Maclay Longhurst and Emily Davidson have taken the next step in their already successful real estate careers, opening a Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty office.
Based in Woollahra, the agency will focus on selling high-end properties, including in neighbouring suburbs such as Paddington.
Mr Longhurst said the team of eight comprised four senior agents, including himself and Ms Davidson, two junior agents, a team manager and a marketing manager.
“We want to collaborate as a small team and be able to work very closely with the most compelling buyers in the marketplace and to be able to deliver those to upcoming sellers,” Mr Longhurst said.
He said his core market over the past decade had been in Woollahra, Paddington and Inner City terraces and that wouldn’t change, nor would his commitment to service excellence.
Mr Longhurst said he and Ms Davidson had worked together for about nine years and it had been a difficult decision to leave their former agency, given the deep respect they held for the brand and all of their colleagues.
But he said the time felt right to branch out.
“We’re excited to announce this to the market and our future projections for the business are aligned with the Sotheby’s brand,” Mr Longhurst said.
“Emily and I have had a long partnership and our synergy and our work ethic have always been aligned.”
Mr Longhurst said he met with Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty Managing Director Michael Pallier and was drawn to the brand not only for its reputation and strong values, but the ability to collaborate with great agents, on listings and with buyers.
“The way Michael does business and the attitude he has towards sharing and collaborating, was so important,” he said.
“The fact that I can call him, and he can call me, and we can share buyers and market information across different marketplaces, is where value will be added to both of our businesses and our clients.
“The whole reason Sotheby’s was the right brand was because of the people within the brand.”
Mr Longhurst said he had already sold one property in Darling Point off-market this year for $17.2 million and the team had multiple other properties on the market priced between $10 million and $20 million.
“We’re very excited to be representing those clients,” he said.
“And I feel the business will grow organically up the ladder, in terms of the average sale price, because of the brand and our commitment to excellence.”