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Monika Tu: “I’m the best agent”

A true force in real estate – the Black Diamondz founder talks Luxe Listings, prime markets and why penthouses are set to scale new heights.

By Terry Christodoulou
Tue, May 3, 2022 6:00amGrey Clock 3 min

Kanebridge News: What Drives Monika Tu to wake up in the morning and work in property?

Monika Tu: I just want to do the best I can, get a couple more deals done — I just want to do another deal, take the commission, move to the next one. I just don’t want to waste time. I also have a lot of commitments to charities which drive me too.


KN: But why property, over another industry?

MT: The number one thing is the longer you’re in the industry, the better you get. With other businesses, you must buy and sell. For real estate, you don’t have to buy and sell, you just take this property, you put the strategy behind it, you work hard, you find the right buyer, you sell it, you get commission.


KN: The prime property market — in which you operate — has had little stock the last few years, how do you navigate that?

MT: When the stock is short you really must find your niche — ask yourself why do they [clients] want to work with you?  I just have that unique selling point, that will just stand out amongst everybody else. We sell to local, maybe about 60% of our buyers are local buyers but that other 40% of international buyers — I corner that market.


KN: But right now there’s a shortage of stock in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, do you tell buyers to look beyond that? How do you manage a motivated buyer?

MT: I’ll give you an example. If somebody wants waterfront, the first question is how much you have? They go, ‘Oh, I’ve got 15 to 20 million dollars,’ or, ‘I want to buy for 30.’ Darling, to be honest, for that kind of budget, you want the eastern suburbs then you’re only buying a dream.  Sometimes you just have to be flexible for change, and I’ll try and suggest waterfront in Northbridge or Mosman. Just because you have the money doesn’t mean you can get what you want.


KN: You’re the break-out star of season two of Luxe Listings Sydney. How would you describe the experience?

MT: I’ve done a lot of TV appearances in the past. I mean, I’ve been on Unreal Estate with Channel Nine. I’ve got global properties with the ABC. I’ve done quite a few in the past, I’m kind of a semi-pro. But Luxe Listings is a different level — I think Amazon has a much bigger budget and everything is so professional.


KN: And what of your co-stars? In the real world, away from the show, do they motivate you? Does someone like Gavin push you to be better?

MT: Nobody pushes me better because I think I’m the best. I think it gives us an opportunity to get to know each other — we get to know the real person rather than just a competitive agent. I think we probably bring the best out of each other.


KN: Why would someone do business with you over another agent?

MT: If you are desperate to sell, I won’t have the buyer for you. My [buyers] take time to understand the property and I take time to find the buyer who will pay the premium price. In the end, the buyer is happy and the vendor is happy. My brand is, ‘can I be your trusted advisor?’.  With my clients, I think I’ve become more like their friend than their real estate agent.


KN: What do you think is the next big trend in the luxury real estate space?

MT: I think what is coming is the penthouse with the view. You see all the very wealthy Australians are older, 70-, 80-, 85-years old, so where are they going to go? That’s the ultimate retirement plan and for some of my Chinese friends — it’s quite easy to maintain.


KN: And what’s next for you?

MT: Well, I want to become a queen of the penthouse. Seriously, you watch me for two years, I tell you, I will get all the big penthouses in Australia. Also, season three of Luxe Listings and continuing to work with my charities.


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The 390-acre property has 2 miles of frontage on the Rogue River

Tue, Sep 27, 2022 8:47am 2 min

Former “Dallas” star Patrick Duffy is putting his roughly 390-acre Oregon ranch on the market for $14 million.

The property sits along the Rogue River outside the city of Medford in southern Oregon, according to Alan DeVries of Sotheby’s International Realty, who has the listing with colleague Matt Cook.

Mr. Duffy said he bought the first roughly 130 acres of the property in 1990 for roughly $1.5 million with his late wife, Carlyn Rosser. The couple spent roughly two decades and about $3 million buying surrounding properties when they went up for sale, said the actor, who has made the ranch his primary home since the early 2000s.

“My family always felt like we were stewards as opposed to owners,” said Mr. Duffy, 73. “We kept the boundaries sacred.”

Mr. Duffy said he first saw the property while fishing with a friend. The property contained a few structures, including what is now the main house, but was mostly wilderness, he said.

“It was pristine,” he said. “There was no paved road. There were some trails through the woods and about a mile—a little less than a mile—of river frontage.”

Mr. Duffy said he flew Ms. Rosser out to see the ranch, and they bought it. The main house has four bedrooms, and connects to a gallery where the couple displayed their art collection. They converted a caretaker’s cottage into a one-bedroom guesthouse with a loft. They also added a building that contains a hot tub overlooking the river, a structure for an indoor lap pool, and a wine cellar built into the side of a mountain, all within walking distance of each other.

As they purchased adjacent properties over the years, they acquired eight more houses and several pastures that are rented out to local ranchers. One of the homes was demolished, six are rented to tenants, and one is used as the ranch manager’s house, according to Mr. Duffy.

“We became a working ranch but not with our own animals,” he said. “It added the most beautiful, bucolic sense of the place.”

A homestead that dates back over 100 years still sits at the entrance to the property, he said. In it he found an old stove, which he restored and put in the main house. But the majority of the roughly 390 acres remains wilderness. The property now has approximately 2 miles of river frontage, according to Mr. DeVries.

For roughly a decade, Mr. Duffy and Ms. Rosser used the ranch as a family getaway from their primary home in Los Angeles. Then in the early 2000s, when their children went off to college, they decided to move there full time.

Ms. Rosser died in 2017, and Mr. Duffy said he plans to move full-time to either California or Colorado. He will keep a few parcels of land that aren’t attached to the main ranch, according to Mr. DeVries.

Mr. Duffy is well-known for his role as Bobby Ewing in the TV drama “Dallas,” which ran from 1978 to 1991. He also played Frank Lambert on the 1990s sitcom “Step By Step.” Today he runs an online sourdough business, called Duffy’s Dough, with his partner, Linda Purl.

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