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Tania Batubara: Empowered to be Experts

Tania Batubara: Empowered to be Experts

Tania finds that that living in a world that is constantly changing and developing in every other aspect leads to the fact that exploring new ideas, improving existing concepts and implementing new techniques are part of the necessities to become experts, added to the main aspects – focus, discipline and dedication – to ensure we possess knowledge and skills in order to improve clients’ value.

How long have you been in the real estate industry and how did you get involved in the industry?

Colliers is the first company that I have worked with; and I started working in 2012. But in 2014, I went overseas to get my master’s degree for about three years before I came back to Colliers.

I wanted to get involved in the real estate industry since I graduated from university. I majored in Architecture but, at that time, I knew for sure that I didn’t want to be an architect. However, I still wanted to get involved in an industry that was related to architecture, and I thought the real estate industry was the most suitable answer. For me, working in this industry, especially in Advisory Services, was the compilation of working on an architectural aspect, investment, and financial strategy, etc. Moreover, when I was at the university, I attended a seminar which featured an Advisory team from one of the property consultants as a speaker. I got the idea of what Advisory Services do from his explanation and it inspired me a lot to work in the same sector. So, I think I have wanted to work in this sector from the very beginning.

How would you describe your role at Colliers?

Our main task is to be a consultant for developers. We build their feasibility study, highest and best use study, or cost and benefit analysis. So, the aim is for a developer to analyse their project. Together with the team, we prepare their location analysis, market analysis, and at the end, we recommend the most suitable concept for the project, and analyse whether the project is feasible.

Why do you think you need to be an expert to work as a consultant?

As a consultant, I think the most important aspect that we need to have is field-specific knowledge to the point where we can be the “go-to” for our clients. For me, living in a world that is constantly changing or developing in every other aspect leads to the fact that exploring new ideas, improving existing concepts and implementing new techniques are part of the necessities of becoming an expert.

It’s not an easy or instant job to be an expert. It is a process involving practice, focus, discipline and dedication. I always try to make sure that I share valuable knowledge with our clients.

What is your hobby and how do you make time for your hobby?

I am not actually a person with a lot of hobbies but since the pandemic, I think I have found a new hobby, which is baking. These days, since we avoid leaving the house, I usually spend my weekends baking new recipes and serving them to my family. I am living with my parents and three siblings, so I make them eat every cake that I bake. Or sometimes, I bake them anything that they request using my skills. But I’m not sure if I will have time to bake when the pandemic is over.

If you were not working in the real estate industry, what do you think you would be doing?

If I was not working in the real estate industry, I think I would be working in a job related to design since, as I mentioned, I majored in architecture. Other than that, considering that I also have an interest in financial strategy, I would probably work in the banking sector. I also have a lot of relatives who are working in the banking sector and it’s possible that my parents would have advised me to work in banking if I hadn’t chosen the real estate industry.

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Tania Batubara

Manager

Jakarta

Tania Batubara has more than seven years’ experience in the property industry. Tania specialises in research and advisory, especially in the apartment and residential area. The types of work Tania covers include:

  • Market Research
  • Market and Financial Feasibility Study
  • Highest and Best Land Use Study  

Areas covered include the Jakarta area, West Java, Bali, East Kalimantan, Central Java, Yogyakarta, and Batam.

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