Franchises announce team changes to cater to hot Gold Coast market

Ray White Runaway Bay group have opened a fourth office and Raine & Horne Broadbeach have announced new leadership.

Demand for property on the Gold Coast has seen an expansion of the Ray White Runaway Bay Group, who have just opened their fifth agency in the region.

It is a strategic move for the business which has sold around $4 billion worth of property on the Gold Coast since opening 14 years ago.

Group Principal Ali Mian described the new office as their ‘missing link’ that would create an opportunity to comprehensively cover the region.

“It’s a niche market and my team are well suited to selling in Arundel – many already live and sell property in the area so the expansion was only natural,” he said.

Mr Mian started his career with Ray White almost two decades ago and opened his own office at Runaway Bay back in 2007.

He has gone onto establish agencies in Sovereign Island, Paradise Point, Pacific Pines and now Arundel. They are all part of the Ray White Runaway Bay Group.

Ray White Runaway Bay Group Principal Ali Mian

He recently recruited David Rake, former business development executive for Ray White Queensland and 21-year industry veteran, to take on the position as General Manager.

Together they have set some ‘lofty ambitions’ for the group and want to create a ‘safe, secure and fun environment’ for staff.

“The Gold Coast market is at an all-time high and we want to continue our growth and help develop our current team so in 2021 they can take advantage of their opportunities,” Mr Rake said.

“Not only this, we want to shape a team that are the very best in their field, so we’re on the hunt for fresh talent and experienced operators that are excited to keep achieving more and unlock their full potential.”

Also, on the Gold Coast, sales agent Debbie Frizelle and husband Tony Pell have taken over Raine & Horne Broadbeach from former principal Bill Rex.

Ms Frizelle, who has worked in the real estate industry for 16 years, joined the office in September last year, heading up a new project sales team.

“I was only with the business a couple of months and was looking after all the new Gold Coast developments when Bill decided it was time to scale back,” she said.

“His lease was up on the firm’s previous location, and he sounded me out, and we decided to take over.

“My short stint with the firm allowed me to take a look under the bonnet and get a feel for the business.”

The husband and wife duo have previously owned a car dealership together and later transitioned the business online.

Ms Frizelle believes her experience in the motoring industry honed her sales and customer service skills. Mr Pell has taken on the role of General Manager.

“Likewise, Tony’s previous experiences in motor vehicle finance and luxury boat sales serve him well in real estate too,” Ms Frizelle said.

The couple recently relocated the agency to contemporary offices in the Niecon Plaza at Broadbeach. They have also hired experienced sales agent Noelene Sanderson to join the team.

Ms Frizelle said she was thrilled to be back in small business and delighted to be part of the Raine & Horne real estate network.

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Katrina Creer

Katrina is a freelance writer specialising in property.