ABOUT LIN ANDREWS REAL ESTATE

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Lin Andrews, Founder and Group Chairman, shares……

“Our Group history goes back to 1969 when my wife (Bunty) and I sat one Saturday night free from socialising. We paused to consider our privileges….

Our questions… “How can our lives make a difference?” That night we resolved to do something very bold!

At the time of these decisions, South Australia was implementing its Development Act 1967 – 1972 and talking a lot about tourism.

We built holiday flats at West Beach and then at Grange. These were followed by an office building, a warehouse and several homes.

During those first years, we invested and established a number of companies in diverse industries but always achieved our greatest satisfaction in the property industry.

We became agents as well as developers!
As agents we had a passion to assist people who were not generally trusting of Real Estate Agents. Our Agency business grew disproportionately to our other activities… possibly because we really liked helping people.

Most people lacked confidence in their ability to invest in the future.
People were disillusioned with the repetitious collapse of other investment schemes which rose to prominence from time to time.

We resolved to assist people to own their own real estate.
Investment seminars and excellent property management services made this possible.

These residential investments became a store of wealth to investor clients and provided accommodation for those who needed a home to rent.
At a later date we added commercial property to our skill base.

Commercial property meets the needs of entrepeneurs who grow businesses and create employment.

It may also offer a higher rate of cash flow to investors who are dependant upon their rental income.

Today we facilitate employment and accommodation across an increasing number of communities, throught the provision of property management, sales and leasing services for a diverse range of residential and commercial property.

We also design and develop commercial property according to community needs.
I am increasingly convinced that principle centred economic activity is the way to meet the sustainable needs of every community. We are proud to be a part of this great economic solution.”

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Lin Andrews, Founder and Group Chairman, shares……

“Our Group history goes back to 1969 when my wife (Bunty) and I sat one Saturday night free from socialising. We paused to consider our privileges….

Our questions… “How can our lives make a difference?” That night we resolved to do something very bold!

At the time of these decisions, South Australia was implementing its Development Act 1967 – 1972 and talking a lot about tourism.

We built holiday flats at West Beach and then at Grange. These were followed by an office building, a warehouse and several homes.

During those first years, we invested and established a number of companies in diverse industries but always achieved  our greatest satisfaction in the property industry.

We became agents as well as developers!

As agents we had a passion to assist people who were not generally trusting of Real Estate Agents. Our Agency business grew disproportionately to our other activities… possibly because we really liked helping people.

Most people lacked confidence in their ability to invest in the future.

People were disillusioned with the repetitious collapse of other investment schemes which rose to prominence from time to time.

We resolved to assist people to own their own real estate.

Investment seminars and excellent property management services made this possible.

These residential investments became a store of wealth to investor clients and provided accommodation for those who needed a home to rent.

At a later date we added commercial property to our skill base.

Commercial property meets the needs of entrepeneurs who grow businesses and create employment.

It may also offer a higher rate of cash flow to investors who are dependant upon their rental income.

Today we facilitate employment and accommodation across an increasing number of communities, throught the provision of property management, sales and leasing services for a diverse range of residential and commercial property.

We also design and develop commercial property according to community needs.

I am increasingly convinced that principle centred economic activity is the way to meet the sustainable needs of every community. We are proud to be a part of this great economic solution.”

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“I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains, I love her far horizons, I love her jewel – sea, Her beauty and her terror – The wide brown land for me!”

 

 

These words repeated by us since childhood seem particularly significant at this time of the year.

Clients and staff have returned from year-end holidays having experienced the grandeur of this land in which we have chosen to live and to invest.

The fearsome nature of our land has thrown some really difficult situations which have tested our patience with each other… and yet we must know when to be bitter about not getting what we want immediately… and the grace of understanding the difficulties created by storm and inclement weather.

January is always an unknown for us to anticipate.

This year we rostered additional staff to provide seamless service to clients if it was needed… and yes we were inundated as a result of freak storms which damaged client’s property… and put some of our offices off-line for more than 24 hours.

Phones ran crazy as tenants tried to lodge calls… and staff attempted to record problems, contact owners… and try to spread the limited resources of maintenance contractors, many of whom were away on holidays, having left a minimal maintenance staff to meet the needs of an Adelaide which was largely on holidays… vacated.

The true character of people is revealed when there are natural disasters… unexpected… and impacting without respect for owner, tenant, status or nationality… to say nothing of staff who are committed to excellence and cannot cope for a day or two.

I record my deep appreciation for staff who went beyond the call of duty in clearing a seemingly impossible work-load when the “once in one hundred year events” of the Christmas and New Year storms occurred.

Thank you also for the patience of those awaiting trade services… and to those landlords who trustingly said, “Do your best… it is OK with me.”

And then there were those handful of people, who think that through swearing and abuse, they may take advantage over others, with more urgent needs. I can but suggest that these take counselling as to how they may assist their fellow-man… not only in time of need… but always.

What an amazing country Dorothea Mackellar wrote about… how exciting to cope with such a land!

 

 

A YEAR OF EXCITEMENT… RETURN OF CONFIDENCE IN RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY

The month of January provided a very good start to a year of excitement.

Residential sales were very good, with a larger than normal number of enquiries from people living interstate.

There was at least one sale of a property which was “cash and unconditional” from an interstate investor who did not bother to even visit the property.

He had seen the photographs on-line and did his due-diligence as to the future of the location… and simply purchased without coming to Adelaide to see what he was buying.

Some other properties which had been slow in moving, were sold during this period.

Residential rental enquiries ran very high as people chose to re-settle for the year ahead.

January has always been a great month for our residential sales and leasing services, but there was clearly additional excitement this year.

 

COMMERCIAL PROPERTY – ACTIVE MARKET – INNOVATION

 

Commercial property has commenced the year with higher activity than the same time in other years.
This statement must be read though in the context that commercial sales and leasing are always lower during the January period than for other months.

 

 

Our specialty is the supply of commercial property to SME’s (small and medium sized businesses) …  which are the backbone of our State.

There is a lot of innovation occurring in this space.

Some are selling to move to higher profile premises, so as to better represent their activities… their quality of product and the excellence of their staff… to change the perception of who they have evolved to be… as distinct from the struggling, older technology of their formative years.
These people are very exciting to meet! They have survived the early years of building a business and now have the confidence of new premises which better reflect their success.

With success and CONFIDENCE, they relocate into bigger and higher exposure properties.

Some of these vendors no longer worry as to whether they own their next property or whether they lease long term. The only matter is that they relocate to the RIGHT property to do the RIGHT JOB.

Exciting… Does this apply to you? Tell us about it?
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SUCCESS STORY

Uniting Communities is an icon service company in South Australia. It provides services to a wide variety of underprivileged people through an excess of 1,500 part-time and full-time members of staff and volunteers.

We at Lin Andrews Real Estate accepted an assignment a few months ago, to find two existing homes within specific geographic zones, to house dis-advantaged young people.

The objective was to have long term occupancy so that these young people, ‘kids’ will have stability and great relationship within a replacement family environment.

The project provides that they occupy three bedrooms with shared facilities such as bathroom, family-room, kitchen etc. like any other family.

A ‘carer’ or responsible person or persons will occupy the master bedroom with ensuite and private study area as normal parents may.

The formula was great, but to find the right homes with these characteristics within the prescribed budget was very difficult.

We are pleased to advise that our target has been achieved thanks to two wonderful investors. These unrelated persons have had careers in the health care professions where they have sown their lives into care for others.

They have “put their money where their mouths are” and invested so that this program may proceed immediately.

Lease agreements provide for occupancy to be for periods up to nine years… or the years that late teens may otherwise leave the nest.

These investors were located as a response to this newsletter… Thank you!

 

Thanks also for the perseverance of Anthony Moore, a Lin Andrews Director, for persevering in this difficult assignment and tailoring contracts to meet the needs of each party.

Great work by the staff at Lin Andrews Property Group and the team at Uniting Care!

 

STAFF HEALTH CHALLENGES

We are very proud of the longevity of our members of staff… serving the needs of people in multiple offices… and multiple specialist services.

With long years of service, come health challenges and other reasons for temporary long term absences. We meet these contingencies using permanent long term relieving staff.

Recently we have had to adjust to several, unexpected, long term vacancies. This has necessitated the employment of additional relieving staff who some of our readers will meet.

I share some of the stories!

A much loved Senior Property Manager with an excess of 13 years of continuous service… was diagnosed with Breast Cancer during early December. Thus began a succession of operations and tests… now chemo and radiology treatment. Her expectation for a return to work is circa August 2017.

She has asked that I publicise through this newsletter, “Please tell all of our lady readers to have regular breast screening. The earlier this disease is treated, the better the chance of a satisfactory outcome.”

 

 

Another member of staff, with 10 years of continuous service, has been off for several months and still has three months to go because of failure of both knee joints.

Several attempts at short term correction have failed, and eventually a knee replacement operation was performed on both legs.

Specialists have advised that a return to work too soon may result in further disability.

This staff member told me, “Tell our readers not to defer attention to joint pain any longer than necessary. Being brave and returning to work too early exacerbated my problem last year.”

We are very proud of our staff selection and training, but when staff members are serving with an excess of ten years of service, we must be prepared with adequate relieving staff to provide temporary and seamless transitions.

Another Senior Property Manager recently had to resign because of the impact of diabetes and high blood pressure which seemed impossible to constrain.

In parallel with these stories we share the joy of one of our younger women giving notice of one year’s maternity leave to start shortly. This highly esteemed young woman has been with Lin Andrews for almost ten years. This is the second time she has given us this great family news, but again we will have a substitute person standing-in… a person who has served well and has been waiting in the background… in administration.

Please bear with us… we do miss our older stalwarts, but we are excited at the opportunities created for each younger person who now gets an opportunity to learn and to serve.

 

CLOSING MESSAGE

The number of inter-state enquiries… the number of overseas enquiries… all point to a major uplift in pricing South Australian Real Estate over the next few years.

Be wise in assessing the property investments which will best suit YOUR investment strategies.

We share the excitement of the very colourful aspects of life and the life cycle of which we are all a part.

 

 

 

 

If you would like to get in contact with us, you can email us at linandrews@linandrews.com.au alternatively you can phone our office on

(08) 8234 1212

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