Property Blog – Week 25

By Rod Ryan

Did we have some fun last Saturday! I put the sold sign on the board at Edmund Street on the way to our Auction at South Lake and got held up talking to a few people about values in the White Gum Valley and Fremantle area.

When I pulled into Bolderwood Drive, South Lake with only 10 minutes to spare, I couldn’t believe the number of cars parked in the street. When I finally made it to the house I saw “Lights, Camera, Action” and was informed that some students from UWA, who regularly follow our blog were filming our Auction as part of their studies.

In front of a crowd of some seventy people we had six buyers fighting it out, took 19 bids and eventually brought the hammer down to a rousing applause at $348,000. Great result all round and even had to straighten the tie for an interview with the girls from UWA following the Auction.

Our proud Managing Director Rod Ryan hands over De Freitas & Ryan’s cheque to Mrs. Lesley Hooper from the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation.

For those people who regularly read our blog on our web site they’ll be aware that our company has a strong association with the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. Every time our company sells or leases a property part of our fee is donated to “the kids” at the hospital. Yes, every month the foundation receives a cheque from De Freitas & Ryan and following our record month in March our last cheque was a beauty.

We have lots going on as well. We haven’t been happy with our “logo” advertising in the West Australian and Sunday Times and as a result of some design consultation with our graphic designer (we’ll give him a plug – Phil De Glanville from Image 7 Group, 9221 9777). We have come up with a new design which will hit the press for the first time this weekend.

All our Sales team are extremely busy and amused by all the negative press out there. Rentals are coming in at a steady rate and we are thrilled with the way things are going. Just this week an existing client has appointed us to manage a property they have purchased in Fortini Court, Hamilton Hill. Another client has just appointed us to manage two commercial properties in Marine Terrace, Fremantle. Another two new managements in Hamilton Hill on Sawle Street and another in Hyam Street are now on our books for lease. We’ve also just been appointed to manage two homes in Warnbro Sound and our reputation in rental management is starting to blossom.

When you read this I’ll be in the Eastern States touching base with our consultants over there who are assisting us enormously with our sales power. Bill McLarty has just phoned in to say he has sold one of our House and Land packages in Clontarf Terrace, Canning Vale for $429,000 and Travis just bowled over a large commercial property in Cockburn Central for well over the million mark.

Last night Miguel and I listed a property for Auction in St. James near Curtin University and it’s another one that will go like a rocket. Suit $350,000 Plus Buyers and it must be sold.

This Real Estate business is fantastic. I’ve been in it for 38 years and love it more each day.

Catch you next week after what I’m sure will be ’Another Big Week In Real Estate’.

Rod Ryan