Update from our CEO on COVID-19

Posted on 27 Mar 2020, 2:11 p.m.

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As I'm sure you are aware, the Federal Government have announced new limits on gatherings. The announcement stated that open house inspections, auction houses, gatherings in auction rooms and real estate auctions can no longer continue.
At Abercromby’s the health and safety of our staff, clients and their families are our primary concern. We are still conducting business as we continue to see strong results in the market and have now put the following measures in place until further notice:

  • All upcoming auctions will either be conducted via an online service or converted to an Expression of Interest or Private Sale.
  • All inspections will now be conducted as a one-on-one private session, coupled with the appropriate safeguards as recommended by health authorities (increased sanitation, not touching anything and social distancing).

All our staff are able to operate remotely from home and remain contactable through email and phone and are here to respond to your ongoing needs. We remain committed to providing quality service and achieving the best results for our clients in the current climate. Please feel free to contact one of our team on 9864 5300.
In the meantime, we send wishes for you all to stay well and healthy as we work through these difficult times.
Kind Regards,
Andrew Harlock
Director & CEO

Announcement from Abercromby's regarding COVID-19

Posted on 18 Mar 2020, 2:35 p.m.

As the Coronavirus situation is changing rapidly both nationally and internationally, we wanted to reach out to you in this time of uncertainty to provide you with an update on what we are doing here at Abercromby's.

With the health and wellbeing of our clients, staff and families being our top priority, we have introduced additional precautionary measures for all inspections, OFI's, Auctions and client meetings. Where possible, we want to encourage maintaining normality in our day to day lives.

It is still business as usual for us with some strong results, however we are putting contingency plans in place if the spread of Coronavirus impact us. Should the need arise, we can work remotely to continue servicing our clients.

We are aware the situation is fluid and changing rapidly, so we will continue to update you as necessary.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 9864 5300.

Kind Regards,

ANDREW HARLOCK

CEO & Director

Welcome to Shrublands, a 42-room, eight-figure mansion for sale in Melbourne

Posted on 13 Mar 2020, 2:18 p.m.

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A who’s who of Melbourne has gathered at this heritage-listed mansion over the decades since it was built in 1863. From political dignitaries to philanthropic figures, the grand property that is Shrublands in Canterbury has played host to some of the city’s finest events.

Now a new buyer has the chance to indulge all their entertaining whims at this prestigious address.

With a total of 42 rooms, including nine bedrooms each with an en suite and private sitting area, Shrublands is set up as a private home as well as a business centre and wellness retreat.

https://www.domain.com.au/news/welcome-to-shrublands-a-42-room-eight-figure-mansion-for-sale-in-melbourne-934194/

House of the week: A North Melbourne warehouse conversion in the old Gasworks precinct

Posted on 28 Feb 2020, 10:58 a.m.

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Part-art installation, part-cutting-edge cool, 100 per cent astonishing.

The building housing this incredible sensory journey is part of the old Gasworks precinct and the glorious red brick exterior with its tall, arched windows is a beautiful thing. Once inside though, it’s like moving through layers and levels and planes inside which a home is “arranged”.

Beyond the handsome Japanese garden step into what looks like a fairly conventional hallway until you realise the internal wall is three-quarter height, acting merely to delineate the space.

https://www.domain.com.au/news/house-of-the-week-a-north-melbourne-warehouse-conversion-in-the-old-gasworks-precinct-931204/

Historic Canterbury mansion listed for eye-watering $42 million to $46 million

Posted on 28 Feb 2020, 10:08 a.m.

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The historic mansion known as Shrublands, in the heart of Canterbury, has been listed for sale with an eye-watering price range of $42 million to $46 million.

The nine-bedroom, nine-bathroom home at 16 Balwyn Road has only had four owners over its almost 170-year history, and is now looking for its fifth.

“It’s looking for its next custodian,” Abercromby’s Real Estate director Jock Langley said.

Mr Langley, one of the agents on the sale, said the current owners had decided to sell after years of renovation to bring it back to its former glory. Read MORE:

https://www.domain.com.au/news/historic-canterbury-mansion-listed-for-eye-watering-42-million-to-46-million-933445/

New Laws on Pets in Rental Properties start on 2nd March.

Posted on 27 Feb 2020, 12:43 p.m.

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New laws on pets to start on 2 March 2020
From Monday, 2 March 2020, new laws mean it will be easier for renters to have a pet.
Renters can keep pets at a rental property, with the written permission of the rental provider (landlord). Rental providers can only refuse permission with approval from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).
Under the law, a pet is any animal except an assistance dog.
Read More :http://bit.ly/3cbuvgO

Maddie's Shield #4 - Celebrity T20

Posted on 18 Feb 2020, 9:58 a.m.

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Last Sunday on the 16th of February, Abercromby’s were proud to help support the Maddie's Shield #4 Celebrity T20 Match. Hugh Hardy volunteered his services as the Auctioneer for the day, achieving a fabulous result!

Overall the day was a great success, with all monies raised going to Maddie Riewoldt's Vision http://www.mrv.org.au

When Architecture Becomes Art

Posted on 13 Feb 2020, 2:49 p.m.

Explore Gasworks, 90 Macaulay Road, North Melbourne, featured on Domain TV last weekend #luxury #luxuryproperty #melbourne #abercrombysrealestate

https://www.abercrombys.com.au/property/gasworks-90-macaulay-road-north-melbourne-vic-3051/1321/

Season's greetings from Abercromby's

Posted on 17 Dec 2019, 11:20 a.m.

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Christmas is a time when we at Abercromby’s like to acknowledge to you, and to each other, that our business only exists as a result of our relationships with our clients. That it’s about you. And we try to run these relationships with the same heartfelt integrity as we do our friendships. So, Happy Christmas, friends. From all of us here at Abercromby’s: drive safely, swim safely, love each other, and raise a glass of something good to this wonderful time and place.

Our office will be closed for business from Tuesday 24th December 2019 and will re-open 9am Thursday 2nd January 2020.

If you have any EMERGENCY maintenance issues during this time, please call the appropriate 24 hours tradesperson below. Please also ensure you notify us via email that you have contacted them.

Plumbing – Remedy Plumbing ph: 0480 124 664

Electrical – Master Maintenance Property Services ph: 0488 725 566

Electrical – Esteem Group ph: 1300 791 780

Other Maintenance – Master Maintenance Property Services ph: 0488 725 566

Other Maintenance – Esteem Group ph: 1300 791 780

Flood Restoration – Flood Emergency Services ph: 0421 554 338

Flood Restoration – CBD & Mega Property Services ph: 0402 174 463

Have a Merry Christmas and a happy, successful 2020.

NEW RESIDENTIAL TENANCY LAWS 2020

Posted on 12 Dec 2019, 10:46 a.m.

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Landlords, it’s worth remembering that with the pending legislation in Victoria, pets will be allowed in rental properties unless there are exceptional circumstances that will need to be determined by VCAT.

To familiarise yourself with this legislation and all the proposed changes to Residential Tenancies Regulations visit https://engage.vic.gov.au/rentingregulations to share your thoughts before the public consultation concludes on Wednesday December 18 2019.

Welcome to the Team - Jack Richardson

Posted on 26 Nov 2019, 2:10 p.m.

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We are pleased to announce a new addition to the Abercromby’s sales team with the appointment of Jack Richardson as a Senior Sales Executive and Auctioneer.

Having long-standing experience and success in the local market, Jack brings with him an impressive list of results and a strong client network. Jack has a superb reputation for building a strong connection with vendors and buyers alike, as well as an excellent understanding of how to market prestige homes at the highest level.

We know his skills and style are going to resonate extremely well with the people and properties we represent. Jack says “he is extremely excited to work at Abercromby’s with its smaller team and discreet sales methods focused on the high-end market".

We know Jack will be a terrific addition to the Abercromby’s team and we look forward to a long and fruitful relationship. To discuss your options or to just have a friendly chat, Jack can be contacted on 0488 336 929 or email: jackr@abercrombys.com.au.

Abercromby's is proud to support SecondBite

Posted on 26 Nov 2019, 2:06 p.m.

Abercromby's is proud to support SecondBite, who put 38.8 million meals on the tables of Australian's in need last year. We sat down with SecondBite's CEO, Jim Mullan to better understand why feeding Australian's in need, has tragically, become a growth industry.

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"So, when I started here three years ago, 2.4 million people accessed food relief. Last calendar year it was 4 million. We're going to be feeding one million people a day in this country within the next couple of years, and that's not reversing. So, unfortunately, we find ourselves in a growth industry. I think the responsibility, however of organisations like Abercromby's is recognising that government is not coming back. It'll do stuff around the margins. But it's not coming back. If that's, in fact, the case, then what you need to do is try and plan, develop and fund an industrial approach to resolving this problem. Cause that's going to be the scale it requires".

If you want to contribute to or know more about SecondBite visit www.secondbite.org

#secondbite #givingbacktothecommunity #food #abercrombysrealestate #charity #realestate #support #melbourne #australia #aimhigh #staytrue #fundraising #community

MEET OUR TEAM- Introducing Ada Taylor

Posted on 2 Sep 2019, 1:49 p.m.

"I think traditionally women have played a far more supportive role in real estate. They have tended to be more of an assistant or support to the lead agent. That is not something that I necessarily aspire to. I am more than capable of taking the lead myself and that's where the challenge is and that's where I get the reward.

Before real estate, I was an academic and I did nutrition. I was very involved with helping people in a clinical setting and real estate enabled me to continue doing that, because the majority of the time you are dealing with someone's greatest asset and that requires a lot of respect, and a lot of care. I mean it is really hard to give someone the very best level of service and get the best result for them if you do not really understand where they are coming from. It was part of my personality that was probably always there, but my previous roles did not really give my competitive nature the opportunity to shine.

There is nothing like the thrill of the chase. There is nothing like the thrill of closing a deal. We want mutually beneficial transactions. That is the ultimate goal and moving forward you want to build strong relationships with all camps. My loyalty will always be to my vendor. I have their back, I am the gatekeeper and I will do everything in my power to get the very best result for them and that is, where I guess the competitive nature comes in. If you can combine genuine empathy and it must be genuine, with the ability to be competitive and to close the deal, then you have got the perfect combination for this type of industry". LISTEN to Ada's story here:

2019 Outback Car Trek Raising Funds for the Flying Doctor

Posted on 31 Jul 2019, 9:40 a.m.

Earlier this year Abercromby’s Charitable Fund donated towards the Royal Flying Doctors Outback Car Trek.

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The Outback Car Trek is an annual event that donates the funds it raises each year to the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Since its inception in 1990 the Trek has grown to become the largest annual fund raising event for the RFDS, and is open to members of the public. The Trek has three guiding principles; have fun, see Australia, and raise money for the Flying Doctor. In excess of $28.3 million has been raised to date.

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Well done to all those involved. https://www.outbackcartrek.com.au/

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Meet Andrew Harlock - the Abercromby’s director who went from selling cars to selling houses

Posted on 29 Jul 2019, 12:43 p.m.

The bright lights of Melbourne lured Abercromby’s director Andrew Harlock – then a promising footballer – from the country in the 1970s. Initially, cars were his calling, but soon property paired up with that passion for motoring.

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What brought you to Melbourne after you finished school in Geelong?

I got an offer to come up to Melbourne to train with the Fitzroy Football Club. People who played football then had to have a job as well. I saw that Lanes Motors was looking for sales trainees, so I applied for that role. There were 250 applications and I got the job.

Did you continue with football?

When I got the job, I didn’t finish work early enough to go to training. As it turned out, I loved my footy, but I wasn’t passionate enough about it to give up a career.

Describe your path from cars to property.

When it came to cars, the training program then was really about getting to know the product, so I learnt the length and width of every car, everything about engine capacity. After three years as a trainee, I went into sales and I sold for seven years. I had 10 years at Lanes and then I left and went to real estate agency Bennison Mackinnon.

What was real estate like then?

We had two-way radios in our cars. People would come to open for inspections having seen a little sketch in the paper. People are so much more informed now. In the old days, if you had five houses open at a weekend, you could have 50 to 80 people through that you had to call.

What is the biggest difference between working in real estate versus cars?

The greatest difference is the highs and lows. In cars, you’d have your ups and downs but not anywhere near the extremes you have in real estate. With cars, you got a salary, you drove the car – you were always driving the Mercedes – and the commission from the sale. In real estate, if you missed the listing, you’d get nothing.

But the good times in real estate are very good, aren’t they?

Yes, but some people can handle the downs better than others. It’s a rejection business but it’s how you handle it.

So, it comes down to personality?

Yes, a little. I think Abercromby’s has a good range of personalities and that’s important. There’s a lot more of the strategy now in real estate than in the past. You need a balanced mix of personalities in your team. My role is now more to look at our culture and how we work together.

What is your life like outside work?

We just bought a place up near Euroa, at Creightons Creek. I had always said I’d love to get something in the country. My wife and I saw the place and we both fell in love with it.

And you have a place in the city?

We actually just sold our house in March. We want to spend more time up at the farm. We know where the market is, and we could have waited but we looked at it like we’d be putting our lives on hold. We’re renting in Hawthorn and I walk our big, black Labrador Archie every morning for eight kilometres around Kooyong Park and Kevin Bartlett Reserve.

And do you still drive a Mercedes?

Yes, a station wagon – we almost deliberately bought it for the dog. My wife says he and I are co-dependent on each other.

Read more about Andrew HERE:
https://www.domain.com.au/living/meet-andrew-harlock-the-abercrombys-director-who-went-from-selling-cars-to-selling-houses-853954/

MEET OUR TEAM - Introducing Tim Derham & Michael Derham

Posted on 19 Jun 2019, 10:18 a.m.

It started at an early age. Going to auctions, running through the end of the auction flag and seeing the board, seeing him in action, and seeing the crowd really get involved.

He said to me that you are a people's person and I think that you should try real estate. I think you would be really good at it.

(TIM) I feel very honoured that he has become part of the team.

I remember the first week of going into the industry. It was where I want to be. It came to a point in my career where I became a little bit lost within the organisation. I decided that there was another company that probably was able to offer me what I wanted.

(TIM) I thought it was fantastic that he said: “I want to go and challenge myself” and obviously get better.

And they were very supportive in doing that. So, I left and worked with another organisation for around three or four years. I felt that the culture of the other organisation, that they were losing what was most important to me, and the most important thing was being upfront and honest with my clients.

(TIM) Many listings we have lost because we have walked in there and said these are the facts, this is what your house is worth. But then they say: “but oh joe blow says it’s worth another $500,000.” If they want to go elsewhere, then I have got all respect for them. I understandably say that I am disappointed that we are going to lose the business but again if I can help out in any way feel free to get in touch.

(TIM) And they come back cap in hand. “You were right. We are sorry we didn’t choose you.” But it is about the experience you have with the client, so in the end, they do become a raving fan.

Having the opportunity to come back to Abercromby’s where those values that I truly believe in. That’s what they had on offer, so again it was an easy transition for me to come back.

LISTEN to their story here:

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Australia’s property market has the right catalysts for a rebound: record low interest rates and investor-friendly government

Posted on 19 Jun 2019, 10:03 a.m.

Making Headlines | Jock Langley, an agent at @Abercromby’s Real Estate in Melbourne, said that the country is a great place to invest in.

“The low [Australian] dollar, stable democratic government, and ease of lifestyle and safety and security are the key draw cards as well as [quality] higher education,” he said, as featured in the South China Morning Post. See link below

https://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/3014949/australias-property-market-has-right-catalysts-rebound

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SecondBite Gala Dinner 2019

Posted on 17 Jun 2019, 10:10 a.m.

On Monday 3rd June, #Abercromby's Real Estate gathered along with many other guests at the Melbourne Town Hall, to help support #SecondBite in raising funds for those in need, at the Waste Not Want Not gala.

Watch the highlights from Waste Not Want Not by clicking below:

http://bit.ly/2MQSMzY

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SecondBite Gala Dinner 2019

Abercromby's - Making headlines!

Posted on 24 May 2019, 1:12 p.m.

Making headlines - #Abercromby's and #JockLangley featured in the South China Morning Post

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#luxuryandLifestyle #premiumproperty #melbourneproperty #propertymarket

#realestate #luxuryandlifestyleproperty #luxurylifestylerealestate #abercrombys #luxuryhomes

#melbourne #relationships #premium #commited #abercrombyste

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