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35 years – What An Achievement!

35 years – What An Achievement!

  • 04 Dec 2017
  • Meg Georkas

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;

#1: Experience

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.

Absolutely Brilliant!

Peter comes as a highly recommended and well regarded sales agent. The first time you meet Peter you get a sense of professionalism and honestly that is invaluable when buying or selling a home. Peter's vast knowledge of the local area is clear from the onset, leaving you with no doubt that Peter is well versed in all the properties he sells. What we liked most about Peter was his honest and upfront approach; there are no surprises here, Peter is as he is described; personable, reliable, true to his word and extremely trustworthy. Thank you so much Peter for guiding us through our first home purchase.
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- Matthew (Buyer)

Efficient and Trustworthy

Peter from Hutchinson & Harlow Real Estate helped us to secure the home of our dreams in a efficient and speedy fashion. He was completely honest and trustworthy in his dealings with us and we can highly recommend Peter and his team whether you are buying or selling. Thank you Peter
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- Lynn & Martina (Buyer)

My experience with Peter as sales agent was as good as I expected!

Peter was very clear in what I could expect from the sale of my property. He explained any difficulties which might occur, as well as all possibilities. His knowledge and handling of all matters involved was excellent. I would have no hesitation in recommending him to other clients.
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- Beryl (Vendor)

Excellent sales experience

Clear communication, helpful and always professional.
During the process of selling our home we felt supported.
The sale occurred more quickly and for the asking price so the presale assessment was very accurate.
Will be recommending Peter and his team to other people.
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- Maree & Terry (Vendor)