138 years of Raine & Horne

The Raine & Horne Journey

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.

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