Changes in real estate
TWO real estate agencies in the Airlie Beach - LJ Hooker Whitsundays and Harcourts - are merging.
The rental and sales properties and staff will work under the Harcourts banner out of a new premises in Waterson Way.
The new premises will be next to the current Harcourts premises in Waterson Way and will be the administration and property management centre of the business.
An office will also be opened in the main street of Airlie Beach for sales and holiday let enquiries.
Harcourts Principal Robyn Tyson said the merger was an exciting opportunity and would help deliver a better service to landlords and vendors in the region.
The current directors of LJ Hooker Whitsundays are George Sala and Dave Telford.
Ms Tyson said that over several months, she had worked with them to create one company that could offer considerable expertise in every area of real estate practice.
Ms Tyson said the sales department would combine to create a team that had finely tuned private treaty and auction skills.
“Mr Sala said all the staff in both offices were excited about the opportunities ahead and were looking forward to creating the new business as much as the management were.
“The real estate market has had it's ebbs and flows over the past 12 months and we believe service is the one thing we can control to ensure the buying, selling or renting process is as easy and enjoyable as possible,” Mr Sala said.
“The merger of the two companies will allow those of us specialising in sales to focus in that area,” he said.
Robyn Tyson will be the overall business manager.
The merger will take effect on May 31.
Harcourts also recently acquired the rental roll from The Professionals Real Estate agency which previously operated from the Whitsunday Shopping Centre in Cannonvale.