Get to know your local Franchise owner...10 questions with Gayle Roberts!

  • What are your favorite things about Port Melbourne?

The history of Port Melbourne as the earlier settlers camped out on Sandridge beach.  Even my neighbours got off the boat from Greece and only moved a couple of streets away from Station Pier. Love the old & the new in the one suburb – we live in a house over 100 yrs old, but my office is surrounded by all new apartments.  

  • What is your favorite restaurant?

I tend to try different restaurants around the area, but currently going back to Bay 101 – all Italian speaking staff including an Italian owner.  I used to love going to D.O.C. in Faraday Street Carlton on a warm Sunday afternoon & now one of my favourite waiters is the Manager of Bay101.  I was married in Italy in 2008, so love everything Italian!  

  • What do you do in your down time?

Weekends on the Mornington Peninsula; visiting family scattered around Melbourne (Hawthorn, Flemington & Lilydale) plus regular visits to Qld to see my close relatives.  Most of my “down time” is spending time with my husband usually over dinner; drinks with friends & family; shopping at South Melbourne Market every weekend and visiting the different restaurants along Cecil Street.  Even the owners of the fishmarket are co-owners of Simply Spanish.  My other interests are bike riding (both pushbikes and on the back of my husband’s Ducati Streetfighter).  Of course, I’d love to add holidays in Europe which always include a stopover in Rome!  

  • Beach or Bush?

Definitely the beach – can’t beat the beach on a warm evening with the cool breeze.  The beach is only one street away from my office in Rouse St – so quite a temptation.  

  • What is the one lesson you have learnt since starting Mortgage Choice in Port Melbourne?

That nothing is the same from one day to the next, especially with technology   Describe yourself in 3 words Passionate, caring and hardworking  

  • What TV show is you most addicted too?

The Block – I renovated our 100 year old house less than 12mths ago with a superb new modern bathroom, and updated kitchen with all new Fisher Paykel appliances – plus an eco friendly Santa Fe Quadre-Fire Pellet fireplace.  I’ve been proud of designing new cupboards out of wallspace & designing walls around the built-in fireplace.  

  • Favorite animal?

I love all animals but do love dogs.  Living and working in Port Melbourne, one needs either a baby or a dog – there are so many of each!  

  • What motivates you about working at Mortgage Choice?

Helping people achieve their dream of home ownership and helping investors achieve their dream of wealth creation.  I love having my own business surrounded by great staff, but also having the backup of the Group Office Franchisor when needed.  

  • What sets you apart from other Mortgage Brokers?

Caring about people; going the extra mile for all clients – often 2-3 meetings inclusive initial meeting, and again after they have purchased; and often sharing a Champagne or Wine at/after settlement. Looking after my clients’ needs the whole way through their loan and throughout the life of that loan.

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