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Our Story

VNW Independent is a specialist Rural Real Estate consulting and sales agency in Western Australia. Our foundations began in 1984 with the formation of ‘Vaughan and Coakley - Rural Real Estate Agents and Valuers’, by Steve Vaughan and Tim Coakley.
Since then, there have been several permeations, including the purchase of ‘Vaughan & Co’ by ‘SBS Rural Iama’ in 1995. The new entity ‘SBS Rural IAMA Real Estate’ went on to be the leading rural real estate business in WA until 2001 when ‘SBS IAMA’ was sold.
The sale of SBS facilitated the establishment of VNW Independent Real Estate in 2001 when Steve Vaughan, Hugh Ness and Simon Wilding formed the new company. Over the pursuing years VNW has evolved to become a highly regarded and trusted rural real estate agency in Western Australia.
The search for a new name in 2001 centred around one of the new company’s greatest attributes - independence. VNW have no ties or affiliations to other sectors or businesses in the rural industry, with focus to solely concentrate on selling rural property.
This mantra sets it significantly apart from its major competitors.
Unlike some other real estate agencies in WA, VNW have no interest in a purchaser’s future fertilizer, chemical or insurance business as we don’t sell them! Therefore we have no conflict of interest that inhibits us from representing the vendor’s best interests in any real estate transaction. 
Our directors and staff all live and work in WA, which may seem obvious, but surprisingly there are rural real estate agencies operating in WA that have their key sales staff based in Melbourne or Sydney. We feel very strongly that it would be very difficult to have empathy, understanding and a detailed local knowledge of all real estate issues effecting WA when you live 4000 kilometres away. 
We implore all potential clients to consider these very important issues when deciding on who they will choose to sell their most valuable asset.
We understand that what we do is about more than just property. Buying or selling a farm can be the biggest financial and often most emotional decision you will make in your life.
Every property and client is given the focus and expertise required for the best possible result.
With over 30 years of Rural Sales experience, and strong backgrounds in valuation, stations and agriculture, Steve, Hugh and Simon are proud to see their vision thriving through their dedicated and passionate sales team. 
Being an independently WA owned and operated Agency, we offer a professional and state-wide service.
What can we do to guide you in your real estate requirements? 
Contact our specialised independent team today.

Selling FAQs

We Build Great Relationships.

We understand that what we do is about more than just the property. Buying or selling a farm can be the biggest financial, and often emotional, decision you will make in your life.

Every property and client is given the focus and expertise required for the best possible result.

Our Independent Team

Having come from farming or Rural backgrounds, our team are friendly, professional and experienced in agricultural properties and current market conditions.

As active members of the Real Estate Institute of WA, and the Rural Network Committee, we are dedicated to the continuous improvement, and training of our team on legal and real estate industry practices to ensure ongoing benefits for our current and future clients.

We are committed to giving our clients the best possible outcome. As well as having a specialised sales team, our three Directors have two Auctioneer licenses and a Valuer license between them.

More about our team HERE.
Marketing Appraisals

At VNW Independent, we focus on what we can do to optimise the value and exposure of your property, as well as estimating what it might be worth according to the current market.

We analyse the location, soil types and quality, improvements, water and rainfall, as well as growth statistics and most recent sales evidence to determine how best to market your property.

Strategic Marketing

Generating interest in the initial stages is vital to the marketing campaign of a property. VNW Independent aim for maximum impact when going to market to achieve a successful result and the best possible market price.

Selecting the appropriate sales method for your Rural property is important. Every property is different, and therefore the method of sale may vary depending on market conditions, economic factors, vendor motivation and the property itself. We take all this into consideration when developing a strategy that will ensure your property is sold at the best possible price.


At VNW Independent, we will advise you on the most effective resources to utilise to expose your property to potential buyers. We believe online marketing to be an efficient and cost effective tool.

Drone photography is also increasingly becoming an excellent marketing option.

Our database

VNW Independent has an extensive database of potential buyer and contacts who we have accumulated over 30+ years in the Rural Real Estate Industry.

This question has the potential to change every year. Seasonal conditions and commodity prices have such a significant impact on a property’s saleability. However, generally, the best time to market agricultural properties is still considered to be in the Springtime.

The Auction is most suited to unique properties where the price is difficult to set, or where there may be several prospective buyers interested. As well as allowing the market to determine the price, it can also create competition and a sense of urgency for prospective buyers to act. This method also necessitates Buyers to pre-arrange their financial position according to the Terms and Conditions determined by the Seller prior to Auction.

Private Treaty

The Private Treaty method markets the property for sale at a suggested price, and allows flexibility for Purchaser terms and conditions. An offer to purchase is drafted between the Agent acting on behalf of the Vendor and the prospective Purchasers, which is then presented to the Vendor for their consideration. Negotiations are carried out privately.

Tender or Expression of Interest

Intrinsically both methods are very similar, and have the same parameters as a normal Public Tender. Tender contracts are written with the Sellers advice, sale terms are stipulated, and the documents are given to potential purchasers to complete. If a Buyers needs more flexibility to undertake a due diligence of the property, then there is the opportunity to make the necessary amendments.      

Discreet Sale

Occasionally, a seller requests their property be sold discreetly and privately. We understand the sensitivities of a quiet sale, and have successfully transferred property to a new owner with minimal public exposure. Buyers are sourced through our database, without the need for signage, press advertising, or website listings.

Making sure your property is well presented can go a long way during the marketing process.

Here are our tips for preparing your rural property for sale:

  1. A general tidy up and removal of rubbish is a priority.
  2. Fix up loose wire and fencing, and make sure key gates open with ease.
  3. Make sure good farming practises are continued, regardless. Ie. Spray topping.
  4. Essential chattels should be included in the sale – ie. Shearing heads and wool bins, silos, fertiliser shed dividers and connected water pumping equipment including solar pumps.
  5. Make sure livestock are in good condition.