Bobby Sisk's hobby turns into new business

Bobby Sisk's hobby turns into new business

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Bobby Sisk's hobby turns into new business

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by MARK WASHBURN / Charlotte Observer

WCNC.com

Posted on July 6, 2012 at 12:57 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Even as a kid growing up in Arkansas, Bobby Sisk was interested in real estate.

 
“My grandmother would get me notepads and I would draw house plans. Books and books of them.”
 
Sisk, who spent 11 years as a reporter at WCNC (Channel 36) and anchored the 5:30 p.m. newscast, left the station at the end of June for a career in home design.
 
He has started his own company, Bobby Sisk Design, which will specialize in interior decorating.
 
Sisk says he fell into the business. A few years ago, a friend in real estate sought his help in decorating vacant property to make it more appealing to potential buyers.
 
Sisk had a flair for the work and eventually wound up with a small warehouse in South End packed with furnishings.
 
Spiffing up property is a smart move in today’s real estate market, he says, and the investment can pay off in sales.
 
“Your goal is to sell it in a timely fashion and get the most amount of money, and this can help you. And the cost of services like this is often a lot cheaper that a cost reduction.
 
“And it’s a lot of fun. I’m having a blast doing it.”
 
At WCNC, Sisk developed a niche beat loosely based on “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” in which he would take viewers into high-end homes, some for sale in the millions of dollars.
 
Sisk says he will continue writing his Sunday column for job-hunters in the Observer’s business section.

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