Testimonials

“Hi Robyn,   I just wanted to thank yourself and Great Ocean Road Real Estate for all the assistance and fantastic customer service I recieved throughout my booking process for my recent holiday in Apollo Bay.   My friends and I had a fantastic stay in Apollo Bay and Seehussli is a beautiful holiday rental. It was very clean and was perfect for what we needed. My only constructive critism would be is for the owners to fit some blinds or curtains for night time privacy… other than that, 10/10!   It was  pleasure dealing with you all throughout my booking process too. Thank you again and please pass on my thanks to whoever else assisted.   Happy New Year! “ K. Murphy

We met Darren when we bought our coastal dream property in 2001.

The buy negotiation was facilitated by Darren, and it was fair and firm.

Darren, and his professional team, impressed us then, as they have today.

Our daughter’s decision to move permanently  to Brisbane meant we had to say goodbye to Marengo, if we were to visit her regularly.

There is a proliferation of agencies selling property in Apollo Bay, so why Darren?

Our situation was difficult, given we had one of the better views in Marengo. We needed to break thru the Marengo Million dollar glass ceiling, and not spend three years doing that.

We needed good market knowledge and a good communicator for us as the seller. Buyer are more sophisticated than ever, and they think they are in control of any property transaction, in the current coastal market.

Darren and his professional team achieved the sale in under four months, and given our preference for a low profile, he made sure we didn’t get the hopeful’s and bargain hunters, just a real buyer.

They had a good understanding of the web advertising and buyer profiles. Any minor web matters were resolved promptly.

We went thru the negotiation on a firm and fair basis with no inflated promises, just an undertaking to see what was possible. The honest information given to me by Darren made it possible, for us to achieve the best price without losing the sale. Both buyer and seller in this situation, got a good deal.

Darren met our objectives against a tight timeline, and we achieved almost all of our real target price.  

Would we engage them next time if we were in the market to buy or sell in the area, most certainly”. Malcolm & Sandra

“Hi Darren, Just wanted to thank you and all the staff at Great Ocean Road Real Estate for all your help and support in selling our property. Bec, Brad and yourself kept us well informed throughout the process and we really appreciated that. Negotiations were smooth and stress-free which you are all to be commended on. We would most certainly recommend Great Ocean Road Real Estate to any potential customers.
Also, I wanted to thank Carolyn and Shelley for their efficient help with Holiday Rentals. Enquiries were acted on immediately and in a most friendly manner and it was a real pleasure to deal with Great Ocean Road Real Estate staff.” D. and R. Mackie

“I have had the privilege of dealing with several divisions of Great Ocean Rd Real Estate.
When I first dealt with Great Ocean Rd Real Estate it was through their Holiday Property rental market.
Jeanette Biddle provided great service in this area and made the whole process very easy to manage. One thing you want, when going on holidays is to have the accommodation sorted out, and for it to be top class and that ensured we as a family really enjoyed our stay.
So much so that we fell in love with Apollo Bay. The whole process of booking a holiday destination was made incredibly simple, and left us feeling at ease about our choice we made. At all times Jeanette assisted us despite my many queries and remained very patient.
After our stay we made the decision to look at buying for the purposes of a future holiday home and were introduced to Darren Brimacombe in the first instance, and then Bec Allen who spent a Sunday with us to look at various properties. We found Bec to be a wonderful guide as we went to visit several properties on the day. We were made to feel at home and allowed to look over properties and Bec was able to match our criteria.
We made a decision to buy a property and Bec was extremely professional in her attempts to get the right price, we managed to seal the offer within a few days and moved very quickly to satisfy all our needs for the contract and settlement dates agreed to.
Bec never missed a beat with this process and we are grateful for her assistance along the way.
Finally we decided to maintain the rental of this property purchase and was introduced to Sally Cannon the Property Manager. Sally put the icing on the cake towards it being finalised, and at all times was terrific to deal with and showed great commitment to answering all our queries.
We made one final visit to go through the property and Sally was so patient and answered all our questions, and made this final part of the purchase a smooth one.
We have made our purchase now, and are very contented with it all and are very happy to have utilised so much of Great Ocean Road Real Estate services along the way.
All I can say is that having now dealt with Great Ocean Rd Real Estate across all three of their business divisions it has been a wonderful experience, and so much so that we are continuing to utilise the holiday rental division for our future holidays in the area.
They are one very professional outfit and I would highly recommend them to anyone who is seeking an end to end service.” C. Shiel.

“Hi Julie, May I say that I have been very impressed with your professionalism on the two occasions I have dealt with you. You also combine this with an ability to get to the point, make “the client” feel very comfortable, and you are obviously very industry savvy. Thanks Julie!” J. Stewart.

“Since we have settled on the sale of our property, you probably will not see much of us, so I would like to thank you Shelley, Julie, Darren, Bec, Jeanette for 10 great years. Mary and I have a lot of fond memories and will visit sometime in the future.” Mach & Mary.

“Now that we have successfully sold our house I would like to put on the record how happy we have been with the professional service provided by everyone at GORRE.
Beth and I were extemely impresssed by the marketing campaign and with the number of inspections arranged – particularly given that these were conducted during winter, when supposedly not many buyers are around. We were also delighted with the encouraging, informative, almost weekly reports from the agents Bradley and Bec. We would, and do, recommend your agency to our neighbours when they discuss maybe selling their houses some time in the future.
Thanks to everyone Great Ocean Road Real Estate.”
P. Bodsworth & B. Marr

“I have got to say that your web site is brilliant, and makes life so much easier with the search options you’ve got on it. After Jeanette showed us on the weekend that you can just type in the street or the name, that opened up Pandora’s box. I don’t think I’ve been off the computer since Monday!” C. Fletcher

“I must say that I am very happy with the role of Great Ocean Road Real Estate played and you and your staff are to be commended for you high level of service”. R. Lodder

“Just a quick note to say thank you so much for the efforts in making our holiday in Apollo Bay such a good one, after the difficulties we encountered in attempting to book accommodation. We had a great time in the property; it was a pleasure to stay in.
Thanks also for the bottle of wine on arrival, it was much appreciated.”
C. Anderson

“I thought Tracey and I should drop you a quick note to express our thanks to you and your team for the great work and successful completion of the sale of our Lorne home. We were firstly extremely happy that you were able to successfully sell our house for the asking price and the sale was conducted very professionally by your team.
I should add that during the course of the campaign our decision to also use a high profile Melbourne Agency to assist with the sale was as you correctly pointed out a waste of time and money. Clearly purchasers for Lorne property seem to use your agency as first stop I wish we had of listened to you. This initiative was not only un-productive but was expensive with significant advertising dollars being wasted. Nevertheless all ended well thanks to your efforts please pass our thanks on to your team and be assured we would not hesitate to use you again exclusively this time!”
C. & T. Lucas

“We would strongly recommend you to any further property owners who may be in the market for both professional advice, assistance and courtesy in the sale of their home.” B. & S. Pask

“It has been a pleasure having you act as our agent in this sale” B. Livett

‘Although selling a house can be a stressful experience, James’ gentle manner, honesty, reliable appraisal and dedication to the task at hand, left us feeling very satisfied with the whole affair.” M. Nolle

‘Again, the negotiations/dealings have been very personable and what can be a very stressful process has run smoothly.” R. Hornby & P. McLaughlin

‘We found him to be highly professional and extremely helpful. His skill as a negotiator resulted in a sale which satisfied both parties.” M. & S. Muschamp

‘I would like to thank you for the total professionalism and courteous approach in dealing with me and my family during the stressful time of selling our home.” B. Wilson

‘James gave us regular progress reports every step of the way and shared with us his total confidence that the property would bring close to expected results – it did indeed.” M. & M. Stocks

‘Not only were we very pleased with the short time in which you secured a sale, but that the settlement terms and sell price you achieved were in excess of our best expectations.” M. Piik & G. Hegedus

‘After months of frustration with lack of service and most importantly results, we decided to give our house to James. The difference was immediate and so were the levels of service, communication and effort and within less than 30 days, the property was SOLD only $3,500 under the asking price.’ S. Gulum

“The sale of the property was very emotional to both my father and I and you were very understanding with this situation. At any time, when we were listing the house for sale, and the negotiation of the sale, did we endure any pressure from you which was appreciated very much.A. McIllroy

‘We only regret not going with our original inclination to use you from the outset and saving 2 months of lost time.” S. & S. Pate

‘We were extremely impressed with the professional acumen and personal integrity you displayed during the marketing and sale of these properties.” W. & P. Groeger.