In 1883, the founding real estate pioneers Tom Raine and Joseph Horne opened the doors of Australia’s iconic property firm Raine & Horne for the first time.
Operating from Wentworth Court, Elizabeth Street in Sydney, Raine & Horne adhered to a set of business practices that have been maintained to the present day. The property pioneers committed to personalised service and to meeting a client’s property needs across sales, leasing, management and consulting services for all types of property.
By the 1970s, and driven by the enthusiasm of company patriarch Max Raine, the Raine & Horne network stretched across Sydney. Not satisfied with the extent of expansion, the Raine & Horne Board decided that Raine & Horne would become only the second property group to pursue a franchising business model. This proved a major watershed for Raine & Horne, which opened its first franchised office, Raine & Horne Liverpool NSW, in 1976. As a result, Raine & Horne now has offices in the ACT, QLD, SA, NT, TAS, VIC, and WA as well as offices globally.
Raine & Horne is today one of the oldest privately owned firms in the southern hemisphere, surviving world wars, booms, busts and depressions.
It is now into its fourth generation of family ownership, with Angus Raine taking over as the company’s CEO in December 2006.
In South Australia, the Christopher and Sue Weston opened the doors of their first a real estate office in Oakbank in 1980, by 1985 there were three offices located at Birdwood, Mt. Barker and Oakbank.
In the late 1980’s Weston Properties (as it was known then) consisted of 9 offices and in 1990 they had 15 offices which grew to 35 offices by 1996.
In August 1996 they formally became the Raine & Horne South Australian Master Franchise, and the business grew to 48 offices in 2006.
Chris and Sue and the corporate support team are totally committed to the overall growth and stability of the business, whereby they maintain a major presence in the real estate industry, and equally as important a clearly defined sense of professionalism and innovation.
Today the group has a diverse input of experience and wisdom, so important for the intelligent professional conduct of the business. Equally as important they have a good healthy gender mix and a strong representation of young franchise proprietors, salespeople, property managers and office staff, which of course, introduces zest and vitality into the Company – the very essence of our secure future.