Azal Khan

Azal Khan

Azal Khan is the in-house features writer for Elite Agent Magazine.
  • Photo of Climb Every Mountain: Stephen Bock

    Climb Every Mountain: Stephen Bock

    Writing $1 billion worth of property over his 20-year career isn’t enough for Stephen Bock. To push himself a bit further, he climbs mountains and flies planes in his spare time. Azal Khan caught up with Stephen to find out more. Having been in the industry for almost 20 years, McGrath Manly agent Stephen Bock…

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  • Photo of Jonathan Lui predicts downscaling properties are the way of the future

    Jonathan Lui predicts downscaling properties are the way of the future

    Australia's properties are now the smallest they've been in the past two decades, with an incline in apartment-living. And apparently, that's OK. Having lived in Australia most of his life and recently moved to Singapore, Lui says he has noticed a significant difference in property sizes. He says big properties are out, and small houses…

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  • Photo of Bethwyn Richards setting suburb records within her first six weeks at The Agency

    Bethwyn Richards setting suburb records within her first six weeks at The Agency

    Within six weeks of joining The Agency, Bethwyn Richards is already setting new suburb records and going on a selling spree across Clovelly, Randwick and Bondi with great results. Her ability to create lasting relationships with both vendors and purchasers has led to her impressive track record of selling the same properties multiple times. Earlier…

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  • Photo of Service wins the accolades for Woodards Blackburn

    Service wins the accolades for Woodards Blackburn

    Woodards Blackburn in Victoria recently took home two awards at the recent REIV awards, for Sales Agency of the Year and in Project Marketing. Woodards Blackburn Director and Sales manager Julian Badenach has been with the brand for 18 years, almost all his working life as an agent. Together with Director Cameron Way, they have…

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  • Photo of Looper app launches to support mental health in the real estate industry

    Looper app launches to support mental health in the real estate industry

    A new app called Looper has just launched to help keep a close eye on those you most care about anywhere in the world. The free app allows you to keep in the loop with five people who check in daily and rate how they are feeling that day. The app was developed by Amanda…

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  • Photo of November additions complete LJ Hooker’s spring dozen

    November additions complete LJ Hooker’s spring dozen

    LJ Hooker will welcome four new agencies to its network over November, taking its overall spring intake to 12 new operations across Australia. Queensland accounts for half of the new additions in November. Catering to the inner-city regeneration of Queensland’s capital, LJ Hooker Brisbane City Residential will begin trading this month, led by long-term brand…

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  • Photo of Eview Group celebrates high achievers at 11th annual gala awards

    Eview Group celebrates high achievers at 11th annual gala awards

    Eview Group had their 11th Annual Awards on Saturday night and celebrated the group’s high achievers. Eview Group director, Manos Findikakis, said Eview has seen a 70 per cent increase in growth in terms of individual figures. “Our multiple brand platform allows people to have their own brand, that’s a real point of difference and…

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  • Photo of Jellis Craig announces new appointments of Geordie Dixon to role of Director and Carla Fetter to Partner

    Jellis Craig announces new appointments of Geordie Dixon to role of Director and Carla Fetter to Partner

    Jellis Craig has announced new appointments of two talented agents within the group. Geordie Dixon has been appointed as a Director of Jellis Craig Hawthorn, Balwyn and Glen Iris offices. Carla Fetter has been appointed a Partner of the Jellis Craig Armadale, South Yarra and Richmond offices. Carla, 36,  has been with the business for…

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  • Photo of Overcoming adversity and setting goals: Anna Thomas

    Overcoming adversity and setting goals: Anna Thomas

    If there’s someone who knows a thing or two about overcoming adversity, it’s Anna Thomas, COO of Stockdale & Leggo. Anna grew up at the MCG Pub in Melbourne and was kicked out of home at 19, but became the first woman in her family to get a uni degree (and now she has multiple qualifications).…

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  • Photo of Off market sales a success for prestige properties in Adelaide

    Off market sales a success for prestige properties in Adelaide

    Angela and Michael Stentiford from Ouwens Casserly Real Estate have begun to reap the benefits for their clients by selling a large majority of their high-end homes off market. Their last three sales totalled over $7,700,000 this Spring Season. Two of those sales had only one group through and the other a single open inspection…

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  • Photo of Juwai.com encouraging NZ agents to sell to Chinese buyers before government crackdown

    Juwai.com encouraging NZ agents to sell to Chinese buyers before government crackdown

    "There is an old saying that a change is also an opportunity. We believe this proposed policy change has activated the group of Chinese buyers. They want to act quickly on transactions that otherwise would have taken many months,” said Jane Lu, Head of Australia for Juwai.com “These buyers previously took their time in researching…

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  • Photo of Sarah Dawson joins Real+ as Head of Growth

    Sarah Dawson joins Real+ as Head of Growth

    Sarah Dawson has joined Real+ as Head of Growth bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience from her 20 years in the real estate industry. Sarah will be working in a senior capacity alongside Real+ CEO Fiona Blayney and General Manager Lauren Kirk and is responsible for the recruitment and outsourcing team and…

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  • Photo of James Baker and Adrian Venturi of McGrath Avalon on leadership and resilience

    James Baker and Adrian Venturi of McGrath Avalon on leadership and resilience

    After studying architecture and structural engineering in Manchester, James practiced or a year before spending 15 years in recruitment, which included running the Asia Pacific rim for a business with a $50 million turnover. Real estate combined his passion of structure, architecture, sales and people, and he started his real estate experience during the GFC…

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  • Photo of CoreLogic Property Pulse: Non-capital city housing markers a real mixed bag

    CoreLogic Property Pulse: Non-capital city housing markers a real mixed bag

    Prepared by CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher, while the research showed that dwelling values were flat in October, they fell by -0.1% over the quarter and were 4.9% higher over the past 12 months. The quarterly decline in values was the largest fall since the three months to October 2014 while the 4.9% annual change…

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  • Photo of Thrive app wants to help us unplug from our smartphones

    Thrive app wants to help us unplug from our smartphones

    Samsung has just partnered with the ‘Queen of Sleep’ Arianna Huffington to launch the Thrive app which helps people limit their smartphone screen time. The app blocks all communications except for those on a ‘VIP’ contact list, and will send auto replies to let non-VIPs know you’re on a vacation from your phone. Users can…

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  • Lisa Herbertson promoted to National Real Estate Digital Editor at News Corp

    Lisa Herbertson has been promoted to National Real Estate Digital Editor at News Corp and now oversees digital real estate content across News’ metropolitan mastheads. Lisa had been the NSW Real Estate Digital Producer since February this year, and was a Digital Producer at The Daily Telegraph before that. She tells EA about her experience playing…

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  • Photo of Online portal Invex connecting developers to agents

    Online portal Invex connecting developers to agents

    Invex founder Neil Smoli headed up the Aviate Group which he founded in 2001 and in his role saw there was a disconnection between developers and agents. “Investment is a double sided marketplace. One side is developers, of which there are 14,000 developers in the residential space. It’s a very large and fragmented market. In…

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  • Photo of Perth real estate agent rocking up a storm

    Perth real estate agent rocking up a storm

    The Ray White City Residential selling principal and auctioneer approached up and coming Perth band Tangent to help him rock out a property music video. Tangent had been rehearsing at the property at 30 Conochie Cres, Manning for some years. Band leader David McSweeney said he was excited when Mr Compton approached the band to help…

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  • Photo of RBA leaves rates on hold in November meeting plus wrap up of industry commentary

    RBA leaves rates on hold in November meeting plus wrap up of industry commentary

    Despite low inflation and weak wage growth, the decision comes as no surprise with some industry experts welcoming the decision. The RBA last changed its monetary policy settings in August 2016 when rates were edged down 0.25 percentage points to the current low of 1.5 per cent. "The Bank's forecasts for growth in the Australian…

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  • Photo of Noel Jones launches consumer information site melbournepropertytalk.com.au

    Noel Jones launches consumer information site melbournepropertytalk.com.au

    melbournepropertytalk.com.au launched last week and is a new brand for the Noel Jones team, geared at engaging customers online before they might normally approach a real estate agent. Director, and recent winner of REIV Salesperson of the Year, Matthew Scafidi said, “Melbourne Property Talk was a natural progression for us to offer a platform where we…

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  • Photo of CoreLogic Property Pulse: Spring continues to see properties for sale climbing

    CoreLogic Property Pulse: Spring continues to see properties for sale climbing

    Typically, the number of properties advertised for sale in spring climbs as vendors look to take advantage of the warmer climate and improved weather. Research analyst Cameron Kusher noted that as housing market conditions transition, stock levels remain tight across the strongest markets but are rising in areas where housing market conditions are softening. For…

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  • Photo of Fairfax Media shareholders give green light for Domain to be spun-off

    Fairfax Media shareholders give green light for Domain to be spun-off

    "Under the Separation, Eligible Shareholders will receive one Domain Share for every 10 Fairfax Shares held, allowing Fairfax shareholders to own a direct interest in one of Australia's leading real estate media and technology services businesses," Falloon stated. "Fairfax will retain a 60 percent interest in Domain immediately post Separation. Fairfax shareholders will hold the…

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  • Photo of What’s new in real estate and tech around the world: Carousell secures more funding and Tinder-style property platform launches in UK

    What’s new in real estate and tech around the world: Carousell secures more funding and Tinder-style property platform launches in UK

    The global real estate world is constantly evolving with new tech players vying to get a slice of the real estate pie. Here are two interesting developments from Asia and the UK that may not have an immediate impact on the local market but might go in the “ones to watch” basket. Carousell TechCrunch reports…

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  • Photo of Karuna Dimelow named COO of Coronis

    Karuna Dimelow named COO of Coronis

    In her new role, Karuna will oversee all aspects of Coronis Headquarters including events, administration, contracts, recruitment, marketing, operations, Concierge and IT. Karuna says she is “elated” and her main role will be moving the business forward on the strategic plan. The business has the goal of expanding to 40 offices within the next two…

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  • Photo of Stone Real Estate opens Toukley office

    Stone Real Estate opens Toukley office

    Stone Real Estate has moved north of Sydney to the Central Coast with the opening of its fourth office in as many months. This latest office is at Toukley, headed by Ron Coleman. Mr Coleman (previously of Ron Coleman Real Estate) brings 20 years of local market experience to the Stone brand. Mr Coleman said…

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  • Photo of New home sales decline further from peak: HIA

    New home sales decline further from peak: HIA

    New home sales declined 6.1 per cent during September 2017, following a decline that started in 2015, according to the HIA. The results are according to the latest edition of the HIA New Home Sales Report which gauges sales activity in residential building across the five largest states. During September 2017, new detached house sales…

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  • Photo of Titlexchange partners with Assembly Payments to improve cash flow for conveyancers

    Titlexchange partners with Assembly Payments to improve cash flow for conveyancers

    Gerard Healy, managing director of Titlexchange, says conveyancers often wait up to 90 days to get paid but Titlexchange's service significantly reduces the payment tail and improves the business’ cashflow. The company create a bespoke solution with payments solutions provider Assembly Payments, which also powers Airtasker, hipages and Carsales. The feature is the latest addition…

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  • Photo of Barry Plant Manningham wins REIV property marketing campaign under $10k award

    Barry Plant Manningham wins REIV property marketing campaign under $10k award

    Faced with the challenge of targeting a wealthy buyer pool for an ultra-modern, hill top mansion in Warrandyte they put together a clever, targeted campaign that showcased the sheer magnificence of the home. While still using the traditional marketing tools such as newspaper advertising and photo board, they elected to put a heavy emphasis on…

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  • Photo of McGrath Report 2018: John McGrath on property predictions and his top suburb picks

    McGrath Report 2018: John McGrath on property predictions and his top suburb picks

    In the report, which is an annual assessment of the property market focusing on the Australian east coast but also featuring market analysis on regional cities, Mr McGrath expresses confidence in the property markets of smaller cities and regional areas and dismisses any talk of a bubble. “Sydney and Melbourne have become the ‘New York’s…

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  • Photo of The Future of Real Estate: Meet the promising new talent at The Agency

    The Future of Real Estate: Meet the promising new talent at The Agency

    PRINT MEDIA, DOOR-KNOCKING, letterbox drops and handwritten notes: it sounds a bit like a coaching mixtape from way back. While everyone expects the younger generation to be behind a tablet or mobile, these agents who are the future of the industry are actually more sold on the traditional listing techniques that top agents were successful…

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  • Photo of Construction surges, housing turnover falls and auction volumes soaring – CoreLogic Property Pulse

    Construction surges, housing turnover falls and auction volumes soaring – CoreLogic Property Pulse

    CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher paired annual settled sales data with dwelling counts over time to show that the proportion of total housing stock turnover on an annual basis. Mr Kusher’s analysis found that over the 12 months to September 2017, just 5.0% of the national housing stock transacted; the lowest proportion of stock-turnover since…

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  • Photo of Stockdale & Leggo celebrates high achievers across network

    Stockdale & Leggo celebrates high achievers across network

    Chief Executive Officer of Stockdale & Leggo, Peter Thomas, paid tribute to the top performers and was thrilled with the efforts of the entire group over the year. “Recognition is incredibly important, particularly in an industry as tough as real estate, and I’m very happy to be able to celebrate the efforts of our people…

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  • Photo of REA Group re-launches Advantage Program

    REA Group re-launches Advantage Program

    Andrew Rechtman, Executive General Manager of REA Group, says the philosophy behind the program is to invest in customers and helping to strengthen the real estate industry for the future. "The philosophy behind the program is to assist agents to keep growing and for us to give back to the industry that does so much…

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  • Photo of Buyer’s agency Cohen Handler launches education program

    Buyer’s agency Cohen Handler launches education program

    The Buyer's Agent Institute is a five week education program aimed at providing the right information to those who wish to understand what it takes to become a buyer’s agent. Ben Handler, CEO and co-founder of Cohen Handler, says the idea stemmed from the flood of questions and queries Cohen Handler received about the industry, and…

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  • Photo of RE/MAX agent takes open home visitors into the world of opera

    RE/MAX agent takes open home visitors into the world of opera

    Patrick says his initiative for houses in ‘blue chip’ suburbs was intended to increase interest, foot traffic, the duration of viewing and the enjoyment of the viewers. For selected properties, he can arrange for the services of Sven Roehrs, a member of the Brisbane Chorale, one of Australia’s premier symphonic choirs, who has also sung…

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