Our Story

All agencies must start somewhere, and for Real Estate Australia that journey began at the turn of the millennium.

Founded by Peter Tolhurst back in 2001, our focus has always been on innovation, true personal service and unique marketing strategies that get geniune results for our clients. Whilst many of the larger franchises encourage homeowner’s to invest in marketing that solely benefits their own brand, we aim to get your property in front of genuine buyer’s and renters.

There’s an art to being successful in the Real Estate industry.

It requires more than talent and professional commitment. The magic ingredient is passion; we live and breathe what we do and generate individual energy and enthusiasm, lifting our agency above the rest.

We provide a higher standard of service, shaping Real Estate Australia as the better choice for Real Estate.

Peter Tolhurst

Principal, Real Estate Australia

When we opened our doors back in 2001, our focus was on new ideas and technology.

We’ve been innovating ever since.

For many it may seem like yesterday, but cast your mind back to the beginning of the millennium.

The year was 2001; our tellies were just starting to go digital, Gretel Killeen was dominating our TV screens and those of us who were actually using the internet were still confined to dial-up.

Our founder and agency principal, Peter Tolhurst, had just left one of Canberra’s top Real Estate agencies at the time, Reg Daly Group. After winning numerous awards as one of the top agents for the company he was eventually offered shares in what would come to be the Independent Group, which he politely declined.

Peter had his heart and mind set on an even bigger goal.

Building his own agency here in the ACT offering exceptional client service, top Real Estate results and new ideas for the industry backed by the innovation that the internet was starting to bring. In fact, we were one of the first Real Estate agencies in Canberra to even have a website – which is how we ended up with such a powerful online address.

The internet would not soon forget: realestateaustralia.com.au was officially born. Offering “E-Appraisals” and listing properties for sale online was something only few had heard of.

Imagine that, a world without online Real Estate listings? That was reality for most back in 2001.

Since then, we’ve continuously built on our reputation as one of Canberra’s most innovative agencies; including our instant Online Property Estimate based on “Big Data” and giving both Tenant’s and Owner’s alike access to their own Online Portal.

 It’s with innovation like this that proudly profess our title as one of Canberra’s best Real Estate agencies, offering our clients better service, better care and better results for their property.

"I have never given a review before but I have to say they are THE BEST agent I have ever had. They are very professional and always keep you informed. I really appreciate all the help and effort they have given to me. You can always have a nice time chatting with them."

Simon Li via Google Reviews

"Real Estate Australia offer personalised service to their customers. We experienced this first hand on various occasions. They are always available, friendly and supportive. We're lucky to have them as our agent. 🙂 🙂 🙂"

Mary Shahin Elkhoury via Facebook Reviews

"We used Real Estate Australia to sell one of our apartments in the City back in January. We wanted an agent with experience and while it wasn't a deciding factor we were pretty keen on the fact that Peter (our owner) had grown up in Canberra and had spent most of his life in Real Estate so he knew the lore of the land.

This was our first time selling a property (we invest a lot but have always rented our properties out) and it was nice to have someone who could answer all of our questions. We had pretty clear expectations and were happy with the final price we got. Very happy with our experience."

Amy D'Ambrosio via Google Reviews

"Jane has been managing my property for the last 3 years and after dealing with a much larger agency where the property manager had no experience, I'm very happy I decided to come across. Whenever I come into the office Jane's always up for a chat which is a nice change of pace to what I've experienced before. Thanks Jane it's been a pleasure - Cheers, Seth"

Seth Anders via Google Reviews

"We are very satisfied clients of Peter's real estate agency (for property purchases, sales, and property management of all our rental properties) over the past 15+ years since 2002.

Both Peter (and Jane who deals with property management) are very hard-working people who can be trusted to be concerned with details, and they are reachable at all times."

Hea Liaw via Google Reviews

"Peter and Jane have been looking after our properties for the past two years and we are very happy with their service. Peter was very efficient at putting the rental ads up online and organising open inspections. As a result we rented our places out very quickly. we highly recommend Real Estate Australia to anyone who needs to rent or sell properties in Canberra."

Michelle Huang via Google Reviews

"Peter sold a property for me in Chapman about 6 months ago, have to admit I was a bit upset at first as he kept pushing me to get a property stylist in... 2 months later he ended up getting me about $15k more than the asking price so I made about $12k even after the rental furniture. Was very skeptical at first but I guess that's what you get when you're an old sod like me. Didn't expect such a great result and Peter always followed up when he said he would, highly recommend."

Matt O'Callaghan via Google Reviews

"Lovely staff who made finding our current home easy"

Chiyedza Murwisi via Facebook Reviews

"I have been a Tenant of one of the properties they manage for past 3 years . I found the staff are very approachable, understanding and very helpful. Highly systematic approach in managing the property starting from periodic inspections to any maintenance request , their approach and communications are highly commendable ."

Shiva Sivasubramaniam via Google Reviews

"they've been looking after our place n it hasn't burnt down yet so they must be doing something right!"

Kyle and Grace via Google Reviews

"Friendly staff who are professional but genuinely care about their tenants."

Yvonne Anthoney via Facebook Reviews

Better Care

With our own in-house licensed builder, we’ll keep our eye on your investment, pro-actively warning you of maintenance issues and giving advice on renovations that will create profit for your investment.

Better Service

As a close-knit team that’s kept constant over the years, we build strong relationships with our clients allowing us to understand their needs intimately. We also offer an after hours service for those who can’t afford to take time off work.

Better Results

By dealing directly with an agent who has over 25 years of expertise in Real Estate across Canberra, you’ll have peace of mind that you won’t miss out on money due to inexperience.

Real Estate Agents in Canberra you can trust.

Peter Tolhurst

Agency Principal

Jane Cottam-Manning

Senior Property Manager

Mike Tolhurst

Business Development

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