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LJ Hooker appoints new WA Manager

On May 01 2013


LJ Hooker has appointed Perth real estate and auction specialist Ken Preston as the network’s ...

LJ Hooker has appointed Perth real estate and auction specialist Ken Preston as the network’s Regional Manager for Western Australia.


Mr Preston joins the LJ Hooker brand with 23 years of experience working within Perth’s real estate and property development industries.


He comes to the position as the state’s network grows to 36 offices, including the recently opened Shelley-Willetton branch, as well as planned Port Hedland and Newman offices.


Mr Preston takes over from Brian Reid who is returning to the east coast of Australia.


Chris Mourd, LJ Hooker Head of Network, said Ken’s background, especially his advocacy and expert knowledge of the auction process, positioned him well for the role.


“Ken has a strong belief in the benefits of the auction process,  which aligns with LJ Hooker’s nationwide approach to achieving the best result for our customers,’’ said Mr Mourd.


“Ken’s knowledge of the Western Australian market and his leadership style has LJ Hooker’s Executives confident of continued growth in the state.


“Ken joins the state team at its strongest point, thanks largely to Brian’s development and servicing of the franchises over the past two years.’’


Mr Preston entered real estate in 1998 with Ray White. But prior to real estate, he began his professional life in the building industry in 1990 seeding his deep understanding and passion for property.


From the building sector, he moved into property development, working in sales and marketing for the Smith Corporation and then the ABN Group.


“The housing industry at the time was exceptionally competitive with land developers producing large-scale developments north and south of the river,’’ said Mr Preston.

“Perth was undergoing tremendous transformation; Mindarie was only accessible by 4WD while, south of the river, Beeliar and Atwell were virtually unheard of. The importance of sales and marketing in Perth really came to the fore during that period.’’

Mr Preston entered real estate 15 years ago within Ray White at Inglewood, progressing to become Sales Manager of the office and the Mt Lawley branch.

In 2006 Mr Preston was State Manager of the Ockerby Group.

He re-joined Ray White soon after as the WA Business Development Executive and State Auctioneer, where he worked with agents and customers to promote the benefits of the auction process in the contemporary marketplace.
 

Media contact:

Ryan Ellem
Network Communications & PR Manager
WA, SA, NT & Qld

E rellem@ljhooker.com
T 07 3435 1012
M 0427 916 020 
E rellem@ljhooker.com


About LJ Hooker
Established in 1928, LJ Hooker has grown become Australia's best-known and most trusted real estate brand.

LJ Hooker features one of the largest residential sales and property management teams in the industry with more than 7,000 sales professionals, property managers and support team members.

With a franchise network of more than 700 offices across Australasia, LJ Hooker sold more AUD$15.5 billion in real estate in the last financial year. The company is one of the largest property managers in the country, managing $60 billion for 250,000 investors.

LJ Hooker provides a full suite of commercial services across Australia and New Zealand including buying, selling, leasing properties for commercial, or investment purposes. LJ Hooker has 24 commercial offices supported by 150 commercial experts across the office, retail and industrial sectors.  
LJ Hooker is the only real estate agency to offer its own brand of home loan finance. Established in 2005, LJ Hooker Home Loans is experienced in the non-bank mortgage market, with access to 20 lenders and over 300 loan products. LJ Hooker Home Loans has a national network of brokers.

For more information visit www.ljhooker.com.au


 

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