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Fresh start for Barry Plant Berwick as seasoned hands take over thriving business

Barry Plant Real Estate’s Berwick office is primed for a historic change, with Matt Ketteringham and Dan O’Loughlin, directors of the Barry Plant Pakenham and Barry Plant Drouin offices, set to take over the thriving business in Melbourne’s south-east. 

Mr Ketteringham said he and Mr O’Loughlin were passionate and dedicated locals who has lived around the Berwick region for years.

“I went to school in the area, and would hop on the 827 bus after school to get charcoal chicken and gravy chips on the Berwick main street,” he said.

“I know the ins and outs of the area, and am so excited to be able to sell properties there.” 

Paul Dabb, who has been the long-time director of the successful Barry Plant Berwick, as well as an auctioneer, this week officially handed over the office, which has been operating for 26 years.

“Barry Plant Berwick has truly been one of our most successful offices, and over the last  20 years has had a committed and dedicated team who have played such an important  role in the growth of Berwick and surrounding suburbs,” Barry Plant Group Director and CEO Mike McCarthy said.

“Paul Dabb has done a fantastic job at growing the office and really nurturing the staff, many of whom will stay on and work under Matt and Dan, who I know will continue to do an amazing job.” 

Mr Dabb began Barry Plant Berwick more than two decades ago, and has seen the office flourish while also witnessing Berwick and the surrounding areas grow substantially.

“Pakenham is the fastest growth corridor in Victoria, as well as being number one for  sales in the state and number two in Australia,” Mr Ketteringham said.

“We’re very  fortunate to have a broad and diverse demographic of investors and first home owners,  and our price points are fantastic and go all the way from $300k to $5 million for elite properties.”

Mr Ketteringham said he thought it was an easy decision for Barry Plant Berwick to choose he and Mr O’Loughlin.

“They’ve seen our business grow, from not even having a real brand or presence in Pakenham 13 years ago, to becoming one of the top real estate agents in the area.

“Dan and I are so enthusiastic and passionate about working in the area, we can’t wait.”

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