Growing AWN’s National Property Footprint

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These are certainly exciting times for AWN’s property business with a growing national footprint.

General manager livestock and property Peter Weaver said livestock and property activities had experienced strong growth over the last two years.

“Now we are taking the opportunity to put greater focus and support around our property activity,” he said.

As a result, AWN has appointed two national property managers to support property sales and help expand this vital part of the business.

Steven Jeffery has taken on the role of national property development manager while Brett Neilson is overseeing AWN’s real estate processes as national property operations manager. Both managers will also be involved in a hands-on role with property sales.

Steven has spent 15 years in real estate and prior to that had his own aerial photography business and is keen to help take AWN to new heights.

“I had a young family and wanted to be home every night which was the reason for the switch to real estate. The shift to AWN was a very easy one. It is an evolving and growing business with a great culture. No matter where you go you hear great reports about this company,’’ he said.

Brett echoed Steven’s comments saying AWN has an exciting outlook.

“This is a progressive company which is continually looking to expand. AWN’s vision is to offer marketing opportunities outside the square, alongside the more traditional options, and we will certainly be continuing to look for more opportunities to do this,’’ he said.

Brett comes to AWN with a wealth of experience having been a licensed real estate agent in Victoria for 10 years and prior to that was involved in the banking industry for 20 years.

“All AWN clients are farmers and are therefore invested in property, so it makes sense to strengthen and bolster the property side of the business.’’

Peter said AWN was now getting into property in a serious way and these appointments were important as the property arm expanded.

“There is complexity with compliance across borders. No states are the same and we need to ensure we are compliant and offering a streamlined, uniform delivery of service,’’ he said.

The strength and experience of AWN’s property team is yielding some exciting results, including two recent sales in NSW.

‘Bernafay’ at Nyngan in western NSW sold at auction for $6.52m, setting a new value benchmark for the district. The 2767ha (6838 acre) diverse property in the tightly held area was auctioneered by Lindsay Fryer (AWN Orange Livestock and Property) and Peter Hargreaves (AWN Nyngan), the listing agent.

‘Willow Park’ at Errowanbang in central west NSW was sold in March at auction by the AWN Orange team. The 1131-acre property is located in the highly sought Errowanbang/Carcoar district – just 18km from the CTLX livestock selling complex.

Peter said the record sale for the Nyngan property was very pleasing and showed a lot of promise for the future of that region.

“Willow Park was also a pleasing sale of a family farm, and we are certainly gaining momentum especially in NSW and Victoria,’’ he said.

“It takes a while to get a name for yourself, but we are seeing a lot more listings as people recognise us as a serious player able to get excellent results.’’

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