Weekly Blog by Miguel De Freitas & Rod Ryan

Property Blog – Week 543

17th August 2018

It’s been another big week in Real Estate here at the mighty De Freitas & Ryan with everyone doing some really great work. Thursday morning Phil Cooke and I jumped in Phil’s big Four Wheel Drive and headed out to Beverley to list a rather wonderful property. Yes we discovered a beautiful luxury home on 64 acres of amazing hilltop land. Full of wildflowers, huge boulders and Kangaroos at Cannon Hill road in Westdale which is only about 50 minutes drive from Armadale. Wonderful property, wonderful location and you can have your own rural estate for $695,000.

David La Rosa and I were invited to a property information night at the ANZ bank in success and we both found it most informative. We made some new friends, learnt a lot and really appreciated the invitation from the fine people at ANZ Success branch.

I’ve got an auction to do tomorrow for Luke up at our Wanneroo office. The property we are auctioning is a four bedroom , two bathroom home at 31 Harbour Elbow in Banksia Grove and we think it is going to sell somewhere around the $300,000 mark. According to Luke it is a Beauty for First home buyers or Investors and being a Mortgagee situation you could do really well here. The Auction is at 12 noon so we’ll see you there.

Those girls down at Rockingham continue to excel and Miguel and I are thrilled with their efforts and continue to build a wonderful business. Well done to all the girls at South Lake office too or their efforts in looking after our clients. Big Trav and his wonderful Perth team continue to progress and our commercial guys and girls as usual keep on achieving some excellent figures.

Must go, as I have a bit to get through, so we’ll catch you next week after another big week in real estate.

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

Property Blog – Week 542

10th August 2018

It’s been another big week in real estate with a couple of big fat sales keeping the home fires burning. Lukey boy up at Wanneroo has just “bowled” one over for in excess of one million dollars and “Migi the Marvel” on his return from maternity leave has even outdone that. We all seem to be busy one day and quiet the next week but when you consider the park across the road from our Rockingham office yesterday looked like an ice skating park in Europe you can understand that people are frozen in time.

Just received an invitation from my old mate Migi to his 40th birthday which is really nice but a bit scary. I first met Migi when I employed him as a sales representative in Fremantle, he was 23 years old and certainly a young man in a hurry. Today he is about to turn 40 and nothing’s changed except that he has a lovely wife, beautiful baby boy, a beard and a few more bob in his pocket. Well done mate, you’re a star and considering I’m 27 years older than you and turn 67 on the same day, I’d really appreciate it if you could arrange a comfortable chair, slippers, hearing aid, eye drops and a pillow for me for when I’m at the function.

Now our man Luke Holmes is in Melbourne this week representing his state in a Martial Arts competition. No matter how much Luke upsets us or carries on we are all too scared to upset him as we might find ourselves flat on our back. Go get em Lukey boy and do us all proud.

Big Trav is on the radio tomorrow, I’ve got two auctions, one in Balcatta and one in Wanneroo and the boys and girls are all busy with home opens.

Just got off the phone from the lovely Maddy at the Rockingham office and she informed me that the ice down there has started to melt. She also mentioned that the phones are ringing and that they are all pretty busy.

Really must go as I’ve got four appointments in the diary so we’ll catch you again next week after another big week in real estate and martial arts.

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

Property Blog – Week 541

3rd August 2018

We are all looking forward to next week as hopefully it will have been a bigger week in real estate than this week. I shouldn’t really say that as there has been some great efforts this week by our people as we have had to double up a lot of jobs because we have had a number of people on annual leave, maternity leave, sick leave and it’s too cold leave.

Wajee had a big birthday and to celebrate he did about three deals and has got a rather big smile on his face. Luke’s picked up another mortgagee auction in Wanneroo and there’s been quite a lot going on in all our offices as we finished off the month of July in reasonable style.

Rod had a big day out on Thursday when he went to see Kevin Sheedy and James Hird at the Hyatt courtesy of 6PR and he was rather chuffed to have Kevin Sheedy next to him at lunch. The sad part for Rod was that he wasn’t able to tell Kevin Sheedy that he played football for Hawthorn as Sheedy knew too much about the history of the VFL.

On the subject of football Rod’s all excited because he’s been invited into 6PR studios to talk football with Peter Vlahos at the end of August on the Saturday “bye” the week before finals start. Not only does Rod think that he rules the world of Real Estate but he also thinks that he would be doing a better job at running football than the AFL. I suppose it doesn’t hurt to have an ego in life. Should be interesting listening.








Couple of old tarts

We have a big auction on Saturday with Luke at our Wanneroo office so for further details contact Luke Holmes on 9306 1202.

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 540

27th July 2018

Well yes you could definitely say it’s been another big week in Real Estate with some very special events happening at De Freitas & Ryan.

First of all if you ever wondered if the world was big enough for two Miguel De Freitas’ we’re about to find out. Congratulations to Miguel and his beautiful wife Samantha on the birth of their first child a son by the name of Miguel De Freitas (Junior). We’re all thrilled for them and the “Little Fella” is all smiles and weighed in at 3.4 kilos. Absolutely fantastic.

Now we had a meeting with all our company’s residential property managers yesterday at the Perth office to gain first hand knowledge of all things methamphetamine. A company by the name of Kleen Slate represented by Lewis Harriman put on an amazing talk which we all found invaluable, all thirty five of us. It’s a scary world out there and we all need to know how to deal with all sorts of situations especially the dangerous ones.








De Freitas & Ryan Property Managers at Perth office meeting.

Our wonderful trust manager has returned from holidays and a big thank you to Jen from our Rockingham office for covering for her for the past three weeks. How lucky are we to have such fabulous people on our team at De Freitas & Ryan.

Sales are slow, rentals are hectic but next weekend will begin our string of auctions which should “spark” us along a bit.

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 539

20th July 2018

It certainly has been another big week in Real Estate with everyone working really hard. I think we’ve leased about 15 properties this week at Cockburn office and I know the other offices started off quiet with leasing this month but “The tap has been turned on” this last week with excellent results coming through. Sales are still quiet except for “Million dollar man” Luke at Wanneroo office but this months still got a bit left in the tank so we’ll see how we go.

We had a great meeting with Neil Davidson from MNG Survey informing us all about subdivisions and we see real benefits going forward for ourselves and our clients with all the knowledge and assistance gained from Neil. Whilst we have all been aware of the rules and regulations in the past Neil has now simplified things for us and our confidence levels in dealing with all things zoning,strata and subdivisions has increased right across the board. Neil’s number is 0419 907 386 and he’s a beauty.

Sir Milton Coombe has just paid us a visit from our Rockingham office and tells us he is writing up an offer on a property in Rockingham and is meeting the lady here at our office. If he keeps doing that we might have to start charging him rent which will help cover the cost of all the coffee he drinks.

“Katmandu” our newest employee at Perth office actually got the job at Perth after impressing us during his work experience time at our Wanneroo office under the guidance of Luke and Kayleigh Holmes. Well “Kat” rang me earlier today to tell me that he has a lady friend who wants to do work experience at our Rockingham office and who does he speak to to arrange that. I said for him to contact the wonderful Zirkea and she will organise it all for him. Maybe next week “Kat” will want to run our sales meetings and training sessions – I’ve got a feeling that Kat is going to be a very good Real Estate man.

I have quite a number of appointments today so we’ll catch you next week after another big week in Real Estate.

Miguel Defreitas, Rod Ryan and the team at Defreitas & Ryan.

 Property Blog – Week 538

13th July 2018

Old Friday the 13th hey. We better be a bit careful with what we do today but anyway I’m sure the sun will rise again tomorrow.

We were approached some months ago by a delightful young man who had been trying to obtain a career in Real Estate. Well we gave him an opportunity at our Wanneroo office on a work experience basis and he did really well. Sadly we have not been able to find a spot for Kat (Kat is originally from Africa and his full name is Katleho Mpho) however our Perth office needed some further support in their growing property management department, so guess who got the call up. Well done Kat and thank you so much Luke and Kayleigh at Wanneroo for investing so much time into this fine young man.

On the subject of Luke and Kayleigh, boy are they are doing well. Luke has just booked four auctions and he’s also been getting some “Big Fish” over the line. Kayleigh continues to build that very special rental portfolio and with support from people of the calibre of Anna and Sue, I’d hate to be in opposition to her in the Northern suburbs.

We’ve had a few of our “Big Guns” away on leave but it’s still been all systems go here at Defreitas & Ryan. Some special events on the horizon but that’s another story.

Well done to all our Croatian and French staff who definitely will be missing in action on Monday following the world cup final on Sunday morning. Mig and I will also be getting together to watch it with Mig wearing his Cristiano Ronaldo Guernsey.

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

Miguel Defreitas, Rod Ryan and the team at Defreitas & Ryan.

Property Blog – Week 537

6th July 2018

It certainly has been another big week in figures this week with our Admin people collating all our end of financial year figures. Some really surprising results and I am pleased to report that we have passed our business medical with flying colours and have a clean bill of health. Well done to all our offices for excellent results in what has been a most challenging year.

Now we have to do it all over again and we know before we start that this year will also be a most challenging year but as they say in the movies “Bring it On”

We have had some really interesting situations at our Rockingham office this week involving hidden cameras in rental properties along with claims that one of our properties may have been used as a drug house. Never a dull moment however nothing our wonderful property managers can’t handle.

Back to the end of financial year stuff, I must say it is really interesting going over the figures and comparing each year and each office and as our accountant said it’s simply a case of there is no place to hide. Anyway we are certainly motivated to improve on this last year as we have been doing consistently for eleven years now.









School Holidays at Defreitas & Ryan.

Heaps to do today so 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 536

29th June 2018

It certainly has been another big week in Real Estate with all our offices working hard to squeeze the last drop out of what has been a most challenging financial year. We all know business is tough however if your attitude is right you can still do pretty well as our results certainly indicate.

Travis and Dalena are having an end of financial year staff lunch today and sadly Rod and I haven’t been invited but that’s simply because word has it we’ll eat all their prawns. Well done Trav and Dalena, you’ve had a great year and you should be so proud of what you have achieved.

Rod and I had a great meeting at Wanneroo office yesterday and they too are in great shape and looking forward to building on their success of this financial year. Well done Luke and Kayleigh and all the team up there. You’re all terrific.

Rockingham has had a most pleasing year as well with all our staff being A graders. We’ve just done the end of financial year figures and the turnaround from last year has been amazing. Thrilled to bits with all the ladies (including Milton) and now that all the “clean up” is complete, we can really build our business down there. It’s been a big month sales wise with Sir Milton “strutting his stuff” again this month.

Our “monster” office in Cockburn has continued to “rumble along” and again thank you to our wonderful staff who continue drive and build our business.

Across the road at our commercial (Hollywood) office we have finished off what can only be described as a brilliant year.

Melita picked the tigers last night and missed the margin by only four points so she’s looking pretty good to move further up the leader board on the 6PR ($10,000) football tipping competition. We are all starting to believe she can win it so long as she continues to ignore her husband’s input.










Our general manager Sue Totterdell hard at work with all the end of financial year wrap up.

Well done to all concerned right across our company 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 535

22nd June 2018

HO,HO,HO well as we know it’s certainly not Christmas but with all the excitement in our office at the moment you’d certainly think it was. David La Rosa has just received the news that he was Rookie of the month for the month of May and yes a great effort coming in at number one in the state. A fine young man and a great asset to our dynamic sales team and company – watch this space as this ‘Kid’ is a star.









Congratulations David La Rosa.

Now talking about stars, our ‘Hot Shot’ residential rental business development manager Melita Ryan has has hit the leaderboard on the 6PR Footy Tipping competition. Currently sitting in 10th place only three off the pace is our Melita.Sadly she picked the Eagles last night which was a case of ‘No Appearance your Worship’ so that might put a bit of a dent in her chances. Anyway well done and lets hope you win as she’s been so excited she’s already spent the $10,000 prize money.









Melita Ryan sure can ‘Pick em’ (with the exception of husbands)

We are not breaking any sales records this month however, our residential and commercial leasing divisions continue to do well. We have a lot going on in all areas of our business and we must be doing something right as we just  paid the tax office enough money to keep our navy afloat. Don’t mind paying tax but seriously sometimes you seem to be ‘chasing your tail’.

Sadly we lost a few long term property owners this week who we have been managing their rental properties for years. Due to a change in market values and their employment situations, they have been forced to hand back their properties to their mortgagee and we of course lose business and excellent clients who have become friends.

Anyway onwards and upwards as we keep working hard to do the right thing by our clients.

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 534

15th June 2018

It hasn’t been another big week in Real Estate in fact it’s been a huge week in Real Estate here at De Freitas & Ryan with some amazing things going on. Yes we’ve been selling the odd house and leasing many more but the real news is every now and then in this business you get what we call a “Red Letter Day” and that is when something very special happens. Our Perth office this week has just added a major client to it’s management portfolio in the form of many, many, many, new managements I won’t put down the exact amount, I will only say a big congratulations to Travis and Dalena for having built such a wonderful reputation which has resulted in the public having the confidence and trust in De Freitas & Ryan to select us as their exclusive managing agents. Well done boys and girls at the Perth office.









Client Stephen Knight, Melita & Rod Ryan in Bali (Photo courtesy of the Australia Taxation Office)

Now Melita and I had a short break and visited Jakarta and Bali last week and while we were there we caught up with a good friend and insurance client Stephen Knight. Had a great night at Sardines and can’t wait to do it all again. While we were away everyone back here was hard at work continuing to build our brand and how lucky are we that we have such a wonderful organisation that allows us to enjoy some time out.

We have been quite busy this week (not quite as busy as Travis) and we have had some excellent results. It is quite interesting to note that our residential rental vacancy rates have been consistently reducing and that is certainly good news for our clients. It is also good news for our staff as it takes a lot of pressure.

Anyway must go as we have lot’s to do. Listing a home in Beverley For Sale this afternoon can you believe. Any excuse to jump in the car and head east to beautiful Beverley.

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