Source: ABC News —
While most real estate agents have windows lined with screens showing lavish, slick promotional videos, realtor Bob Onofri’s shopfront appears stuck in the 1960s.
He does not have a computer, a mobile phone, the internet, or any technology more sophisticated than a landline.
Property details are instead scrawled on pieces of paper and a whiteboard beside printed photos tacked up at the front of his Wollongong business.
A steady stream of locals wave and call out his name as they walk past.
“I’m old-fashioned. I believe in talking to people,” Mr Onofri, 90, says.
Arriving at his shop each morning in a three-piece Italian suit, Mr Onofri leaves at lunchtime to eat at the Italian Club, and bet on the horses of an afternoon.
“His hair is immaculate and his shoes are always polished,” Wollongong real estate agent Paul Spinelli says.
“It’s good old-school personal service.”
Mr Spinelli’s parents bought their home from Mr Onofri in the 1960s.
“He has relationships with his landlords and tenants and that’s what’s missing these days,” Mr Spinelli says.
Mr Onofri has traded from the same building since 1967, and the shop retains its 60s style renovation.
There is a telephone exchange still mounted to the wall and veneer dividers creating office cubicles.