Grafton tipped to forge ahead
By DAVID BANCROFT
SITTING in their immaculately cleaned glass panelled offices, cap- puccino machine bubbling in the background, Adam and Roxanne Sydenham, talk up the Grafton property market. "The next 10 years will be thriving," Adam says. "The whole area has potential." The upbeat assessment of the Grafton district is hardly surpris- ing . . . the husband and wife team have just taken over Ray White Real Estate in Prince Street, making them the youngest real estate principals in the Graf- ton area. Roxanne, as the daughter of successful Grafton real estate agent Tom Cronin, probably has reason to talk the real estate talk. But it was Adam, with no real estate background, who became completely hooked.
Together with his wife, the for- mer greenkeeper started buying and selling real estate before he started doing it for a living. "There is no way we could have got where we are now with- out buying and selling," Adam said. Roxanne, a chartered accoun- tant, is a lifelong resident of Graf- ton and Adam has been a Valley resident since the age of four. They take over the business from Col and Carmel McAndrew who are about to start a new ven- ture teaching real estate to busi- nesses up and down the North Coast. The McAndrews will write and deliver the courses and are confi- dent of their future. "There is a market for it," Col said. "All real estate agents have to get licence points and are re- quired to undertake training.