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LORNE – HERE AND THERE

The last day of January and its fair to say that many are beginning to return to “more normal” routines. Children have returned to school, most city based work places are now “business as usual” and for many locals it’s a great time to “take a deep breath”. I like many others in the tourism industry have worked the past 30 days straight, with the only reprieve being New Years Day. There are however some that I know that have also worked on that first day of the year. There are many who would love to catch up with their Lorne friends during January, but for most this is just not an option. Anyone looking to be productive and grow their business must be at the coal face through their busiest time. It would be nice to think that we could all be so social during our towns most festive period but unfortunately it just doesn’t work.

It’s a bit like our friends on the land who work around the clock days on end to ensure their crop is cut at the optimum time. We are no different, and its no point thinking that we’ll “go hard” in May, June, July and August as we just don’t have the numbers to work with. I admire all those that work so tirelessly through our peak summer period in combining to deliver the first-class service that our visitors enjoy so much, let alone the commitments they make to their employees. We are so fortunate in our team where the demand and wishes of our visitors are always a priority. Dealing with the general public is never an easy task and I feel proud to be part of a team who do it so well.

I admire all those that work so tirelessly through our peak summer period in combining to deliver the first-class service that our visitors enjoy so much, let alone the commitments they make to their employees. We are so fortunate in our team where the demand and wishes of our visitors are always a priority. Dealing with the general public is never an easy task and I feel proud to be part of a team who do it so well.

LORNE – MARKET ROUND UP

On Australia Day weekend past, the local real estate market was still rocking in the news that no less than 3 parties were looking to invest in excess of $7 million into a lifestyle asset and how the rest of the market was likely to trend. Its always nice when you forecast market trends that materialise, and its current run is mirroring what our predictions were, made in the middle of the last year.

Our long weekend auctions although passed in under the hammer were both successfully sold shortly after being passed in to the highest unsuccessful purchaser. “The Beild” at 192 Mountjoy Parade saw a huge audience in attendance as we took an opening bid of $2.2 million and progressed it forward to $2.625 million, where it was passed in to the highest unsuccessful bidder. In the following days we sold the residence which was the first time it had changed hands in 66 years – another amazing historic chapter for a Western District family. Later the same day we auctioned 27 Hopetoun Terrace and with a similar pass in to the highest bidder, we were fortunate enough to also sell the property in excess of $1,525,000 that we were offered under the hammer. So, all in all a good long weekend for real estate in Lorne and over the coming days it will be good to analyse and share with you the month that was January 2020.

LORNE – A LITTLE SECRET

I heard during the past week that works are likely to recommence on the Moggs Creek Bridge next Wednesday that will see only on lane in use for almost six months. A great alternative will be the Cape Otway and Dean’s Marsh Roads coming into Lorne.

LORNE – QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“We make a living by what we get! We make a life by what we give!”

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