35 years – What An Achievement!
As we come to the end of 2017, HH Real Estate are celebrating 35 years as a successful small business in a regional city. This article was published by Focus Magazine - December edition and I thought I would share it with our readers here.
The business was established in October 1982 by John Harlow and Peter Hutchinson. They purchased an existing Insurance Brokerage business and established a new company known as Hutchinson and Harlow. For a period of two years they were restrained from conducting any real estate business and concentrated on insurance sales. After two years, Peter Hutchinson returned to selling real estate, but it was a further three years before property management department was created.
Peter Georkas joined to the firm of Hutchinson and Harlow Real Estate on 5th January 1998 with a bang; selling a home on his first day! He was already an established, award-winning agent after working at Ray White Armidale since 1991 and he brought an enthusiasm to the HH office which has never diminished. This year he has notched up 26 years in the industry.
In 2004, Peter & Meg Georkas bought John Harlow’s 50% share of the business. They then sold the property management department to become the first sales specialist agency in Country NSW. This enabled them to focus on increasing the level of service to all clients.
Meg started working in the business in 2005 on a full-time basis taking over the marketing, personnel and administration roles. In 2008, Peter and Meg purchased the remaining shares in Hutchinson and Harlow Real Estate and continue to own the company outright. In 2012, after 50 years of working in the Real Estate industry, Peter Hutchinson officially retired; a record yet to be matched.
How has this business grown and changed over this time?
Hutchinson and Harlow Real Estate are known as the Sales Specialists. Our office is one of a kind in Armidale – we work as a complete team; no one agent “owns” a listing, no one agent “owns” a buyer. All our team knows each and every property we market. We have four points of quality difference;
Quite simply, there is no substitution for experience in today’s ever-changing real estate market. From being able to foresee issues before they arise, to understanding the of the various types of real estate transactions; the team at Hutchinson and Harlow Real Estate can promote and protect your best interests with ease.
#2: Market Knowledge
Why buy and sell real estate with an agency that doesn’t know the lay of the land? Knowledge of the market – whether buying or selling – is crucial to your success. From introducing you to up and coming investment markets, to advising you on market activity in your own city, the team at Hutchinson and Harlow Real Estate have a veteran’s knowledge of the area you want to invest and live in.
#3: Marketing & Technology
As the real estate industry changes, more and more importance is placed on an agency’s marketing abilities and use of technology. In an age where more than 90% of home buyers start their search online, Hutchinson and Harlow Real Estate have the online presence needed to capture buyers.
#4: Resources & Connections
Having excellent resources and connections in the real estate industry can mean everything from knowing the right pest and building inspectors, to having Armidale’s solicitors, conveyancers and banking professionals on speed dial.
Plans for the future?
Keep doing what we are doing! We LOVE living in Armidale. We LOVE having a business in Armidale. Our business success is meaningless unless we can pass it back by supporting the community that supports us. We have worked hand in hand with our local community in business, school, sporting and charity events for over 20 years. We have supported hundreds of local community endeavours through financial support, personal participation and committee involvement.
Merry Christmas from all of us at HH Real Estate.
We’ve had a wonderful 2017 and we hope you have too.
Peter, Meg, Rhonda, Ari, Helen & Ali.
High Quality & Exceptional Service!
Peter, Ali and the team at Hutchinson & Harlow were excellent to work with. We were provided with outstanding level of professionalism and service. Hutchinson and Harlow have a good understanding of the real estate market in Armidale and surrounding regions. Their sales and marketing approach was fantastic, attracting a lot of interest and providing us with a sale at the right price quickly. Ali was brilliant to deal with. She kept us will informed, catered to our needs and made selling the house a seamless experience.
- Leah Cook (Vendor)
Reliable and Honest Agent
Peter Georkas was honest, upfront and he and his team were friendly and efficient. Selling a property is a big decision and I felt supported and included in the process at every step of the way. Peter is a warm agent who acts with integrity. I would highly recommend him and his team.
- Zeva (Vendor)
For many years we have bought and sold with Peter and the HH team..we wouldn’t consider using anyone else..
The service is professional, yet friendly..at all stages of the buying and selling processes the clients are kept up to date...
All members of the team are delightful, friendly and helpful..
We can confidently state that the HH team will be the right choice for you..
Don’t waste your time shopping around-go straight to the professional team with years of experience...you’ll be glad that you did!!
- Justin & Vanessa (Vendor)
Ali sold my investment property
Ali sold my investment property in April 2018. I would recommend Ali from H&H. H&H held regular open houses and were following up with all enquiries on the home.