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82-year-old agency to enter new era

By Grace Ormsby
27 April 2021 | 1 minute read
First National Real Estate McColms

A family-owned Bundaberg real estate business will remain in “safe hands” following the retirement of well-respected local agent Heather Galley.

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First National Real Estate McColms has been owned by the McColms family for more than 80 years, and is considered a near-founding member of First National Real Estate in Queensland, having joined the co-operative back in 1984.

Justin Mayberry, who will be taking over the operation, has explained that “McColms has been a household name for Bundaberg real estate since Heather’s grandparents, John and Ethel McColm, started the business back in 1939”.

“Heather’s father joined the estate agency in 1951, then Heather followed in 1970, subsequently becoming the agency’s licensed agent, auctioneer and valuer, as well as something of an icon for women in real estate,” he continued.

A local real estate operator himself, Mr Mayberry said Ms Galley’s move into retirement and the arising of an opportunity to purchase First National McColms was “too good an opportunity to refuse”.

He said: “The McColm family are well-respected members of the Bundaberg business community and I intend to build upon their legacy of exceptional service, while at the same time adopting new First National technologies that will reshape the future of the business.”

Mr Mayberry has touted professional development, digital marketing, streamlined systems and a culture of expertise sharing as some of the major attractions that brought him to the brand.

Having already completed Mr Mayberry’s induction into the co-op, First National’s Queensland business growth manager, Greg Reed, has indicated that he is looking forward to helping the business achieve its growth goals.

He said: “Justin has embraced so much of what this network has to offer that he is certain to thrive in our environment.

“His grasp of the digital marketing sphere and forward planning assure that the legacy of First National McColms is not only in good hands, its future is looking exceptionally bright.”

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