Following the catastrophic fire that swept through businesses on Bong Bong Street in Bowral in July, First National Real Estate Abode Property has risen from the ashes, updated their name to First National Real Estate Bowral and secured premises in Corbett Plaza - literally within sight of its ruined former office.
Having established temporary premises, the day after the fire, owners Allan and Anna Falvey say they were overwhelmed with support from the Highlands business community, as well as the First National Real Estate network, and even competitor real estate agents.
"To say that Anna and I were uplifted and carried forward by the community's support would be a huge understatement," Allan Falvey said.
"People were in contact with us almost straight away, asking what they could do to help. The business community rallied around us, as did friends and family.
'Our sales and property management team hit the ground running the very next day, and we can't thank them enough for their commitment to our customers. There was no interruption or inconvenience to our clients, which was an extraordinary outcome under the circumstances. We've been able to continue listing, selling and managing property."
In the days and weeks after the fire, the Falvey's and their team found themselves working from the boardroom of a nearby firm, with staff contacting clients to let them know what had happened and how to access services until a new location could be set up.
"We have been extremely fortunate to establish a new location in Corbett Plaza and are in the process of setting up our new shopfront, systems and signage right now," Allan said.
"We should be operating from Shop 3 at 294 Bong Bong Street by the time this edition of Southern Highlands News is in print. So, we're looking forward to a new start in spring and, like everybody, looking forward to a time when all Australians are once again able to move about freely and plan for the future,"
Everyone in the Southern Highlands is thrilled to see First National Real Estate going full steam ahead and are looking forward to seeing them in their new premises.