Strengthening the existing network in regional Victoria, the Group is excited to add offices in Shepparton, Nagambie and Tatura, which builds on recent strong results in cities such as Mildura, Ballarat and Bendigo. The three new offices are headed up by Matt Chilcott, an experienced local agent who was previously operating under his own banner.
In Melbourne’s fast-growing northern suburbs, Loretta Khoo, one of REB’s Top 50 Women in Real Estate (2017), and Jim Dimitropoulos from the current Barry Plant Preston office will head up a new office in Northcote, while a new office in Mill Park will service the Mill Park and South Morang areas. This office is headed up by David and Jay Moxon and Lisa Reginato, who are also involved in the Barry Plant Bundoora and Greensborough offices.
In the southern suburbs, a new super office in Mentone will service the Cheltenham and Mentone areas under the leadership of Michael Care, who currently is the Director of the Mordialloc office and is well-known in Bayside real estate.
With challenging real estate conditions Australia-wide, the continued expansion of the network is a reflection of the strength of the Barry Plant brand and reputation.
Barry Plant CEO, Mike McCarthy, says “Despite slower conditions over the past year, we strongly believe investing in growing our brand, our agents and our network is the right strategy to take advantage of the ‘green shoots’ we have seen over January and February.
“With promising results across the network, including increasing auction clearance rates and greater numbers of buyers at open for inspections, we feel that there’s much to be optimistic about for the year ahead,” said Mike.
Mr McCarthy explained that the Barry Plant Group takes a very measured approach to office growth ensuring that any new franchisees are a good culture fit and also have the mindset to work to grow and improve their business.
With 78 offices around the state, the addition of the six new offices is an exciting development for the franchise brand, demonstrating a strong demand amongst agents to align their business with the Barry Plant name.