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Founders return to RE/MAX to celebrate 21 years in business

RE/MAX United Vision, in the Brisbane suburb of Carina, celebrated 21 years in business recently with an event that brought founders Ron and Lenore Sieber out of retirement, home from their travels and into the limelight as guests of honour.

Broker owner Gaby McEwan described Mrs Sieber’s presentation as unexpected and nothing short of inspirational.

“Lenore spoke about how to build your life in the same way you would build a home. She spoke about her difficult and broken childhood and how she had merged a great future by taking stock of all areas of her life and rebuilding a great foundation, even after early setbacks.

“She also spoke about knowing your stats as a real estate agent and the importance of, as Don Marion told her, ‘getting belly-to-belly with clients’.

“Her speech was incredible and inspiring, and she has since been invited to present to other real estate audiences,” Mrs McEwan said.

RE/MAX United Vision is the longest-established RE/MAX office in Australia and was started shortly after RE/MAX was launched in Australia by Don Marion.

The office was opened by Dave Liniger, who along with wife Gail founded RE/MAX in 1973, opening the first in what would become a global network of more than 8,000 offices and 123,000 agents in Denver, Colorado.

A well-known and highly-regarded real estate couple, Ron and Lenore Sieber retired in 2016 after a combined 67 years in property.

When they sold their successful RE/MAX United Vision to husband and wife team Rod and Gaby McEwan, Mrs Sieber said, “We wanted our legacy to continue and the business to remain with the RE/MAX brand, with the right people at the helm.”

Gaby McEwan had more than a decade of experience in real estate sales and property development on the Sunshine Coast and in Brisbane, including working for the Siebers, when she and Rod McEwan purchased the business. The couple were of a similar age to the Siebers when they bought their RE/MAX franchise.

Mr McEwan, a licensed real estate agent like his wife, also had a strong business, construction, sales and property investment and renovation background.

RE/MAX Managing Director Michael Davoren was another special guest at the 21st birthday celebration.

He explained how Ron and Lenore Sieber had been influencers in his own life, and instrumental in him joining RE/MAX.

“I felt Ron and Lenore clearly demonstrated the RE/MAX culture of sharing and transparency, which I continue to find refreshing about RE/MAX.”

Mr Davoren spoke of how 21 years is a long time in a personal capacity but in the life of a real estate office is almost unheard of… and a very long time! He added that the changes in the last 21 years had been phenomenal.

“There have been some amazing changes, and the industry has changed, but the reality is that consistency and continuity is the glue to hold it all together – and what the business is all about.

“RE/MAX United Vision has always been a family-run business, and Rod and Gaby adhere to strong family values as they now manage their business,” he said.

The McEwans and their sales and rental teams have a very strong presence in the south-east suburbs of Brisbane, including Carina, Carina Heights, Carindale, Camp Hill, Coorparoo, Holland Park, Mount Gravatt, Norman Park, Morningside, Murarrie and Bayside.

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