Familiar face expands into rural Shoalhaven

While he continues to manage operations and develop the rural division, leader Shane Hilaire expressed his excitement to watch his powerhouse Ray White Berry team thrive and establish their own success.

The Announcement:

Celebrating 30 years in business this year, locally known and respected real estate leader Shane Hilaire is expanding his success of Ray White Berry and Ray White Gerrigong into new pastures, opening Ray White Rural Shoalhaven.

Shane Hilaire and his wife Bronwyn started their real estate office in Berry in 1992, and have been part of the Ray White family for the last 13 years, providing local expert property advice to the South Coast to the community.

“Opening our Rural Shoalhaven business is a very exciting next step for us, and one that allows us to really cement our market share in the region,” Mr Hilaire said.

“Having handled lifestyle and acreage sales in the area for 30 years, this move will make it official.”

Mr Hilaire said that he is excited to watch his powerhouse team at Ray White Berry flourish and build their own success, while he continues to oversee operations and build the rural arm.

“One of the key reasons that we have chosen Ray White as our partner on this journey, is because of the connection that I have with other Ray White Rural principals,”

“The impact that we can have on our communities and working together is the beauty of a franchise group like Ray White Rural.”

Made up of magnificent beaches and rich farming land, Shoalhaven is diverse in its offering to potential lifestyle property buyers.

“Around 50 per cent of our buyers are from Sydney, however we do have a lot of rural buyers coming closer towards the coast, and you can’t underestimate the demand from local buyers,” he said.

“From cattle farming, vineyards, a handful of dairy farms and even alpaca farms, we have a really diverse mix of farming in our region.”

Being a local himself, living on acreage and having raised his own children in the region, Mr Hilaire said that he completely understands the appeal.

“I am not a farmer, but I certainly know my way around a farm. My wife is an agricultural teacher so we are well versed in all aspects of farming; from fencing, weed management, feral animals and breeding,” Mr Hilaire said.

Mr Hilaire said that he expects the demand for the South Coast region over the last couple of years during the pandemic to continue well into the future.

“We take for granted how good this place is; not only the beaches, forests, farmland, rainfall, and temperature range, but our accessibility and convenience to Sydney and Canberra; as well as great schools, sport, transportation that you can access without too much trouble,”

“The South Coast is one of the most beautiful, untouched spaces in the world.”

Mr Hilaire said that the new arm of the business is going to be a natural transition, and with such a solid foundation firmly in place with Ray White Berry, it is time to take the leap.

“We are moving from our existing location which we have been in for 20 years, and have found the perfect property just down the road which will be character filled and provide a great space for our staff and clients”, he said

“Living in a lifestyle area means you have a brilliant balance of work life. I like all my staff to be able to have a work life balance too,”

“We are solid, down to earth people, and we have spent many years building a foundation of trust with the community. We don’t like to brag, we like to do an excellent job for our customers.

“Integrity, trust and runs on the board are very important, particularly in the rural space.”

Ray White Rural CEO Stephen Nell congratulated Mr Hilaire on the expansion of his legacy in the region.

“Shane has built such a fantastic business over his many years with the group and has firmly established Ray White as the go-to agency in the region, so we know that he will go above and beyond to service the rural community,” Mr Nell said.

“We congratulate the existing team and look forward to meeting the new up-and-coming professionals that will thrive under the leadership and guidance of Shane.”

Source: Ray White Group

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