Harris Real Estate Stirling and LJ Hooker Stirling merge to service the Adelaide Hills as a larger Harris office

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Harris Real Estate’s Arabella Hooper, Phil Harris, Josh Biggs and Tamara Gertig. Photos: Duncan McKenzie.

Two of the state’s strongest Adelaide Hills real estate agencies join forces today as LJ Hooker and Harris Real Estate’s Stirling offices merge under the Harris banner.

The agencies will combine both their sales and property management businesses, with the Harris team relocating to the rebranded LJ Hooker office in the coming months.

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The LJ Hooker Stirling office has been operating under the LJ Hooker banner since 1986, while Harris’ Stirling office opened in 2015.

Josh and Julie Biggs have been working at the LJ Hooker office for the past 18 years, and have been its principals since 2010 and Mr Biggs said the decision to join forces made sense.

“We have been for many years number one and two in the area so to come together and unify allows us to extend our service offering to buyers, sellers and investors – when we are bigger we can offer a lot more,” Mr Biggs said.

“Our family business and his family business, which is a lot bigger, just seemed to mix really well and align culturally, so when we came together and chatted about the concept there were no real obstacles to overcome.

“Our relationship with LJ Hooker has been a great one – they’ve done a lot for me to build the business I have and I think we’ve returned the favour pretty well and we’ve parted ways on a really positive note.”

Harris managing director Phil Harris said the merger presented a great opportunity to substantially grow the Harris organisation in the Adelaide Hills.

“Both organisations and Josh and I as individuals have had a strong healthy respect for each other over a long period of time,” Mr Harris said.

“The two of us combined are stronger than as individuals – both from a sales and a property management perspective.

“It also strengthens the auctioneering depth of Harris as Josh is one of the best auctioneer in SA, so it’s great to have another top auctioneer as part of our service offering to our clients.

“They’re a high-functioning team and it will be great to see quality operators like Tamara Gertig complement our star performers like Arabella Hooper.”

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