This was our first time using a property advocate to purchase an investment property. We could not be happier with the result. Tony does an amazing job of keeping you informed and sending detailed reports of every property that he inspects. It has been a pleasure working with Tony on this journey from start to finish. I would highly recommend this company to anyone looking for a property.

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A & F, Whittlesea

Initially, the purchase of my first home looked to be both an exciting and truly daunting process. Feeling like a very small fish in a big pond, I contacted Tony from The Advocates who, from our first phone call to the final congratulations, ensured that the entire process was as enjoyable, understandable, and successful as it could be for me. Based on my experience, I can honestly and confidently give nothing but my highest recommendation regarding the services of Tony and The Advocates. 

I am now looking forward to moving into a beautiful house to make a home, and should anything else ever catch my interest, Tony will be the first person I call. 


We are two busy young professionals who attempted to buy our first home during a pandemic and the subsequent property boom. We are so glad we had Tony and Michael to help us. They took the time to truly understand our needs and give us clarity around what to look for. Throughout the search, Tony was proactive, organised and consistent. He was always easy to talk to, professional and honest in his opinions. We learnt so much from him and have saved ourselves a lot of wasted time and stress by engaging someone to be on our side in the home buying process.

Jaq & Jon

Incredibly happy with our experience with The Advocates! We engaged Michael to assist us with buying a property on the Bellarine Peninsula during the Melbourne lockdown so we had the added challenge of being unable to view the property ourselves in person. Michael went above and beyond in giving us full confidence in our purchase; answering all the questions and concerns we had and being readily available during the whole process. Definitely worth the investment and we will certainly use them again. I would recommend them no matter the location/budget or property type.

A & A, Brunswick

A & A, Brunswick

Tony has been a tremendous help with the search for my first home. 

He is very patient, knowledgeable and negotiated the best price ever for my new place. Throughout the process, Tony remained professional and communicated with me every step of the way, and it all went smoothly. 

I am very grateful that I found Tony and have recommended him to my friends and colleagues. I will definitely use him again for my next purchase! Thank you Tony.


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In March 2018, we secured our first property with the help of Tony and Steve at The Advocates.

When it came time to sell this property and to move on to our next we knew we had to call to get their professional advice and assistance once more!

At first I attempted to do my own market and agent research and found it to be extremely overwhelming.

Commission rates, advertising schedules were all very different and the energy off an agent wanting your listing is much more full on then the energy you receive when looking to purchase.

We met with Tony and instantly we felt at ease and we knew we were back in safe hands and could have open and frank conversations as he always had our best interest at heart.

He was able to introduce us to an agent that we completely missed and one that we connected with extremely well and again felt comfort.

Throughout the entire process Tony was there and when it came to the nitty gritty’s and ensuring our interest was at the fore front he always had our back and we felt in control and that we were making the decisions.

We achieved a fantastic result which will help us secure our next property, we couldn’t have done this without Tony.

It was truly fantastic being able to work together again to achieve our goals.

Thank you Tony.

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Emily & Matt

Buying a first home presents many challenges to those who lack experience and knowledge, or both. Sarah and I were recommended to consult a buyer’s advocate, and more specifically Tony Rindfleisch to address these gaps. Prior to engaging Tony as our advocate, we found that he was extremely patient and happy to answer any and all of our questions. More importantly he provided us with the confidence that engaging a buyers advocate was a good decision. Once engaged, Tony conducted his business efficiently and professionally at every stage of the property purchase, which we both regard very highly. Of note, was his ability to strategically negotiate. 

Whilst we did not utilise Tony to his full capacity for this purchase, we would be more than likely to fully engage him in future investments, and similarly to recommend his services to family and friends. 

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J & S

“Tony and Steve were recommended to us by a friend who had recently used them. Whilst we had used a Buyers Agent before, we had never used a Vendor Agent. We were delighted with the result! Tony researched the best real estate agents in the area and negotiated a very good commission rate on our behalf. He kept us informed of progress throughout the sales campaign and was a great sounding board for us as the auction got closer. In the end we achieved a sale at a price that we were very happy with.”

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It was late in November 2018 and we had decided to relocate to Sale. We place a deposit on the Sale house with the transaction subject to the sale of our Eltham home. The seller also had a condition that we sell our Eltham house by the end of December 2018.  Never having been involved in the sale or purchase of a house before we happily set off to the local auctioneer to proceed with the sale of our home.  It can’t be too difficult as lots of people do it every weekend.

Things were happening and everything seemed to be in order but we were starting to cool after our initial rush of excitement.  Meanwhile there were suggestions in the local press that the property market might be a bit overheated. In order to gauge the market we started attending local auctions. One such auction we attended not one bid was forthcoming from the attending crowd.  Whether this was due to the market or other factors we didn’t know but is was enough to make us stop and think what we were letting ourselves in for. Perhaps we needed some advice. We subsequently contacted our financial adviser with the result that he put us touch with The Advocates.

Following a phone call to The Advocates, Michael and Tony met with us and explained how they could assist us in selling our house. The good news was that it would not cost us anything as their fee would come from the auctioneer’s.  Michael or Tony attended at every weekly open house and followed up with the interested buyers. 

The house was scheduled to go to auction a week before Christmas.  At about this time the papers forecasted that the Sydney/Melbourne property markets may be about to fall. This caused all sorts of doubts to race through our mind. What have we done, are we doing the right thing, should we wait until the market improves before selling.  We were becoming unsettled with doubts of what to do.  A subsequent visit and some straight talk from Michael strengthened our backbone and we resolved to continue. A week or two later Tony was able to negotiate an agreeable offer from one of the attendees at the weekly inspections. The house was subsequently withdraw from auction and the rest as they say, is history.

Without Michael’s and Tony’s guidance and knowledge of the property market we shudder to think what might have been. There were times when we had our doubts but The Advocates kept our spirits up and our eyes on the ball for which we are thankful. And the best part, the final price, through their efforts was higher than that initially quoted by the auctioneer prior to the price fall.

A job well done, and all thanks to Michael and Tony.

All the best for the future guys.

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The Millers

The Ryan clan are thrilled with the service you have provided to us. It is the bottom line that counts. By that very benchmark, our children are delighted with their townhouse while we are positively beaming over the acquisition of their duplex. The outcomes did not happen accidentally. We are very mindful of the great effort which Andrew in particular contributed in scouring the marketplace, highlighting properties at different points of the spectrum, allowing us to better formulate our own ideas by exposing us to the range of what was available and when moving through the stages where purchases were effected. It has been a pleasure doing business with you!

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