This month for our Q&A profile we chat with Roger Loughnan and Monica McLaren from Roger Loughnan Real Estate in Mapleton. This welcoming and experienced real estate business has been helping people buy and sell homes in the hinterland for over 25 years, and the team are regularly recognised with awards for their exceptional and friendly service.
1. Where did you grow up?
Roger - Mitchell, South West Queensland
Monica – Mitchell, South West Queensland
2. What made you move to the hinterland and base your business here?
Roger – I fell in love with Maleny on the first visit.
Monica – Lifestyle choice and it is far more rewarding than competing for business than in the rat race.
3, What does a 'typical' day entail for you?
Roger and Monica - Speaking with clients, listing properties and showing our gorgeous hinterland properties to prospective buyers. Making long-lasting connections with new owners to the hinterland and endorsing our beautiful community.
4. Do you have any funny or fascinating stories/anecdotes to share?
Roger - We have had potential buyers coming in wanting to buy but waiting on a family inheritance from Africa! Shows how convincing some internet scams have become, sadly.
Monica - I am amazed how many people turn up to look at rural properties with thongs on and no hat.
5. What do you like to do in your spare time?
Roger – Reading true stories, riding my motorbike around the hinterland and catching up with friends.
Monica – Reading, gardening, visiting local natural attractions, trying good food at local restaurants and cafes.
6. What do you enjoy the most about the Sunshine Coast Hinterland?
Roger – A wonderful sense of community combined with a fabulous climate.
Monica - The weather, the spectacular scenery, the mix of people, the eclectic flair, the warm embrace.
7. Do you have a favourite quote which inspires you?
Roger – Life is mostly froth and bubble; two things stand like stone; kindness in another’s trouble; courage in your own.
Monica – If it is to be, it’s up to me.
Roger Loughnan Real Estate, Corner of Post Office Road and Obi Obi Road, Mapleton, 4560 / Ph (07) 5478 5288 / Website rogerloughnanrealestate.com.au