Opal – Bio’s
Licensee / Director / Sales
“……we had a slightly unusual and time pressing issue and Gabby was extremely accommodating when booking extra viewings.”
“Exceptional, professional, good market knowledge….. Gabby walked us through the purchase and helped us overcome some potentially serious, unforeseen hurdles at the last post.”
“Professional, prompt, caring, knowledgeable, respectful….”
“Our house sold within 11 days, and we got the price we asked for. Gabby was there every step of the way. She even contacted us after hours when the house alarm had gone off!”
So many positive words have been used to describe the professional way Gabby and her team work with you it could fill a dictionary. Instead, we’ve shortened them into a few lines.
The way Gabby approaches the property market is influenced by her creative side. When not at work she loves to paint, indulge in making bath bombs and ceramics. All of these interests help to make a house a home, to present it in the best possible way.
This holistic approach in her down time transcends when serving her clients and working with her team. As an artist she understands the emotions that come with buying and selling a home, how small things matter, and when added together, becomes universal.
Real estate allows Gabrielle to help people improve their position in the property market, while doing what she loves. Her goal is to find the best real estate fit for both the buyer and the seller. This means ensuring the financial needs of both parties are met, while focusing on their lifestyle and emotional needs too.
As Licensee and Director of Sales, Gabrielle is highly qualified and continues ongoing training.
“Gabrielle Abbott – she’s the bomb!”
Opal – Melissa Foggin Bio
“From appraisal to sale, her suburb knowledge was accurate”
”I was updated constantly by Mel. She assisted me with an easy process in completing documents…. made a rather difficult situation a seamless and painless experience.”
When you run your own business (as Melissa did for 6 years) the buck stops with you and you have to figure things out.
Melissa brings this go-to attitude to everything she does for her Opal clients. Whether you’re buying or selling your home, Mel goes above and beyond to ensure you get the best outcome possible.
In her position as Director / Residential Sales Associate, not only is she the go-to expert in dealing with residential property, she’s also the go-between for the owner and the buyer, assisting in negotiating an agreed sale price for the property.
Mel’s real-estate knowledge and attention to detail has crystallized from working 2 years as a Sales Associate at Professionals Mandurah, obtaining a Diploma of Property Services at Opal Realty, and working as a senior Administration Officer at Pacific Aluminium.
“Melissa Foggin, your go-to expert from appraisal to sale”
Martinette Snyman – Sales Rep
Martinette has a need for speed as well as quiet reflection. She not only gets excited watching motor racing and live burnouts, on the flip, she relaxes by gardening or painting. This juxtaposition of interests balances out the skills she brings when guiding her clients through the process of either buying or selling their home.
As a born and bred South African, Martinette also speaks Afrikaans. She has lived in WA since 2006, and has had 12 years experience working in aged care.
Whether it’s observing cars negotiating racetracks, or where and how to place the latest brushstroke on a painting, Martinette’s eagle eye hones her negotiation skills. Her aim is to make buying and selling your home a seamless, and stress-free experience for all.
Whether you’re looking for your very first home, selling your much loved family home or securing the perfect addition to your property portfolio, Martinette Snyman is the agent for you.
“Martinette Snyman, taking the stress out of buying or selling your home”
Jackie Newman – Sales Rep
“We relocated from The Mornington Peninsula in Victoria to Secret Harbour and didn’t step inside our new home until we had the keys in our hands. Jackie went out of her way to help us, and she arranged a virtual walk thru and answered our many questions about the house and area (schools etc). Being a local Jackie could confidently inform us on life in Secret Harbour. “
“….I found her to be very honest, transparent and open in her dealings.”
Jackie has lived in Secret Harbour for the last 10 years, as well as the surrounding suburbs since the late 1960’s, so she knows the area like the back of her hand. A little-known fact is she has travelled extensively and lived overseas in Europe and the Middle East.
This translates into Jackie being comfortable talking with a diverse, multicultural group of people from any walk of life. Her strong communication skills mean she can see things clearly from the client’s point of view, enabling her to develop individual marketing strategies best suited to their desired outcomes.
Jackie has worked in real estate locally since 2015. Prior to this she worked in Marketing and Business Development in a variety of other sectors such as retail, construction and finance.
As an active member of the community, Jackie has nurtured friendships through her involvement in the local school where her children attended, and many sporting clubs.
“A secret no longer… Jackie Newman is Opal’s Secret Harbour Agent”
Asha Reddaway – Property Manager
“I personally dealt with Asha when renting out my property and she was fantastic! Her bubbly personality and willingness to help made it a breeze. Can definitely recommend.” — Sophie Hathaway
Asha is unashamedly a Carlton Football Club supporter. Her enthusiasm is so infectious the rest of the Opal team dare not barrack for a different team.
Rain, hail or shine, Asha is also the Facebook face of Opal. Never one to shy away from the camera, Asha takes the opportunity to do videos in all sorts of weather and locations, keeping the connection loop open.
Originally from India, then Melbourne, Asha moved to Perth in 2015 and bought her first Secret Harbour home in 2021. Her Real Estate career began in 1997 doing weekend admin work. This gave her a solid foundation of understanding, paving the way to her working in property management from 2001 onwards.
Asha ensures your rental property is not forgotten, by organising contractors to maintain them regularly, and also to fix them if they’ve been affected by the stormy weather. This means less headaches for you.
“Asha Reddaway, bubbly personality makes her a breeze to work with”
Teesha McMillan – Leasing Agent / Property Manager
“… Hats off to Teesha. She’s the most friendly and proactive leasing agent we’ve ever had….. Happy to take the time to run me through every one of my questions and scenarios….”
“….as a first-time landlord, all the ins and outs were explained to me and she’s made it a lot easier for me to understand and manage…”
Not only has Teesha been in the real estate industry for 16 years, she’s also been nominated for many awards. She understands your community from a sporting level too, volunteering and supporting the local Rockingham Sharks Rugby Club.
Whether it’s running after a cheeky 4-year old, exploring the adventurous outdoors, or swiftly dealing with the issues that crop up when leasing and managing rentals, Teesha is constantly on the move.
Make the right move, call Teesha from Opal.
“Teesha McMillan, understanding the ins and outs of leasing and managing your property”
Leslie Taylor – Property Manager
“Previously we’ve had some very reactive real estate agents manage our property, and it felt like we were managing it ourselves! Then Leslie came along. She’s on the ball, very clear and process orientated, and always gets back to us the same day.”
Work-life balance is important to Leslie. For her, it’s definitely not a cliche. She is a regular at her local gym where she lifts weights, she’s a netball player and committee member at the Rockingham netball club, and she also has 4 children who keep her on her toes.
Leslie resides in Baldivis and understands the local market well as she lives and breathes it. She has worked as a Property Manager for over 7 years in Perth. She’s proactive and process driven when dealing with clients, as the above testimonial shows.
The adage – “if you want to get something done then give it to a busy person” definitely fits the bill for Leslie. If you’re feeling exhausted reading her busy schedule, don’t worry, it‘s not always this hectic as she also likes to wind down by hand crafting candles infused with crystals.
“Leslie Taylor, Property Manager, doing the heavy lifting for you”
Rowade Hilwa – Residential / Commercial Sales
Rowade is cooking up a storm in real estate. Well, that’s a play on words as he also owns two businesses with food at its core – a restaurant and bar in Rockingham, serving Middle Eastern Cuisine, hailed from his Syrian/Lebanese heritage. He still goes there regularly to check up on what’s happening, staying connected with his local community and customers.
He’s taking a back seat on this part of his life, and now he’s upfront in the driver’s seat when it comes to looking after residential and commercial sales. He understands the Rockingham area well, having lived there since 2002. His hands-on business knowledge helps him to relate to fellow business owners.
He’s also savvy with the social media platforms where Opal properties are listed, enabling him to respond quickly to enquiries on a daily basis.
Rowade received his Real Estate license in 2015 and has been working in the industry full-time since 2018. Prior to this he worked in construction and mining in the logistics industry which has given him a broad understanding of the complexities of business.
“Rowade Hilwa, driving residential and commercial sales”
Stacey Reid – Property Manager
“Stacey is commendable for her flexibility and good communication whilst managing
my property. Her information, inspections and keeping abreast of concerns, as well
as her duties exceeded my expectations. Her inspections were detailed,
comprehensive and efficient. – Jim S.
Not afraid to get her hands dirty when it comes to work and play, you’ll find Stacey
camping or dirt bike riding through the mud with her husband and two teenagers on
weekends and wearing pretty clothes other times.
Stacey lives and works in Secret Harbour and knows the area well. Her love of
business property management began in her community. She developed the rent roll
for a company, resulting in her being awarded Property Manager of the Year in 20xx.
She received her Property Management qualifications from REIWA in 2011.
Digging deep into Property Management from 2019 onwards was Stacey’s true
calling. At her previous employer, they noticed her natural drive, good
communications skills and commitment to detail, promoting her to team leader and
senior Property Manager. She found she relished motivating and mentoring fellow
staff, whilst also helping to generate new business at the same time as managing a
“Stacey Reid, giving you peace-of-mind your property investment is in good