Hannah Blackiston

Hannah Blackiston is the Deputy Editor of Elite Agent and real estate obsessive who splits her time between stalking auctions and lusting over luxury listings. She fell into property journalism 5 years ago and never looked back.
  • Industry News

    CoreLogic reveals best performing suburbs for 2018

    CoreLogic has released their Best of the Best report for 2018, revealing the suburbs which performed best as the property market slowed. At a macro level, CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher describes the property market conditions for 2018 as ‘slowing quite rapidly’. Digging beneath the surface, his analysis found that the market conditions are now somewhat of a mixed bag,…

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  • Industry News

    APRA removes cap on interest-only home loans

    The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has announced it will end a 30 per cent cap on the proportion of new loans that can be made on an interest-only basis, saying it was a ‘temporary measure’. APRA chair Wayne Byres said that since the introduction of the cap the proportion of new interest-only lending had halved and that the share…

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  • News

    Owen Wilson appointed Chief Executive Officer of REA Group

    In an announcement to the ASX today, REA Group has announced that Owen Wilson will be taking over from Tracey Fellows as CEO when she steps down from the role in 2019. Ms Fellows is moving to New York to take on a new role as President of Global Digital Real Estate with REA Group majority shareholder News Corp. Mr…

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  • Feature Interviews

    Born to Compete: Hayley Van de Ven

    Entering the real estate industry straight out of high school, Hayley Van de Ven was a successful sales agent by the age of 18 – something she can barely believe now. “When I think about it now, I wonder who would have taken me seriously at 18,” laughs Hayley. She initially entered into a youth training program run by Ray…

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  • Supplier News

    Domain purchases Commercial View

    Domain have made their first acquisition since the Nine takeover, purchasing Commercialview.com.au. The move comes after the announcement last week that Chief Sales Officer Tom Ainsworth had been made redundant after CEO Jason Pellegrino had made the decision to restructure the business. The acquisition is occurring via Commercial Real Estate Media (CREM) which is a subsidiary of Domain – owned…

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  • Supplier News

    Survey results show what really makes property managers happy

    Property software provider Rockend has released the results of their 2018 Voice of the Australian Property Management survey which has shown how property managers really feel about their industry. The survey of 1,034 property management professions, including property managers, principals, heads of departments, BDMs and trust managers, was aimed at establishing a benchmark for the feeling of those in the…

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  • Supplier News

    Tom Ainsworth receives redundancy from Domain as restructure is announced

    Domain’s chief sales officer Tom Ainsworth has been made redundant as CEO Jason Pellegrino makes major restructuring changes in the business. According to a memo sent to Domain staff yesterday, the restructure will see the business split into two main arms – B2B and B2C. The split has seen the former chief product and customer experience officer Tony Blamey promoted…

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  • EPM: Profile

    Delivering a Difference: Jessica Melling

    With 11 years in property management under her belt, Jessica Melling is somewhat of an expert. It’s this passion and knowledge that drives her in her current role as BDM at LJ Hooker Robina and Mudgeeraba, where she also oversees the property management team across both offices, as well as working with Burleigh Waters and Burleigh Heads. “As a team we’re growing rapidly.…

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  • Feature Interviews

    Feeling at home: Jason Boon

    Richardson & Wrench’s office presence in Potts Point is a great reflection of their team. Although they’ve moved into a thoroughly modern office space on bustling Macleay Street, just a couple of blocks away they still have one of their old offices. It’s here that Jason Boon works. The office, which also acts as an auction space, matches his personality…

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  • Feature Interviews

    The initiative helping agents end homelessness

    “I’d noticed the homeless situation getting worse and worse – I think in the inner city over the last six years I’ve really been noticing it – but I’ve always thought it’s someone else’s responsibility. Someone else will deal with that. Then I realised I could actually do something about it, which is how the project started. “I thought, here…

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  • Industry News

    Airbnb set to start designing houses in 2019

    Airbnb has announced they will begin building their own prototype homes in 2019 through a new project called Backyard. The short-term letting platform, which arguably kicked off the self-managed short-term letting craze, already has a global network of more than five million properties and is estimated to be worth approximately $38 billion. According to a press release, Backyard will be…

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  • Industry News

    Changes to flexible work arrangements from 1 December 2018

    The Fair Work Commission has announced changes to flexible work for millions of workers across the country. As of 1 December 2018, employers will need to make a genuine attempt to reach a flexible working arrangement, and provide details for any refusals. Flexible working arrangements include changes to hours of work, patterns of work and locations of work. Employees who…

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  • Industry News

    Melbourne tops Asia Pacific region as best investment for 2019

    According to a new report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and PwC, Melbourne is the best prospect in the Asia Pacific region for both investment and development. The Emerging Trends in Real Estate Asia Pacific report for 2019 provides an outlook on Asia Pacific real estate investment and development trends, real estate finance and capital markets, and trends by…

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  • Feature Interviews

    Playing to win: the female agent team who tackled The Block 2018

    Channel Nine’s renovation juggernaut The Block wrapped on its 14th season this year, seeing Hayden and Sara from New South Wales take the (slightly controversial) win, represented by McGrath St Kilda principal Michael Townsend. But representing Kerrie and Spence from South Australia was The Block’s first all-female (and the only female agents this season) team, Emily Adams and Stephanie Evans…

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