The agency has been in business for 27 years, and operating in Yass for the past 10 years.
It is a family owned and operated business, “backed by Australia’s largest real estate company, Ray White” says George Southwell.
There are four staff currently working at this agency.
Simon Southwell is the owner and principal (licencee), George Southwell is both a licenced real estate agent and a stock and station agent, Dominic Johns is a sales executive and Rosie Barton takes care of the admin.
The main services are residential and commercial sales, auctions, property management and clearing sales.
George has grown up with this industry being the family business, and he explained that the reason the agency expanded its coverage was because they “Saw the opportunity to provide our service to the Canberra region and Yass Valley.”
Meanwhile Simon has seen a lot of changes in 27 years but retains the firm belief that selling property is a people business.
In terms of recent trends, George says “We’ve seen Yass and Murrumbateman hold sales [value] really well in the current climate, and the biggest thing we’ve seen in the last weeks is banks have started lending in shorter periods of time [shorter terms].
“Yass is bucking the national trend by increasing prices by 15%, whilst the rest of Australia is going backwards,” George notes.
This means that professional advice is important because “people buy and sell their home, on average, three times in their life [whereas] we do it every day. We’ve always got our finger on the pulse,” George adds.
“Yass Valley’s market is exciting and changing on a daily basis.”
And as locals, “We’re proud [to be part of Yass Valley] because our family has a long association with the community,” plus they like “Being able to generously help people in one of the biggest transactions they will make in their life.”
Ray White Rural Canberra/Yass have an office at 93 Comur Street, Yass, NSW.
See the current listings at raywhiteruralyasscanberra.com.au or call them on 02 6226 4400.