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16 July, 2020

LJ Hooker Atherton changes hands

LJ Hooker Atherton has just gone through a major change with 77-year-old principal Kev Ramke deciding to semi-retire and sell the business

By Phil Brandel

LJ Hooker Atherton has just gone through a major change with 77-year-old principal Kev Ramke deciding to semi-retire and sell the business to Albi Homann.

Mr Homann has been on the Tablelands since 2009, working first as a mortgage broker and then starting his own real estate agency.

Recently he discovered that the principal of LJ Hooker Atherton Mr Ramke wanted to sell the business and retire and he decided that it was an opportunity to good to refuse.

“The big thing for me was that LJ Hooker is a nationally well-recognised company, we also get support with technology and everybody is aware of the branding.”

“Because Kev has been around for so long he needed some support, so with my young team helping us we now can reach out further into the market.”

Mr Homann took control of the business on May 1 with Mr Ramke still helping out during the handover period.

“I said to Kev he can stay as long as he wants, there are so many benefits of having Kev around," he said

“If older males stop working they seem to go downhill quite quickly mentally and physically and I don’t want that happening to him. If he wants to come in he can come in, if he wants to take a few days off he can take a few days off.

“I’ve learned so much from him about how the marketing works, he also has a lot of experience in selling rural properties which I’m learning about and also his knowledge about Atherton."

Kev Ramke said that he bought the business in 1987 and has decided to sell due to his age and his desire to slow down. “I’m 77 years old and I was hoping that someone was going to take over the LJ Hooker brand from me,” he said

“I made the decision to sell the property quite a while ago; I just had to find the right person.

“Albis got the business now and I’m just going to concentrate on doing 1 – 2 cattle stations per year.

“We are working on things together and I’m just hanging in here doing the odd rural property.”

 

 

 

 

 


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