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Meet the team

We assist home buyers as well as investors who want to grow their wealth.

Metropole real estate was founded by Michael Yardney in 1979 and with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, the Metropole property strategists are Australia’s premier independent property consultants. Over the years our multi award winning team have bought, advised, invested in, negotiated for, developed, built or project managed hundreds and hundreds of million of dollars worth of property to create wealth for our clients.

And we can do the same for you!

Michael Yardney

Michael Yardney

Director

Michael Yardney is a successful property investor and developer. He is a best selling author and publisher of Australia’s leading property investment e-magazine Property Investment Update. His opinions as a property commentator are highly sought after and frequently quoted in the press. Michael has been awarded the title of Austarlia's leading property investment adviser and he has probably educated more successful property investors than anyone else in Australia.

Ken Raiss, CPA

Ken Raiss, CPA

Director, Metropole Wealth Advisory

Ken is director of Metropole Wealth Advisory and gives strategic expert advice to property invetsors, professionals and business owners. He is in a unique position to blend his skills of accounting, wealth advisory, property investing, financial planning and small business. View his articles

Kate Forbes, CFA

Kate Forbes, CFA

National Director - Property Strategy

Kate Forbes has 17 years of investment experience in financial markets in two continents. She is qualified in multiple disciplines and is also a chartered financial analyst (CFA). Her varied investment experience combined with her theoretical studies help her to maximise results for her clients as she is able to take a holistic approach to structuring a property investment portfolio. Kate is known for her integrity, ethics, approachability and breadth of knowledge. As an investor herself she understands the stakes involved and how to get the best results.

Greg Hankinson

Greg Hankinson

Director Metropole Constructions

Greg is a Registered Building Practitioner and holds a Gold Membership with the Housing Industry Association and National Kitchen and Bathrooms Association. Specialising in the domestic investment market of Melbourne, Greg has 20 years’ experience in all aspects of residential construction, development and renovation. Greg’s expertise in building and construction for the investment market is unmatched and along with his team of highly qualified tradesmen can quickly transform your investment property into a high performing investment vehicle.

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Ramez Khalil

Ramez Khalil

Group Chief Financial Officer

Ramez has worked as Chief Financial Officer for 14 years in both Queensland and Victoria with over 25 years extensive experience in various industries including Property Development, Construction, Property Marketing and Management, Funds Management and Wholesale distribution, in a mix of large, medium and boutique organisations, listed or unlisted on the stock exchange operating nationally and/or internationally. Ramez brings in wealth of experience in Strategic Planning, Finance, Operations and Human Resources Management.

Leanne Jopson

Leanne Jopson

Director of Property Management – Melbourne

Leanne is a Real Estate Professional in every sense of the word - she is a Licensed Estate Agent, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business and is a successful property investor herself. This means that Leanne has seen Property Management from every angle and intimately understands how landlords are impacted by a range of issues. With nearly 20 years' experience in real estate, most of which have been spent working with and mentoring property management teams, Leanne brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that enables the Metropole property management team to maximise returns and minimise stress for their clients.

Bryce Yardney

Bryce Yardney

Property Development Strategist

Bryce Yardney has been working at Metropole since completing his Bachelor of Project Management in 2011. His passion and enthusiasm bring plenty of highly valued energy to the Projects & Development team. Bryce has successfully completed many development projects and helps his clients source, secure and complete medium density development projects.

Rita Thomas

Rita Thomas

Property Strategist - Melbourne

Rita is a Property Strategist with an accounting background and has over 30 years’ experience in Commercial Banking for one of the Big 4 Banks. She is a passionate property investor who enjoys helping her clients create wealth through property investment using Metropole’s strategic approach whilst drawing on both her banking and personal experiences.

Rita is known for her honesty and integrity and willingness to assist her clients achieve their goals through property investment.

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David Cohen

David Cohen

Buyers Agent - Melbourne

David Cohen, is a licensed estate agent and “has property in his blood”. He began investing in property at an early age and as a very significant property investor himself he understands how to select properties that will outperform the general market In his 15 years in the industry David has successfully negotiated buying and selling over 1000 properties. He has been with Metropole for over 6 years and is still as passionate about getting the best results for his clients as he has always been. Today he uses his finely honed and developed skills to ensure his clients receive the best deals and opportunities available.

Lynda McNeill

Lynda McNeill

Buyers Agent - Melbourne

Lynda McNeill is a licensed estate agent who has built a strong career in both real estate and construction field. With both parents having a long history in the industry property is second nature to her. She is best known for her honest, hardworking, professional attitude towards providing exceptional customer service to all that she meets. Known by her clients for her friendly can do attitude, high level of communication, exceptional product knowledge having years of experience in both the building industry and general real estate coupled with her strong negotiation skills to achieve the highest possible standard.

Mandy Dyke

Mandy Dyke

Client Services Administrator

Mandy has over 10 years experience in various customer service roles and her passion for helping people is as strong as ever. She has developed great communication skills and also has a strong interest in personal development and property investing. Mandy enjoys interacting with clients on a daily basis and works closely with our Buyers Agent Team to ensure their needs are met and they have an enjoyable experience with Metropole.

Teresa Angelone

Teresa Angelone

Client Relationship Manager

Within her role Teresa secures new rental managements and listings whilst establishing and maintaining relationships with her landlords and referral sources. One of her key roles in a letting campaign is to secure quality tenants in a timely manner to minimise vacancy and increase return on investment. At Metropole Teresa works in a strategic manner to achieve this result and ensure a seamless transition from planning, advertising, leasing and transitioning to a Property Manager.

Jessie Yates

Jessie Yates

Property Manager

Jessie has been with Metropole for over 7 years and over that period Jessie has earned the respect of landlords and tenants alike for her caring nature, efficiency and willingness to provide them with timely, helpful advice on a broad range of issues, large and small. Jessie says that because of the ongoing nature of property management she deals with the same group of clients on a regular basis and consequently has the opportunity to develop lasting business relationships with them, which is very rewarding. Property owners are vesting enormous responsibility in her and she goes to great lengths to ensure their valuable investment is managed to the highest standard.

Joy Robertson

Joy Robertson

Property Manager

With her calm demeanour, organised approach and attention to detail, Joy aims to provide outstanding service to her clients. She enjoys the challenges and variety that property management brings and the fact that no two days are the same.

Ben Broadley

Ben Broadley

Property Manager

Ben developed a taste for all things real estate after purchasing his first investment property in 2005. Now over a decade later he is utilising his years of real estate experience as a Property Manager at Metropole Property Strategists. Ben is known for his no-fuss attitude and ability to quickly build rapport with landlords and tenants alike. He enjoys the day-to-day challenges of the job, resolving conflicts, addressing property issues and exceeding his client’s needs and expectations.

Grace Rutherford

Grace Rutherford

Property Manager

Originally from a farm in Jerilderie country N.S.W, Grace moved to Melbourne at 21 after living abroad in England for a year. She then commenced her real estate journey as an administration assistant in South Yarra. Grace now lives in Richmond and has established herself as an experienced property manager working within the inner suburbs of Melbourne for 4 years.

Enthusiastic about real estate and with a friendly and easy going nature, building trust and relationships with her landlords and tenants are what she loves about her job. Grace's friendly approach coupled with high attention to detail, ensures her clients achieve superior and attentive service.

In her spare time, she enjoys grabbing a coffee and to support her beloved AFL team, Richmond.

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