Cassandra Charlesworth

Cassandra Charlesworth is a features writer for Elite Agent Magazine with over 15 years’ journalism experience in metropolitan and regional newsrooms. She has a specialist interest in real estate, tech disruption and a good old-fashioned “yarn”.
  • Real Estate Tech & Social

    Conquering the digital frontier: Mary Meeker

    Each year venture capitalist and former Wall Street analyst Mary Meeker trawls the deepest, darkest depths of internet data to examine the state of play. The result is her seminal Internet Trends Report, and it informs the decision-making of small and big business alike. This year Meeker’s insight confirms a series of big-ticket trends that digital experts have long foretold…

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  • Real Estate Tech & Social

    UK’s Goodlord platform seeks to streamline the rental process

    A UK company is working to simplify the rental process, digitising everything from document signing to tenancy history checks with the aim to better cater to “Generation Rent”. Goodlord was founded in 2014 in a bid to make renting as efficient as making a purchase online or ordering a takeaway. Its services include automatic contract generation, referencing, rent and deposit…

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  • Real Estate Tech & Social

    Google and iRobot team up to improve the smart home

    In a match made in tech heaven, Google and iRobot have teamed up in a bid to better map and improve the usability of the smart home. The venture sees iRobot’s latest Roomba i7 robotic vacuum cleaner gather spatial information as it goes about cleaning the home. Ultimately Google and iRobot hope gathering the data will help simplify smart home…

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  • Brand Editorial

    How Dexar Group are capitalising on AI

    On 10 August this year, Dexar Group unveiled its first sales project involving artificial intelligence. Launched at The Grounds development in Canberra, the initiative saw a virtual assistant employed to handle initial sales queries and assist in providing real-time information. Within two hours of the site’s launch, the team had its first sales lead. By Wednesday the following week more…

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  • Online Exclusive

    10 Essential Takeaways from Digital Live 18

    After a packed-to-capacity session in Sydney on 19 August, it was another crowded house in Brisbane on 26 August, with agents tapping into the expertise of some of the brightest minds in the digital industry. Created by REA Director of Industry Relations Steve Carroll, the program sees agents scored on their digital presence, then given the tools and mentoring to improve…

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  • Feature Interviews

    Thriving through Boom and Bust: Rick Hockey

    It was 2009 when Rick Hockey took the plunge to embrace a lifelong passion for property and enter the real estate game. At the time he had 28 years’ experience working in the Pilbara region as a BHP employee, was running his own successful cleaning business and had a deep connection with the Port Hedland community. The mining boom had afforded him the…

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  • Industry News

    McGrath looking to business turnaround

    McGrath Real Estate is looking to the positive after a tough financial year, yesterday noting “…the core fundamentals of McGrath are robust” and the company remains “one of Australia’s leading sales agent teams” with “brand, customer service offering and network reach”. The publicly-listed company released its end of financial year results on Monday, reporting the revenue and Earnings Before Interest,…

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    Strong financial results for rent.com.au

    Rental property website rent.com.au has reported strong results for the 2018 financial year, noting revenue growth of 41 per cent. The company, which specialises in rental property searches and associated products, released their full financial year results yesterday morning, stating revenue for 2017/18 was $2,324,880 – up from $1,654,395 in 2016/17. In their report to shareholders, rent.com.au directors explained that…

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  • EPM: Cover Stories

    True North: Michael Love

    It's been almost 75 years since Michael Love’s grandfather first opened the doors of Love Real Estate in service of Melbourne's 'North'. Now, as a third-generation agent and director of that company, Michael reflects on the valuable lessons his family’s experience offers him as he sets about “running his own race”. Story by Cassandra Charlesworth.

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  • Feature Interviews

    Olympian Anna Meares inspires at Connect 2018

    Eleven-times world cycling champion and Olympic Gold medallist Anna Meares offered an inspirational perspective into the mindset and physical stamina required of champions when she presented at Connect 2018 on Tuesday. “My career success has not been defined by being undefeated. It’s been defined by overcoming challenge and adversity along the way,” she said. A coal miner’s daughter, Ms Meares…

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  • Feature Interviews

    The Hon John Howard OM AC on leadership at Connect 2018

    When it comes to leadership mistakes, former Prime Minister John Howard yesterday joked to Cass Charlesworth, his biggest was a shoddy cricket bowl against the Pakistani army in Kashmir. The infamous 2005 footage of the then PM’s bowling attempt has haunted the cricket tragic ever since; but, according to Mr Howard, the true test of leadership is learning not to…

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  • News

    Top takeaways from Day 2 at Connect 2018

    Here are my top takeaways from a lineup of prestigious politicians, industry insiders and business experts who took to the stage for Connect Day 2. Mark Schulman – Hacking the Rockstar Attitude Fresh from performing with Pink the previous night, drummer Mark Schulman set the tone for an energetic Day 2 at Connect 2018, telling conference attendees: “Every word you…

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  • News

    Top takeaways from Day 1 at Connect 2018

    Here are my top takeaways from a lineup of prestigious politicians, industry insiders and business experts who took to the stage for Connect Day 1. Former PM John Howard – The Global Economic Future As Australia’s second longest serving Prime Minister, John Howard OM AC led the country over four terms and 13 years. His achievements in the top job…

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  • Cover Stories

    The First Ladies of First National Byron Bay

    When First National Byron Bay principal and director Chris Hanley speaks of his agency, he talks in terms of the “likeable people” who make up his team. “Basically, they’re just good people who happen to be real estate agents,” he reflects. “We have four women who have made a huge contribution to us being named the top sales office of the…

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