WOW! What a start to the year

2021 has, so far, simply been one of the strongest years we’ve seen in real estate in Canberra for a very long time. We could speak to the days on market, the strength in sale prices or the sheer number of buyers that are in the market, but as you would expect from home.byholly there’s so much more to it than that!

Without peeling back the layers too much, and deep-diving into the experiences that the past twelve months have delivered, we can all understand and find a quiet moment to reflect on the place we want to be. Right here, right now, in our beautiful city, Canberra.

Last year we started a movement, a movement to support local, reduce our impact on the environment and celebrate the city we all call home. We are proud to say that our efforts are bearing fruit. Our environmental footprint is lighter, we’ve spent countless hours supporting our local communities, and we’ve redefined our agent areas to honour the most important natural assets of our city, our mountains.

Our care for our local community is highlighted in our love.local series featuring people of Canberra, small businesses, our enthusiasm for the Women’s AFL, and our continued advocacy for the Domestic Violence Crisis Service and Fly Program for men’s mental health.

Our support of the Design Canberra Festival remains close to our heart with ‘Transformation’ the theme leading the festival into 2021, with our ‘meet the maker’ series highlighting the many talented creatives in our city.

We have made new partnerships, gifting our clients with wine packs from Hamish Young, the talented winemaker from Mada Wines, and commissioning local internationally renowned glass artist Kirstie Rea to make her ‘sheds’ for our valued clients.

Cultivating, growing and transformation seemed adept to describe the year we have experienced so far. Once again our delivery of the hbh seeds is to encourage neighbourly interactions and sustainable practices further reinforcing Canberra’s economy of community.

As we near our 5th birthday, we’re proud to say the home.byholly approach to real estate is a movement that has gained traction Canberra wide. No longer in its infancy, or to be considered fanciful, we are now a mature, well-entrenched exponent of quality and effective real estate ideals and practices.

Put simply, we punch well above our weight. Boutique in size, maybe, but that makes us creative, and nimble, and that generates remarkable results.


HBH are going EXTRA pink this June!

At holly, we have all been impacted in some way by the tragedy that is breast cancer, and we are passionate about advocating for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. So this June, like thousands of our fellow Australians, we are going extra PINK!

This June, the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is challenging all Australians to make a pledge and GO PINK to raise funds in support of the thousands of women and men whose lives have been – and will be – impacted by breast cancer.

As a collective, we have made a pledge to WEAR IT, CHECK IT and COLOUR IT and raise funds for game-changing research into early detection and preventative treatments for breast cancer, which is vital to increase survival rates.

Together we will be spending the month of June sharing stories, wearing pink, colouring our hair, getting breast checks and raising awareness for NBCF.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia. Almost 20,000 women and men will be diagnosed this year. That’s 53 Australians every single day. Since NBCF’s inception in 1994, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer has increased from 76% to 91%. It’s proof that their strategy of investing in world-class research is working. However, 8 women still lose their lives from breast cancer each day – mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts and friends.

Please show your support and donate to our page and you’ll be helping the National Breast Cancer Foundation step closer to their goal: zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030.

YOU can make a difference.

Click here to donate




This year we are doing things a little bit differently. But hey, we are renowned for that!

After a turbulent start to the year, with bushfires, a city blanketed in smoke, hail the size of baseballs and now COVID-19, our connection to community and our service to Canberra is more important to us now than ever.

It’s been a time of change. The way we go about the day to day, interact with our colleagues and friends and even our parenting rituals have been turned upside down. The good news is change inspires us to do things differently and to re-evaluate what is important.

In an effort to respond to the challenging times we have found ourselves and our community in, hbh has made a commitment to do all we can to continue to support local, reduce our impact on the environment and celebrate the city we all call home.

We have focused even more time and resources to help promote Canberran businesses, cafes, restaurants, makers and artisans through our social media channels, and of course shop local, gift local and #lovelocal.

We collaborate annually with Craft ACT and are a major sponsor for Design Canberra Festival. We gift our vendors and buyers wine packs from Mount Majura Vineyard, our settlement gifts are commissioned by local ceramist Richilde Flavell Girl Nomad, and have continued sponsorship of the Women’s and Girls AFL, we love footy!


We continue to support and advocate for the Domestic Violence Crisis Service and the Fly Program for men’s mental health. We were also a corporate sponsor for the ‘brainstorm for a cure’ in support of the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.

We care about people, we care about Canberra and we care about our climate.

home.byholly wanted to distribute something to our communities that was in line with the renewal and optimism that we ourselves are seeking. Finding ways to connect while being mindful of the environment is a focus of our agency. We are committed to doing the very best we can for our city, for our clients and doing business responsibly.

We have committed to only using 100% recycled paper, environmentally friendly ink, limited brochure printing at open homes, and a switch to seeds as our mid-year gift to our neighbours.

Spending more time at home has enabled us to reconnect with our homes and family. It’s provided time to plant vegetables and potter in the garden, take walks around the neighbourhood and do some home cooking, the silver lining of COVID-19.

So we hope that you take some time out to get grubby in the garden to plant some seeds, to be present in the moment, to slow down a little and enjoy the beautiful home where you live.

Need help planting your seeds? Watch our video below