Trio re­turns to bou­tique show­case

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

THE OLD adage that prop­erty is about per­son­alised cus­tomer ser­vice has proven to be true as three en­trepreneurs re­turn to their bou­tique brand, Gallery Prop­er­ties, af­ter an 18-month stint with Col­liers In­ter­na­tional.

Gallery Prop­er­ties be­came af­fil­i­ated to the in­ter­na­tional group last year with the aim of in­creas­ing its ser­vices.

How­ever, Peter Lud­wig, Anita Ven­tura and Shelagh Billett be­lieve big­ger is not al­ways bet­ter, and the team of south­ern sub­urbs prop­erty spe­cial­ists is now op­er­at­ing as Gallery Prop­er­ties again.

Founded in 2001 by Billett and Ven­tura, the Gallery Prop­er­ties team was joined in 2008 by Lud­wig, who has 27 years of prop­erty ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ven­tura says re­open­ing Gallery Prop­er­ties is like “com­ing home”.

“Hav­ing paved our way in the Con­stan­tia val­ley, we found that many of our clients were en­trepreneurs who iden­ti­fied with our own en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit.

“It suits us best to func­tion as a bou­tique agency, where we are both busi­ness own­ers and sales­peo­ple and can keep our fin­ger on the pulse of ev­ery as­pect of the prop­erty game. We pre­fer not be­ing at the mercy of lengthy turn-around times and red tape,” she said.

“Also, the ad­van­tage of deal­ing with only one point of con­tact through­out the sell­ing or buy­ing process right through to regis­tra­tion of trans­fer has been com­mended by our clients.”

In spite of the eco­nomic down­tur n, the trio has in­creased its agents from two to 12 and now op­er­ate in sev­eral of the south­ern sub­urbs. Billett says the num­ber of in­ter net en­quiries con­tin­ues to in­crease, which makes IT a vi­tal part of the agency’s ser­vice.

“Gallery Es­tates list­ings ap­pear on 14 dif­fer­ent web­sites, en­sur­ing in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure for all our man­dates,” she says.

ART AND SOLD: Gallery Prop­er­ties direc­tors Anita Ven­tura, Shelagh Billett and Peter Lud­wig.

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