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LJ Hooker boosts Victorian presence with cjkeane&co. merger

On Aug 08 2013


Long-standing Geelong, the Bellarine and Apollo Bay real estate group, cjkeane&co., has joined ...

Long-standing Geelong, the Bellarine and Apollo Bay real estate group, cjkeane&co., has joined LJ Hooker to boost its presence in the region.

 

The strategic merger with LJ Hooker, Victoria’s fastest growing real estate network, has been warmly welcomed by cjkeane&co. Director, Laurie Thomson, and LJ Hooker CEO, Georg Chmiel.

 

Prior to today’s announcement, cjkeane&co. was the largest, non-franchised real estate agency operating in regional Victoria since 1950 with a property management portfolio of more than 2,000 properties.

 

LJ Hooker is Australia’s most trusted real estate brand and last week was named Major Real Estate Network of the Year at the Australian Real Estate Awards.

 

Mr Chmiel said he looked forward to combining the synergies of two great real estate networks and sharing the knowledge and systems backed by the LJ Hooker brand. 

 

Mr Thomson said the decision hadn’t been made lightly but ultimately decided the move was the right cultural fit for his group and, like LJ Hooker, his company was a very well regarded real estate network with a rich family heritage.

 

“I recognise that it’s getting harder for independents to continue operating successfully so becoming part of LJ Hooker is a move in the right direction for us to secure our future, continue operating competitively and increase our market share,” he said.

 

LJ Hooker Regional Manager for Victoria, Paul O’Regan, said it was a natural move for us because the family and cultural fit is right with cjkeane&co. and LJ Hooker is a real estate network with strong strategic growth.

“This merger ties in perfectly with us and where we’re headed, we are extremely proud and excited about welcoming the cjkeane&co. family into LJ Hooker. 

 

“The future is bright for Geelong, the Bellarine and Apollo Bay areas. Laurie and his team of about 50 have built a strong foundation for business in the area and we will continue to build and expand on that to ensure success.”

 

LJ Hooker continues to be the fastest growing real estate network in Victoria this quarter with 10 new office openings.  In addition to the six cjkeane&co there have been seven openings throughout the state including Pt Cook, Narre Warren South, Glenroy and Taralgon.

 

When it comes to real estate in Victoria – nobody does it better.

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