Our history and where we started
Later in the 1960s Andy Ireland joined the firm as Rod Hore was getting close to retirement. In 1973 both Robert Davies and Peter Davies, the sons of Tom and Bob, joined the firm becoming partners in 1978. In 1983 Tim West who had married Lindsay Wilson from “Big Springs” moved from Victoria to join the firm. 1986 saw John Davies, who owned a successful machinery business, also join Hore and Davies to continue with rural property sales after the retirement of Tom Davies.
By the late 1980s and early 1990s Tom (1984), Bob (1986) and Andy had all retired leaving the management of Hore & Davies to Robert, John, Peter and Tim. In 1993 Peter and Tim left the firm to open their own office while Robert and John continued as the proprietors of Hore & Davies.
In January 1996 Doug and Sue Newbigging joined with Robert and John as partners at Hore & Davies.
The firm continued to prosper in the local real estate market and over the next 10 years conducted many important rural sales in the local area including the Forest Hill aggregation sold to Mr Rodney Price, Deep Water Station and in 1997 the G.H. Michell and Sons, Riverina properties which realised more than $67 million dollars.
In June 2006 Doug Newbigging resigned from Hore & Davies and moved to Canberra to further his ambition to purchase, renovate and remarket residential property.
2007 proved to be a momentous year for the firm, in July John Bittar, whose family had owned and operated Deeps Menswear for nearly ninety years purchased an interest in the company.
John’s primary roll being residential sales development, working closely with Garry Cox Homes and Commercial & Industrial sales & leasing. Through John, Hore & Davies was appointed leasing and management agents for the new 40 million dollar Mill Shopping Centre in Edward Street. This development consequently fizzled out and is now under new ownership.
Then on the 1st October 2007, Hore & Davies Real Estate merged with Rose & Breust Real Estate with Gary Byrom becoming a director of the firm. The merger added a further 190 residential properties to the residential management department bringing the total number of residential properties under management to in excess of 700 and 3 additional staff members. With the merger of the two firms Hore & Davies created another “first” for Wagga Wagga by establishing a “stand alone” specialist residential property management department in Chaston Street.
On the 16th March 2009 Hugh Davies joined the firm as a trainee real estate consultant. Hugh, following in the steps of his Great Grandfather and Great Great Uncle is the forth generation family member to commence working at Hore & Davies.
On the 1st October 2009 Gary Byrom sold his interest in the firm but remained a senior member of staff in our residential property management department.
A further change of the guard happened on the 31st December 2009 with John Davies selling his interest in Hore & Davies.
Robert Davies retired in December 2014, leaving the business in great hands with Sue Alleva (Newbigging) & John Bittar.
March 2019 saw the business move to 126 Baylis Street (Formerly Deeps Menswear), a more prominent exposure location, and a return for John Bittar to a property that has been in his family for nearly a century.
In 2020 we celebrate 100 years in business. A credit to the past and present principles of the business, who over time have contributed to the development and growth of our city. Many employees have become part of the Hore+Davies family over the years as the Company continues to grow and prosper.
Hore & Davies Real Estate continues the great traditions commenced by Rod Hore and W.B. Davies over 100 years ago, offering clients a full range of real estate services including residential sales and management, commercial and industrial sales and management, strata management, and rural property sales.