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Ganim family builds Ownit Homes’ success

The decision to swap women’s fashion for a home building business was a step in the right direction for Paul Ganim and his brother Peter.

Paul GanimIn 1972, the brothers left the family rag trade and set up Ownit Homes, a new business building homes for Queensland families, which to this day is still run by the Ganim family.

From a small start-up to a thriving family business, Ownit Homes currently builds one and two storey homes for around 100 families every year in South East Queensland, with more than 3,500 families choosing to build with Ownit Homes to date.

The key to the company’s success and how it survives in the competitive market for almost four decades comes down to family values driving their business etiquette, according to Paul Ganim.

“I wouldn’t even let my children work for the company until they went out and got themselves a degree and training. But they all went out and excelled in various fields and have now climbed to the top of this business through their own merit,” Mr Ganim said.

“We are a family business that builds family homes for Queenslanders, we get what a family wants and we know how to deliver it.”

Despite being 38 years old, both Paul and Peter still run the business, with the help of Paul’s two sons, Brad and Scott, who are Directors and his daughter Leisa who is a Colour Consultant.

Paul Ganim still insists on personally greeting and thanking every new Ownit Homes customer.

“If our customers select us to build their home for them, I want them to know who we are, what we stand for and the quality and service that sets us apart,” Mr Ganim said.

Customers are involved with all levels of Ownit Homes staff, from directors right through to the sub-contractors, and this lasts for the entire building process until keys are handed over, says Building Manager and one of the company Directors, Brad Ganim.

“People don’t just want to buy a home, they want to buy the dream and part of providing that is about offering personal attention and finding out what their dream is,” Brad Ganim said.