Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Merger Leaves Agents No Time to Lounge About

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Merger Leaves Agents No Time to Lounge About

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Byline: Clair Morton clair.morton@dailyexaminer.com.au

FORMER LJ Hooker principal Matt Dougherty might be putting his feet up but it's straight into business for the new and improved First National Ford and Dougherty.

A merger deal between Bailey and Gough First National and LJ Hooker Grafton was finalised last Friday, with the expanded agency taking on all but two of LJ Hooker's staff.

There are now 22 people working at the First National office, which was fitted out by the real estate agency in 2013 to accommodate future growth.

Principal real estate agent Rod Ford said it was great to be able to offer an increased range of services under one roof.

They now have commercial specialists, licensed real estate agents, auctioneers, stock and land agents and in-house IT and marketing departments on board. There's more than 40 years of combined experience at the front counter alone.

"When the new office was built in 2013, the plan was that we would eventually end up growing and evolving and that's what we're doing," Mr Ford said. …

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