Meet the Team at Buyers Home Base

Your Melbourne Buyers Agents - Committed to you!

Company Directors

Julie DeBondt-Barker - Founding Director, Buyers Advocate

Julie DeBondt-Barker

Founding Director, Buyers Advocate

After enjoying 10 successful years at selling Real Estate, Julie decided to “level the playing field” for Buyers. Shocked to find the market full of commission based Advocates (a direct conflict of interest for the Buyers), Julie set out to create Australia’s first low flat fee Buyers Advocacy service. Julie and her Team all work from a home base keeping overheads low and passing that savings onto the Buyers. Leading from the front Julie creates a culture of integrity and honesty. She is absolutely passionate about saving Buyers time, heartache and money.

Julie is also the Founding Director of Melbourne Vendor Advocates, Property Home Base. Property Home Base provide a vendor advocacy services for persons looking to sell a house or property.

When Julie is not hard at work running Buyers Home Base or helping you find your ideal property, you will find her travelling with her husband to visit her children and grandchildren, playing with their dog Jazzy, or enjoying good food, wine and music with friends.


Alan Barker - Managing Director

Alan Barker

Managing Director

Alan has worked for over 20 years in Executive, Senior Management and Consulting roles with both local and global enterprises. He now brings this wealth of knowledge, and management expertise to Buyers Home Base. Alan manages all of our systems, tools and processes that support the Advocates in delivering the best possible service to our clients. Keeping up with developments, maintenance, changes in technology, legislative changes, client requirements and our commitment to continued growth…. is what keeps Alan busy.

Alan is also the Managing Director of Melbourne Vendor Advocates, Property Home Base. Property Home Base provide a vendor advocacy services for persons looking to sell a house or property.

When Alan is not working on the continual development of Buyers Home Base, you will find him at the footy, working on his property or with a glass of wine in his hand.


Meet Our Team


Mal Bartrop - Buyer's Advocate

Mal Bartrop

Buyers Advocate

Mal’s passion for property began growing up in an environment where property development was the family business. Besides her passion, Mal brings over 15 years of real estate experience and a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of property to her clients. She is focused on client care and has a genuine desire to help you achieve your goals. Whether you are buying your First Home, your next family home, Off the Plan (OTP), downsizing or investing, Mal builds a long standing relationship with you with an enthusiasm and commitment to you having a stress free experience.

When Mal is not hard at work helping you get a great result with the sale of your property or finding you the ideal property, you will find her camping, travelling, cooking up a storm or playing with her grandchildren.


Jo-Anne Davies - Buyer Advocate, Licenced Agent

Jo-Anne Davies

Buyers Advocate, Licensed Agent

Being an experienced Bayside Real Estate Agent and also a Licensed Agent, Jo-Anne is well regarded in the industry. She is passionate about helping people traverse the wild ride of buying real estate with a calm and focused approach. Her negotiation skills and consultative style, means she has developed good relationships with Agents and key industry people. With Jo-Anne on your side, you can relax knowing she will steer you in the right direction.

When Jo-Anne is not hard at work helping you get a great result with the sale of your property, you will find her at one of the many Bayside area restaurants socialising with friends.


David Quinn - Buyers Advocate

David Quinn

Buyers Advocate

David's focus over many years has always been to help his clients get in to their perfect property. Whether that be buying your First Home, Off the Plan (OTP), buying your next family home or an astute investment, David is thorough and precise in his approach. Having been both a Mortgage Broker, and a Real Estate Agent, David's depth of knowledge is vast. Helping you find the right property based on a thorough understanding of your needs, then securing it at the right price and educating you in the process is what David loves to do.

When David is not hard at work helping you find your ideal property, you will find him spending time with his young family, dancing or playing tennis.


Mark Kenny - Buyers Advocate

Mark Kenny

Buyers Advocate

Mark has enjoyed over 15 years of working in Real Estate and thrives on the challenge of solving his client's needs. A careful listener, he always spends the time to ensure he understands his client's requirements, budget and time-line. He understands that buying a property can be exasperating, time-consuming and camouflaged by real-estate gamesmanship. He keeps his clients posted with regular follow-up and relevant information and suggestions so that they may make informed decisions.

His calm, strategic approach during the negotiating period will guide his clients to achieving the optimal outcome and will ultimately ensure that each buyer will purchase the right property with minimal stress and at the right price.

Afterall, buying a home or investment property should be a time of celebration!

When Mark is not helping his clients buy property, or find their dream home he is either at the gym, jogging(slowly), spending time with his wife and 2 sets of twins or watching the Sabres basketball, Saints or Wallabies.


Fiona Olin - Buyers Advocate, Fully Licenced Agent

Fiona Olin

Buyers Advocate, Fully Licenced Agent

Besides her successful career in Real Estate serving the greater Geelong area, Fiona has come to us with a wide range of skill sets and knowledge base making her an unbiased professional that you would want on your side whether you are buying or selling your home or property. She has worked in sales from Melbourne to London (and back again), giving her a depth of knowledge and experience when it comes to your Real Estate negotiations. Besides having recently completed her Diploma in Business, Fiona also has a passion for both people and property. Having worked in the Aged Care Industry she also brings a great compassion for the people in this period of their lives. Having been both a buyer and a seller herself, she has project managed the development of her own investment property so she really understands how stressful the process can be.

Fiona is a member of the Geelong Yacht Club, is part of the Executive Committee of BPW (Business Professional Women) in Geelong where she has mentored students and is a member of the Historical Society. Fiona takes a genuine interest in people and in her community.

When Fiona is not working as your Advocate, you will find her at one of the local Geelong waterfront restaurants with friends or family, or walking along the beautiful beaches on the Bellarine Peninsula.


Jeff McCann - Buyers Advocate

Jeff McCann

Buyers Advocate

Jeff comes to us with a wealth of sales experience. He has worked in residential real estate, property management and also the ITC sector. He is a strong negotiator and has a knack for achieving the best possible outcomes for his clients using consultative techniques. He has a genuine and proven passion for property and is excited by the prospect of helping to be opening up our services to a wider audience in the greater Bendigo area and Northern regions.

Originally from Ireland, Jeff moved here 7 years ago when he met his wife, a Shepparton native, and they now have two little Aussies!

When not working for his clients, you can find Jeff playing his bass guitar, pursuing his interest in amateur photography or spending time with his family.


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