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Ray White Rural and Livestock opens a new office in Lavington, NSW

By Lyndsey Douglas

In the thriving agricultural community of Albury and surrounds, Ray White Rural and Livestock has opened a new office with a talented young agent James Brown.

CEO of Ray White Rural, Stephen Nell, says James has had over 16 years experience in the livestock and agriculture industry, and this has lead him into business ownership with Ray White Rural.

“Starting his career as a trainee with a major pastoral house, and working in different areas from the Riverina in NSW, to the Western Districts of Victoria, James has been eagerly gaining experience in all facets of the agency industry. He has been a stud stock auctioneer, a livestock buyer, and has covered most of the eastern seaboard,” Mr Nell said.

“James has built up a large number of connections in the livestock industry, and for the last three years he has worked with Ray White Albury, learning the craft in selling and listing residential real estate, earning Ray White premier status two years in a row.”

James has hit the ground running as a new principal, engaging Malcolm Gunn to join the property sales division and listing noteworthy properties including “Auldstone Cellars” in Taminick.

“We’re enjoying marketing a range of acreage and farming properties currently. The winery at the entry to King Valley tourism is certainly a very special lifestyle property. The current owners operate it as a winery but it would suit production of fat lambs, lucerne or a variety of horticultural pursuits too,” James said.

James says he considers himself lucky to operate in a rich agricultural area.

“The region holds a lot of livestock on lot of good farming country. It’s a great place to live from a lifestyle perspective:  close to wineries, snowfields, agriculture, major processors, major feedlots, all amongst a good grain growing area.”

“Lately, livestock markets have been responding well to recent rain particularly the follow up rain in Northern NSW and southern Queensland. Prices have taken off and our store sales last week were 20 -30 cents dearer than the previous month,” James explained.

“The reduction of numbers in Northern NSW and Dubbo pushed processors down into our markets. That’s had a flow on effect to the store market.”

“Lots of people thought we’d experienced a shorter spring selling season, but it’s turned around.”

On the property sales side, James says the area has experienced fantastic growth over the last two years on the back of the late 2014 and 2015 commodity price rises.

“There’s data that says rural properties have increased 25 per cent in the last 2.5 years in the area.  There’s big demand at the moment in and around north east Victoria and southern NSW with several dryland properties achieving $3000 and $4000 per acre.”

James recently sold an irrigation property locally for a result that the vendors were extremely happy with.

Residentially, the thriving centre of Albury is showing no signs of slowing.

“Albury itself has very good steady growth over 10-15 years. The impact of the university, regional cancer centre, innumerable health services and employment via education, logistics and the defence sectors has kept the rental and home sale markets buoyant and busy,” Mr Brown said.

If you want to know more about opening a Ray White Rural or Ray White Livestock business or to find out who is joining us and where,  simply email Stephen Nell CEO snell@raywhite.com 

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