An update from Abercromby's on COVID-19 Auctions and Inspections

Posted on 12 May 2020, 12:30 p.m. in COVID-19

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In accordance with the most recent Government guidelines, Abercromby's are now allowed to conduct open for inspections and auctions for a maximum of 10 people (Excluding those who are facilitating) under a strict set of health and safety provisions.

With the safety of the community, our customers and their families being paramount, should you wish to attend an open for inspection or an auction with one of our agents

we ask you to observe our policy below:-

  • Download the COVIDSafe App
  • As per the health guidelines, please maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from others and avoid physical contact, including shaking hands.
  • Apply hand sanitiser, which will be available for your use.
  • Refrain from touching household items, such as door handles, cupboards and tapware.
  • Registration will be required to enter.

Please do not enter the property if:

  • You have returned from overseas in the past two weeks
  • You are unwell or have a fever
  • You have come into contact with someone experiencing flu-like symptoms.

Due to the regularly changing nature of circumstances in Victoria, we will update this information as often as possible.

Please contact us if you have any questions about buying, selling or leasing. Abercromby's is here to support you, as we work through these difficult times.

Abercromby's Inspection Policy during COVID-19

Posted on 20 Apr 2020, 11:38 a.m. in COVID-19

We are pleased to advise that recent Government restrictions regarding property inspections have been overturned and we can continue to conduct private inspections of occupied premises under a strict set of health and safety provisions (including increased sanitation, wearing gloves, not touching anything and social distancing).

In accordance with the current CAV guidelines, private inspections of an occupied/tenanted residential property are permitted to be organised. An inspection is only permitted where an estate agent and one other person (the person for whom the inspection is organised by private appointment) are present at the premises. An inspection where an estate agent, the prospective tenant/purchaser and a resident of the premises are all present is not permitted. In this case the resident of the premises will have to leave the premises, and should do so for a reason permitted under the SAHD ( to obtain necessary goods or services, for care and other compassionate reasons, to attend work or education or to exercise).

With the safety of our community, our customers, and their families being paramount, should you wish to view a property exclusively with one of our agents, we ask you to observe our Open for Inspection policy below.

If you do attend a private inspection, please:

  • limit the number of people attending the inspection to one person.
  • Refrain from physical greetings.
  • Please refrain from touching surfaces within the property.
  • Maintain a comfortable distance (at least 1.5m) from the Abercromby's sales agent.

We ask that you refrain from attending property inspections if

  • You have any flu like symptoms.
  • Fever.
  • Cough.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Breathing difficulties.
  • If you have travelled overseas or been in contact with someone who has returned from overseas in the last 14 days.
  • Recently been in contact with someone diagnosed with Covid-19.

Due to the regularly changing nature of circumstances in Victoria, we will update this information as often as possible.

Please contact us if you have any questions about buying, selling or leasing. Abercromby's is here to support you, as we work through these difficult times.

COVID-19 FAQ for LANDLORDS AND TENANTS

Posted on 9 Apr 2020, 12:06 p.m. in COVID-19

We are taking measures for the health and safety of our Landlords, Tenants and Staff, including making updates to the way we handle important aspects of property management

How can I contact my Property Manager or the Office?

Due to the contagious nature of COVID-19, Abercromby's will not be accepting walk-ins at our office. Our staff are currently operating remotely from home and remain contactable through email and phone on 9864 5353. We 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.

Does this situation change any of my rights?

Although the situation is changing rapidly, tenants and landlords must continue to abide by the Residential Tenancies Act 1997. We are currently awaiting announcements from the Government specifically regarding tenants and landlords. The following website will have the most up to date information about any tenancy changes during this time.

CAV - Coronavirus and Tenants Rights: https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/resources-and-tools/advice-in-a-disaster/coronavirus-covid19-and-your-rights

Rental hardship

If you’re experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID 19, please ensure that you contact your Property Manager as soon as possible to discuss the options available.

Here are some useful links:

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/rent-assistance
https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/news/more-financial-support-coronavirus-affected-job-seekers
https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus

Maintenance

Tenants should submit all maintenance requests to their Property Managers as usual.

All urgent repairs will be conducted as needed. For non-urgent repairs, there may be delays during the pandemic as some of our regular trades will be unavailable

Routine inspections

We have temporarily changed how our routine inspections are done. We have postponed all face to face routine inspections. They will now be conducted via an online process. Your Property Manager will contact you if this is the case.

Open for Inspections for Vacant Properties

Due to recent Federal Government restrictions all property inspections will now be conducted as a one-on-one private appointment, coupled with the appropriate safeguards as recommended by health authorities (increased sanitation, wearing gloves, not touching anything and social distancing). We welcome you to make a time with us should you wish to view a property exclusively with our Business Development Manager Myles Crowhurst on 0433 916 155

If you do attend a private inspection, please:

  • limit the number of people attending the inspection to one person at a time.
  • Refrain from physical greetings.
  • Please refrain from touching surfaces within the property.
  • Maintain a comfortable distance (at least 1.5m) from the Abercromby's agent.

We ask that you refrain from attending property inspections if

  • You have any flu like symptoms.
  • Fever.
  • Cough.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Breathing difficulties.
  • If you have travelled overseas or been in contact with someone who has returned from overseas in the last 14 days.
  • Recently been in contact with someone diagnosed with Covid-19.

Thank you for your cooperation with these adjustments to the way Abercromby’s must operate during these challenging times.

Please note that any advice contained in this article is of a general nature only and does not take into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular person. Therefore, before making any decision, you should consider the appropriateness of the advice with regard to those matters. Information in this article is correct as of the date of publication and is subject to change.

COVID-19 Protocol

Posted on 2 Apr 2020, 1:31 p.m. in COVID-19

Due to recent Federal Government restrictions all property inspections will now be conducted as a one-on-one private appointment, coupled with the appropriate safeguards as recommended by health authorities (increased sanitation, wearing gloves, not touching anything and social distancing).

We welcome you to make a time with us should you wish to view a property exclusively with one of our agents. The health and safety of our clients, the community and our staff is very important to us. To that end, we ask you to observe our Open for Inspection policy below.

If you do attend a private inspection, please:

  • limit the number of people attending the inspection to one person at a time.
  • Refrain from physical greetings.
  • Please refrain from touching surfaces within the property.
  • Maintain a comfortable distance (at least 1.5m) from the Abercromby's sales agent.

We ask that you refrain from attending property inspections if

  • You have any flu like symptoms.
  • Fever.
  • Cough.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Breathing difficulties.
  • If you have travelled overseas or been in contact with someone who has returned from overseas in the last 14 days.
  • Recently been in contact with someone diagnosed with Covid-19.

All upcoming auctions will either be conducted via an online service or converted to an Expression of Interest or Private Sale.

Please contact us if you have any questions about buying, selling or leasing. Abercromby's is here to support you, as we work through these difficult times.

Update from our CEO on COVID-19

Posted on 27 Mar 2020, 2:11 p.m. in COVID-19

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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. in COVID-19

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/

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