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McGrath appoints high-profile professional to Victoria exec team

02 April 2019 Tim Neary
Karl Secondis

McGrath Estate Agents has recruited an experienced industry veteran to its executive management team in Victoria, as the company looks to grow its footprint in the southern state.

McGrath has appointed Karl Secondis to the newly created position of state manager for Victoria.

Head of franchise network Christopher Mourd said that Mr Secondis has deep industry experience.

“Karl has a depth of experience not only in business but also as a principal, sales leader, sales agent and auctioneer,” he said.

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“We have a Melburnian who is returning home having built a successful business and property career in Darwin, and we couldn’t be happier to have Karl lead our network in Victoria.

“He is an exceptionally good auctioneer who both Scott Kennedy-Green and I have had the pleasure of competing with on different occasions at the Australasian Auctioneering Competition, so it is fitting that Karl will also be our head auctioneer for Victoria.”

Mr Mourd said that Mr Secondis is well positioned to move the McGrath recovery forward.

“Karl embodies the style of recruitment you will see at McGrath — that of experienced people who are passionate and driven, bringing fresh ideas and fresh skills to our team as we scale up the business for the growth we envisage in the future.”

Mr Secondis said that he has had a long relationship with McGrath.

“I’ve always been inspired by the integrity of the brand and the quality of its look and feel in the marketplace.

“Melbourne is one of the most dynamic property markets in Australia, and I see it as a great fit for not only the metropolitan areas of the city but for regional locations who will benefit from its high standards and customer experience.”

He said that he is keen to get stuck in.

“It is a natural progression for me to harness my experience over many years across all facets of the real estate business understanding clients’ needs and provide them a service that exceeds their expectations whether they are buyers, vendors or landlords.

“Mentoring and educating our team within our network will be a focus for me, with the intention to improve their business, recruit the right team and ultimately grow market share. Equally, I’m passionate about property management. For many years, it has been invisible, but I believe it is an important part of any real estate business.”

Mr Secondis established and led Ray White Darwin from 2002 to 2008, where as a partner he grew the business to employ over 50 staff with a rent roll of more than 1,000 properties under management. He also owned and operated One Real Estate Darwin, where as a selling principal he also grew organically the property management business.

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