Thursday, May 25, 2006

Recognition for our Auctioneering Team!





On Friday night the whole real estate industry will be turning out to recognise the skill and talent that many of the profession’s auctioneers have to offer in their quest to take home the coveted Golden Gavel Award.
In the Toop&Toop corner we have two of our corporate auctioneers that we will be supporting with bells on on the night.

Silvana Wait commenced her auctioneering career over the past 12 months and will be competing for the novice award. She is an amazing person and it is fantastic to see a woman entering this fiercely contested male dominated field! We will have all of our fingers and toes crossed for her!

Phil Harris is one of our young guns at Toop&Toop who will be competing in the final heat on the night as the youngest contestant for the main award. Already an experienced campaigner in the auctioneering field it will be a hard fought battle as to who will take home the gavel. It is no easy feat to stand up in front of hundreds of your peers at a formal dinner and have to compete in a mock auction setting with twists and turns thrown at them throughout.

At Toop’s our corporate auctioneering team not only have an amazing record of winning Golden Gavel awards, and selling properties for our clients but they also all generously donate their time to numerous charity events throughout the year, ensuring that we add back to the community in South Australia.
So when you are looking to auction your home make sure you give us a call to find out how we can help you!


Anthony Toop, Managing Director.


www.toop.com.au


© Toop Real Estate Group

Friday, May 19, 2006

Toop&Toop Turn 21 !

How time flies when we love what we do !
It seems only yesterday that Sylvia and I made the decision to go it on our own and make a difference to the way that real estate was done. We started in 1985 from our own home and how quickly it grew from there.
The biggest thrill that I get from this business is challenging the “old traditional “ ways and rethinking what as a client would be important to me in selling/renting my home, and then, rewriting the real estate rule books to deliver to that need.
It brought us to introducing colour advertising to the industry, utilising technology and launching websites. Introducing a buyer/seller database matching system to help buyers find their ideal home easily and sellers to sell more quickly. Developing icons for advertisings and a price indication system to reflect to buyers what price sellers wanted for their homes and at a glance what features the homes had. We added colour to the industry with our creative marketing and signboards, and the first complete listing of all available properties for sale in our weekly property magazine “The Address”. We introduced the use of 360° images on our website to allow the buyer to look around a whole room/area, and so the list keeps going.
All of this innovation has given me great satisfaction to see what a difference it has made, but innovation alone doesn’t sell/rent real estate. Our staff are still our most important part of the business and they are the ones who make it work for our clients. We handpick our staff to ensure that they embody what Toop&Toop stands for in terms of professionalism, ethics and just being great people to deal with.
We all celebrated our 21st birthday with a private party on a cold Monday night with a hot Arabian theme. Lots of fun was had with the appearance of genies, sheiks, and our very own belly dancer. (for pictures of the night have a quick flick to our centre spread of 'the address' magazine).
All of this in just 21 years….. just imagine what we have in store for you next!
If you are looking to sell or rent your home call us at Toop&Toop
to discover the difference.



Anthony Toop, Managing Director.


www.toop.com.au


© Toop Real Estate Group

Friday, May 12, 2006

Auctions running hot

To Auction or not to Auction...
That is the question we are often asked. Current success rate of auctions particularly at Toop&Toop suggests they are alive and kicking as a fantastic method of sale.
Auctions bring a time frame to the sales process that allows us to bring to the fore buyer interest. An auction program gives you defined dates to work to. It is transparent for buyers as they know exactly what other people are willing to pay. Sometimes on the day buyers can be reluctant to bid even if they’ve said they would, but, even if this occurs we now know who has expressed genuine interest and we can work with them to develop a
win/win sale for everyone concerned.
Nearly all properties are actionable so if you are motivated to sell and you want to determine buyer interest and get immediate feedback as to what price the market is prepared to pay...... to auction we go!
If you are thinking of selling then give us a call on 8362 8888 to discuss what is best for you.


Anthony Toop, Managing Director.


www.toop.com.au


© Toop Real Estate Group

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Time for a lifestyle change?




A few years ago the trend for a “sea change” saw many of us investing in beach houses and the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle for some well earned blissful hours of fresh sea air.
Our more recent trend is seeing us switch our well polished brogues or heels for trendy rubber gumboots as we yearn for the simple country life. Imagine waking to the view of rolling green hills and peaceful quiet!
There has been a continuing number of smaller sized farms / vineyards and lifestyle estates coming onto the market. These properties are generally well within an hours drive of Adelaide (still allowing us to commute from our peaceful haven if we choose) spreading from Angle Vale to One Tree Hill, Kersbrook to Balhannah & Oakbank, Aldgate, Stirling and Heathfield down south to Willunga, McLaren Vale, Middleton and Hindmarsh Island.
These properties often have generous family homes through to beautiful mansions, and their value for money is usually outstanding.
At Toop’s we have concentrated on these type of lifestyle properties throughout South Australia, so, if you are looking for your own patch of country bliss, visit www.toop.com.au to view all that we have to offer, with many more new ones due to start soon, or, call us on 8362 8888 for specialised advice on what may be suitable for you.
A new life is only a click or phone call away!



Anthony Toop, Managing Director.


www.toop.com.au


© Toop Real Estate Group