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”.
  • Never one to shy away from a challenge, REA Director of Industry Relations and Digital Live founder Steve Carroll has upped the ante in his efforts to raise funds for disadvantaged children, with his eye now firmly fixed on a $100,000 fundraising target that will go to the charity Hands Across the Water. Last year, Steve joined forces with some…

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  • In 2017, the Macquarie Residential Real Estate Benchmarking Report found the national average commission had slid from 2.6 per cent in 2009 to 2.18 per cent in 2016. Meanwhile, agencies were ‘looking to get more value from their investment in salespeople’. How can I help you? As a second-generation real estate agent who has experience building both franchise agencies and…

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  • From her newly opened agency in Nedlands, WA, Michelle Kerr says she never expected to become a real estate agent. Rather, it was a career she fell into that ultimately saw her thrive. “I had a long history of property development and renovations,” Michelle explains. “I enjoyed 15 years of buying and selling, and saw the best and the worst…

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  • Glen Coutinho recently sat down and penned a quick letter. It was a short note to his first ever client in real estate, thanking him for his support. “I hope you’re enjoying your home,” he wrote. “Just letting you know I’ve been in real estate for 30 years now, but I wanted to remind you that you were my first…

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  • This year’s CES was the biggest and brightest in the event’s history, with 180,000 people in attendance as 4,500 exhibitors showcased their wares. Among those leading the charge were innovators in the smart home, with a range of new gadgets and new technology set to hit the market this year. So what are the major trends emerging, and which smart…

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    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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  • 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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