LJ Hooker celebrates 90 years of innovation

On September 20 1928, 24-year-old Sir Leslie Joseph Hooker opened the doors to a modest real estate agency in Maroubra with big plans. He went on to become the founder of the largest real estate company in the Southern Hemisphere.

This month, on September 20, LJ Hooker agencies in every Australian state and territory are inviting their customers to celebrate LJ Hooker’s 90th birthday with them.

Our founder famously said: “Real estate is not about property, it’s about people”. That’s why our 90th birthday celebrations will commemorate the hundreds of thousands of sellers, buyers, investors and tenants over multiple generations who have entrusted a business with family values to guide them on their real estate journey.

LJ Hooker’s rich history can be attributed to its ethos to innovate. As our customers’ expectations of real estate has changed, so have we. Whether it has been introducing our brand to different communities by pioneering franchising in Australia, to helping sellers optimise the digital environment via LJ Hooker Boost, we’ve been making sure our customers’ experiences are like no other.  Click here to read our indepth 90 Years of Innovation eBook that walks through each decade and the milestones that were achieved.


Sue Ward of LJ Hooker Ormeau wins Ormeau Agent of The Year in the RateMyAgent 2018 Agent of the Year Awards!

I am very excited to share with you the announcement that I have won the prestigious award of 2018 RMA Agent of the Year in Ormeau! This puts me in the top 7% of all agents throughout Australia.

These awards, which are the largest real estate awards in Australia, recognise those agents and agencies that have ranked the highest based on customer reviews and feedback.

In such a competitive market with many ethical agents, I’m delighted to be named the Agent of The Year in the Ormeau market. This award recognizes our dedication to providing exceptional service with unfailing integrity. My Team and I work tirelessly to change the way our local property market view real estate.

I’m not in the business of selling homes; I’m in the business of helping my clients achieve their goals, making their life a little easier during the process and helping put a smile of their faces while doing so. We’re thrilled so many of our clients appreciate our work and have rated us using the RateMyAgent site. To be voted number one by your customers is a real testament to the service we provide.

The RateMyAgent Agent of the Year Awards compare over 32,000 agents and agencies across the country.  They highlight the leading real estate agents and agencies in each suburb, city and state across Australia, and on a national level.

The Agent of the Year Awards are the largest real estate awards in Australia, and the only awards to use customer reviews and recommendations to rank agents. The awards also recognise leading agents on a suburb, state, city, and national level to help sellers choose their leading local agents. All reviews on ratemyagent.com.au are verified and attached to the property listing they relate to ensuring that the information provided is unique to the agent and from a genuine property seller or buyer.

is Australia’s No. 1 real estate agent ratings and statistics website. It provides recommendations, rankings and reviews for real estate agents in Australia. Started in 2014 the company now has over 32,000 claimed agent and agency profiles and is a leading consumer site for people looking for transparency in the real estate industry.

For a full list of winners visit: ratemyagent.com.au/agent-awards-2018

View my RateMyAgent profile here https://www.ratemyagent.com.au/real-estate-agent/sue-ward-bw488/reviews




Make a move and you could WIN $1,000,000.

Making a fortune in real estate has never been easier.

2018 New Year Campaign


Get a market update or list your property for sale before April 20 2018, and you could be spinning the prize wheel for a chance to win $1,000,000 to spend with us.

  • Anyone who has a Market Update will receive a ticket in the draw.
  • Anyone who Exclusively Lists their home for sale during these 3 months will get 5 tickets in the draw
  • Auction List will get another 5 tickets in the draw
  • At the conclusion of the campaign one lucky person will be drawn and they will be flown to Sydney to spin the prize wheel.

On the LJ Hooker prize wheel there are 100 chances to win great prizes!

So if you have been wondering whether to Sell your home or get an update on value, there has never been a better incentive to call me on  0448 310 700.


Best of Luck





10 tips for a stress-free Christmas

With Christmas around the corner here are some tips to help make the holiday season more manageable as well as our fun-filled Christmas wish from the team at LJ Hooker Ormeau.

1. Get Rid of the Gift Guilt

Once again, December has arrived without warning and Christmas feels like it may as well be tomorrow. And if you’re anything like the rest of us, you’ll be starting to worry about having everything prepared for Christmas – gifts, food, bedding for guests and the rest!

But there’s one thing you should always remember: Christmas is a holiday, first and foremost. You deserve as much of a break as everyone else in the household, so if you’re pulling the organising weight in your house these holidays, we’ve prepared some tips to help lighten the load.

So often, we get caught up trying to buy presents for everyone in our address book. If they’ve just commented on a Facebook photo of yours, that doesn’t mean they have to get a present! Work out those you truly want to give a gift, and erase those feelings of guilt about not buying for everyone – it’s simply impossible!

Budgets are tight for so many people around this time of year, and the less time you have to spend shopping for people whose tastes you don’t intimately know, the more time you have to relax.

2. Budgets are Beautiful

It might seem like an annoying task now, but if you set out a budget for the people you want to buy for, it won’t just stop you from overspending this Christmas – it’ll help to guide your credit card hand to the right stores!
Set yourself a spending limit per person and then you’ll immediately start shaping an idea of what you can and can’t afford, rather than spending hours poring over items deciding whether or not to break the bank and buy them.

3. Quantity, Not Quality

If you have several children in the home for Christmas, whether your own or someone else’s, it’s important to make sure they get the same amount of presents – check with other parents or present buyers in advance. We all know that young ones can stir up a tantrum over anything, so by making sure everyone has the same number of presents, you’re eliminating one potential stress factor these holidays.

They may not be as likely to kick up a fuss if someone elses present is more valuable than theirs – but oh boy, if they got one less present than someone else, it can be trouble!

Do some planning with the adults who’ll be bringing presents to Christmas celebrations, and you’ll save a lot of stress on the big day.

4. Try the vintage values

Sometimes, buying glossy items or the latest toy can bend your budget to the breaking point – so consider taking it old school! Most towns and cities have some fantastic vintage stores that can have great condition, quirky items at wonderful value. Try these out for some truly unique present ideas – especially appropriate if you have a few eccentric family members that are hard to shop for!

5. Jump online

Of course, we don’t all have a lot of time to go Christmas shopping. Setting present shopping time aside is difficult enough, but how about actually physically getting the presents into the house without the kids sniffing them out – now that’s hard work!

If this is the case for you, try buying online – you can get things shipped direct to your door, which cuts down on shopping hours. It also means you could get important gift buying done from the comfort of your own home or office. You don’t even have to put your shoes on!

6. Cut Down the Cooking

Sometimes you can spend the entire holiday preparing food for everyone else to eat, and end up working more than you usually would at the day job – it’s time to scrap this!

By sharing the load with a pot luck event or preparing your menu well in advance, you can reduce the amount of time you have to spend stressing about snacks and meals on the day.

Better yet, host a barbeque event – we’re sure there will be no shortage of people lining up to show everyone who’s the boss on the grill!

7. Enlist the support of the tiny troops

Do you have untold amounts of decorations to go up each Christmas? A Godzilla-sized tree to be adorned with candy canes and tinsel? Don’t go it alone, instead get the kids to help!

By seeing who can make the prettiest decorations or set up the most items, you can turn your Christmas setup into a fun game, taking out the stress and splitting the workload. Many hands make light work – even if they’re the hands of a six year old!

8. Paper Preparation

By the time the present opening is said and done, you can find your living area is a sea of paper, tape and candy-stuffed kids. This can be a cute sight, but also a stressful one. And it so often seems like a waste to spend money on the gift wrapping that so quickly turns into rubbish!

You could find a fun and inventive way around this by perhaps using named gift baskets and sacks – we’ve seen stunning Christmas themed pillow cases that contain kids’ presents, and can be used every year! What’s more, they make for a great satchel so children can carry their candy and toys around with them for the rest of the day, keeping the trail of mess to a minimum.

9. Watch the Wine

Every silly season, it seems unavoidable that at some point, a family member is going to have a few too many. It might be an older son having their first Christmas with wine or an outrageous aunt who gets a little too intense, they can all cause the same holiday stress.

Designate someone to do the pouring of the alcohol at dinner, or to make sure people are eating and drinking water if they’re drinking. Everyone should be able to have a great time, and that also goes for you as the host!

10. Don’t Want to Clean? Throw It Out?

At the end of the Christmas dinner, the first thing most people will want to do is probably nap and digest. The last thing they’ll want to do is the dishes! To easily get around this, keep it simple – use paper plates, & strong cardboard cutlery, and make sure you have your recycle bin handy. You’ll reduce your dishes by a huge amount and hardly fill a single rubbish bag!

When you’re hosting Christmas at your home, it’s tempting to take control of the situation and make everything to your perfect vision. But by stepping back and having others help, you’ll ease the workload for yourself and be able to have a stress-free Christmas.

Do what makes you happy – it’s not your responsibility to tend to everyone’s every need and want, but it is your right to relax and have a fantastic time these holidays.

Until next time,


Off the Streets – an alternative to Halloween which includes the fun of dress-up and goodies, but without knocking on strangers doors, keeping our kids safe.

Come dressed up, bring your treat baskets, travel through the entire Ormeau Centre where you can collect a range of treats (lollies galore!), catch up with friends and do a little disco dancing, say hello to your favourite characters (Elmo, Spongebob, Minion, Scooby Doo, Ninja Turtle and more!) or jump in the castle! It’s an event designed to keep families off the streets while offering a safe, managed, themed event where everyone can come together.

Until next time,