About

Principled Real Estate

Ironbark Property Advocates is a professional real estate business focusing on representing buyers in property transactions. As buyer advocates, we use our knowledge and experience to provide advice and expert representation to property buyers. We always place our clients’ best interests before any other.

Ironbark Property Advocates is based in Melbourne and negotiates the purchase of property across all of Victoria.

Our Director, Alice McKenna, is a lawyer with broad experience in litigation and non-litigated dispute resolution and advice. Because of this professional background and continued interest in the law, Ironbark Property Advocates holds itself to very high ethical standards. Alice keeps abreast of progress in the legal world through continuing personal membership with the Law Institute of Victoria.

Ironbark Property Advocates is a member of the Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) and an accredited member of the Real Estate Buyers Agents Association of Australia (REBAA).

Our team are natural communicators with diverse interests. We possess a superior ability to synthesise information and ensure that as a client, you receive measured and insightful advice and will achieve an excellent outcome.

As your buyer’s advocate, Ironbark Property Advocates will provide you with advice regarding:

    • The current market value of property
    • What is a good quality property (and what is not)
    • What is a suitable property for your needs
    • The best way to buy the property

Utilising the skill of Ironbark Property Advocates will also give you access to properties that are off market and not publicly advertised.

You will be guided by our expertise every step of the way with confidence that our advice is formed through experience, research and is without compromise. 

Alice McKenna

Director & OIEC

BA (Melb), LLB (La Trobe), GDLP, Lic. Estate Agent (REIV)

Alice brings a refreshing perspective to the real estate industry, thanks to her varied professional and educational background. She left an established career in law for real estate five years ago and has never looked back. Her years of study equip her with highly-developed analytical insight. Her years of legal practice equip her with the ability to formulate a position and vigorously defend it.

Alice loves the combination of problem solving and personal interaction that buyer advocacy provides as a profession. She possesses an innate ability to communicate and genuine ability to empathise with people. These characteristics manifest in her exceptional results for clients and the enduring relationships she holds with them.

Contact Alice today to discuss how she can help you buy your next home.

Kate Ross

Assistant Buyer’s Advocate

Certified Agent’s Representative

Kate is new to the real estate industry and is involved in all aspects of assisting Ironbark clients to find their next home.

Kate is currently studying a Bachelor of Biomedicine at The University of Melbourne. She hails from regional Victoria and possesses a natural desire to help people and problem solve. Kate has learned that these strengths are wholly transferable to her work with Ironbark Property Advocates. She loves inspecting and analysing properties.

Kate finds it rewarding taking the stress out of navigating the property world for clients. She experiences particular satisfaction through contributing to the transformation of clients’ wishes into their perfect property.

The Ironbark Difference

  • Professional and measured advice, backed by years of experience in buyer advocacy and law.
  • The advice we give to you is the advice we would give to friends and family. Honest, and solely in your best interest.
  • Negotiation expertise and know-how. Taking the stress and uncertainty out of securing your property.
  • No kickbacks. We do not pay referral fees. You have been referred to us because we do a great job for our clients.

Our Philosophy

If we wouldn’t buy a property for our brother, sister, parent or friend, we won’t buy it for you. Honest advice does not change between audiences. We take pride in our principles and are strict in their application.

Our Focus

We focus on exceptional client service, which produces consistently outstanding results for clients. We deliberately limit the number of people we work with at any one time, allowing us to focus on you and achieving your property goals.

50%

of property we buy for our clients is off market

Sound interesting?

We know, it doesn’t sound like typical real estate language. We will happily explain in more detail how we operate and how the Ironbark Property Advocates philosophy results in you finding your dream home.

How does it work?

As buyer advocates we work for you, the buyer. We are only paid by you and act, only, on your instructions. Once you have employed us, we will have a detailed discussion about your brief and purchase budget. We then scour the marketplace and find the best property options for you within those search parameters. 

One of the most enjoyable parts of the client journey with Ironbark Property Advocates is going out to inspect properties together on an exploration and education tour. We like to do this early in our property search, so that you can experience how the brief and budget fit together, and make any adjustments if they are necessary.

We work until we find a property that is suitable, and then help you conduct due diligence by introducing you to our network of trusted professionals in the industry. We have property lawyers, pest & building inspectors, builders & tradespeople, architects, finance brokers, and property managers that we can recommend without hesitation. If there is something amiss or a serious issue evident in the due diligence, we are not afraid to advise our clients to walk away from a property.

Once we are satisfied with the outcome of the due diligence, we provide comprehensive advice on the value of the property and formulate a strategy to purchase it. Through our experience, we know how to manage each different type of purchase negotiation, including auctions. If we aren’t successful, we keep searching to discover other opportunities for you. There is no time limit to our work with you, because we know that there is no set time period in which the right property will emerge. We continue our work until we have achieved a successful outcome.

 

Professional insight

Bringing Alice into the process was a game changer for us. She was able to get insights we didn’t have access to and negotiate from a much more informed position. We would not have been successful getting our property if we didn’t have Alice involved.

Sophie & Mike

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