Looking forward to the future of real estate

THE Real Estate Institute of NSW Orana Division has appointed a new divisional chair, Mark Searle for the coming term.

Mark Searle of Landmark Harcourt has been elected the new divisional chairman and will continue to represent the property industry and the consumers of our city into the future.

Mr Searle has been involved in the industry for more than 20 years and is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities this role would offer and he was excited about the next five years for Dubbo's economy.

"The division is highly respected by the Real Estate Institute of NSW for the activity and involvement it has in so many community activities working for a fairer go for home buyers, sellers and renters," he said.

"It is an important role as chairman to present current trends and statistical data to the community and decision makers of our city showing what trends are occurring as the city grows and what we need to offer into the future to ensure our competitive edge as a leading evocity.

"The institute is now preparing its submission to Dubbo City Council for the current review of the Dubbo Local Environmental Plan 2011.

"The final submission the institute made to the draft LEP was reviewed by the council's independent consultants Hill PDA who acknowledged the submission placed was entirely appropriate and supported its reasoning.

"It was the view of Hill PDA it was a way to enhance the range of housing on offer in a sustainable way and Dubbo City Council has acknowledged the recommendations have merit.

"The institute will provide current data to support these recommendations with the intent that our city offer an appropriate choice for home owners, professionals and retirees into the future.

"Dubbo is a great city with many opportunities for lifestyle and business. If the property sector is doing well, the flow on effects into employment, retail, business and more cannot be underestimated.

"The institute will continue to lead discussion and challenge ideas on housing into the future, our city will be the better for it" Mr Searle said.

Outgoing chairman, Rod Crowfoot said it has been a great period of time to be involved in the institute.

"During my term as chairman, there has been a number of changes to legislation and in our local marketplace and being able to represent the industry and the consumer has been a wonderful experience.

"I have appreciated working with many organizations in the city on a number of different projects over this time and I look forward to seeing Mark Searle continuing this into the future".

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