A mother and son team have opened a RE/MAX office in one of Brisbane’s fast-rising suburbs.
Darren Lewis-Date and Sue Lewis-Date opened RE/MAX Elevate on 1 June in the local market of Tarragindi and surrounding suburbs on the southern side of Brisbane.
Both have extensive real estate experience. Mr Lewis-Date has been a local agent for 15 years while Ms Lewis-Date has had real estate presence in the area since the early 1980s.
They joined RE/MAX in December 2008, working at RE/MAX Colonial in Annerley. They both live in Tarragindi.
Mr Lewis-Date is a licensed agent and auctioneer. He began his career in real estate in 2000.
“I worked as an off-sider to my mother for a bit, and cemented a passion,” Mr Lewis-Date said.
“She was and still is a gun agent, but needed more administrative support at that time, dominating her market in Tarragindi, without the backing of a team.”
Mr Lewis-Date said that they both quickly realised he had a calling for sales.
“We were a bit ahead of our time with our sales team structure, but were an obvious fit with RE/MAX, which we joined and added a PA, Katrina Robinson, who is still on the team today though working in business development.
“She was joined by Katrina McCabe, who is a PA with eight years of experience in property management. So, we will be growing that side of the business as well as expanding the sales team.”
Mr Lewis-Date said that he was destined to own a real estate business.
“Mum clearly saw that I was a career agent, and this year she was ready to take the step with me into ownership, capitalising on our existing systems supported by RE/MAX plus the access we have to business support, training and technology and international marketing platforms and networks that come with the brand.”
RE/MAX Australia franchise director Joel Davoren welcomed the two as RE/MAX broker owners.
“Opening RE/MAX Elevate presented an exciting business opportunity for them,” Mr Davoren said.
“RE/MAX is fortunate to welcome them as broker owners who uphold our core beliefs and values and will build a productive team that is clearly focused on its customers.”