Michael has what might be an unrivalled background in client service – he began working in his family business as a console operator at the tender age of 12. It was then that he learnt the importance of looking after individuals, ensuring that honesty and politeness are the backbone of customer service. It also helped to form his philosophy that that remains to this day -a combination of hard work, good organisational skills and motivation will lead to success.
While in college, he deferred his studies in Mechanical Engineering at RMIT in order to take the family business overseas. At just 21, he was in charge of over 50 staff whilst managing the construction of 18 apartments in a multi-storey development.
When Michael returned to Australia in 1996, he set up his own construction and property development company, Anacon Homes (still active today). In October 2002 he began working in Real Estate, completing his Certificate 4 in Business (Real Estate) in 2005, and obtaining his Estate Agent Licence in May 2005.
Michael jointly acquired the Altona Meadows franchise office in February 2006, later opening a second office in Altona North in 2008. Using his leadership and people skills, he has worked hard to help develop and build the business, recently re-branding it to the independent brand name ‘Hunter French Real Estate’.
He not only works in and serves the Western Suburbs, Michael and his family also live in the area. He believes that living in a community also brings a responsibility to help others – a value that he teaches in his two children on a daily basis. For 4 years, he was President of The Altona East Soccer Club, as well as being an enthusiastic coach of junior soccer teams in the area.
An icon in the real estate industry, with over 1,000 career sale transactions, making Talal El-Hassan one of the most respected and recognised agents in the Western Suburbs. Having lived and worked in the Western Suburbs for the past 31 years, his ‘grass roots’ knowledge of both the area and the local real estate market, combined with his high socio-status within his local community, make him one of the area’s most talked about and influential real estate agents.
“My vendors’ interests are paramount and exceeding their expectations in every way is my ultimate aim.”
Motivated and with boundless energy and a shrewd negotiator, Talal El-Hassan measures personal success in terms of his ability to continually deliver outstanding results for all his clients comes naturally, whether they’re buyers or sellers, and whether they are new clients or old. A multi award winning agent, he has a huge loyal clientele base that is continually growing daily through a referral network that forms the basis of his success.
“I get about 4 phone calls a day from clients who have been referred to me by a previous client, whether they’re sellers or buyers. I have numerous buyers and investors who will only purchase a home from me – trust and honesty in this industry will ensure longevity and long lasting relationships. ”
A Justice of the Peace (JP) and a Licensed Estate Agent (O.I.E.C – Principal), Talal is married with 5 kids and 2 grandchildren, a proud and loyal family man, he understands the importance of communication and family needs when selling or buying a home and is able to translate that vital intelligence to his clients.
“Real estate is about people, their expectations, hopes and happiness. It’s a wonderful, challenging responsibility to be handled diligently and with understanding and respect.”
After a long and successful sporting career in Australia rules football, Saade has been able to continue his great success in to the real estate industry with continued involvement in the local community, Saade has developed a large and high profile network group.
Saade was raised in Newport where he attended Newport Primary School and later Williamstown Technical college, where he completed year 12. Saade commenced his real estate in November 2007 as a sale executive and was quickly promoted to Sales manager. It was inevitable that the founders of Hunter French soon offered Saade an opportunity to join them as a partner.
Saade prides himself on honesty, integrity and placing client’s needs and best interest first and foremost. Living in the western suburbs all his life gives Saade an extraordinary connection and understanding of the area and people. He enjoys the one to one relationships with clients, continually striving to surpass expectations.
Saade’s role as Managing Director is to ensure Hunter French Continues to operate as a successful family business together with his business partner Michael. Saade continues to support local sporting clubs and is the current senior coach of the Altona Football club.
We service all of the Western suburbs, so if you are looking to sell or rent your property call Saade direct.
Rianne has literally grown up in the business. The daughter of Director Talal El Hassan JP, Rianne is a second generation agent who is not new to Hunter French Real Estate. She is very familiar with many clients, tenants and landlords alike.
A genuine enthusiasm for the business combined with an admiration for her father’s standing in the real estate sector, means that she was always destined to work in real estate. Whilst dealing with Rianne, you will find her helpful personality makes her a pleasure to communicate with. In her leisure time, she loves shopping (fashion is a particular interest) and is a mad Collingwood supporter.
Taher El-Rafihi represents integrity, energy, hard work and creative service in every detail of your real estate transaction. Having worked in every aspect of the industry representing sellers, buyers, investors & developers in both the residential and commercial market. Taher has made a name for himself as being “The Agent to go to”. His firm belief that technology changed the real estate game made him transform and develop a unique marketing method that aims at promoting a property . He utilises this through his unique marketing which aims to promote a property to the maximum amount of people possible.
On a personal level, Taher is a family man devoted to his beautiful wife & daughter. A fisherman by nature, a hobby which revealed the importance of patience and time in his life. Taher is also passionate about spending time with his friends, supporting the Carlton blues and meeting new people on a daily basis.
Taher is all about delivering the best possible results through great customer service, consistent communication, strong attention to detail and ensuring a positive experience for all parties in a transaction.
Born with the gift of effortless communication and an impassioned desire to succeed, Karl is a second generation real estate agent that has property running through his veins. Following in the footsteps of his father, Talal El-Hassan JP (Director), he is setting out on an exciting journey that will bring high reward to both himself and his clients. With real estate and property development being a regular topic at the dinner table, he has been brought up with the right ingredients to make his own name.
His youthful stamina is an asset in an industry where success is determined by persistence, resilience and honesty. In today’s competitive market, these qualities are highly sought-after and admired for producing exceptional results and happy clients time and time again.
Karl was born, raised and educated in the West and prides himself on knowing the market like no other. He has undertaken training courses by elite professionals within the industry and joined Hunter French Real Estate to take advantage of its outstanding brand, reputation and market leadership.
To ensure your property gains maximum exposure by an agent you can trust, call Karl El-Hassan on 0401 19 16 13 today.
Born and educated in Europe, Kiki is an astute and business minded individual who plays a key role in the financial and mechanical sector of the Company.
Since migrating to Australia, Kiki has successfully completed courses in accounting and MYOB, as well as her Agents Representative. Furthermore, her love of fashion saw her completing a Diploma of Fashion Design, but has since moved into the field of Account Management in Real Estate. Together with her husband Michael, they have worked tirelessly as a team for many years to build the successful business that they have dreamed of creating together.
Kiki prides herself on her organisational skills and meticulous attention to detail, which ensures that Hunter French is run like a fine Swiss watch. Her level-headed approach to any issue is one of her key strengths, ensuring that each and every client is treated with exactly the same amount of respect and professionalism.
She loves travelling and fine dining with family and friends. Her spare time is spent enjoying life in the Altona region with her husband and her two vibrant young children.