New on the Border: AW Commercial Real Estate

Corey Finlay and Scott Mann team up to form AW Commercial Real Estate. Photos: TruPics

With a financial commitment to supporting the environment written into their business plan, it’s clear the duo from the region’s newest commercial, industrial and retail real estate agency is keen to do things a little differently.

Corey Finlay and Scott Mann have twenty years local commercial property experience between them and decided to join forces in the creation AW Commercial Real Estate

“We wanted to create something of our own and saw a good opportunity to have a commercial presence here, work together and grow our own company from the ground up,” Corey said.

“It was also an opportune time to join Junction Place as well and be the only purely commercial industrial real estate agent based in Wodonga,” added Scott

Nestled in an office next to restaurant Miss Amelie, you won’t find traditional photo display vacancy boards or marketing collateral – this business has gone high tech and paperless with everything run online, including an owner’s portal where landlords can log in at any time to access information about their property such as rent status and maintenance schedules.

“We’ve got a some fairly efficient and effective property management systems that allow us to provide a premium level of service to our clients, and also allow us to be out there, doing what we do best, doing deals with people,” Scott said.

With the commercial, industrial and retail landscape ever evolving, the pair has great confidence in the local market.

Albury Wodonga as a region has been pretty consistent throughout the last decade,” Corey said.

“You do every now and again see a few vacancies starting to show their face in Dean Street for example, which we’re seeing at the moment, with a couple of vacancies there, but within the David Street, Kiewa Street section they do tend to re-let pretty quickly.

“In High Street  some vacancies have been there for a period of time, but I think once the road works have been competed they’ll turn around.”

“One of the things we’re doing as well is we’ve got a pop up registration,” Scott said.

“ Someone might not have the confidence to sign up to a full term five year lease, but they can make contact with us and look at doing a rolling month by month arrangement and see how they go.

“The benefit to the landlord is we can get some rent to pay a few bills, and to the street itself. You can activate that shop front and have something in there, rather than a signed up vacancy. If they get established as a business and trade well, that can turn into a permanent deal.”

AW Commercial has also made an early commitment to sustainability.

“One of the things we decided to do early on, was give back to the community we work in,” Scott said.

“Given we work in the commercial/industrial real estate sector, we thought an environment partnership was important so we’re donating three trees, to be planted locally, for every deal we do through Parklands Albury Wodonga.”

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