Media mogul James Packer and Erica Baxter after a swim at the “Eden Roc” hotel in Cap d’Antibes on the French Riviera, in 2007. AFP PicValery/Hache“She said she liked it but wanted her friend to come through,” Mr Pallier said.“He (Packer) turned up in a Range Rover and was taller than I expected.“I wasn’t intimidated, he was just really tall. He said the house was beautiful and offered the asking price but Erica tapped him on the shoulder and he then said he didn’t know the market well and wanted to get another friend to have a look.“I then got a call saying Erika and James wanted to sign the contract before flying to London so I ran out of the office.“The plane was about to take off. I didn’t realise until then that it was his plane.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoMr Pallier said the contract was signed and then sometime later he received a frantic phonecall from Erica’s personal assistant. First homebuyer interest spikes as interest rate cut looms Mr Pallier personally fixed a broken toilet at Erica’s house and then later landed the listing, and sale, of James Packer’s Vaucluse mansionThe toilet seat was cracked and there was a house party within hours.“They asked if I could fix the toilet seat so I went over, tore of the seat, went to Bunnings and fixed the toilet seat,” he said.“A few years later, they then bought in Vaucluse. The friend (who Packer had called to check out the earlier property) called and said they had appreciated that I had fixed the toilet seat and that they wanted me to sell the big $70 million house.”Mr Pallier said every agent should “do the very best you can” and remember that real estate is a “people business”.He said he spends only one or two days a month in the office, instead working from his black Lexus.But even that has its pitfalls.“I wear a tie and am always on the phone so people think I am an Uber driver,” he said.“This guy Luke Mangan, the top chef, came out of the restaurant with his wife, opened the back door of my car and gave me an address.“It was nearby and I just thought it wasn’t worth explaining (that he was not an Uber driver).“To this day I don’t know if he realises I am not an Uber driver.” “Sometimes its out of your control and you have to move on.“I wake up every day and I must drive my wife crazy. I wake up, give her a big cuddle, we look out and look at the weather.“I am from Woolllongong and my wife is from China so we just look at each other and think, how lucky we are we?“You have to have a goal, a road map of where you want to get to, you have to keep learning and you have have to be accountable.” Market locks in historic rate cut AREC 2019It was when a customer mentioned that he had received better service buying a Rolls Royce than he did selling his house that a light bulb went on for Mr Pallier, who made the decision to move in to property sales.He went to work in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, the epicentre for high end sales and mega mansions.“I never doorknock, I never cold call,” he said. “That first three months, I did no prospecting.“I went to other agents open houses and learned about the market.”But it was a young woman interested in a $4 million house in Vaucluse that cemented Mr Pallier’s position in prestige property.Her name was Erica Baxter, the then girlfriend of James Packer, and soon-to-be wife. The couple have since divorced. Prominent agent Michael Pallier and his wife LuLu Sun who deal with lots of Chinese buyers. Michael Pallier is a prestige agent, not an Uber driver.But being a people person has paid off for the unassuming agent from the eastern suburbs.He said the commission on the Packer property was $1.23 million, split between himself and a co-agent.“$660,000 was my share. That was my biggest week,” he said.Mr Pallier’s key message was that consistency was the key to success, and to keep moving forward.“It is horses for courses. Your personality may not match someone else, but you just have to get your fair share,” he said. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Michael Pallier, Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty managing director.Speaking at AREC 2019, he told the crowd that he worked in the ‘experimental department’ where he learned of plans for a vehicle that didn’t require servicing.“I wanted to be a mechanic but then I realised that my job might go,” he said. “And I was pushed in to sales.” Baby boomer ‘house party’ goes off in luxury Hamptons twin set James Packer’s house on Vaucluse Rd, Vaucluse.PRESTIGE property agent Michael Pallier started out as a mechanic at Rolls Royce, and used to commute by train from his home in Woolloongong.His day would start at 5am, and he would get in to the workshop early so that he could clean the tools for the more senior mechanics.He became the NSW Apprentice of the Year, and moved to England to work for the luxury car maker. 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Chelsea, Barcelona and Manchester City all want Miralem Pjanic, but it’d take a bid of over €80m to bring Juventus to to the table, reports say.The Bosnian international is a key part of Massimiliano Allegri’s side, and has so far given no indication that he wants to be sold.Indeed, this morning’s Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the midfielder is excited to play with Cristiano Ronaldo, and has been offered a new €6m per season deal in Turin.That doesn’t completely rule out a sale though, with interest from Chelsea, Manchester City and Barcelona.Juve don’t want to sell, but would at least listen to offers above €80m.If Pjanic were to leave, the Bianconeri would look at Adrien Rabiot of Paris Saint-Germain, whose contract expires in the summer of 2019.(Source: klix)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Cal State Northridge coach Bobby Braswell has signed a one-year contract, according to a source. Braswell’s current contract expires this summer, but new athletic director Rick Mazzuto gave him another year. The one-year contract was reportedly given to Braswell before the Matadors lost to Pacific in the first round of the Big West Tournament on Wednesday.