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The Peer Review


The end of the year is scarily soon. And if you’re anything like us, you’re wondering… where did all the time go?

But perhaps you’re also reflecting on the year so far. The things you learned, the inspiration you found, and the incredible people you met along the way.

Feeling those warm and fuzzies? Well, this edition of The Peer Review is an ode to exactly that.

And it all starts with our friend, Irving Laffner – the star of this issue’s cover story. As Melbourne’s favourite art dealer (if we do say so ourselves), Irving’s passion for his profession is one for the books.

We’re also sharing our favourite spots in Carnegie, dreaming big with the most popular dream home styles (and discovering what your top pick says about you) – and stripping back the fanfare with some feel-good farmers’ markets. We’re even taking you along for a day in the life of a Director.

And as always, our Sales, New Projects and Property Management teams are back to share the latest market updates. In both English and Mandarin.

So take a seat somewhere outside, enjoy the warmer weather and have a read!

Download our latest issue or pick up a hard copy at our offices, auctions and open for inspections.

Uncovering Carnegie’s 12 best places to eat, meet and retreat

Flanked by Caulfield East and Glen Huntly to the west, Murrumbeena to the east, and centred around the famous Koornang Road, Carnegie is prime real estate. Full of bars, restaurants, and places for kids – and adults – to play, exercise, and relax, we’re taking a closer look at what makes Carnegie so special.

Meet Melbourne’s favourite art dealer, Irving Laffner

Irving Laffner is not your everyday art dealer. For one, you won’t find him behind the counter at a stark gallery on High Street or Chapel Street. Nor will you ever come across a splashy advertisement with his name in the corner. Rather, he spends his days in a quiet grey house – on a quiet street. In Caulfield North, to be precise. No signboards out front. And certainly, no big canvases gracing his windows. But beauty abounds within. Join us as we tour Irving’s stunning home gallery and learn about his story. Get ready to discover everything from the random moments that brought him to where he is today – to why he thinks it may be hard to pass on his passion.

The ultimate cheat sheet for farmers’ market newbies

Let us paint you a picture. It’s Saturday morning. The smell of fruits, flowers and fresh air fills the air. You feel the sun on your skin, the wind in your hair. And everywhere you turn, there’s another friendly face. For the farmers’ markets enthusiasts out there – like our very own co-founder, Gary Peer – you know the feeling well. And chances are, you already have plans to hit up your local this weekend. But if your experience with the markets extends only as far as when ‘this little piggy’ went, you’re probably wondering what all the fuss is about. Which is why we’re sharing the who, what, where, when and why in this crash course in Melbourne markets.

A day in the life of Jeremy Rosens

Ever wondered what life is like as a real estate agent? Wanted to go behind the scenes and be a fly on the wall as their day unfolds? Now, you can. From sunrise to sundown (and beyond), Jeremy Rosens walks us through 16 hours in his footsteps. How does the Director of our St Kilda office stay fit? Where does he eat? What does he listen to – and what’s his greatest unfulfilled goal? He’s waking up... so you’re about to find out!

What your dream home says about you

Your perfect home is more than just floors, facades and furniture. It’s a living canvas that whispers your personality to the world. Whether your ideal is an Art Deco masterpiece, a mid-century modern gem, or a cozy Edwardian abode, it tells a captivating story about who you are – and what you love. So, let’s embark on a journey through the language of exteriors and interiors, and decode the way your dream home speaks volumes about you.

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