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Buyers Advocacy Melbourne

My name is Brad Carlin-Smith and I head up the retail property sales division for The Hopkins Group. I’m a Licensed Estate Agent and have been involved in property full time since 2007 and entered the industry following careers managing private and public listed companies across Australia. 

My First role is to facilitate all sales activity for what we refer to as retail sales this relates to clients who wish to market and sell either their investments or PPR. We offer via both private sale and auction selling methods. We operate across metro Melbourne and have affiliate services in regional Vic and across the country. We would be delighted to manage this process for your clients. 

My second role is to personally manage the advocacy services. We streamline this into 3 core service offerings and find that these cover many clients needs depending on their desire, experience and budgets. Click on the links below for further information.

John Hopkins Group Buyers Advocacy Information

Buyers Advocacy Brisbane


As the Founding Director of Universal Buyers Agents, Darren Piper is across all the property markets of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, and the Gold Coast. Darren’s philosophy is that the secret of success in property is to buy well, not just purely relying on selling right in the future. His underlying knowledge of the property market and the real estate industry has translated to successful purchase outcomes for his clients. Once a real estate agent himself, he is adept at handling negotiations to ensure purchase terms are in favor of the buyer rather than being strong armed by the seller. Attention to detail, honesty and tenacity are some of the principles that Darren subscribes to day in day out, which has led to a strong presence in the media as well as repeat clients over many years.

The Universal brand is redefining the way property is purchased today, disrupting the status quo by working exclusively for you, the buyer. Whether you are buying a self-occupied home or investment property we manage every aspect of the buying process. This includes bidding at auction, assessing, inspecting, negotiating, accessing off-market property, and ensuring settlement is seamless.


Simon Clarke is a highly devoted, people-focused buyers agent who has acquired skills and industry experience that have enabled him to assist multiple buyers and sellers across Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast.

Previously working with developers and property research groups Simon discovered his passion for people and property, which has cultivated in his drive towards the buyers agency side of the industry.

Simon moved to Brisbane in 2017, and while he has now settled in with his young family, Simon can efficiently connect with buyers both interstate and overseas, having being originally from Victoria, then living overseas for five years and more recently spending 14 years in Sydney.

Simon’s ambition for property has stemmed from his own personal experiences of buying, renovating and investing ,and has enabled him to action his knowledge and experience to ensure the best possible outcome for any client.

Having worked with buyers agents himself in the past to purchase his own family home, Simon understands how important it is to work with professionals that handle all the details and negotiations. 

Simon’s professional yet personable manner, as well as his open communication style has enabled him to quickly progress in his career. Simon’s level of customer service, his property expertise and his research skills have led Simon to multiple successful transactions that have enabled him to generate clients for life.

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