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Meet the Team: Christine Bartolo Parnis

16th September, 2022
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Get to know Christine!

Christine is a fun-loving, bubbly and highly respected, popular property sales consultant at our Ibrag branch. Drawing on her past experience of having worked in various sectors of the hospitality industry, Christine’s excellent communication skills and service delivery are honed to a fine art, as all her testimonials on our website attest. She truly loves interacting with people from all walks of life and many may not be aware that she also has a will of iron: she never takes no for an answer and her sheer determination will see her finding solutions to any obstacles she may encounter. Her after sales service is the stuff of legends, as our readers will see below. As someone with a zest for life and a sense of adventure, she has been known to dance barefoot in the desert under the stars! Christine loves working at Frank Salt Real Estate as it allows her to merge the knowledge she has gained in the hospitality industry with selling property: perfectly matching properties with happy buyers across the island.

 

During her free time, Christine enjoys cooking, travelling, watching football and entertaining her family and friends. Besides being an agent, she is married and has two sons. We tracked down the ball of energy called Christine between appointments and asked her about her interesting life, likes and dislikes and this is what she shared with us:

Christine, what can you share with us about yourself in roughly 100 words?

I am a highly motivated individual that thrives on progress and achievements. Nothing is more satisfying than reaching personal goals, both in my professional and private life.

Tell us about your family and your early years growing up.

I am one of 5 sisters, thus the sense of competition has been there from day one. We are a closely knit family and have remained close despite going our separate ways. My parents have both passed away, but us sisters meet regularly as it was traditional to do so when my parents were around.

Share with us some info about your past work experience.

I worked in sales all my life, predominantly in the hospitality industry, undertaking roles in various sectors of this particular industry. I’ve worked in for instance in hotels, ground arrangements, events organization, cruise liners, car hire etc.

What made you decide to join the Frank Salt Team?

Hand on heart: COVID put me in a terrible situation as there was a complete shut down on the hospitality industry and I was unable to work. Frank Salt is the one agency I prioritized when I decided to give selling real estate a go.

What is the most important thing you have learnt from past experience that you have brought to Frank Salt Real Estate?

The key to success in any sales role is to serve the customer, go the extra mile and show interest in and cordiality to all your clients.

Can you share anything extraordinary that you have done for a client?

I don’t like taking ‘NO’ for an answer so when a departing guest reported she had lost her watch (which she was certain she left on the pool deck that afternoon), I contacted housekeeping to locate the missing item. I was told that unfortunately the item had not been found in the location where she claimed to have left it. That was not going to wash with me! I called security together and was advised to look in the garbage skips that had just been emptied that afternoon. Lo and behold, by using a long stick to search the (very smelly) skips, the watch was found and handed back to the guest.

What’s on your mind when you wake up in the morning?

My challenges before leaving the house and my challenges once I get to work.

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What do you enjoy the most about being a sales consultant in real estate?

I love meeting people and I love the excitement of closing a sale!

What advice will you give to someone who wants to become an estate agent in Malta?

DO IT!! It’s a great experience and you never stop learning.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received? 

Same as above – DO IT!!

What is always in your handbag? 

Business cards and a confirmation letter – you never know when you could potentially make a sale!

What’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought for yourself?

My apartment.

Do you have any bad habits yourself that you would like to change?

I spend too much money.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received from another person?

Never doubt yourself and keep pushing forward to achieve what you set out to achieve!

What instantly improves the quality of your day?

A good lead that could potentially turn out to be a sale.

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

Having two gorgeous boys and being able to return to work 9 weeks after having given birth!

Tell us what you consider to have been your biggest challenge to date!

Working in Libya and being the only woman on the management team.

Is there anything you loathe doing and if so, why?

House work – it is such a waste of time when the very next day you have to replicate the same chores again!

What material possession do you treasure most?

My engagement ring and my new car ( it is just 3 weeks old).

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Wine…

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Is there anyone dead or alive that you would like to have met or still want to meet?

I would have loved to meet Nelson Mandela.

Give us a quote that inspires you daily…

“Thank you Lord for granting me another day to achieve what I need to achieve”

Which of your five senses would you say is the strongest?

My hearing, for sure!

If you had a warning label attached to you, what would it say?

“Don’t stand on my turf!”

What music do you listen to in your car?

Mmmm…..I listen to the radio and anything they play.

How important is your mobile phone in your life?

It is my lifeline.

Is there anything that you would erase from history? 

Slavery.

Do you see the cup as half full or half empty?

Always half full.

Do you ever cook and if so, what?

Yes, on Saturday and Sunday it is my responsibility to cook. I like being innovative and to create new dishes that I have either read about, dreamt about or have seen on TV.

Let’s say you suddenly have superpowers overnight…..what kind of hero would you be and what will be your name?

I would save the world from poverty and my name would be “Sustainable Chick”!

Is there anything that makes you angry?

Yes, people being treated unfairly and being made fools of in public.

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What do you think is the short answer to saving our planet?

Education.

What will you do if you had a time machine?

Go back to my schooling days and make better use of the education that was provided.

What is your greatest fear?

That my children are involved in an accident.

What meal could you eat over and over again?

Risotto with asparagus.

Some fun facts about Christine we'd like to share.

I am not too fussy.



We have one cat we inherited from my son called ‘Tiny’.

We have family in the UK so that is on the cards once a year, but with friends… preferably somewhere hot. My bucket list includes South America!

The Dubai Conference: eating, drinking and dancing barefoot on the sand right under the Burj Khalifa with industry friends from around the world.

Not having specialized in anything after leaving school.

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