A new year and a new agency name has hit the northern beaches.
The team at Raine and Horne Dee Why/Collaroy has rebranded into an independent agency called Upstate.
Peter Mosedale and Lachlan Yeates lead the team and have taken new offices in the recently-completed Meriton building Lighthouse in Dee Why.
Mr Mosedale and Mr Yeates met at school aged ten, began working together in an agency in Freshwater, started their own agencies in Dee Why and Collaroy and five years ago they merged. Now they have rebranded.
Harry Pownall, of Upstate, said being independent allowed agents more freedom and the ability to tailor their services especially to northern beaches clients.
Upstate joins a number of large independent agencies on the northern beaches. A few years ago Stone established itself on the northern beaches and now has six offices from Seaforth to North Narrabeen as well as 19 offices Sydneywide. And a boutique agency in Avalon left its big name franchise 18 months ago to rebrand as Shores Real Estate.
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One of the largest agencies on the northern beaches is also an independent one, Cunninghams is a major player on the peninsula with more than 65 staff and three offices.
Red Property based in Manly also left a national franchise to become an independent player on the northern beaches.
Mr Pownall, of Upstate, said the year has started with a spring in its step, and stronger than last year.
‘Last year we were seeing seven or eight people at opens in January and we are seeing three times that number this year,” he said.
One house fresh to the market that has attracted strong interest is a four-bedroom home in Beacon Hill. On its first open house last weekend 21 groups inspected the property, pictured right.
Number 10 Kerry Cl, Beacon Hill is just 30 seconds walk away from Beacon Hill Public School, which is around the corner, and almost all the interest has come from young families.
The longheld home has a guide of $1.25 million goes to auction on Saturday February 9.
As the address suggests Kerry Cl is a cul-de-sac with no through traffic. There are just 20 houses in the street and the last sale was in September of 2016.
This single-storey house for sale is on a level 556sqm block with a child-friendly level lawn. The 1950s home has a flexible layout with a home office or media room, three bedrooms with built-ins and a teenager or guest bedroom with its own bathroom. There is airconditioning and ceiling fans. The kitchen has gas cooking and European appliances, there is also a separate lounge and dining room. Buses to the city, Chatswood and Manly are within walking distance. Chris Aldren, of Upstate has more.