Property

Heavyweight enters real estate market

Des Besanko principal and director of Raine and Horne Springfield.
Des Besanko principal and director of Raine and Horne Springfield. David Nielsen

IPSWICH has a new heavyweight player in the property market place with the sign of prestige national brand Raine & Horne going up on three outlets.

Prominent realtor Des Besanko has announced a major rebranding which has seen two of Ipswich's real estate names join under one collective brand.

Mr Besanko, who has worked in the property industry for 20 years, has merged Thornton Real Estate and two local LJ Hooker offices, rebranding under Raine & Horne.

He said the major marketing announcement signified a greater focus on the rapidly growing Ipswich real estate market.

"I have always had Ipswich on my radar and have always liked the area because of its community feel," he said.

"I started in Ipswich in 2006. Even then you could see the whole Western Corridor had a huge potential for growth and that Ipswich was at the forefront."

Mr Besanko now operates Raine & Horne branches in Ipswich, Springfield, Goodna and Brisbane Central as well as multiple franchises in the Mackay region.

"I felt that as my business was growing I needed to align myself with a brand that was closer to my core business values," he said.

"Raine & Horne is family owned and their focus is about the people who work for me and supporting those people to deliver good customer service."

The new Raine & Horne offices will deliver the 133-year-old family owned and operated firm's unique sales and property management services to residents in the wider Ipswich region.

"Des knows the Brisbane property market like the back of his hand, and he is a welcome addition to Raine & Horne," executive chairman of the group Angus Raine said.

"His team will hit the ground running as they make the switch to the charcoal and gold."

Originally from Adelaide, Mr Besanko said it was the close-knit community feel of Ipswich that first attracted him to the region.

"I want to create a business where people love coming to work and love finding homes for people," he said.

"We decided early that the support of a company that was focused on meeting the needs of our clients was paramount. We also needed the backing of cutting edge technology and IT systems. Raine & Horne stood out in this regard."

The agent, who splits his time living between Mackay and Brisbane, said there would be no staff changes as part of the merge.

"All staff will continue their work, we will just be changing colours," he said.

"In fact we have already had to employ a couple more staff in some of offices. I'm hopeful the merge will promote jobs and growth."

Topics:  business jobs raine and horne real estate



Foodies' scavenger hunt: are you up for it?

IF YOU want to give your tastebuds the flavour sensations of a lifetime, here is the ultimate foodie’s scavenger hunt through Brisbane.

5 minutes with Israel Folau on footy, life and love

Israel Folau and Silver Fern netballer Maria Tutaia announced their engagement last last year.

WE CAUGHT up with football star and Brisbane ex-pat Israel Folau.

10 reasons to head to South Bank this summer

Head to the only inner-city beach in Australia!

South Bank has a ridiculous amount of fun things to do.

Five mammoth events you need in your life

No Caption

BRISBANE isn’t known for doing things by halves…

How to make your child's every dream come true...

Take a dip at South Bank in the inner-city beach.

‘I DON’T want to do fun things, Mum and Dad’… said no child ever!

How to do Eat Street the right way

Know where to start and where to end to avoid a huge food coma before you get to experience all the goodies!

EVERY Friday and Saturday night, Hamilton comes alive.

You can do WHAT in Brisbane?!

Talk about arriving in style! Take your pub crawl to the next level with a helicopter!

BET you didn't know you could do these things in Brisbane...

Community called on to celebrate life of Paul Barrett

Paul Barrett was an important part of the Tweed-Byron community.

CALLS go out to celebrate the life of Paul Barrett.

Asbestos fears at Kingscliff holiday park

Visitors to Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park raised asbestos fears after finds in sand.

FEARS have been raised of asbestos in areas where children play.

New marine hub to aid fight against crime

ON THE WATER: Roads and Maritime Services Maritime Director Angus Mitchell and Member for Tweed Geoff Provest.

New $3million marine hub will include a water police border-base.

Local Partners

Community called on to celebrate life of Paul Barrett

CALLS are going out for the community to join and celebrate the life of colourful musician and much-loved Tweed identity Paul Barrett.


Puppetry of the Penis secrets revealed ahead of show

The famed Puppetry of the Penis is coming to the Sunshine Coast for shows in Noosa and Caloundra.

WARNING: This interview contains adult themes and traces of nuts

Become a 'picker' at Byron with vintage fair

Who knows what you could find at this weekend's vintage fair?

THOUSANDS of collectors and sellers will converge on Byron Bay

J.K. Rowling writes through severe back pain

An aching back couldn't stop J.K. Rowling catching inspiration

Suzi Quatro returns with live supergroup launch

DEVIL GATE: Suzi Quatro will reignite her love affair with Australia in February for the Leather Forever Encore tour.

"It's always been a special place for me”

Elsa voice actor's son hates Frozen

Idina Menzel's son "hates" his mother's most famous film 'Frozen'

Chrissy Teigen likes her "soft" stretch marks

Stretch marks are no problem for Chrissy Teigen

Naomie Harris in the dark over Daniel Craig's future as 007

Naomie Harris has no idea if Daniel Craig will be returning as 007

REVIEW: Will Kasey Chambers' Dragonfly take off with fans?

Kasey Chambers’ new album Dragonfly gets 3.5 stars from Cameron Adams.

CHAMBERS is back with her 11th studio album.

Beautiful Terranora acreage

77 Mahers Lane, Terranora.

Check out this week's feature property.

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

KNIFE-EDGE: The housing tightrope we now face

Even the smallest interest rate rise will be hard for some to handle.

One if five home owners at risk, according to new analysis

'Difficult times': Rental prices tipped to increase in 2017

GREAT BUYS: There are some great rentals and houses to buy in South Gladstone. Head to gladstoneobserver.com.au for the top 10 homes under $100 to rent right now in the Gladstone region.

Investors may soon see a "profitable return” on properties.

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!