You might say 'Real Estate is in our blood'
As a fourth generation, and proudly 100% Australian owned family business, we’ve been at the forefront of real estate in Australia since 1883. We continue today with the same focus, culture and ethics that has helped build our reputation as an Australian Superbrand. Even with such long-standing tenure and history, we are continually evolving to ensure we remain ahead of the pack and leaders within the market.
In 2018, we celebrated our 135th year in business, making it one of the oldest privately owned firms in the Southern Hemisphere. Our experience and reputation are without question, that’s why we sell over $10 billion worth of property each year and manage over 72,000 properties across Australia.
Three numbers. One remarkable history
One firm. Four generations of family leadership. More than one hundred and thirty years in business.
This is the story of an Australian icon – the journey of a brand that has become so entrenched, so connected with the Australian real estate psyche, it can quite rightly lay claim to be a Superbrand.
This is the story of Raine & Horne.
The remarkable story of Raine & Horne dates back to 1883, when property pioneers Tom Raine and Joseph Horne opened for business in Wentworth Court, Sydney.
Regarded as being among Australia’s finest real estate professionals, Tom and Joseph put in place a set of business practices and point of difference that have been maintained by Raine & Horne to the present day. Our success can be attributed to our long-held commitment from the days of Tom and Joseph, to delivering personalised service, which consistently enables our clients to achieve their real estate goals, from sales and leasing to management and advice.
The age of expansion
Since those early entrepreneurial days, four generations of the Raine family have helped Raine & Horne rise to the top of Australia’s competitive real estate market. By the 1970s, the Raine & Horne network under the leadership of Sydney real estate icon Max Raine, stretched across Sydney, yet the group’s Board wasn’t satisfied, deciding to pursue an expansionary franchising business model.
This proved a major watershed for Raine & Horne, which opened its first franchised office, Raine & Horne Liverpool NSW, in 1976. Since this time, Raine & Horne has grown significantly, to the point where it now has offices across all states and territories in Australia, as well as globally.
Led by Executive Chairman Angus Raine, in 2013 the group celebrated 130 years in business, making it one of the oldest privately-owned firms in the southern hemisphere and Australia’s oldest family-owned real estate firm.
An advocate for the great Australian dream
More significantly, we have consistently assisted with annual average property sales in excess of $8 billion. But for us, real estate is more than just bricks and mortar. It’s about achieving outstanding results for you.
We’re also proud to be 100% Australian owned and operated, with a culture long renowned for its integrity and honesty. In short, Raine & Horne can quite rightly claim to be a Superbrand, a household name that has strengthened and expanded to cement the brand’s longevity, not just in Australia, but increasingly across the globe.
A brilliant past. A bright future
Raine & Horne provides a comprehensive and integrated range of property services to cater to specific needs. The business model is therefore divided into four distinct property service brands: Residential, Commercial, Rural and Our Broker financial services.
For more than 130 years, Raine & Horne has been assisting Australians achieve their property objectives. In 1984, Raine & Horne Commercial was launched to concentrate solely on the increasing sophistication of the commercial property industry.
Since then, Raine & Horne Commercial has been an active market participant and is now the largest commercial property group in Australia, with over 40 offices servicing every state capital, key regional growth centres and the Asia-Pacific region.
We are a full-service commercial real estate network with a broad suite of commercial, industrial and retail property services including sales, leasing, consulting, business broking, business recovery and insolvency, facilities and asset management services.
Bringing expertise to the bush
Modern Australia may be a nation largely comprised of city dwellers but the agricultural sector makes a significant contribution to the domestic economy, and from the earliest days, the Raine family have had an enduring connection with the land, both personally and through the family firm. In 2014, the network formally cemented its expertise in rural and regional property markets with the launch of a new division – Raine & Horne Rural.
A new division emerges
Our lending specialists at Our Broker complete the package of services on offer to Raine & Horne’s clients. Our Broker’s panel of accredited finance professionals provides a range of innovative financial services, from residential and commercial property loans and business loans, to superannuation, home and contents insurance, landlord insurance, income protection cover, mortgage protection, business insurance products, and even motor vehicle insurance.
A snap shot of the history of Raine & Horne
- The first member of the Raine family to set foot in Australia was Captain Thomas Raine – grandfather of Raine & Horne founder Tom Raine – on board the HMS Surry, in 1814.
- Raine & Horne got its start looking after Vaucluse House and the expansive Wentworth Estate on behalf of the famous 19th Century politician, human rights activist and publisher William Charles Wentworth.
- Raine & Horne secured another early break in 1883 when it sold the Cooper Estate on behalf of emancipist Daniel Cooper.
- Ned Raine joined the family firm after World War 1, and was among the first shareholders when Raine & Horne was incorporated after World War 2.
- Max Raine joined Raine & Horne in 1950. The future Raine & Horne Chairman’s first job was as a rent collector in the firm’s property management division.
- The first suburban office was opened in 1968 in the Roma Arcade in Double Bay, Sydney.
- Raine & Horne launched its first franchised office in 1976 in Liverpool, Sydney.
- In 1982, the company’s 100th office was opened in Armidale, NSW.
- Raine & Horne’s longest serving employee was Mr Harold Horsley, who chalked up more than 60 years.
- In 1989, Raine & Horne launched a network of offices in Malaysia. Today, 12 offices operate across the Malay Peninsula including Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya, Kelang and Penang.
- Raine & Horne is still 100% Australian family owned and in the hands of its fourth generation.
- Executive Chairman Angus Raine joined the firm in 1998 after 15 years working for several rival companies.
- In 2012, the Raine family’s ancestral residence Rainham at Bathurst NSW, built circa 1832, was sold for the first time in 150 years, achieving a sale price of $500,000.
- Family Business Australia inducted Raine & Horne into its prestigious Hall of Fame in 2012
- In 2014, Raine & Horne opened its first office in Dubai, located in the Business Bay district in the shadow of the majestic Burj Khalifa. A second office opened in in the magnificent Oberoi Centre in Business Bay in 2016.
- Ratings agency Canstar Blue awarded its prestigious 2016 Most Satisfied Customer Small Business (Real Estate) to Raine & Horne
- In 2016/17, the Raine & Horne website, raineandhorne.com.au won a highly commended award in the Asia Pacific Property Awards.