Richard Thwaites

Sales Consultant / Auctioneer

Leading Auctioneer, Marketer and Sales Professional, Richard has over

thirty years’ experience in real estate where he has earned a solid reputation for delivering exceptional results for his clients.

Richard Thwaites’ three decades of experience and the backing of ‘Australia’s #1 Real Estate brand’, LJ Hooker, give you that important edge. As the former Owner/Principal of the LJ Hooker Kensington office, he led the high achieving LJ Hooker Kensington team for a quarter of a century which resulted in Kensington being the single most successful office and being awarded in excess of 20 State and National awards for Top Sales, Auction and Marketing performance.

The attention, skill and energy that Richard devotes to the marketing and sale of your property is second to none. He takes all the stress out of selling to ensure the smooth running and sound auction or private treaty

result. Richard will help you prepare your property to ensure you have the best presentation and therefore the best price.

Richard engineers an individual, personally prepared marketing program which is tailored to you and your property’s needs. This will ensure that no stone is left unturned to secure a buyer for your property at a premium price.

It will encompass social media, internet marketing in both Australia and internationally, print press marketing where required along with the best professional photography.

Personal attention is paramount and Richard will personally handle all aspects of the sale period both as Sales Agent and Auctioneer where applicable. His role is to maximise his client’s sale price.

A regular comment to Richard after a successful auction is “How did you get that price?” This is the comment he aims for in each sale….


  • Satisfaction
    ( 4.4 / 5.0 )
  • Recommendation
    ( 4.6 / 5.0 )
  • Performance
    ( 4.6 / 5.0 )
  • 21 Club
    21 Club
  • Life Member Captain's Club - Platinum
    Life Member Captain's Club - Platinum

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Bob Congdon , Geelong, Victoria

I would not hesitate to use Richard again for the sale of my home or recommend him to a family member or friend.

Jan Cumming HAWTHORNDENE 5051

Richard was and always is, a true professional.

Mark Wightman, Erindale.

Richard and Gayle were excellent to deal with and met all of my expectations in circumstances where the market dictated otherwise what we had anticipated for a sale price and in particular given the sale of this property was important to occur quickly for a variety of reasons.

Victoria Wilkin Adelaide

The whole process couldn't have run smoother and we couldn't have hoped for a better result. We sold immediately following the first open weekend and for more than we expected. A huge thankyou to Gail Tomaszewski, part of Richards team who handled our sale.

Ash Pritchard - Hope Valley

Richard was particularly professional and skillful during the auction. I would recommend him highly as an auctioneer.

Matthew Ayres, Rostrevor

Richard's experienced and professional handling of the auction was impressive. We are very grateful to him for the auction result, and feel that no-one else could have achieved such a positive outcome.

Ayres family, Rostrevor

He is a professional Gentleman

Henning Klövekorn Stonyfell

Richard has an excellent balance of attentiveness and responsiveness to client needs but is also not over zealous or too attentive / pushy! He knows his stuff, and the nature of people, and the market. He interacts with people and manages the sale process with quiet confidence, and works well with all parties (including vendor of 92 years of age) to extract what is needed from them and for them! He's a good listener.

Michelle Bentley - Burnside

If you want to sell your property in a stress free environment with the professional services of a person with unlimited industry knowledge I would strong recommend you speak to Richard Thwaites first. I pleasure to have you sell my property.

Hilary, Burnside

Richard Thwaites has a great team behind him. He was on holidays when I made contact with LJH. His PA, Gail, came with the principal of LJH Kensington. She was well organised and professional. Throughout the campaign both Richard and Gail were approachable and communicative. Richard Thwaites has a good eye in presenting the property well and is a skilful auctioneer . I will recommend him for his professionalism. More importantly he has supportive and professional team. They handled every aspect of the sale up to settlement and kept me informed at all times

Siew Lim, Myrtle Bank, SA

Please see all our comments throughout the survey as our testimonial. We have been extremely happy to have met Richard and very happy with his service and the positive outcome we achieved in selling Maylands. He did the absolute best for us.

Jann and Mark Lippett

Richard has sold property for us previously and his knowledge of the area is second to none. His presentation was first class and he quickly recognised the most likely buyers and built the sales plan accordingly. A true professional doing a great job.

Mark Thwaites Victor harbor

Richard gets top dollar for the properties he sells.

Sonia Dreimanis, Payneham

Richard Thwaites really knows the market well. He did an exceptional job in informing of how we should best position the pricing and sale options to the market, and did so professionally and with enthusiasm.

Jason Dreimanis, Payneham

The whole process of selling the house was handled well with sound advice offered. I had the usual anxiety about the process, but was confident that I could rely on Richard's handling of the sale. Richard was always available when I had the need to contact him. I was confident that he had a good sound knowledge of the Real Estate Market in the area and best time to sell my property. Readily available with good practical ideas, particularly about preparation for Open Inspections and for the day of the Auction. Having observed other Auctions, I consider that Richard Thwaites ability as an Auctioneer is better than many I have seen. Very professional, but also friendly.

Paulene Goh

Richard Thwaites' knowledge of the sales in the local area, his experience in the industry and his thorough and professional approach all contributed to a good auction outcome.

E Duncan

Dear Richard, Just a quick note to say thank you for selling my property for me. This is now the second house you have sold for me and both times you have made the whole process as quick and uncomplicated as possible. The assistance in getting the houses looking their best was invaluable, it enabled me to get the best possible price I could. I also appreciated your advice on the current market. Due to your advice I was able to see a realistic reserve which resulted in a sale on auction day in both cases. Moving and selling houses is a stressful time but thanks to you and your team my experience was positive.

Fiona Turner

When we decided to sell our house, we went straight to Richard Thwaites. Several members of our family had dealt previously with Richard and were impressed with their results and the way he worked with his clients. Richard sold our home quickly, in line with the strategy we agreed with at the outset. The strategy was thoughtful and realistic. He arrived with it based on a couple of consultations with us and other relevant and accurate information. Richard was attentive towards us as clients. We were more than happy with the outcome and we would have no hesitation in recommending Richard to others.

Liz & Fred Holzner

Dear Richard, On behalf of my sister & myself I would like to say how much we appreciated your professional approach and straightforward manner regarding the recent sale of our family home. Given it was a deceased estate you demonstrated tact and sensitivity when discussing the property and particularly when providing suggestions regarding ways to present the house for sale. As you were both agent and auctioneer you met potential buyers before auction day and understood their needs. I believe this contributed to us achieving an above reserve price at auction.

Bronwyn Sugars

Big thank you to all at LJ Hooker, Kensington. Particularly Richard Thwaites for all the hard work in selling my father’s house at 27 Hallett Rd, Erindale. It was a daunting task, made much easier by the caring support and expert advice we received. We were very happy that it all went so smoothly and painlessly and that was of course, due to the hard work and generosity of Richard and his team. Hopefully we will have further dealings with your office in future and will recommend that friends do too.

Judy Rumball

We were delighted with the sale of our Beaumont home at auction last September. Richard, you and your company enjoy a fine reputation in the eastern suburbs market and are a good example of honest, ethical and professional operators. Your personal knowledge of the market and understanding of buyer behaviour shows and I'm sure it worked to our advantage in this instance. Nothing beats experience!

Alan Rosewarne

Dear Richard, Thank you for the great support you gave us when selling our house, especially the help in preparing our property for sale. The tremendous auctioning on the day certainly made for a great result.

Ruth & Ken Kwan

Dear Richard, I would like to sincerely thank you and the LJ Hooker team for achieving an outcome well beyond our wildest expectations at the sale of my late father's house in Hazelwood Park. Your knowledge of the area was immense. Your advice on presenting the house for sale I'm sure contributed to the great outcome as well. On the day of auction your experience as an auctioneer came to the fore, transforming a disinterested crowd into an intense bidding spectacle. I can thoroughly recommend your services to anyone seeking to sell their property.

David and Douglas Fotheringham

Dear Richard, Thank you so much for helping to sell our Mum & Dad's house in Leabrook. It was a relief to have you quietly organise the needed level of painting, gardening etc and advise on the best price guide for advertising. Your local knowledge of Leabrook was essential to us. We appreciate very much your skill, experience and confidence in gauging and encouraging interest in the house prior to auction. It was wonderful that you could be our auctioneer and to see your hard work rewarded with two really keen bidders and and excellent sale price. Best wishes.

Sue Moffitt

Hi Richard, Just a note to thank you so much for helping us to sell Mum & Dad's house. We were not looking forward to the stress of a house sale. You managed to make the whole process stress free and relaxed. Your quiet confidence was very reassuring. We were delighted by the turnout at auction and pleased with the result. The fact that you were the auctioneer was a real bonus and it was impressive watching you manage bids between the parties. All the best and many thanks.

Maggie Phillips

Dear Richard, Just a short note to express the great appreciation of my mother and myself for the wonderful service you rendered in the sale of her property. We were absolutely thrilled with the result of the sale that you achieved for us with a an outcome that far exceeded our expectations to the great delight of my mother. Your expeditious handling of the sale process meant that we did not have to worry about any potential problems associated with the intricacies of selling a property in today's market.

Trevor Collins

Just a quick note to say thank you so much for selling my townhouse at Parkside. You made the entire process so much easier than I ever could have anticipated. You made it as stress free and positive as you possibly could. The auction itself was not only professional, but also entertaining and clearly appealing to the gathering of potential buyers. One person actually said to me that it was the best auction they had ever been to and that you are an exceptional auctioneer. The overall result was better than we could have imagined and I put that down to a well presented property, your dedications, professionalism and honesty. I will certainly be utilising your services again.

Kathryn Jory

Richard took all the stress out of selling our property. He did a fantastic job and we are very happy with the smooth running and sound result of the auction. Richard also helped us organise and prepare the presentation of the property with his vast knowledge and expertise. He explained the whole marketing and selling procedure clearly and it all ran so smoothly. We are so glad to have everything done and dusted in just 3 weeks. I highly recommend Richard Thwaites & LJ Hooker Kensington and will definitely choose to deal with them next time.

Jessie Ellery

We chose Richard due to his pragmatic, communicative and experienced approach to the sale of our home. Richard took the time and trouble to listen to what our thoughts were and then gave advice. We were delighted with the auction outcome and the service and care Richard and his team took during the sale of our home. We unequivocally recommend him.

Ruth Blenkiron and Michelle Bentley

My Awards

  • Annual SA/NT - Franchise Owner Of The Year - May 2008
  • Annual SA/NT - Auction Icon (Winner) - May 2008
  • 21 Club - Feb 2008
  • Annual SA/NT - Franchise Owner of the Year (Finalist) - Jun 2007
  • Life Member Captain's Club - Platinum - Aug 2004