Nicola MacDonald works hard all week at Clyde Property helping her clients find their perfect place but on the weekends she likes to indulge her musical side, playing the piano and listening to 1950's and 1960's music. She likes to start the weekend with a cheeky wee gin and a takeaway and it is really nice to see someone opt for a good old-fashioned cooked breakfast (hold the tomatoes!) rather than your more gourmet options.
We find out more about Nicola's day to day working life which includes a bit of negotiation and even a bit of photography. We also find out that she likes to get some decorating and interior design ideas from all the properties that she deals with.
If that wasn't enough we find out about her dream of touring America and her secret shame when she got a paper round and her Mum and Dad ended up having to do it in her place. All this and more await you below.
What does a typical day at work look like for you?
There isn't really a typical day in this job but most days involve taking calls, updating clients, carrying out viewings and usually negotiating an offer or two. Occasionally we get to negotiate on a house purchase for our clients too which is nice. Sometimes there's a bit of photography thrown in too.
What signals the start of your weekend / days off?
The out of office on my emails and a small Gin followed by far too much food.
What might people be surprised to know about you?
I really like 50/60's music – I've no idea where that comes from, although my playlists are usually a hit at the family BBQ's (where most people are over the age of 50 ;)). I also play the piano – started up again just recently after a long break but played between the ages of 5-16.
Top of your bucket list?
A tour of America, taking in LA, Las Vegas, San Fransisco, Seattle, Chicago, Miami, Boston, Washington, Texas and back to New York – we visited NYC last year and I would love to go back!
Worst job you’ve ever had?
A Paper round (which my mum and dad ended up doing for me) it was awful – I am not a morning person.
Who or what inspires you?
My family inspire me all the time. They are all very hard workers and we are all very close so I think they are all my inspiration – if everyone showed as much care and compassion as they all do, the world would be a much better place.
Tell us about the weekend you’d love to live again?
The weekend of my wedding to my husband Barry. It was just amazing - filled with family, friends, love and lots of laughs. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
What’s the best part about your job?
I'm very lucky that I love my job and a lot of that is down to the people I work with – they are an amazing bunch. The best thing about the actual job is negotiating a sale for a client - it's such a good feeling. Getting some decorating ideas from all the properties is also a good bonus!
What’s in the perfect day off breakfast?
Full cooked breakfast (minus the tomatoes) and a huge cup of tea
Complete this sentence; The best things in life are….
Family, friends, my dogs and food.
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