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Property Market Update


Every year, as soon as the school holidays end, real estate activity turns ‘on’ like a light switch as buyers and homeowners want to know what’s happening, new stock hits the market and buyers begin attending opens. This year was no different. As we approach the end of February, some trends are becoming apparent with people adopting a ‘wait and see’ approach, both buyers and sellers, to get a clearer picture of the current real estate landscape. The banking royal commission report was released earlier this month. Whilst on first review it seems there isn’t anything terribly sinister therein, a new normal will emerge in terms of banks’ approach to home loan lending. Buyers have largely adjusted to new expectations with respect to lending approval already, as many changes were made in the latter part of 2018, and future adjustment may be necessary.Homes on premier streets, those with excellent renovations, homes with plenty of beautiful orig...


Supporting The Community - Holden Street Neighbourhood House


Collins Simms is proud to support Holden Street Neighbourhood House and Yarra Libraries annual Sustainability Fair and Movie in the Park event on Saturday 23 February from 3pm.The afternoon will begin with entertainment, activities and workshops focusing on sustainability and the environment.At sundown, the screening will begin for The Song Keepers. This Australian movie tells the inspiring story of an Aboriginal Women’s Choir who travel to Germany to perform German Hymns in their traditional language. This is a free entry event for all ages as part of the National Sustainable Living Festival 2019.More information is available here: http://www.holdenstreet.org.au/programs-and-activities/sustainable-living-festival-events


New Partners Announced


2019 is shaping up to be a big year for us as we celebrate our 100th anniversary. As we reflect on our proud history, we also look towards the future, and as such are delighted to announce the appointment of three new partners, Kylie Carey, Antony Harbor and Nicholas Corby. They all have extensive experience in different facets of the business and will continue to demonstrate their skill and integrity as part of our new management team at Collins Simms. Kylie Carey is incredibly experienced in property management and our first female partner. Her twenty plus years in the industry have equipped her with a wealth of expertise and her passion for property management translates to her clients. Kylie is the leader of our property management department and new business manager. In her five years at Collins Simms, her genuine connection to everyone she works with has been evident from the strength of the relationships she has built. ‘I love the interactions I have with my clients and b...


Supporting The Community - Fairfield In Feb


  Collins Simms is proud to support Fairfield in Feb.Fairfield in Feb is back in 2019 at the iconic Fairfield Amphitheatre! Picture this: scenic views, family, friends, food, drinks and an excellent line-up of emerging artists. Spanning genres, cultures and fusing the traditional with the contemporary, this series of events explore the creative vitality and diversity of our local music scene.This event is produced by Foreign Brothers in collaboration with the Yarra City Council.Established as a community-based collective in early 2013, the Foreign Brothers have progressively become a driving force within the local Melbourne music scene. Their passion for inclusive and innovative events has lead them to work with the City of Melbourne and Melbourne Music Week, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Creative Victoria, Strawberry Fields Festival, PBS 106.7 FM, Federation Square and the Lights in Winter Festival, the Footscray Community Arts Centre and some of the best live music venues in Mel...


100 Year Anniversary


2019 marks our 100 year anniversary of operating, distinguishing us as one of the longest serving privately owned real estate companies in Melbourne. From our humble beginnings on Glenferrie Road to now, we’ve come a long way.   In 1919, TJ Collins established his business on Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn. From there, his business continued until merging with FR Simms in 1973 to forge Collins Simms. Opening our Fitzroy North office in 1980, where we remain to this day, solidified our position as inner city experts, a reputation we are proud to uphold.   We are incredibly grateful for our 100 year history of providing optimum service and care to our clients, both as real estate agents and property managers. We can’t wait to celebrate this year further with you all and eagerly anticipate our bright future.   


Supporting The Community - 2018 Fitzroy North Primary School Raffle


  Collins Simms has a proud tradition of giving back. We enjoy being involved in and supporting events, causes, charities and organisations that matter to our local community.One event that we have been supporting for many years is the annual Fitzroy North Primary School raffle.This year, Antony Woodley attended the school assembly to draw the lucky raffle winners. We asked school principal Anne Thorp about this year’s raffle.Collins Simms has a long and rich history supporting the school, what does Collins Simms support of the raffle mean to the school?At Fitzroy North Primary School we see Collins Simms support as an investment in the well being and positive future development of the young people in our community. The continued support has seen many improvements around the school including recently a new library of guided reading books for students to enjoy.The raffle is a major fundraiser for the school, how will the funds raised be spent this year? This year we ...