Kane Downie and Andrew Hedley finally said ‘I Do’ to each other last month, with the reignition of a long and fruitful business partnership.
The bromance started more than 15 years ago. Kane remembers the day they first met.
“My wife, Monica, took me along to an open house in Scarborough and that was when I first laid my eyes upon Andrew,” said Kane.
It was a home Kane and Monica later bought.
Back then, many may know Kane was a policeman. After exiting from the cops Kane began searching for what was next.
Like many a cop and firefighter juggling shifts he turned to a trade, becoming a handyman.
“After buying in Scarborough I figured out Andrew was a great bloke and so I began doing handyman work for Bevans, the real estate agent where he worked,” said Kane.
One thing led to another, as they say. Andrew convinced Kane that real estate was for him.
“After seeing Kane in action with clients I just knew he’d make a terrific agent,” Andrew remembers.
After bugging Kane eventually Andrew won. Kane joined Bevans, beginning his real estate career.
But like all relationships, this one has had its ups and downs. Kane moved onto McGrath, Andrew explored new things with a move to Noosa.
But you couldn’t keep these two apart for long.
“I’m thrilled we could lure Andrew back to town,” said Kane.
“We’ve a really strong team here and we all work closely,” said Kane. “Getting Andrew to join was about building on that friendly atmosphere and making the team stronger.”
While Andrew is equally thrilled, he shares Kane’s self-deprecating nature, being a little unsure of the attention gained from the revived partnership.
“Yes,” Andrew jokes. “There has been so much to do – like taking photos of myself to put on bus shelters, contributing to corny newsletter articles – I’m totally overwhelmed,” said Andrew.
But here they are, back together in what is one of the Illawarra’s strongest real estate partnerships.
Both Kane’s wife Monica, and Andrew’s wife Tori declined to comment for this story.