Eastern suburbs agent Gavin Rubinstein has announced he is setting up his own Ray White office in Queen St, Woollahra.
Mr Rubinstein and the other five members of The Rubinstein Group, who have been part of Ray White Double Bay, will be in the new HQ from June 1.
Mr Rubinstein has been with Ray White Double Bay for more than a decade. He started as an assistant.
“I’m super excited,” Mr Rubinstein said of the move.
“This is a new challenge for me … I’m rolling up my sleeves and I plan to work like I’ve never worked before and if you know me … it’s going to be big!”
Mr Rubinstein, 31, has been the franchise’s best performing agent in Australia for the past six years — every year since he was 24.
Based on sales commissions, for two years he has also been the firm’s best performer globally.
The other members of the team are sales agents Cae Thomas, Oliver Lavers and Bradley Plos with operations manager Jerome Srot and executive assistant Remi Quinlivan.
Mr Rubinstein sees several advantages of the move for his team and his customers.
“As the owner of the business I can continue to build this team and take it to new levels,” he said.
He sees no conflict with the Ray White Woollahra office, headed by Randall Kemp, which operates from Moncur St.
“Given my core trade area, database and experience isn’t heavily focused on Woollahra, Randall sees this as a positive thing and he and I have an agreement around that,” Mr Rubinstein said.
“I focus on Bellevue Hill, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, Dover Heights, Double Bay, Bondi and surrounds.
“We are specialists in luxury property in the east — specifically the areas mentioned.
“But luxury property in general is something we believe we can add value to for anyone looking to sell.
“For example in the last 12 months we have settled on property in St Ives and Barangaroo.”
Architectural designers Esoteriko have been appointed to do the office fitout.
“We’re going sexy on this,” Mr Rubinstein said.
“It’s going to be different from what you’ve typically seen in agent offices in the past!”
When asked about his thoughts on his sudden exit from Elliott Placks’s Ray White Double Bay office, Mr Rubinstein said only: “I wish my competitors the very best of luck — I have nothing but respect for them all.”