relationships with these companies to provide mutual beneficial assistance to clients.
Running your own business can be scary.  Success requires moments of trust and hope to push through to the next level. Tell us one of the moments you have had to push through to take your business to the next level?
Financially I left a well paying job and my income is now 100% commission based – this first 6 months has been incredibly scary. I’ve had (many) moments where you don’t know where your next client will come from, but I have a plan and know what I need to do to execute it. Always come back to the plan.
What is your favourite quote about inspiration?
Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to start their own business?
Do not compare your day 1 to someone else’s year 2 or year 10 – focus on what you want to achieve, how you will achieve it, and what success looks like to you. Then go get it!

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