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Ray White Rural opens new office in Tumbarumba, New South Wales

By Lyndsey Douglas

Ray White Rural opens this week in a town exactly halfway between Australia’s two biggest cities, Sydney and Melbourne.

There are plenty of reasons for local buyers to be happy about the opportunity to work with Ray White Rural Tumbarumba, not least of which is the attractive median buy in price of $186,500.

“Tumbarumba is such a friendly community and offers a really comfortable country lifestyle,” says the principal of the new office, Mellisa Meli, “Plus we’re only an hour away from Selwyn Snowfields, an hour from the thriving hub of Wagga and three hours from Canberra.”

The town and surrounds is home to less than 2000 people and is situated on the western side of the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, with Kosciuszko National Park to the East, and the Murray River to the South.

“Investors are starting to see a steady increase in returns and buyer interest in the area has increased in recent months. “

Nearly one quarter of locals are employed in farming namely beef and sheep grazing, and some dairy, with the next strongest employer being a strong softwood timber industry. 

Tumbarumba is developing a reputation as one of Australia’s premium cool-climate wine growing regions, and also for growing blueberries, olives, apples, seed potatoes, truffles, vegetables, blueberries and chestnuts.  

Mellisa says opening her own Ray White Rural business in Tumbarumba is her proudest career moment so far.

As a rural services professional with Elders for nearly ten years, and two decades as a beauty therapist Mellisa is a leader in customer service and client experience with a strong background in livestock marketing, animal health and nutrition, pasture improvement, and agri banking.

The mother of three and grandmother of two is a proud local.

“I grew up in Canberra, moved to Adelong in 1996 where I discovered my love of the country and small communities and settled in beautiful Tumbarumba in 2012,” she explained.

“When I lived in Adelong I didn’t believe that there was anywhere more special or providing a better lifestyle. Well, I was wrong. Tumbarumba is  such a fantastic community with so much nearby, and so much on offer. My partner Nigel and I bought out at Mannus some years ago and we could not imagine leaving.”

The chief executive of Ray White Rural, Stephen Nell, says Mellisa was the ideal person to launch their first office in the area.

“Mellisa will be well known to locals as the secretary of the Tumbarumba Motor Club, Rodeo and her proclivity towards a tap dance too. We know she’ll apply her principles around community, honest, commitment to the end and achieving success to her business, as she does with everything else she’s involved with.”

Mellisa says the role of an agent is a privilege.

“A sale or purchase of a home or property is such a significant part of a person’s life; whether it be their first home, upsizing because the family is growing or downsizing after the family grows up, or investing to make a return. Sometimes it is an exciting move, sometimes sad but always, as an agent, it’s a wonderful responsibility to support clients in this.”

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 

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