Two successful real estate offices have joined forces in regional Victoria as more and more buyers look for a tree change.
Trentham based agency, Harkin Real Estate, has been acquired by Belle Property Daylesford with the two offices now looking to capitalise on growing interest from buyers looking to escape Melbourne once restrictions are lifted.
Belle Property Daylesford principal, Will Walton said: “We know that the team are excited about the opportunities Belle Property can offer Trentham landlords and vendors accessing our advanced technology products and our enormous Melbourne and national office client network.”
Ultimately, COVID played its role in Harkin Real Estate’s founder, Frances Harkin, opting to merge with Belle Property, but she will remain as the key salesperson for the region and said that her business, which she started back in 2015, is in safe hands.
“It was a little sad because it was my baby but Belle and the guys have been awesome and it couldn’t have gone to better people,” she said.
“The transition is going to be good, they are boutique, a bit organic, they like a dog in the office and they are green. It is going to blend in well,” said Ms Harkin.
With frustration mounting across Victoria as restrictions have, in some places, stifled the market, Ms Harkin predicts that a property boom is on the horizon, with the partnered-up agencies primed to take advantage.
I think next time Melbourne gets out it is going to go gangbusters.Harkin Real Estate founder – Frances Harkin
“There is a little shortage of properties but once that lockdown is lifted, we won’t have any stock left,” Ms Harkin said.
As recently as two weeks ago Ms Harkin sold two properties sight unseen and she also sold a home to a Melbourne buyer after their sister had viewed the property on their behalf.
With pent up demand from Melbourne buyers looking to swap the city for the countryside, should we soon expect a regional boom across Victoria? Harkin Real Estate and Belle Property Daylesford certainly hope so.