One of Australia’s largest groups has scored a coup in Queensland with the launch of an office in Brisbane West, led by two very experienced operators and a significant ready-made sales and property management team.
Raine & Horne Brisbane West will be led by Frank Ham and Craig Bellette.
The two agents will be joined by a team of almost 30 sales and property management professionals.
Raine & Horne Brisbane West will provide sales and property management services to the city’s inner ring suburbs and the western corridor from Milton to Moggill, including Toowong, Auchenflower, Indooroopilly, St Lucia and Taringa.
Mr Ham said that it was time for a change.
“After almost 8,000 days with a rival network, I thought a change was needed and Craig wholeheartedly agreed.
“We looked at several networks, but once we got to know some of the senior management and their products such as ‘Amplify’ and ‘Digikit’, Raine & Horne moved to the top of the list,” Mr Ham said.
Mr Ham said that there have been many promises made by franchisors regarding social media.
“With this background in mind, we looked at the tangible results from Amplify such as the high traffic levels to properties listed on the Raine & Horne website against those that haven’t used Amplify.
“The difference is massive and proved an essential reason for joining Raine & Horne.”
Mr Ham said that he started his real estate career in 1993 in North Queensland, and Mr Bellette joined him in 2003.
He said that the key to doing business with a close friend is trust.
“You are best mates for a reason, and you trust each other,” Mr Ham said.
“We’ve brought this trust to our business dealings. If we don’t agree on something, then it’s a no. This approach has worked well for us.”
Mr Ham said that the decision to join Raine & Horne was made easier by meeting the firm’s leaders.
“We’ve had a long relationship with Raine & Horne general manager Steve Worrad, who helped attract us to the family culture of Raine & Horne. Once we met Angus Raine, we were impressed with how he is personally passionate and invested in the brand.”