The Raine & Horne Story


Raine & Horne Real Estate began in 1883, when Tom Raine and Joseph Horne opened the doors of their iconic property firm for the first time at Wentworth Court, Elizabeth Street in Sydney. The Raine & Horne Real Estate story has been closely tied to the growth and progress of the Australian real estate industry.

From the very start Raine & Horne Real Estate adhered to a set of business practices that have been maintained to this day – committing to personalised service of their clients’ property needs across sales, leasing, management and consulting.

Throughout the 1880’s, the responsibilities of a land agent were all-encompassing and included residential sales, valuations consultancy and rent collection. This broad background provided the foundation for Raine & Horne’s outstanding reputation and has helped hundreds of thousands of homebuyers buy into the ‘Great Australian Dream’.

By the 1970s, and driven by the enthusiasm of company patriarch Max Raine, the Raine & Horne network stretched across Sydney. Not satisfied with the extent of expansion, the Raine & Horne Board decided that Raine & Horne would become only the second property group to pursue a franchising business model. This proved a major watershed for Raine & Horne, which opened its first franchised office, Raine & Horne Liverpool NSW, in 1976. As a result, Raine & Horne now has offices in the ACT, QLD, SA, NT, TAS, VIC, and WA as well as offices globally.

Raine & Horne is today one of the oldest privately owned firms in the southern hemisphere, surviving world wars, booms, busts and depressions.

It is now into its fourth generation of family ownership, with Angus Raine taking over as the company’s CEO in December 2006.