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26 May 2021
By SARAH MATTHEWS
Harcourts Horsham is celebrating a highly successful 12 months, claiming national and state accolades at an awards night in Melbourne at the weekend.
The Horsham franchise collected the Harcourts number one property management office growth award for both Victoria and Australia.
It also won the Nutrien Harcourts number one office revenue gong – both in Victoria and nationally – along with personal achievement awards for sales consultants Jock Uebergang and Chris Schirmer.
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Principal Mark Clyne was thrilled by his team’s success, which he said was good recognition for the past five and a half years working under the Harcourts brand.
“We’ve never won any state awards, ever, even achievement awards,” he said.
“This year we’ve had two achievement awards and it’s great.
“It’s good recognition. We’ve gone from zero to – now with the integration of Coller Rathgeber Property Group – number one in Horsham and across the Wimmera.
“The awards are based on our performance to the end of March, so it doesn’t include the merger. Hopefully next year, with the addition of a few extra bodies we might be able to win a few more awards.”
Mr Clyne said Harcourts leaders also announced the brand was now officially number two in the Australian real estate industry.
“The company has been running for about 20 years and to move into that position is a great effort all round,” he said.
Mr Clyne said the Horsham agency’s accolades were the result of a team effort combined with supportive customers.
“We’ve got a team of 16. We’ve just appointed another person who started with us a few weeks ago,” he said.
“We’re still growing and as the market forces determine, it depends on what type of opportunities are there.”
Mr Clyne praised the efforts of Mr Uebergang, who was named Nutrien Harcourts’ number two residential sales agent in Victoria, and third nationally.
“Jock’s been with us for nearly six years. He’s gone from entering the industry to being one of the leaders and that’s fantastic,” he said.
“Chris has been here for four years. He was doing real estate in Geelong before coming here. He’s established himself well in the area.”
Mr Schirmer won a bronze award based on sales figures, with Mr Uebergang winning a silver award.
“We’ve got Taylor Whitworth coming through the ranks. He’s doing fantastic work with the premium properties, and we’ve got Tim Coller with the merger of Coller Rathgeber,” Mr Clyne said.
“Tim’s out there enjoying himself now that he doesn’t have to run the show.”
Mr Clyne said his agents had been busy thanks to a strong regional market, which he said would continue to strengthen.
“Once you go down to Melbourne and get stuck in a traffic jam for an hour and a half, you can understand why people don’t want to live there,” he said.
“There has been a percentage of people moving from Melbourne to the country. It’s not as great as some believe and I think that’s still to come.
“Investors have certainly been quieter but we’re just starting to see the signs of investors coming back into the market.”
Mr Clyne said low interest rates and government incentives stimulating the building industry had contributed to the sector’s strength.
“I think overall, in my time living in Horsham, this is the best I’ve ever seen the economy – tradies are flat out, most retail are very busy and the farming sector has had a couple of great years,” he said.
“Hopefully that will continue through this year.
“The spirits of people are probably the best I’ve seen in my lifetime.”
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