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”.
  • 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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    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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    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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    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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  • Case Studies

    Empowering for Growth: Sunil Kumar

    Reliance Real Estate CEO Sunil Kumar chose to focus on respect and empowerment when he opened his first office in 2011. That philosophy has seen his agency ranked the eighth fastest growing business in Australia.

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  • Feature Interviews

    Focused and Fearless: Kelly Tickle

    What was your first ever job and what did it teach you? My first job was at Target Brookside when I was in Year 10. It taught me communication skills. You need to be able to deal with all different people from all different walks of life and understand that everyone has a story. After a brief stint on the…

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    Nurturing the Nature of Property Management: Rae Tolley

    Reflecting on a property management career that has spanned over two decades, Beller Property Group’s Rae Tolley says it’s a role that appeals to her nurturing nature. “You need to be caring and have a big-picture approach, because as a property manager you’re a big part of people’s lives.” Rae started her real estate career with an 18-month stint in…

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    How to own your digital space with Colin Anstie

    When it comes to standing out in the digital space, Raging Digital CEO Colin Anstie says it’s about three essential steps: creating a ‘killer’ profile, growing your audience and offering amazing content. He’ll be on hand at Digital Live 2018 to offer an in-depth insight into exactly how that’s done. Mr Anstie offers his expertise as an analyst and speaker…

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  • Elite Agent

    Socially minded meets social media at Digital Live 2018

    When 200 agents take part in Digital Live 2018 later this year, many will walk away with invaluable skills to improve their standing in a brave new digital age. But far beyond social media, websites and digital literacy, their participation in the program will also make an invaluable difference to real children’s lives. This year proceeds from Digital Live will…

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