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Tom Appleby | Colliers | Sydney North

Tom Appleby


Director, Sydney Metro Sales | Investment Services

Licence 03131307

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Professional Summary

Initially joining Colliers in 2015 to work alongside National Director Jon Chomley as a Capital Markets analyst, Tom grew organically through the Colliers system, gradually applying his analytical skills, and gravitating towards, a sales role within the Investment Services team. Working closely with National Director Henry Burke, Tom established himself as a market leading commercial sales agent on the North Shore of Sydney. In 2020, Tom began leading the Sydney North Investment Services team.

Specialising in selling commercial / retail property (freehold and strata) and development sites (raw and DA approved) in the metro markets on the Lower and Upper North Shore, including the Northern Beaches, Tom has built a reputation for being a driven, personable, meticulous operator who is clearly passionate about real estate. Tom’s ongoing enthusiasm for the property industry mixed with his excellent communication skills and his honest approach to business has seen him regularly achieve results above client expectations.

Having grown up on Sydney’s North Shore, Tom possesses an intricate understanding of what’s happening in and around the Lower North Shore of Sydney, regularly attending local council meetings to stay on top of Council Governance.

Over the course of Tom’s 8 years’ in the property industry, Tom has developed a strong interest in site consolidations i.e. strata amalgamations and collective freehold sales.

Internally, Tom is actively involved in Colliers’ key initiatives, including Middle Markets, Portfolio Auctions, Restructuring Property Services (RPS), and Asian Investment Showcases, and forms an integral part of Colliers’ National Strata Practice Group and Colliers’ National Premium Investments Practice Group.

Tom sits on the Property Council of Australia’s (PCA) Future Directions Committee.

As at March 2022, Tom has been involved in over $490,000,000 worth of property sales.


2017 - Colliers International Rookie of the Year (Australia)

2018 - Colliers International Awards of Excellence (AOE)


Notable Transactions:

* 20 Bridge Street, Pymble - $78,000,000

    - Prominent commercial business park with future development upside

* 378-390 Pacific Highway, Crows Nest - $51,000,000

    - Collective sale of 4 commercail freehold investments in-one-line

* 68 Alfred Street, Milsons Point - c$50,000,000

    - Collective sale of a 28-lot commercial strata building

* 88 Walker Street, North Sydney - $19,250,000

    - Commercial investment with development upside

* 165-173 Military Road, Neutral Bay - c$19,000,000

    - Collective sale of 4 commercail freehold investments in-one-line

* 48 Chandos Street, St Leonards - $12,525,000

    - Commercial investment with development upside


Bachelor of Economics, major in Finance (University of Sydney)

Memberships & Involvements

Property Council of Australia (PCA) Future Directions Committee (2019 - cont...)

Australian Property Institute (API) Young Property Professionals (YPP) Committee (2016-2018)


68 Alfred Street, Milsons Point – 

As the local property market began to cool in 2018, and our commercial strata building started to reach the end of its life cycle, the 68 Alfred Street Owners Group investigated the potential of a collective sale. We had heard Colliers had been involved in a number of strata amalgamations in and around North Sydney, so we approached Tom Appleby and Jon Chomley.

From there, Tom and Jon worked closely with our appointed solicitor to ensure owner unity and transparency, they understood the strata renewal legislation in place, they directly liaised with the 15 different building owners in an efficient manner, and they subsequently facilitated a successful on-market international sale campaign.

Despite a multitude of challenges, including the Council Fire Order on the building, Tom and Jon were able to negotiate a premium sale result that ensured flexibility by way of a short-term leaseback to the owner occupiers in the building.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Tom and Jon to any strata body considering a collective sale.

Steven Dadich – Treasurer of Strata Owners Corporation (May-19)


18 Pacific Highway, St Leonards –
“After years of keeping us informed about what was happening in and around property and with the how the market was tracking, we had no hesitation in appointing Henry and Tom to sell our commercial investment property. 
Initially commencing a short 2-week Expressions of Interest campaign, Henry & Tom deemed it appropriate to adjust their strategy in line with the market, switching to a Public Auction method of sale. Henry and Tom were extremely confident with the auction process and knew that it would create significant competitive tension. They were right; we were ecstatic come auction day to sell our investment property under the hammer more than $1M above reserve!
Henry and Tom are true professionals; their genuine and direct approach gave us confidence during what was supposed to be a nervous time. We would strongly recommend them to anyone looking considering selling their property.”
Patrick & Reta Barfield – Vendor (Jun-18)

16 Falcon Street, Crows Nest – 
“I would like to thank Tom Appleby for selling my building 16 Falcon Street, Crows Nest, achieving the most satisfying price for my property. 
Working with Tom, I have found him to be a true professional, efficient, reliable, and loyal. Tom certainly walked his talk, knowing his business extremely well guiding us, with his professionalism, throughout the process of selling our property. He is extremely knowledgeable about the Crows Nest area and what is happening in and around the precinct. 
Tom always worked with great passion and enthusiasm. Tom is clearly ahead of other competitors when it comes to selling small commercial properties on the Lower North Shore. I have no hesitation in recommencing Tom Appleby.”
Milton & Penny Kodos – Vendor (Jul-18)

97 Military Road, Neutral Bay – 
“After originally appointing another Agency to sell our Neutral Bay investment, we decided to adopt a fresh approach by appointing Colliers International to take over the listing. The other Agent was unable to sell the property over a 6-month period.
Tom and Patrick were eager, confident and diligent in their approach, thinking creatively about how to extract value throughout the course of the sale campaign. In the end, their in-depth understanding of the Lower North Shore market ensured the property was sold for a premium.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Tom and Patrick to anyone looking to sell their commercial property. We will definitely consult them on any future property requirements; a pleasure to deal with.”
Alice Ou – Vendor (May-18)

84 Alexander Street, Crows Nest –  
“The amalgamation process wasn’t without its challenges. Despite only 75% of owner agreeance being required for a  collective sale, we realised it became imperative for the building to be sold in-one-line given the lack of precedent in the Courts. 
Notwithstanding varying tenures, priorities and opinions, Tom was able to bring all 10 owners together in the end, keeping us fully informed throughout the process and ensuring a result that made amalgamating worthwhile.”
Rob Wynan – Chairperson of Strata Owners Corporation (Dec-17)



Mixed-Use Properties, Auctions, Development Sites, Financial Analysis, Ground lease, Investment Properties, Land Sales, Metro Sales, City Fringe Sales, Disposal Advice, Insolvency Property Services, Site Sales

Service Lines

Capital Markets, Investment Services

Property Type

Office, Retail, Land


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