September 29, 2023


A Home Grown Success

Wollongong serious estate agent Bob Onofri shuns technological innovation, hire rises

Though most authentic estate agents have home windows lined with screens exhibiting lavish, slick advertising movies, real estate agent Bob Onofri’s shopfront appears stuck in the 1960s. 

He does not have a pc, a cell phone, the world wide web, or any know-how far more advanced than a landline.

Residence aspects are alternatively scrawled on parts of paper and a whiteboard beside printed shots tacked up at the entrance of his Wollongong business enterprise.

A continual stream of locals wave and simply call out his title as they walk past.

“I am previous-fashioned. I think in conversing to folks,” Mr Onofri, 90, claims.

Bob Onofri has been in the company for six decades.(ABC Illawarra: Nicole Curby)

Previous-fashioned assistance

Arriving at his store every morning in a 3-piece Italian go well with, Mr Onofri leaves at lunchtime to eat at the Italian Club, and wager on the horses of an afternoon.

“His hair is immaculate and his shoes are often polished,” Wollongong authentic estate agent Paul Spinelli says.

“It really is great aged-faculty personal assistance.”

Mr Spinelli’s moms and dads bought their residence from Mr Onofri in the 1960s.

“He has interactions with his landlords and tenants and that’s what is missing these times,” Mr Spinelli suggests.

Mr Onofri has traded from the similar making considering the fact that 1967, and the store retains its 60s fashion renovation.

There is a phone trade nonetheless mounted to the wall and veneer dividers building workplace cubicles.

He suggests he has probably not bought a house in far more than a 12 months and in its place relies on about 50 tenants on his guides.

Elderly man faces camera with a slight smile
Bob Onofri claims he has no programs to retire.(ABC Illawarra: Nicole Curby)

Resisting lease rises

According to Main Logic, Wollongong rental price ranges elevated by 12.7 for each cent in the 12 months to December 2022.

But Mr Onofri states he is bucking that trend, not often escalating his tenants’ rents.

“I preserve that additional $20 for the owner is an investment decision, but that $20 for a loved ones to glimpse just after their young ones is a lot more significant,” he claims.

Tony Piccin owns a home in Wollongong that Mr Onofri has managed on his behalf for 41 many years.

He claims the most recent tenants stayed there for 20 decades.