Owner & Managing Director
A consistent high performer and industry leader, Selling Principal and Co-founder of Vanguarde Tim Breckell has a clear vision for the company – to be the Number One city agency and to be a constant innovator in the way things are done. He founded the business in 2004 bringing a wealth of experience, exceptional mentoring skills and strong leadership to his role.
Tim holds almost 30 years of Real Estate experience and is a benchmark setter in the industry consistently achieving outstanding results. He holds many sales records, regularly selling in the $10m to $20m price range yet equally at home promoting the benefits of a city fringe studio. He has delivered multiple suburb records with the office currently holding records in every one of Millers Points exceptional buildings.
Tim is a well-known face in the area with outstanding local knowledge and expertise. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics and valuer qualifications making him an invaluable asset to both buyers and sellers and installing confidence when giving advice. His proven track record and dedication makes him the perfect option when looking to take advantage of any opportunities that arise.
A life-long city resident, Tim’s passion for the area is obvious. He sees his clients as his neighbours and his community, wanting nothing more than to sell the benefits of a lifestyle he lives and breathes. His love of property and talent for striking a deal has seen him achieve great success with an integrity, work ethic and dedication that can only be admired.
Over the years he has worked with many high net worth clients and has developed an extensive network of personal clients, eliminating the need for on-line portals to secure buyers. His constant repeat and referral business is a testament to his success and makes him not only an asset to his hand selected team at Vanguarde but also an asset to those he works with. Tim is passionate about both people and property and looks forward to assisting you with all your real estate needs.
" Always helpful "
Always helpful, attentive, and professional. We've known Tim and Travis for more than 15 years now. They are both exceptional real estate agents, with superb knowledge of both the area and the market. The sale and purchase experience has been smooth and efficient. We would highly recommend their services.
" Thank you Tim and Travis for selling our home and finding us our new one "
Many thanks Tim and Travis, We’re looking forward to our new home, a whole new suburb 😉 in the Rocks. Please let us know when we can have lunch together to celebrate! Regards Tanja and Arthur
" Thank you Travis and Tim "
We have just completed the successful sale of our family unit in CBD Sydney with the help of Tim and Travis. With three siblings involved, none of whom live in Sydney or who were able to travel to Sydney due to COVID restrictions, Travis and Tim assured us they could help us achieve our goals. They coordinated a refurbishment of the unit, liaising with us remotely every step of the way, they organised the clearing of our fully furnished unit and then a quick, smooth, successful sale. They both went above and beyond our expectations of real estate agents and we are most grateful for their attention to detail, guidance, excellent communication and terrific sales and networking skills to achieve a sales outcome more than satisfying all of our requirements. Our family have worked with many real estate agents over the years and Travis and Tim really stood out for dealing with this sale so well for our family.
" Another great result with Vanguarde "
Dear Tim, We really appreciate you and your team stepping up to get a great result for 1203 The Clarence. Especially with the tenant you had placed for $1,600 pw allowing us to sell and being a great part of the process. I think this is the 5th deal with you guys and we are wrapped. Great job and thank you.
" Thank you Tim and Travis for finding us our new home "
Dear Tim and Travis, We love your professionalism and sense of humour. Thank you also for the smooth transition of selling our apartment. With much appreciation, Petra and Robin
" Sale of 2306/168 Kent Street Sydney. Thank you Tim. "
Hi Tim Both Christine and I are so happy with the way you have conducted yourself through this whole process. We are also very happy with the price you achieved for us in a hard sellers market. Like you have always said, a record price. Well done. We will highly recommend you to all our friends. Regards, Jim
" 2005 OT our forth and perhaps final deal with you, thank you. "
Dear Tim and Travis, As one of the original owners in Observatory Tower we have watched you guys work hard over the years and represent your client’s best interests consistently. We have now done several deals with you buying, selling and having you manage our investments for over a decade. Thank you for a wonderful result on 2005/168 Kent Street we really appreciate you and wish you all the best.
" Great sale in a tough market, thanks Tim. "
HI Tim, Really appreciate you sorting out a great price with so many other agents mismanaging sales in Stamford Residences selling for under the market price warranted. You and Travis had the team get us great tenants and we had smooth management from you up to the date of settlement in the years that we owned our prized apartment in Stamford Residence. We will miss it but hope you find us a bigger one for the future, see you soon.
" Well done Tim and thankyou. "
Dear Tim, We love our new apartment and have already renovated to make it ours. Thank you for finalising the sale with Travis with a record price for our much loved 1807. I think this is the third sales deal and also you are managing one of our other properties. We appreciate your efforts and energy in getting the job done. All the best for the year ahead.
" Sale of 1710/183 Kent Street, Sydney - January 2018 "
Vanguarde have an unsurpassed knowledge and understanding of the Kent Street Village real estate market. They were our automatic choice when we decided to sell our apartment. Friendly, supportive, and always keeping us informed of potential, issues, progress. And most important, always with our interests at heart. We strongly recommend them. Thank you Tim for your care and fantastic seling price, best of luck for continued success for you and Travis for the future.
" Thank you for looking after our family and selling our property off market "
Dear Tim, Thank you to yourself and Travis for a seemless sale and selling process. We are thrilled with the result and were just as happy as when we purchased from you years ealier. If ever we are back in Sydney we will call upon your services once more.
" Thank you for looking after us "
Dear TIm, Thank you for looking after us purchasing in The Tower and then selling our home in Observatory Tower. Your dedication and care towards us during the sale was very appreciated as was the excellent sale price. Arigato.
" Thank you for your record result selling my Highgate Penthouse "
Appreciate the hard work and record price on selling Tim and for your years of attention prior to listing with you Travis. All the best with future endeavors for Vanguarde.
" Thank you for your record result selling my Highgate Penthouse "
Appreciate the record sale result from you Tim and for the years of care and consistent advice from you Travis prior to listing my property. I had full confidence that it would be Vanguarde who would ultimately sell my property. All the best with continued success ahead for the business.
" Happy Landlords "
Hi guys, I just wanted to thank you again for everything! Trish & I are so happy and so incredibly pleased with the way you have looked after us & our property.You have exceeded our expectations and if I can be of any help for you as a reference, etc, please just ask. Have a fab weekend Kate, you've made our day!
" Delighted with the result in a very successful sale "
Dear Tim, I have appreciated the service-oriented, flexible and professional way Vanguarde Estate Agents have dealt with me and my properties over the years and am delighted this has resulted in a very successful sale. It's been a pleasure to deal with you! Best Regards, Julie Ann
" Has excellent product knowledge and is trustworthy "
Vendor Review - John and Karen Hexton We purchased this property from Tim quite a few years ago, we have had it managed beautifully from them for close to 10 years. Upon deciding to sell I called Tim. Tim and Travis came out to see us and we decided to sell with them. The purchase price was exactly in the range they estimated and we were very happy with the result. We highly recommend Vanguarde. Buyer Review - Ray and Robyn George 07 August 2017. Dealing with Vanguarde was made easy, they are a no fuss, straight shooter attitude which is what I like. We purchased a property off Travis and dealing with him was made easy. I would certainly recommend Travis and Tim ant their company Vanguarde.
" Sale of 311/187 Kent Street, Sydney "
Dear Travis, I would like to personally thank you for your efforts in relation to the sale of my premises at the above mentioned address. Your efforts and persistence throughout this process were nothing short of exceptional and I amgenuinely appreciative of the way you handled the entire process despite the somewhat difficultcircumstances you encountered. This is the second time we have had a formal dealing with Vangaurde and you can rest assured wewill continue to utilise your services within the CBD when required. I have no hesitation in recommending your services to anyone who may be considering selling orpurchasing an asset in the CBD. Best regards, Marcel Elias Director Industrial - Colliers International
" Sale of my apartment in World Square Tower "
Dear Travis, I wanted to thank you both again for successfully selling my apartment at World Tower. Your professionalism and sound advice throughout the process was very much appreciated. In particular I want to thank you Travis for your personal dedication in securing this outcome - I know you went above and beyond the call of duty, even while on vacation. The main reason why I chose Vanguarde as my selling agent was the straight forward and friendly manner in which you sold us our new apartment in the "Kent Street Village" precinct. You have made buying and selling an enjoyable experience, and I am pleased to recommend you to all my friends and colleagues. warm regards, Tanya Stoianoff
" Recent Sale in World Tower "
Dear Travis, I wanted to thank you both for successfully selling my apartment at World Tower. Your professionalism and sound advice throughout the process was very much appreciated. The main reason why I chose Vanguarde as my selling agent was the straight forward and friendly manner in which you sold us our new apartment in the "Kent Street Village" precinct. You have consistently made buying and selling an enjoyable experience, and I am pleased to recommend you to my friends and colleagues. Warm regards,
" Recent Sale in the Observatory Tower "
I wanted to thank everyone for working together so well to facilitate the sale of our property today. Nothing is simple anymore and multiple people need to get involved to make things happen without incident. The reason you guys are our service providers is because you know how and are willing to work seamlessly with each other to make complicated things happen and appear easy to Deanna and me. Thank you again.
Dear Tim, Your sense of urgency, your personal customer service, and professionalism have been exceptional, and a great help to me since my dealings with Vanguarde, as a result of which I will not hesitate to refer any of my contacts onto Vanguarde. In fact, I hope to continue to do business with Vanguarde as I am looking to buy a property in the next few months. Thanks again for all your assistance to date.Regards,
Hi Travis, Many thanks for your help, you did a great job, I am most grateful to you. Kind regards,
Tim and Travis, As a foreign investor, the decision to purchase was obviously important, but the day-to-day management issues and long-term property management would be critical.We view the decision to retain the services of Vanguarde Estate Agents as our property managers as the BEST Real Estate decision we ever made. You guys are the best in the business! The property kept leased and provide timely, accurate accounting and are immediately responsive to our needs.We can easily say that they are the best because no other Management Team has been as responsive to our needs with other properties we currently own, or have owned, in Australia. They are beyond comparison. Thank you and keep up the good work!
Kate Sommervelle and the Vanguarde associates are the most professional, responsive and pro-active Real Estate team that I have ever had the pleasure to work with. I am a foreign investor with several other Australian properties, but can say without hesitation that they are the best of the lot. Vanguarde have played a large part in the financial success of my Sydney property
I have 3 apartments in the Kent Street Village, which have been managed by Vanguarde for the past 3 years. During this period, any issues that have arisen have been dealt with promptly and efficiently. I have good tenants, receive all relevant statements and notices by email and post and can rest easy knowing that everything is well taken care of and my asset is in safe hands. It is also an advantage for the management and local knowledge that they are strategically located very close to my apartments.
We have bought four investment apartments in Kent Street over the past six years using Vanguarde as our Real Estate Agent. For each apartment we have appointed Vanguarde as our managing agent. Over this period we have never had a problem that Vanguarde did not resolve to both the tenants and our satisfaction. They are trustworthy, diligent and reliable. It is always a pleasure to do business with the team at Vanguarde.
Tim and Travis, Regarding the recent sale of Apartment 913 at 187 Kent Street Sydney, I want to say that in my 42 years in the property profession, it is rare, unfortunately, to come across a person, such as yourself, who provides such a high standard of service, professionalism and dedication. The buyer's father is a very senior Citibank Executive in Malaysia and given the increasing interest in Australia from the Asian sector, it is important to secure meaningful relationships with those buyers. I feel certain that you will derive more referrals from the buyer due to your honest and proactive attitude. I will certainly be very pleased to recommend any investors to you for residential acquisitions. With Kind Regards,
I am currently a landlord, a tenant and am selling with Vanguarde - so I have seen their operation from all sides of the fence. Vanguarde did a great job for me in letting my apartment some six months ago - right in the middle of the downturn, and then found me the perfect short-term accommodation when I returned to Sydney earlier than expected, to start a new job. Travis and Tim in the sales team have been working tirelessly and I am sure will sell my property soon. The Vanguarde team always manage to combine professionalism with consideration, and it has been a pleasure working with them.
I would highly recommend Vanguarde Real Estate to anybody that was looking for an agency to manage their rental property. In my experience the service that the team offers is far better than the service offered by other real estate agents in the area. Vanguarde has an outstanding property management team, who have managed my investment property in a friendly & professional manner. At all times they have endeavoured to procure the best possible tenant to live in my property, and they keep you up to date with all the information that's going on with your property. Kate and Susan are thorough in their work, and always approachable and helpful. There's no job too hard for them. The Vanguarde team is at the top of the Real Estate game, because they CARE about their customers' needs and wants.
As property owners living overseas, we are especially dependent upon a team of dedicated professionals to oversee our interests at Observatory Tower. Vanguarde has gone beyond our expectations in so many ways over the past 15 months - from handling more routine issues, up to taking control of some quite complex project work on our behalf. We truly feel that Vanguarde takes care of our apartment as if it were their own, both in terms of exceptional standards of tenanting, as well as follow up with service providers. After many years as property owners using several different managing agents, we would consider Vanguarde to be the most competent, friendly, and professional team in the market.
Kate Sommervelle and Susan Saad of Vanguarde Estate Agents have been looking after the letting and management of my Cove apartment for a number of years now. I have found Vanguarde to be enthusiastic in their attitude towards finding an appropriate tenant, thorough in their insistence of maintaining high standards at the outset and the completion of a lease and, helpful in communication with me in the interim.
Dear Tim and Travis, At the listing meeting I really gave a lot of consideration to what you had to say, as agents tend to say the same things. However I could not dispute the facts you had been in the area selling for over 10 years and that you had hundreds of sales to date in this area. I appreciated your honest and transparent approach. Ultimately what made me decide to go to sell the property with you was that there were a lot of real estate agents who asked for my trust without any evidence of time, effort or sales in the area and I could see that your business Vanguarde had truly earned it with both your time and your results. My logic held true you delivered a buyer off market for a price that my partners and I were extremely pleased with. I will think of your good work while I enjoy my retirement in Bali. I wish you all the very best in your continued future success.
Dear Tim, Thank you so much for crunching this for us - yes amazing service helping our son secure his first property. We are all over the moon and can't thank you enough. The apartment is perfect for Stafford and I'm sure he'll have many happy years there. Kindest regards,
Vanguarde have been fabulous to deal with in every way. They are professional and efficient and I recommend them most highly. In particular, the assistance from Kate and Susan has been first class. Their communication has been outstanding and I have been very happy with them. Vanguarde have been fabulous to deal with in every way. They are professional and efficient and I recommend them most highly. In particular, the assistance from Kate and Susan has been first class. Their communication has been outstanding and I have been very happy with them.
I am happy to state that I have had an investment property under the care of Vanguarde Estate Agents since January 2008. Since that time I have found the service to be of the highest calibre and delivered in the most professional manner. Kate Sommervelle was very diligent in finding an appropriate tenant through her extensive executive relocation contacts and Vanguarde has managed the Property in a brilliant fashion. I have found them to be very courteous, hard working and thorough. All requests are accommodated with minimal fuss and thorough communication. Recently, our unit was vacated at short notice only to be released almost instantaneously in a very competitive market. They cover all aspects of property management with expertise.I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them to anyone and everyone. In fact, they will certainly be managing my next property.
Dear Tim & Travis, I would like to go on the record to express my sincere thanks for the manner in which you achieved the sale of my apartment in Highgate, which was settled yesterday. Your professionalism, enthusiasm & real estate market knowledge, achieved a result...which my former agent for 8 months could not. In a fluctuating market, you were able to secure a sale which represented the true worth of my apartment, and the number of inspections you achieved was well beyond my expectations. Thank you both again for assistance in what was a very enjoyable experience. Kind regards,
We count ourselves very lucky indeed to have sold our properties with you all for outstanding prices - beyond our expectations - we put that down to your careful planning, high quality marketing materials and excellent negotiation skills. Our friends were right to recommend your services, as expat's coming back to Sydney after 9 years we found the whole experience of working with you to be calm, professional and anxiety-free. Our only regret was that we could not buy our next home from you, but I imagine in time your business will reach even Mosman. Thank you so much Travis and Tim.
Dear Tim and Travis, Thank you for your amazing efforts in selling our Penthouse. We were very grateful for your sound advice and correct valuation of our properties market value, taking over the sale from another agent is never easy. We wished we had signed with Vanguarde from the start, we are very pleased with the sale price achieved. So pleased we have recommended you to several of our friends. All the best for your future success.
Thank you Tim and Travis for helping my husband and I through a difficult period, we had very bad experience as you know with another agent who we will not mention that leased out property to tenants who destroyed our home and furnishings. You were there to pick up the pieces, assisted with getting the property back in shape and sold the property quickly. I wanted to tell anyone who is looking for agents who you can trust and rely upon to go directly to you. God bless you both.
Good morning Travis, We are both pleased and a little sad that the settlement has gone through, it means our time at OT is now truly over, however, we are happy that it has been bought by people who will live in it and enjoy it (hopefully as much as we did). Our best wishes to you and Tim and thanks for all of your help and assistance in selling our property, rest assured if we decide to ultimately come back into the city we will be in touch! Best Regards,
Sold before we even had any chance to catch our breath! Thanks Tim & Travis!
Both Travis and Tim's relaxed approach quickly puts you at ease, and reassures you, as a client, will be well taken care of. And we were! Within 2 days of meeting Travis and Tim, without our apartment even officially on the market, our place was sold! They worked hard to achieve the best price possible, always providing essential advice, acting in our best interest and without any push or shove. Their persona is delightful to work with and professionally they know their field. To say we were happy with their valued service would be an understatement. The transition from our old to our new life was so smooth and efficient due to Travis and Tim's efforts and skills.
Dear Tim and Travis, At Last the sale was completed on this unit. We are indeed grateful to Vanguarde and especially Travis in keeping focussed on this project for me. Barangeroo presented challenges but your knowledge of the Kent Street village and your ability to convert an interested party into a committed Purchaser is greatly appreciated by us. The Exchange and Settlement went smoothly and exactly on schedule. Thank you again and Good Luck with all your Listings. Regards
It's been a good quick process and easier on the family than expected. Thanks so much for lovely wine and umbrellas. we will use all with pleasure. Best wishes