Glebe real estate icon joins the family
Nicholas Katsikaros has been at the forefront of the inner west and Glebe real estate markets for over 40 years, serving locals from Glebe Point Road for the last 30, and becoming a fixture in the community. This year, Mr Katsikaros and his team have taken a fresh approach by joining the Laing+Simmons family.
“The real estate market is dynamic, it’s always changing, and we recognised that heading into 2019 that we needed greater flexibility and a new brand to ensure our offer continues to resonate with our customers,” Mr Katsikaros says.
“Our point of difference is our experience at the local level. We know the area, we know the people, and our brand must empower us to engage with the local community in a way that we know works.
“We’re excited to join the Laing+Simmons brand and embark on a new era of growth so we can serve the Glebe community for many years to come,” he says.
Expansion is on the agenda for Laing+Simons Glebe. Mr Katsikaros is working with the Laing+Simmons head office team to develop a comprehensive workforce planning and recruitment strategy, and the office is actively seek talented sales people with local market experience to complement its existing team.
Laing+Simmons Glebe will also focus on growing its rent roll in the short term, with its large and well-resourced team of property managers seeking to work with landlords to deliver a more personal brand of service drawing on local market experience.
“We see property management as a key growth area in 2019 as investors focus on maximising returns and protecting their investment against the backdrop of a subdued economy. We specialise in fostering great relationships with quality tenants to give our landlords peace of mind, which is crucial in times like these,” Mr Katsikaros says.
Laing+Simmons Glebe is the latest team of experienced real estate professionals to make the strategic decision to leave one of the mass-produced franchise brands, in this case one of Australasia’s largest, to join the boutique network which prioritises the success of its people.
Head of Network Growth Travis Wentriro says being part of the Laing+Simmons family means tapping into genuine head office support to help people grow their businesses.
“The team behind Laing+Simmons Glebe has a wealth of experience and strong foundations in the local community. They know what it takes to operate a successful long-term real estate business based on the fundamental principle of putting the customer first,” Mr Wentriro says.
“This makes them an ideal fit with the Laing+Simmons culture and we are proud to welcome the team to the family.
“The inner west is an area we’re actively targeting for growth at present and Laing+Simmons Glebe is a major addition to the group not only in terms of talent and performance, but also experience,” Mr Wentriro says.