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After more than 30 years of achievement in local real estate, Chris Shellabear has grown to become a highly respected, pioneering agent. Chris is recognised as one of the constant high achievers in the real estate industry for the state of Western Australia in the past 30 years, and is one of the most productive salespeople in Western Australia regularly selling over 100 properties per year in the fiercely competitive Western Suburbs market where he concentrates. It is Chris’s diligence, determination and supreme negotiation skills that see him at the pinnacle of the real estate business.
Initially Chris completed a major in Town Planning at the University of WA, however it was his father who suggested a real estate career, a recommendation for which Chris will be eternally grateful. Then at the age of 21 Chris joined the Family Firm in the offices of Shellabear & Son in Claremont. Chris has trained as an Auctioneer from an early stage and is a Licensed Auctioneer and a founding member of the Real Estate Institutes Auctioneering Chapter. He also competed in the REIWA Auctioneering Championships being a Qualifying Finalist.
Chris took the full time course to Diploma level in Real Estate Management, allowing him to be licensed as a Real Estate Agent. At the end of this two year course Chris received the Real Estate Institute Medal for top student. This License allowed Chris to practice as a Real Estate Agent in his own right, so he took over Shellabear & Son from his father in 1994 and assumed the role of Principal of the Firm founded by his Grandfather in 1925. From that time the firm has carried the name of “Shellabears”. Chris has spent his life in the Western Suburbs and has travelled extensively to further his education and understanding of property and market cycles.
He is an active member of the community, heavily involved with the lifesaving movement and various charitable causes. He was awarded a National Volunteer Award in 2013 by the Prime Minister, for the creation of the North Cottesloe Scouts Community Centre, which has redefined the way Community Groups can collaborate for the benefit of all.
Chris was happily married for 35 years and recently widowed and has 3 daughters and 3 sons in law who are all involved in their own careers and the community, especially the Surf Club! Chris swims and paddles with a surf ski squad to relax and is a past President of the North Cottesloe Surf Club.