PHOTO: Lindy Harris speaks at AREC 2018.

SHE opened her business during a mining downturn so it’s no surprise real estate agent Lindy Harris credits persistence and communication to her success.

It’s been a big six years for the mother-of-two since she opened One Agency at Singleton, a small country town 197km northwest of Sydney, in 2012.

“Everyone thought I was crazy and I probably was at the time,” Ms Harris, speaking in front of more than 4,000 participants attending the two-day Australian Real Estate Conference on the Gold Coast in Queensland today, said.

“I was concerned and frightened of the journey ahead (but) I wanted to open and to do it my way.”

At the time she had been working in the industry for more than a decade and decided opening her own agency was either “now or never”.