Weekly Blog by Miguel De Freitas & Rod Ryan

Property Blog – Week 503


Friday 20th October 2017


What a fun day we had last Saturday. Up early drove to Busselton and then a few K’s into Jindong where I met the family of the property we were selling. Sir Milton Coombe had done all the good work with Auction flags up, Pointer signs out all over the district and just before 12 midday he was handing out brochures to the fifty or so people in attendance.

Well the 166 acre property started with a bid of $800,000 and after some 21 more bids, the hammer came down at $ 1,020,000. Everyone was happy and I drove home to Fremantle feeling quite chuffed.

            Rod and Milton in action

Now on the subject of Sir Milton Coombe, he is doing wonders down at our Rockingham office. He is hoping for double figures this month and the way he is going he might just get there.

Now Migi is back from leave and getting me organised for two big commercial Auctions next Saturday so that is all very exciting.

I’m off up to Wanneroo office this afternoon to go over a few things with our new Sales Representative Phil Cook and catch up with Luke and Kayleigh, so we’ll catch you again next week after another big week in Real Estate.



Miguel De Freitas, Rod Ryan and all the team at De Freitas and Ryan.


Property Blog – Week 502

Friday 13th October 2017


As always it’s been another big week in Real Estate with the highlight this week being my first visit to our new Perth office.

Our General Manager Sue Totterdell and I dropped into the office yesterday to check out all things Perth office and gee we were impressed. Forget about our new stadium being Perth’s new landmark, our new Perth office on the corner of Carr and Charles street West Perth leaves it for dead. The signage is outstanding, the location brilliant and the proud owners Travis and Dalena Lindstrom are thrilled to bits. Trav and “biggest man” in the world Mike are even putting a basketball hoop in the adjoining warehouse. It’s just fantastic.

Congratulations Trav and Dalena

Well done to all the fabulous staff who have not only all contributed to the move but are now being rewarded by being part of one of Perth’s leading Real Estate companies

Now another big thing that happened for us here at De Freitas and Ryan this week was the opening of the new office of Radio 6PR. The “Big Brass” from McQuarrie Broadcasting over East asked myself and Miguel to speak at the official opening, However we decided to give our new premier  Mark Mc Gowan the honour. He seems like a good “bloke” and he spoke very well at the opening. Well done to 6PR and all concerned and thanks again for the invite.


Well done Mr Premier

Now I’m off to Busselton in the morning to conduct an Auction of a 165 acre rural property down there. I’m taking the “Italian” with me so that should keep me on track and Milton and I are looking forward to a great result on behalf of our clients. Our Rockingham office is on the lookout for a new cadet to join our expanding team down there. Great opportunity for a young person to learn the business from the ground up and work with a wonderful group of people.

Now today is pretty full on for me so I better get on with it and catch you next week after another big week in Real Estate.

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Miguel De Freitas, Rod Ryan and the staff at De Freitas and Ryan.

Property Blog – Week 501


Friday 6th October 2017


It certainly has been another big week working in real estate, with lots going on but this week is a little bit innovative for us because this is the first week we have done a video recording and posted it to our Facebook pages – De Freitas & Ryan Cockburn. What you will see is myself accompanied by Miguel De Freitas & Luke Holmes from our Wanneroo office who happened to be down this way across in our commercial office, so the three of us decided to all join in the party and do the blog.

Last week I was fortunate enough to go to the AFL grand final, but was also interesting is that we were able to do a live cross back to WA. Listeners on radio 6PR and the feedback from that has been rather interesting and I was very thankful to have that opportunity to do that.

As far as the real estate side of things is concerned we have about 6 Auctions ahead of us in the next few weeks. We’re busy with the rentals, this is across all our offices. And yes we’ve got a lot on our plate at the present time. We’re also on the lookout for a new person at our Wanneroo office, a great opportunity for someone to come in on the ground floor. We’re looking for a young motivated cadet to come in and take the real estate industry by storm. We’re also in a situation in our Cockburn office where we are looking for a new property manager due to the growth we’ve had in that side of the business. So if there is anyone out there that is keen an enthusiastic we’d be happy to talk to them.


I think that’s about it for this week but again if you head over to our Facebook Page – De Freitas & Ryan Cockburn, give our page a like and watch our blog.


Miguel De Freitas, Rod Ryan and the team at De Freitas and Ryan


Property Blog – Week 500

29th September 2017

It’s certainly been another big week in Real Estate and as a matter of fact as you can see from the above. It’s been 500 big weeks of Real Estate at De Freitas and Ryan. We can still remember doing the first edition way back in 2007 when Migi didn’t have a beard and I had a bit more hair. It’s been a wonderful journey and whilst we haven’t got it right all the time we certainly have never given up, we’ve certainly given it our best.

Big Trav is moving his Perth office this weekend and the good news is I don’t have to help him because I’m across in Melbourne at the MCG for the Grand Final. This morning at 10.30am Melbourne time, 8.30am Perth time I did a live cross with Gareth Parker on radio 6PR giving the people of Perth an insight into the Grand Final atmosphere at the MCG. It really is a very special opportunity and one I’ve been very fortunate to experience some 50 times. I was asleep in my swag this morning whilst queuing up outside the members gate and was woken by Samantha Armitage from Channel 7 Sunrise morning programme who ask me if I’d had a nice night sleep. You never know who you’re going to bump into first thing in the morning when your sleeping at the MCG.

Back onto Real Estate, September has proved to be a most satisfying month for all concerned at De Freitas and Ryan with all offices putting in a great performance.

Time to go so we will catch you next week after another big week in real estate.

By the way Richmond by 21 points

Miguel and I seriously would like to thank all of our clients, supporters and staff for their continued support over the past ten years and their assistance in helping us get our little blog out to you every week.


Miguel De Freitas, Rod Ryan and the team at De Freitas and Ryan

Property Blog – Week 499


22nd September 2017


Well firstly it is interesting to note that we got both football final results horribly wrong last week but this week we’re confident it will be Tigers by 21 points and Crows by 50. Then it’s off to the MCG for the “Big Dance” next Saturday, should be fantastic.

Now we received a text message from Tamara from our Rockingham office on Tuesday saying “We just rented our 17th property for the month and we’re on fire”. Those girls and boys down there really know how to build a business and with Sir Milton Coombe and young Harley listing and selling consistently and successfully we couldn’t be more proud. Our new window display looks great and as our receptionist Alice said – “It’s just like working in wonderland”

Our Auction board is filling up with some six Auctions booked over the next coming weeks. We’ve got houses, land, development sites, farms – you name it we are Auctioning it. And now that Rod has received his new Auction license after he forgot to renew his last one we’re all set to go


It’s official – Rod is an Auctioneer again.


Yes we’re busy right across the board with lots going on and we’re having fun. Some of our people continue to amaze us with their performances and all of our people are focused and dedicated to building our business.

We are in the process of upgrading all our IT monitoring service as it is becoming increasingly serious with the “Hackers” becoming more and more determined to scam people of their money. It really is disgusting and only recently an elderly woman lost more than $500,000 after her property transaction was “Hacked” and more than half a million dollars was stolen out of her account. We will be making as many people as we can aware of the safeguards that need to be put in place when we do our newsletter at the end of this month.

Time to go ladies and gentlemen. Enjoy the long weekend, buy lots of property of De Freitas and Ryan and we’ll catch you again next week after another big week in real estate.



Miguel De Freitas, Rod Ryan and the team at De Freitas and Ryan

Property Blog – Week 498

15th September 2017


It hasn’t been that big of a week in Real Estate to be honest as we’ve had a few distractions caused mainly by a thing called Football Finals.

I don’t have to tell you how excited we all are that our West Australian Team looks like it could now go all the way. As you could tell I’m a very positive person but you have to be these days to get anywhere.

Our Rockingham office is all excited about their new window display and the business they’ve been producing down there as well. Happy Birthday Tamara and its fantastic having you on board. You had to clean up a bit of a mess and you’ve certainly done that with the assistance of your excellent colleagues down there.

Up at our Wanneroo office, wonder boy Luke is full of complaints now as he has sold pretty much all the property he had on offer, so instead of whinging about it ”Lukey boy” go and raid your beautiful wife’s rent role that she’s worked so hard to build up and convert a few rentals into sales listings.

Caught up with big Trav from our Perth office at Migi’s big new Auction in Mell road Spearwood and it didn’t take him long to remind me that he is still the most handsome man in real estate. Miguel of course would certainly not agree with that as he believes that the finely groomed beard of his has certainly given him the edge.

One of our staff members is heading of shortly on a trip of a life time to Africa where she will be dancing with lions and tigers and riding on elephants while she looks for her comforting lodgings for the night, in some cases being very “Spartan” tree house. Keep safe my dear, make sure you’ve got your rifle with you and your running shoes on.

Really must go now as I’ve got to get the theatre room at home all set up as a ground stand to watch Football tonight.

Have a great weekend everybody and we’ll catch you again next week after another big week in Real Estate.

For what it’s worth it will be Eagles by 10 points and Swans by 18 points


Miguel De Freitas, Rod Ryan and the Team at De Freitas & Ryan

Property Blog – week 497

8th September 2017

Yes you could certainly say it’s been another big week in Real Estate with many many things going on at De Freitas & Ryan.

Big Trav is greasing up the tow ball in readiness for his big move into his new Perth Office and Boy Oh Boy is he excited.

We offered to help him with the move but he declined as he still suffers from anxiety from the time Miguel nearly killed himself and everyone in a 50 kilometres radius when he cut through the electrical cord on his chainsaw at the front of Travs Edward Street Perth Office (Where it all began for De Freitas & Ryan Perth) when we helped Trav set the office up.

We understand Trav we really do and we’ll make sure the “Portuguese Sausage” is away on holiday the weekend you move.

Now while we are on the subject of Miguel he might not be happy with all things electrical but he has “sparked” into action since returning from leave with a few new auction listings.

Any chance I had of taking a few weekends off in spring has totally disappeared with “Migi the Marvel” listing a few auctions and big ones at that.

I haven’t got all the details yet but I know one is a fantastic home in Kardinya, another one is a residential/commercial development site in Hamilton Hill,

another one is two large adjoining blocks of land in Spearwood zones mixed business and another one is a rural property in Busselton.

Thanks Mig and Merry Christmas too.

Robyn and Charlotte “on a roll”

The general public out there could sometimes be of the opinion that us Real Estate people talk a lot of C . . P so we thought we better prepare ourselves just in case there was possibly some truth in the “matter”. Thanks girls for being good sports and we promise we won’t put this on Facebook.

The footy last night was a joke – I was all excited sat in the theatre room with the door locked, a couple of packs of Popcorn, my slippers on and then had to endure G nombs Without Substance go through their paces. Toby Green turned pale, Shane Mumford couldn’t get by without his mummy, Josh Kelly was just “hanging” around and Jeremy Cameron went off with a sore leg. Maybe tonight will be better – Let’s hope.

Have a great weekend everyone, enjoy the footy now GWS aren’t playing and we’ll catch you again next week after another big week in footy and Real Estate.

Miguel De Freitas, Rod Ryan and the team at De Freitas & Ryan

Property Blog – Week 496

1st September 2017


Well after looking at all the results for the month of August you could definitely say that is has certainly been another big four weeks in Real Estate. Well done Wanneroo, well done Rockingham, well done Melbourne, well done Commercial and yes still room for improvement at Cockburn.

For tough times there really is a wonderful “Spirit” here at De Freitas & Ryan and we are excited about the “Spring Quarter” that is now upon us.

We are so proud of what Luke and Kayleigh have achieved at Wanneroo since commencement of business a little over a year ago and Annemaree, Zirkea and the crew at Rockingham are doing some amazing things.

Miguel is back from leave and word has it that he has listed the Whitsunday Islands for sale and sold half of Harvey Bay whilst on holidays.  He cannot sit still that man Miguel and evidently Samantha  now needs a holiday to recover from the holiday.

Migi and I have been invited to the presidents lunch at South Fremantle V Peel elimination final on Saturday and we are looking forward to that. We will be on the radio in the morning, then a few home opens then off to the footy and then we’re onto retro mania at the Herdsman to see our old mate Rocko (Cleopatra’s only man) sing the house down.

Well done to the Eagles last week and Melbourne will certainly have to face their demons over the pre-season. Well done Freo for not making it a hat-trick of 100 point loses and well done to Bangladesh  for making fools of the over paid, over rated Australian cricket team.


Have a great weekend everyone and we’ll catch you again next week after another big week in Real Estate.


Miguel De Freitas, Rod Ryan and the team at De Freitas & Ryan

Property Blog – Week 495

25th August 2017

Yes it’s been another big week in Real Estate with a lot of hard but enjoyable work being done by all of us here at the mighty De Freitas and Ryan.

Little houses, big factories, block of land – Yes it’s all happening. Sir Milton Coombe currently has three offers on the table and can’t get them across the line which is rather frustrating, however I am sure he will have success in the end.

Robyn was about to list a beauty in Kardinya tonight but they have decided now to rent it instead – “not happy jan” says Robyn.

Luke up at Wanneroo continue to build on his already excellent month and evidently he’s just listed another property for Auction.

Now two of our ladies at Rockingham are sharing a birthday in (well almost) so we decided to drop in with some flowers and join the party. Congratulations Annemaree and Nicole and thanks for all you do for us.

Happy Birthday Ladies

Our Residential Rental Department all working extremely hard and getting wonderful results in a very though market.

We’d have to say that rental prices appear to still be falling which is of great concern to us and our clients.

Our Commercial boys and girls including our Strata division continue to go from strength to strength and we’ll catch you again next week after another big week in Real Estate.

Miguel De Freitas, Rod Ryan and the team at de Freitas and Ryan

Property Blog Week 494

18 August 2017

Its been another big week in Real Estate in that we’ve been very busy dealing with the every day duties of a Real Estate Agent, but to be honest we haven’t set the world on fire on the scoreboard but that’s the way it goes.

Now last Saturday I conducted an Auction with Luke Holmes, (the licensee of our Wanneroo Office) for a four bedroom, two bathroom home that needed renovation north of the river in Caversham. The bidding opened up at $200,000 in the end the home was sold under the hammer at $318,000. There were about seventy people in attendance and five bidders all going for it and Luke did a marvelous job on behalf of his clients.

Our Commercial boys and girls have had a busy week with leasing and according to Travis at the Perth Office he’s been fairly constant as well. Kym over in Melbourne continues to build her business and her new office is looking what it cost – a million dollars.

Big Trav at Perth office has been getting his trailer all cleaned up in the readiness for his big move in a few weeks time into his new premises. There will be plenty of organising, plenty of effort, plenty of money moving around in the next few weeks but it will be a wonderful big brand new prominent office for our fantastic Perth Office.

Time to go and get to my 11am appointment so have a great weekend everyone, enjoy the footy and we’ll catch you again next week after another big week in Real Estate.

Miguel De Freitas, Rod Ryan and the team at De Freitas & Ryan.