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Exploring New Markets

The locally founded real estate agency achieving state-wide growth.

An award-winning real estate agency founded in Townsville is poised to become one of Queensland’s premier agencies, empowering franchisees to reach their potential and deliver exceptional service to local markets.

With a background in civil construction that required a significant amount of travel, Andrew Acton took his father’s advice to turn his hand to real estate, and soon found himself embarking on a new career path.

“I’m the classic example of someone who came from a different industry and started as a real estate agent, but I had a solid understanding of the industry as my father, Warren, was a successful commercial agent in Townsville,” Andrew says.

“I was operating a real estate business with a well-known national brand, which was a very strong business.

“Despite the success with that brand, I felt that on the corporate level there was a lack of understanding of agency and agent practise, and I had a nagging feeling that there was room to create a different kind of group, which led me to founding Explore Property in 2014.

Andrew Acton - Explore Property
Andrew Action – Explore Property Group Founder and Network Leader.

”As the business grew, Andrew soon discovered his passion for mentoring and providing an agency that enables agents to grow and flourish in their career. Explore Property Townsville now boasts some of North Queensland’s leading agents, including Dean and Stephanie Dank, Karyn Voevodin, Emma Nancarrow and Brett Snell, with several more established names joining. Andrew says it is the calibre of people in his team that creates a successful agency.

“I grew into an office owner and helped agents build their careers. Life takes you on a journey sometimes and my path has evolved into a broader leadership role, but at heart I’m just an agent who helps people, as I always was,” he says.

“Working in a great environment can make a big difference to your life. We have a history of helping people grow, learn and have fun along the way.”

“The real estate industry is ever evolving with technology to help agents better serve our clients, but at the end of the day, it’s just a tool that complements peoples’ skills.

“Whilst we are technology driven, we firmly believe that people are the heart of our business so we have a focus on people both internally and externally, and I think that’s what makes us stand out from the rest.

“Along the way Explore Property has been awarded Queensland Agency of the Year by the Real Estate Institute of Queensland, and Australian Agency of the Year by the Australian Real Estate Institute.

“No other Townsville or regional Queensland agency has ever won the Australian Agency Award, so it is a real credit to the team we have, our corporate structure and the results we are delivering for our clients.”

Recent years have seen the Explore Property Group build on its success and expand its footprint beyond Townsville.

“Townsville is our heart and soul, its where we started and where we’ll continue to have our Head Office based, but we have big plans to grow across the city and beyond,” says Andrew.

“We operate as a franchise and have 10 offices in Queensland and two in Western Australia.”

“The strength of brand has definitely helped our growth, and while we still have more market share to evolve into across regional Queensland, we now have a firm focus on sharing the brand in the South East corner as well.

“We are a new generation of real estate agencies that empower our people to reach their potential, and we are transparent, honest and connected to our communities.

“Regardless of market conditions, we as a company will be here to be the best agents we possibly can be and will be here for the long term serving our communities.”

Explore Property locations throughout Australia.

Main image: Explore Property Townsville.

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