C o r p o r a t e                                p r o f i l e

real eState aGeNtS &                  reSiDeNtial, Strata...
3    about Us

    4    South West Specialists

    4    About The South West’s Cape To Cape Region

    6    Company Divi...
The origins of Stocker Preston date back to the early 1950’s when A.D.
                          Errey & Co opened its doo...
As the south west’s largest independent real estate company, Stocker        As a result, Stocker Preston is the south west...
The first white settlers came to Augusta in 1830, making it the third oldest      Investment in the area is availa...
Stocker Preston comprises five key divisions. These include:

•    Residential Sales

•    Commercial and Business Sales

COMMERCIAL MANAGEMENT                                                           RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
Stocker Pr...
Having established its position as a leader in the marketplace, Stocker         With both directors and many staff members...
Land prices in the south west have soared in the past decade with the           Both the Augusta-Margaret River and Bussel...
Ken Preston                                                                         Peter De Chiera
Mary De Chiera                                                                     Jill Turton
          Shop 9 Dunsborough Centrepoint
       (PO Box 585) Dunsborough WA 6281
          t (08) 9756 8888 f ...
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  1. 1. C o r p o r a t e p r o f i l e real eState aGeNtS & reSiDeNtial, Strata & CoMMerCial SUBDiViSioN feaSiBilitY & propertY CoNSUltaNtS propertY MaNaGeMeNt MaNaGeMeNt D U NSB O R O U GH • VA S S E • COWARAMUP • MARGARET RIVE R • AUGUSTA
  2. 2. 3 about Us 4 South West Specialists 4 About The South West’s Cape To Cape Region 6 Company Divisions 8 Supporting The Community 9 Protecting The Environment Licensee Downsouth (WA) Pty Ltd aCN 125 383 628 10 Company Directors 2
  3. 3. The origins of Stocker Preston date back to the early 1950’s when A.D. Errey & Co opened its doors within the Margaret River township. At this time the region was still a rural-based community of struggling sheep and dairy farmers. Ray Stocker joined the organisation in the seventies, which was around the same time Peter and Mary De Chiera began making their mark on the Dunsborough real estate market. In 1988, the name Stocker Preston was introduced to reflect the then partnership in Margaret River. A branch office was soon opened in Augusta, while a new player in the real estate market began making an impact in the rural environment with an office in Cowaramup. This newly formed business accepted an offer to come under the wing of “Stocker Preston has the then Stocker Preston by franchising to the company. After operating for 4 years under franchise, the company struck out on it’s own to become a strong conscience Down South Realty. about how the area Over the years all three organisations built trust and loyalty within the developed, after all we community by continually demonstrating a high level of service and genuine commitment to the community. have to live with the Independently, they played an integral role in the region’s growth and development too.” development, working to ensure the essence of the south was not lost through its development. Each district office has listed and sold more properties than any other organisation in their individual areas and have - Ken Preston attracted some of the most experienced agents in the industry. In 2007, a landmark merger saw the three companies amalgamated to create the largest independent real estate company in the south west. With cultivated roles in specialist areas, Stocker Preston was the first organisation to cover the south west under one management structure. Stocker Preston today combines decades of experience and resources with offices in Dunsborough, Margaret River, Cowaramup, Augusta and Vasse. The combined strength of this amalgamation presents Stocker Preston as a principal force within the real estate industry in the south west region. 3
  4. 4. As the south west’s largest independent real estate company, Stocker As a result, Stocker Preston is the south west’s leading real estate company, Preston is the only company that services the south west under one single listing and selling some 35 to 50 % of all properties sold in the region. management structure. Research has indicated that professional service, quality staff, sound ethics With decades of experience, the company has a comprehensive and industry knowledge are the major reasons clients choose to buy or sell understanding of the local marketplace, and has developed specialist through Stocker Preston. divisions to service the growing demands of land subdivisions, vineyards, Stocker Preston has a large database of qualified purchasers with a genuine rural land, residential development, commercial and luxury properties. interest in the area, which means potential purchasers can be identified With the growth of the region, the company is committed to retaining early, sometimes even prior to commencement of formal marketing. its competitive edge. This ensures that, despite the scale of land being marketed; a modest block, or a high-priced tourism development; consistency of service is maintained. The Cape to Cape region in the south west is home to all manner of environs from stellar coastlines and beaches, to world renowned surfing locations, lush forests and farmlands, national parks, majestic caves and the famous Margaret River Wine Region. As the region’s profile is elevated onto a world stage, it continues to attract an increasing number of investors and people looking for that ‘perfect’ sea change environment. Just a 200km to 300km drive from Perth, the south west is a world away from any city environment. It comprises a range of distinct landscapes and cultures, with complementary activities and interests that cater for many varied lifestyle dreams. The region enjoys a Mediterranean/maritime climate with summer temperatures rarely over 32oC and winter temperatures ranging from 11oC to 18oC. Most rainfall occurs between April and October and the annual average rainfall is approximately 1,000mm. Stocker Preston has offices in five locations in the south west, each with individual charm and distinct cultures. 4
  5. 5. Augusta The first white settlers came to Augusta in 1830, making it the third oldest Investment in the area is available in all types of properties, with the beachside settlement in W.A. The townsite now comprises a tight community with a holiday home (or homesite) being keenly sought. Many prospective residents mix of new and historical residences, but also boasts significant tourism are also drawn to the privacy of the 2ha special rural retreats, developed drawcards such as craft and gift shops, wineries, whale watching, dolphin in the natural bushland of the hinterland. Commercial opportunities also tours, ferry cruises and the tallest lighthouse in WA at Cape Leeuwin. abound in this rapidly growing area. Located on the banks of the Hardy Inlet, a tidal inlet into which the Blackwood and Scott rivers flow, and easy access to pristine waters and beaches that Margaret River stretch through to Flinders Bay, this water-lovers haven has an approximate The township of Margaret River sits comfortably on the banks of the infamous population of 1200, including nearby Karridale. Margaret River and is surrounded by broad hectare farm land, State forests, vineyards and world famous surfing beaches. Originally known for its timber and later, local farms, Augusta is well served by a range of shopping, medical and accommodation facilities, including a Traditionally known as a service centre for the beef, dairy and timber industries new supermarket, restaurants, hospital, aged lodge and clinic. There is a and a beautiful rural and coastal holiday destination, viticulture and tourism Primary School in Augusta, as well as one in Karridale. today provide the catalyst for a thriving community and economy. The Augusta-Margaret River Shire population is approximately 10,000, with Cowaramup an annual growth rate of 5.5%. Cowaramup is a country town with a lot of character. Ideally located on the There are six primary schools, a senior high school, Montessori school and a Bussell Highway between Margaret River and Busselton/Dunsborough town regional college of TAFE in Margaret River, plus a Centre For Wine Excellence, centres, this quaint town rests right in the heart of wine region territory. comprising a joint venture of TAFE, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University The town is well serviced with tennis courts, BMX track, a well-recognised and the Margaret River High School. primary school, lawn bowls and the Cowaramup Club, plus restaurants and Margaret River is well served with comprehensive shopping, business and niche retail. medical services (including two hospitals) and there are numerous sporting, In peak periods, it becomes the hub of major activity, having hosted the cultural and religious organisations within the community. Margaret River Wine Region Festival’s major event, Margaret River Viticulture Field Day and summer Sunday Sundowner concerts. Vasse Cowaramup has been targeted for growth by the Augusta Margaret River Vasse is quite literally a new gateway to the south west, with the Vasse Shire and is expected to increase from 600 residents to 3000 within the next Newtown residential estate development taking centre stage. 10 – 15 years. As such, development activity is well underway, with adequate The introduction of Vasse Newtown will bring a new business centre, sensitivity given to the town’s rare and welcoming rural atmosphere. industrial park and healthcare facilities to the region. A major 95 bed aged care facility and district hospital is in the plans, as Dunsborough are four school sites, in addition to the existing Vasse Primary School and Dunsborough is a small town in a big hurry! It is visibly vibrant and tertiary education facilities. sophisticated, yet leisurely in ambience and forms part of the fastest growing Vasse is located in the centre of the wine region, in almost equal distance shire in Australia. to Busselton, Dunsborough and Margaret River. It therefore benefits from Blessed with natural assets few areas can emulate, it reposes on the tranquil having equal access to all the beaches and lifestyle infrastructure available shores of Geographe Bay. The township is also the nearest commercial in the southwest. centre for Yallingup, one of the country’s finest surf areas as well as Eagle The master-planned development introduces a new vibrant community to Bay among its most prestigious beach localities. the South West, and extensive facilities to the growing community. A family holiday destination for decades, Dunsborough incorporates a naval ship dive wreck, a championship golf course, many great little restaurants together with the appeal of the vineyards. 5
  6. 6. Stocker Preston comprises five key divisions. These include: • Residential Sales • Commercial and Business Sales • Land Subdivision and Development • Rural and Vineyard Sales • Residential Property Management • Commercial Property Management • Strata Management RESIDENTIAL SALES LAND SUBDIVISION AND DEVELOPMENT Stocker Preston has listed and sold more residential properties in the south Stocker Preston’s contribution to the sales and marketing of residential west than all other companies put together. subdivisions and developments in the region is significant. With a strategic approach to marketing and sales negotiations, and effective The company has extensive experience in working with englobo land, and proven marketing programs, the company has built on a traditional ‘real including residential, special rural, industrial and strata title commercial estate’ foundation to incorporate modern technologies and meet demands developments. of the new environment. With a comprehensive understanding of the local demand and the obligations Stocker Preston has an extensive data base of qualified property investors of any Town Planning scheme or Subdivision approval requirements, that spans through the entire region. Stocker Preston works closely with land owners to assist in the drafting of covenants and/or building and design guidelines, liaise with local councillors It has unmatched competitive advantage in the region and an unequalled and/or community members, and design effective and targeted marketing reputation for service. strategies. COMMERCIAL AND BUSINESS SALES RURAL AND VINEYARD SALES This specialist area of real estate requires a depth of understanding of Rural properties in the region are constantly evolving to accommodate business and profitable return. varied agricultural demands and environmental policies, including water use Stocker Preston has experienced consultants with hands on business procedures and restrictions on clearing of remnant vegetation. experience and a track record off successful negotiations, no matter how While some rural land owners might qualify for land subdivision, many have complex. invested in the development of new produce to meet changing market The team can assist in assessing business features to establish a sales demands. price, highlight areas of concern to ascertain a seller position, work with Stocker Preston has strong links to the region’s rural industry and understands the buyer to determine required equipment, stock and good will value, and the challenges and requirements of owning a rural property. broker mutually beneficial transactions that reflect the marketplace. The company has been involved in selling bare land for lifestyle, general In addition, Stocker Preston’s marketing strategies ensure a targeted farming, dairies and for development of vines, olives and trees. It has also approach to all commercial sales. been successful in selling commercial vineyards and boutique wineries. 6
  7. 7. COMMERCIAL MANAGEMENT RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Stocker Preston Property Management is ideally positioned to service new, Managed by a team of experienced professionals, the division holds the or existing commercial and retail developments. largest residential and commercial property management portfolio in the south west and has a large database of people seeking rental accommodation. Stocker Preston is actively involved in the business community where it is in constant touch with the local business people and can offer a consultancy The tenant selection process comprises a meticulous qualifying program to service, and/or advice on current or proposed commercial, retail and strata ensure responsible tenants are placed in available properties. opportunities. Stocker Preston Property Management is fully conversant with the The Stocker Preston Property Management service incorporates general Commercial Tenancy (Retail Shops) Agreement and Strata Titles Act which management duties, including arrangement of minor repairs, preparing allows staff to quickly identify potential problems and rectify them prior to monthly statements and general liaison with clients, and leasing duties any expensive legal wrangles. including arranging advertising, screening a tenant, property inspections and preparing lease agreements. Our commercial and retail tenant screening process is comprehensive and involves initial interviews, obtaining reference checking, financial status, as well as establishing a business and trading history for the prospective STRATA MANAGEMENT tenant. Strata management proposals comprise an increasingly significant portion of the commercial and residential plans for our company. Annual reports and budgets can be formulated ensuring the maximum profitability for Landlords. Reconciliation of variable outgoings, plus other Stocker Preston’s duties in regard to strata management including forming commitments as per the Commercial Tenancy (Retail Shops) Agreement Act the Strata Company and organising the registration of new By-Laws with are part of our service. DOLA (Department of Land Administration). We arrange the initial meeting of the Strata Company and liaise with owners and occupiers to ensure that the common property is maintained and the Strata meets its obligations under the Act. “Well before the first vines were planted, surfers had discovered Margaret River’s perfect waves” 7
  8. 8. Having established its position as a leader in the marketplace, Stocker With both directors and many staff members raising families in the area, Preston is also proud of its leadership role within the community. support for youth-oriented projects is also priority. Stocker Preston is well-recognised throughout the region for supporting the Stocker Preston is a major sponsor of the Youth Outreach Program that community that supports them. concentrates on fostering life-skills, opportunities and development for young people in Margaret River, and has a hand in the funding in the region, Amongst the many activities Stocker Preston is involved in, the company and been an avid supporter or community initiatives and causes. regularly conducts seminars to assist the local community with their property investments. These might include “First Homebuyer’s Information Nights” or As the Cape to Cape region’s natural environment inspires many artisans, Investment Seminars held several times each year. Stocker Preston has an on-going commitment to the artistic community. "Stocker Preston provides extensive support to the community via it's sponsorships" 8
  9. 9. Land prices in the south west have soared in the past decade with the Both the Augusta-Margaret River and Busselton Shires have now adopted tourism boom and resultant population growth. As a result, development the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge Statement of Planning Policy principles when has progressed steadily. considering future development proposals. The demand for land brings with it increased expectation for environmentally- These measures endeavour to ensure that developments in the region meets aware land releases. Careful planning in consultation with the local both town planning requirements and those of the local community, so that communities aims to ensure the innate essence of the area is retained. the inherent values of the south west lifestyle are protected for the future. The State Government recently identified the need for definite planning Stocker Preston understands and supports the Leeuwin-Natraliste Ridge principles to protect significant sectors of the south west region. The Statement of Planning Policy principles and works with Shires and developers Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge Statement of Planning Policy was released to to ensure the best possible outcome for the region and its clients. identify land required to accommodate population growth. 9
  10. 10. Ken Preston Peter De Chiera Ken Preston is the Managing Director of Stocker The doyen of Dunsborough real estate, Peter has Preston and has operated in the real estate industry been operating in the region since 1979 and has been for almost two decades, building the region’s leading involved in more transactions than any other realtor in real estate agency since 1988. the history of the district. A member of REIWA, a licensed real estate agent and He is by far Dunsborough’s most respected and a licensed auctioneer, Ken spent ten years as the Shire Clerk in Margaret knowledgeable agent, and has managed the transaction of literally hundreds River and returned to the local government arena in 1999 as an Augusta- of millions of dollars worth of property. Margaret River Shire Councillor. Within an area that encompasses Dunsborough, Quindalup, Siesta Park, Ken continues to maintain an active interest in community affairs. He has Eagle Bay and Yallingup, Peter has been integral in taking these localities served as chairman of the fundraising committee for the Margaret River into the forefront of beachside development in Australia. In fact, many of the Aquatic Centre, a $3m project completed in 1998. He is also a previous region’s most successful developments may not have eventuated without president of Landlink Australia and the Margaret River Tennis Club and, Peter’s enthusiasm, expertise, sales ability, confidence and guidance. among many outside interests, Ken lists fishing, swimming and enjoying the He has exclusively marketed most of the district’s major developments and fine food and wine of the region. has been awarded many top selling agent awards and continues to be acknowledged as a highly influential player in the Western Australian real estate market. Ray Stocker Ray Stocker has more than 30 years experience in the Louis De Chiera BA LLB real estate industry, including 20 years as Licensee After completing his Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) and proprietor of the business. He is a licensed real and Bachelor of Laws degree, Louis worked as a estate agent, a licensed valuer, a certified practicing solicitor in both Perth and Sydney within Freehills, one valuer and a licensed settlement agent. of Australia’s top tier law firms. Ray is the south west representative of REIWA, an Associate of the Australian Working predominantly in the areas of major Property Institute, a Member of the Australian Institute of Conveyancers and projects and property, Louis obtained extensive experience with contract holds an Associate Diploma in Valuation and a Certificate in Settlement requirements for major sales and acquisitions, property development and Agency Procedures. commercial leasing. Ray is still actively involved in listing and selling property within the region, The lure of returning permanently to Dunsborough and its idyllic lifestyle which he combines with special talents in subdivision feasibility, project proved irresistible to Louis De Chiera and his wife Louise. management and marketing. His skills have proved invaluable in his current role within Stocker Preston. Ray has served on various committees and steering groups in Margaret River including the Margaret River Townsite Strategy Steering Committee He has since made his mark on the real estate industry and is today a highly and the Margaret River Business Enterprise Centre. regarded residential and commercial property consultant in the Dunsborough area, selling over $20 million worth of properties in his first 12 months. However, he still finds time to participating in Masters swimming events and often travels to exotic surfing breaks in pursuit of the perfect wave. Louis provides internal legal expertise, which in today’s contractual climate should give clients additional confidence in their dealings. 10
  11. 11. Mary De Chiera Jill Turton Mary De Chiera entered the local real estate industry Jill Turton is the Licensee Director of the Cowaramup with her husband, Peter, some 28 years ago. The office and has lived in the Cowaramup area for more archetypical woman behind the man, Mary’s strength than 20 years. Jill has over 11 years experience in the of character and business acumen has made her operational management of a real estate business an integral part of the partnership and created a plus a further 8 years in business management in rural formidable team in the Dunsborough marketplace. agencies and sales. An experienced and qualified agent in her own right, she has achieved her A consummate all-rounder, Jill’s extensive knowledge and expertise sees real estate licence and triennial certificate, and has a depth of local market her overseeing, as well as actively participating in, all matters concerning knowledge. Administration, Property Management, Sales and Contractual Procedures within the business. She also undertakes all training of new staff plus re- Mary’s comprehensive role in the development and management of the training when required. business has created a foundation for the business to flourish over the decades. Her office management prowess has seen the implementation Jill holds a Real Estate Agent Licence and Triennial Certificate, a Diploma in of unique systems within the office environment, which has allowed for a Teaching, and is a member of REIWA representing its Rural Chapter in the seamless transition of a sale through to settlement. Bush Brokers Partnership. Her contribution to the business cannot be understated and her personable Jill also maintains a community presence as an active member of the approach to business ensures that every dealing with the agency is a Business and Professional Women’s Group of Margaret River and the pleasurable experience. Cowaramup Retailers’ Association Inc. Jill’s combined platform of knowledge, experience and skills within the real estate industry, has ensured an outstanding contribution to the company. Rod Duggan Rod Duggan is a third generation Cowaramup-based resident and has a lifetime background in farming, Neil Earl business and real estate. Neil Earl is a Director of Stocker Preston and an As Director of Stocker Preston and co-owner of one active member of the community. He has contributed of the region’s most successful agricultural supplier, extensively in local, state and interstate rural business Cowaramup Agencies, his extensive knowledge of viticulture and agricultural environments and considered an expert in the land allows him to be well versed on intricate rural issues. It has also provided agricultural industry. a unique platform for his work in property development. Based in Cowaramup, Neil has an excellent reputation for his entrepreneurial, In fact, Rod has been heavily involved in many property development business negotiation and property development skills. projects in the region, including the sub-division of rural land for housing estates and smallholdings. Rod is well known in the region and respected He provides first-hand experience in securing successful property investments in the industry. He was instrumental in the Stocker Preston merge that and supports his colleagues in specialist areas of rural subdivisions. brought together three of the region’s most successful agencies. Neil operates a successful agricultural supply company in the south west, Cowaramup Agencies, and is looking to expand his interests in the area. 11
  12. 12. Dunsborough Shop 9 Dunsborough Centrepoint (PO Box 585) Dunsborough WA 6281 t (08) 9756 8888 f (08) 9756 8833 e dunsborough@stockerpreston.com.au Vasse Lot 21 Bussell Highway (PO Box 146) Vasse 6280 t (08) 9755 0033 f (08) 9755 0133 e vasse@stockerpreston.com.au Cowaramup Bussell Highway (PO Box 390) Cowaramup 6284 t (08) 9755 5123 f (08) 9755 5771 e cowaramup@stockerpreston.com.au Margaret River 128 Bussell Highway (PO Box 85) Margaret River 6285 t (08) 9780 5777 f (08) 9780 5888 e vasse@stockerpreston.com.au Augusta 71 Blackwood Avenue (PO Box 207) Augusta 6290 t (08) 9758 0300 f (08) 9758 0188 e augusta@stockerpreston.com.au www.stockerpreston.com.au