Me & My Property

Leap of faith pays off for property agent

Mr Kelvin Neo in the living room of his 1,400 sq ft three-bedroom unit at the Corals at Keppel Bay condominium, which he bought in October 2017. For Mr Neo, the most important factor when selecting the property was accessibility, such as close proxim
Mr Kelvin Neo in the living room of his 1,400 sq ft three-bedroom unit at the Corals at Keppel Bay condominium, which he bought in October 2017. For Mr Neo, the most important factor when selecting the property was accessibility, such as close proximity to the MRT station, shopping centre and his son’s school. ST PHOTO: SYAZA NISRINA
Mr Neo bought his three-bedroom unit at the Corals at Keppel Bay (above) condominium for $2.85 million in 2017.
Mr Neo bought his three-bedroom unit at the Corals at Keppel Bay (above) condominium for $2.85 million in 2017. ST PHOTO: SYAZA NISRINA
Mr Neo on the balcony of his home at Corals at Keppel Bay. He says that when it comes to investing in property, holding power is important.
Mr Neo on the balcony of his home at Corals at Keppel Bay. He says that when it comes to investing in property, holding power is important. ST PHOTO: SYAZA NISRINA

Making the switch from construction to real estate helps him reach financial goals

Property agent Kelvin Neo took a leap of faith eight years ago when he joined the real estate industry but he knew in his heart that he needed a change.

He had spent 15 years of his life in the construction industry, which he joined as a 20-year-old with his O-level qualifications after national service. Mr Neo rose from a sales executive position to business development manager, and subsequently worked as an associate director, dealing mainly with building materials.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 13, 2019, with the headline 'Leap of faith pays off for property agent'. Print Edition | Subscribe