Elizabeth Brunton exits McGrath Estate Agents

Elizabeth Brunton exits McGrath Estate Agents
Elizabeth Brunton exits McGrath Estate Agents

Elizabeth Brunton, who described herself as one of McGrath’s high performers with loyal dedication to the company for close to 20 years, has departed the estate agency.

She held the position of associate director projects.

There was no confirmation from the agency on the departure, although her profile no longer appears on the McGrath website.

The elite project marketer, who declined to respond to approaches to comment on her intentions, had claims of notching up $2.5 billion of transactions.

Her success spanned the eastern seaboard of Australia with experience in the international markets of Asia and China. 

She was recruited to McGrath in 1995 from Ben Boyd Real Estate where she was a property manager.

Her departure was entirely predictable following the resignation of Stephen Chen, the head of projects.

Chen quit around the time that director of sales Matt Lahood departed after more than two decades at the agency. 

The departures of veteran agents appears at this stage to be mostly quarantined to a few of the eastern suburbs office although Derek Farmer, who had sold some 170 properties on the lower North Shore with his speciality Cammeray, has disappeared from the website recently.

A rumoured agency to be established by Lahood and Chen has yet to emerge. 

Nor has the rumoured "mass departure" which The Australian business gossip column, Margin Call has suggested would see 30 agents leave. The denied rumour was followed today by a slight dip in the share price in opening trade to hover around 99 cents, at three month lows.

Recently the Mark Redhill experiment at McGrath ended with the estate agent moving to another eastern suburbs estate agency.

Mark had been working in real estate for 23 years best known for his tenure at the Wentworth Courier before embarking on agency sales.

Mark worked with wife, Lorraine Crawford who "together leveraged their expertise in marketing and sales to offer a multidisciplinary approach."

Crawford remains at the agency.

The latest hiring at the agency is Walter Burfitt-Williams who is described as professional, reliable and highly experienced, an award winning sales agent. He was at BresicWhitney previously.

The group recently announced the opening of its new office in the bayside Melbourne suburb of Sandringham.

McGrath Sandringham is the sixth franchise office the company has opened since first launching in Melbourne in December last year.

The new office will be led by principals Mark Zammit and Fran Harkin with sales agents at the new office including David Picking, Simone Cumberlidge, Andrew Solomon and Melina Scriva.

Fran Harkin was at hockingstuart, as was Zammit who had a consultancy over the past year. 

It takes the number of McGrath offices to 93 on the East Coast.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of our authors. Jonathan has been writing about property since the early 1980s and is editor-at-large of Property Observer.

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