Perfect Partnership

Power couple Matt and Cherie Cleland are working together to help people buy and sell homes in Manly.

COVERED. found out why teaming up in business is a winning formula for the real estate duo.

Working together is nothing new for Matt and Cherie, who previously ran a gym together. But real estate was a new direction for both.

With the enthusiasm and passion the pair bring to their respective roles however, it’s easy to see why they have a strong hold on the Manly market.

Matt had worked as a mortgage broker before the couple took on the task of running a gym. They then decided to take a year out as a family in 2010 and lived in Bali assessing and planning their next venture.

“I had 10 years experience in property finance, helping people buy homes and I wanted to work locally,” explains Matt.

He says real estate was something that had been on his radar and six months after returning from Bali – now five years ago -  he approached Cunninghams, the only place he really wanted to work.

“I liked their reputation and felt they were a really ethical business. If I hadn’t got a job with Cunninghams I’m not sure I’d be doing this. I can’t imagine a career more emotionally challenging than real estate,” Matt explains.

As sales grew Matt and Cherie decided she was the best person to join him and build the business. “Cherie is really good with management and planning and organisation.

“She has added a new dimension to what I do. I do the pointy end of the stuff and Cherie fills in the gaps along the way.”

Cherie, who was working for a pharmaceutical company, kept the family afloat while Matt established his name in the real estate market. Six months ago she joined him at Cunninghams.

“I wanted to work with Matt again and we work really well as a team. My role is to oversee everything and to make sure everything runs really smoothly,” explains Cherie.

She believes his approach is an holistic one with Matt giving honest advice, even telling homeowners not to sell at times – and helping people out by bidding at auctions.

The couple, who have lived on the Northern Beaches for more than 15 years and have two sons, Taj, 17, and Ellis, 11, love the area and lifestyle.

They are involved in community sporting clubs and organisations, taking advantage of everything the peninsula has to offer.

Living the life makes them best placed to understand just why people want to move and live here and they make it their mission to make things happen for clients.

And they get to enjoy working together in the process, offering clients a fully rounded perspective. “Cherie coming to work with me gave me more purpose and changed it for me quite dramatically,” adds Matt. And all for the good it seems.

1/470 Sydney Road Balgowlah 2093
214 Pittwater Road Manly 2095
1/823 Pittwater Rd Dee Why 2099

Matt Cleland: 0425 296 960
Cherie Cleland: 0466 080 585