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REA Group announces all the AREAs winners

Winners in the Annual REA Excellence Awards (AREAs) have been announced with Ouwens Casserly Real Estate taking out the coveted Residential Agency of the Year Award.

REA Group announced the 2022 winners at an in-person celebration last night with more than 500 finalists and guests in attendance to see almost 50 awards handed out to the real estate industry’s high-performers.

South Australia’s Ouwens Casserly took out the Residential Agency of the Year award ahead of finalists LongView and TOOP + TOOP.

When announced as a finalist in March, director Nathan Casserly said the nomination was recognition for the way the entire Ouwens Casserly team pulled together while directors Alex Ouwens and Luke Holden were taking time away from the business while their children battled cancer.

“As an agency we stepped up because our directors, sadly, were away from the business because both of their children were diagnosed with cancer within a couple of months of each other,” he said at the time.

“So as an organisation, and as a leadership team, we had to step up.

“We had a challenge around leadership with key personnel being out but we still had a very good, successful year.

“Awards can recognise when your business is in full flight and has maximum momentum in a really strong market, we’ve all experienced recognition in those times, but it’s a testament to your business, your people and your culture when you have challenging times like that and in a turning market as well.”

In other awards, GJ Gardner took out the Contribution to Community accolade for a project which saw the construction and auction of a house, with all proceeds donated to the Illawarra Community Foundation.

Many local trades, suppliers and businesses donated their time, products and skills to bring the project to life.

One of the Contribution to Community award judges, and Chief Executive Officer of The Big Issue and Homes for Homes, Steven Persson lauded the high-quality of submissions in the category.  

“We really had our work cut out for us as judges,” he said.

“I’d like to congratulate the Contribution to Community Award winner and all the amazing entrants this year who truly make a difference in their local communities.”

In the Top Residential Agent categories, eight state-based winners were announced with Josh Tesolin taking out the award for NSW, while Michelle Stephens took the honours for Victoria.

Jarrah Burns won Top Residential Agent in Tasmania, Brett Hayman won for the ACT and Kate Smith claimed the honour for South Australia.

Linton Allen took out Top Residential Agent for Western Australia, while Alex Jordan won in Queensland and Daniel Harris won in Northern Territory.

REA Group Chief Customer Officer, Kul Singh, was delighted to attend last night’s event to congratulate all winners and finalists.

“It was wonderful to see our finalists come together in person for our first national event since the pandemic,” he said.

“With the number of submissions up 60 per cent compared to last year, it’s been another standout year for the industry.

“At our very first AREAs event in 2016, we had just 16 awards. This has grown to nearly 50, demonstrating the high value REA places on recognising and celebrating the success of our customers and the incredible contribution they make to the property industry.”

For a full list of winners see below or visit

Residential Agency of the Year

Ouwens Casserly

Commercial Agency of the Year


Property Management Team of the Year

Wiseberry Heritage

Most Influential Woman in the Property Market

Sarah Hackett, Place Estate Agents

Top Residential Agent – NSW

Josh Tesolin, Ray White Quakers Hill – The Tesolin Group

Top Residential Agent – VIC

Michelle Stephens, OBrien Real Estate – Carrum Downs

Top Residential Agent – TAS

Jeremy Wilkinson, Harcourts – Launceston

Top Residential Agent – ACT

Brett Hayman, Hayman Partners – Canberra

Top Residential Agent – SA

Kate Smith, Harcourts Smith – Semaphore

Top Residential Agent – WA

Linton Allen, Empire Property Solutions – Fremantle

Top Residential Agent – QLD

Alex Jordan, McGrath Estate Agents – Paddington

Top Residential Agent – NT

Daniel Harris, Real Estate Central – Darwin City

Game Changer of the Year

LEAP Real Estate, Resimax Group

Marketer of the Year

Emily Wood, Frasers Property

Integrated Brand Campaign of the Year

NAB Home Loans, Mindshare

Wellbeing Initiative of the Year

Equality Time, Equality Media + Marketing

Contribution to Community

The House that Convoy Built, G.J. Gardner Homes – Wollongong & Shoalhaven

Top Commercial Sales Agent 


Chris Kombi, Fitzroys – Melbourne


Yosh Mendis, Burgess Rawson – Sydney


Trent Bruce, Raine & Horne Commercial – Brisbane North


Andrew Turner, Commercial S.A Property Group – Adelaide


Miguel De Freitas, DFR Commercial – Cockburn Central

Top Commercial Leasing Agent


Tino Parisi, Compton Green


Colemon Xu Hui Su, Colemon Property Group – Canterbury


Manoli Nicolas, LJ Hooker Commercial – Brisbane


Evan Florinis, Commercial S.A Property Group – Adelaide


Paul Scarfone, Ross Scarfone Real Estate – Belmont 

Top Commercial Sales & Leasing Agent


Guy Randell, Burgess Rawson Canberra Commercial – Dickson


Ryan Doyle, North Commercial 


Tom Balcombe, Knight Frank – Tasmania

Land Campaign of the Year

Victoria and Tasmania

Eliston, National Pacific Properties

NSW and ACT finalists

Carmel View, McDonald/Multi Media Buying & Planning

QLD and NT

Flagstone, Peet 


Tonsley Village, Peet


Kennedy Bay, Parcel Property

Builder Campaign of the Year

Victoria and Tasmania 

Boutique Homes, ABN Group

NSW and ACT 

Burbank, Burbank


Metricon Homes, Metricon Homes


Metricon Homes, Metricon Homes


Homebuyers Centre, ABN Group

Apartment Campaign of the Year

Victoria and Tasmania 

Cowper Residences, Avic Developments


Lumia, Sekisui House/Enigma Communication


Royale, The Today Business


Glenside, Cedar Woods Properties


Riviere Residences, Edge Visionary Living

Support Superstar of the Year

Jessi Hyland, JLL Australia

Rising Star of the Year

Vedant Agrawal, Ray White St Mary’s – Diamantidis Group

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Kylie Dulhunty

Kylie Dulhunty is the Editor at Elite Agent.

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