In this month’s Property Focus newsletter (May 2013, Australia):
Rain – A Blessing in Disguise?: It may be tempting to give house hunting a miss when the rain starts falling but this is actually the perfect time to view your next possible home.
Market Facts: Get all the latest property market facts from around Australia.
Property Market Recovery Accelerates: Every capital city apart from Adelaide has seen dwelling values rise over the past quarter.
Harcourts Announces New Australian Group Operations Manager: Mike Green, Managing Director of Harcourts International, has announced the appointment of Marcus Williams to the role of Operations Manager for Harcourts Group Australia.
Home Renovations that Add Security: In this day and age, it’s more important than ever to take precautions to keep your home and family safe.
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Landmark Harcourts has added another string to its bow by announcing the appointment of Lex Heinemann, one of Australia’s top rural sales people, earlier this week.
Mr Heinemann, co-founder of Ray White Rural, will work alongside Landmark Harcourts CEO, Darren Cole, in the role of Director of Rural Growth across Queensland and the Northern Territory.
Bringing deep experience and an exceptional depth of knowledge, Mr Heinemann will drive recruitment and sales for the group’s north east division, as well as strengthening corporate and institutional relationships, and developing receivership work.
“Having Lex on board is a real coup for Landmark Harcourts. Given his enviable reputation in the industry as well as his extensive knowledge and contacts, I have no doubt that he will make an outstanding contribution to our network,” Mr Cole said.
Mr Heinemann has specialised in rural property sales for over 40 years and has been involved in …
Harcourts New South Wales has made big changes by officially re-branding its Dougmal Harcourts offices to Harcourts earlier this month.
The move brought Harcourts New South Wales’ Dougmal-branded offices into line with the group’s more than 780 offices internationally.
Rob Forde, Chief Executive Officer of Harcourts New South Wales, said the decision to re-brand the group’s Dougmal offices was made to strengthen the network and encourage brand consistency.
“Harcourts has a very powerful network across the globe and branding which is instantly recognisable.
“Our aim for the Dougmal Harcourts rebrand is to really capitalise on these factors and add further strength to our group in New South Wales,” Mr Forde said.
Colin Roberts of Harcourts Northern Beaches stated, “Harcourts has really brought their expertise in marketing, technology and training to the table. They have certainly excelled in this area and we look forward to incorporating this into our day …
Harcourts Victoria have had a strong start to 2013 with year-to-date auction numbers increasing by 12 per cent across the state.
In some of the group’s offices, the number of auctions booked has increased by 20 per cent compared to this time in 2012.
Sadhana Smiles, Chief Executive Officer of Harcourts Victoria, says that a sense of optimism is returning to the state’s property market.
“We are starting to see more buyers in the market and investor activity is increasing.
“12 months ago there were only small groups at auctions and many properties were being passed in. We are now seeing clearance rates hovering between 65-70 per cent, clearly showing that buyers are back in the market,” Ms Smiles said.
“From our observations, buyers are starting to realise that the market is competitive again. We are starting to see more and more properties being sold under the hammer, often …
Real estate group, Harcourts Western Australia celebrated the success of its top sales consultants, offices and property managers at its Quarterly Awards evening earlier this month.
The ceremony, which was held at the Burswood on Swan, celebrated the major achievements of the group over the January to March 2013 quarter.
Newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Jenny Birrell said the event was a great success which highlighted how strong Harcourts Western Australia is as a group.
“WA’s property market is really bouncing back and our group’s strong quarterly results have reflected this market growth,” Ms Birrell said.
“At this quarter’s awards we had a great crowd of people who wanted to share in each other’s successes which created a great atmosphere on the night,” Ms Birrell added.
13 top sales consultants were presented with Platinum Achievement Awards, representing the highest accolade for real estate sales within Harcourts.
The winners included Thomas …
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In May, Harcourts Victoria will be walking down a different path and joining forces with White Ribbon Australia to make a stand against violence, launching the inaugural Walk a Mile in Their Shoes event.
The group is urging both men and women to don a pair of high heels and join the parade as they walk a mile along Southbank Spillway to demonstrate Harcourts’ commitment against violence.
“As well as demonstrating our commitment against violence, we’ll be displaying our commitment to embracing women in the quintessentially male dominated real estate industry,” said Sadhana Smiles, CEO of Harcourts Victoria.
The concept was developed by Ms Smiles in association with her team and the group’s franchise council, and is based on a similar walk done in Canada.
“Unfortunately violence exists in our work places, families, communities and schools, and it is not just physical but verbal and emotional violence,” Ms Smiles …