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05 Mar 2019

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Boutique Southbank real estate

Long-time friends and now business partners Mel McLennan and David Gay have established a new real estate agency at Clarendon Towers on Haig St.

Southbank Residential provides what both gentlemen described as “boutique” and “old-fashioned” real estate service especially tailored to the needs of Southbankers.

As one of the first residents to move into Clarendon Towers 20 years ago, Mel has a deep understanding of his building and the Southbank community. With an extensive business background and 17 years serving on the building’s owners’ corporation (OC), he knows apartment living very well – and all of the rules and regulations that go with it.

Combined with the real estate experience of David, who has been working in the industry since 1979, Southbank Residential presents a very special and customised offering to postcode 3006.

“We’re basically two senior advisers giving people the real old-fashioned way of doing things,” Mel said. “It’s going back to giving people one-on-one service. You just don’t get it these days and it’s a pretty important thing if you want to buy or sell an apartment.”

Alongside friend of 30 years and real-estate guru David, who has held a real estate licence since 1982, the pair will be heavily focused on providing personalised service to people looking to buy and sell in Southbank.

Like Mel, David said he was also keen to put his “old-school” values and experience into their new venture.

“When I first started in real estate, you took every person in your car to the property,” David said. “You always took them and you were with them the whole time. That way you got to know them.”

“If you got someone interested you’d go to their house. I remember driving to Bendigo once to sign someone up. Not many would do that today, they would just do it on a computer!”

David and Mel offer complete and individual attention. You could call them your personal agent as you deal exclusively with them throughout the sales or buying process - they are available 24/7 to assist.

With Mel’s passion and expertise in his own home, he said the business would initially specialise in Clarendon Towers, before branching out to other towers in Southbank. They will largely be focused on providing service to the buyers’ market.

As a resident of 20 years, he said he loved everything about Southbank and would be bringing that same level of care into the business. This level of understanding, for example, will extend to providing advice and insight into his many years of working on an OC, which was an area he said many buyers often had no experience with.

“It is very important for apartment buyers to fully understand the importance of OCs,” he said. “Most buyers are not aware of the rules and regulations in an apartment tower compared to a free-standing house or unit.”

“Quite often, a strong OC with a well-planned maintenance plan will command a higher selling price for units as there are no hidden surprises – buyers should always check financials and annual reports of the OC as part of their research into a particular building.”

“We regard our new venture as a unique opportunity to establish a boutique service that offers that good old-time personal service that has almost disappeared today.”

Southbank Residential is located at 102/45 Haig St, Southbank. For more information call 9645 0800 or visit southbankresidential.com.au

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