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  • Photo of Console Cloud integrates with Victorian forms provider

    Console Cloud integrates with Victorian forms provider

    Australian software firm Console Australia has integrated Victorian forms provider Forms Live with Console Cloud in a move that will save real estate professionals across the state significant administration and double-handling of data. Console Cloud is Console’s flagship SaaS enterprise software product, providing trust accounting, property management and real estate software in Australia and New…

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  • Photo of First home buyers back at highest level in almost a decade

    First home buyers back at highest level in almost a decade

    First home buyers are making the comeback of a decade with new figures showing the highest level of new lending in almost 10 years. The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show a 19.71 per cent increase in the value of new owner-occupier loans taken out in November, year-on-year in seasonally-adjusted terms While investors slipped…

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  • Photo of Domain supports agents in bushfire-affected areas

    Domain supports agents in bushfire-affected areas

    Property marketer Domain Group is offering a package to support real estate agents who have been affected by the nationwide bushfire crisis. Domain said the package was open to any customers who were operating within affected bushfire areas and experiencing a negative impact on their business as a result. "It’s hard to comprehend the scale…

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  • Photo of Market Buy reports record online sale

    Market Buy reports record online sale

    Market Buy has kicked off the year with a major win, achieving what they believe could be the highest online sale in “the history of Australian real estate”. Using the online offer management system, @Realty in Far North Queensland sold the massive 8000-acre land holding known as “Hazeldean” for $8.344 million on January 9. In…

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  • Photo of Holiday homeowners can help those affected by bush fires

    Holiday homeowners can help those affected by bush fires

    Leading property firm Raine & Horne has made a significant financial contribution to the real estate industry's Beyond the Bricks campaign and is also calling on owners of short-term holiday rentals to consider letting to families whose homes were destroyed by the horrific bushfires. Beyond the Bricks is the property's industry's response to the bushfires and has already…

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  • Photo of REA Group announces promotion of Kul Singh to Chief Sales Officer

    REA Group announces promotion of Kul Singh to Chief Sales Officer

    REA Group has announced the internal promotion of Kul Singh to the position of Chief Sales Officer and a member of the Executive Leadership Team, commencing January 20. In his new role, Mr Singh will be responsible for all aspects of sales across REA Group, including sales teams supporting residential, developers, commercial and media customers. …

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  • Photo of Real Estate industry unites to support victims of the bushfire crisis

    Real Estate industry unites to support victims of the bushfire crisis

    Within days of launch, almost 30 real estate industry brands have united behind the Beyond the Bricks campaign as part of an industry-wide response to the devastation caused by the bushfires. With a focus on a three-phase response that encompasses the pillars of 'relief, rebuild, restore', the group has already pledged more than $900,000 with…

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  • Photo of Bushfires may intensify housing shortage

    Bushfires may intensify housing shortage

    The bushfire crisis is likely to further impact the already tough housing market in regional Victoria, according to the REIV. Fierce fires continue to ravage Eastern Victoria, with over 75,000 private dwellings under threat. Meanwhile, locals will soon return to their homes and try and rebuild their lives. REIV President Leah Calnan said, with many…

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  • Photo of REA Group joins the global support of Australia’s bushfire relief efforts

    REA Group joins the global support of Australia’s bushfire relief efforts

    As Australia’s bushfire crisis continues, REA Group is introducing relief initiatives to help provide assistance to those affected by the devastation. REA Group CEO, Owen Wilson said like all Australians, the REA had been shocked and saddened by the overwhelming impact Australia’s bushfires are having on local communities and the environment.    “We know nothing can…

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  • Photo of Ray White optimistic about year ahead after successful 2019

    Ray White optimistic about year ahead after successful 2019

    Ray White is optimistic about the real estate business heading into 2020 after a successful 2019 which saw the group top its previous year’s sales numbers and record its best-ever month in November – all despite challenging market conditions. Ray White Group Managing Director Dan White the 2019 results were testament to the quality of leadership…

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  • Photo of What does Agent 2020 look like?

    What does Agent 2020 look like?

    Technology In 2016, as the industry sat on the precipice of major disruption, Ouwens and Casserly posed the question, by 2020 will the world’s largest real estate service have no agents? Uber owns no taxis. Alibaba owns no inventory. Facebook employs no publishers. Airbnb owns no properties. Was real estate headed down the same path?…

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  • Photo of Sotheby’s joins luxury brands in new Brisbane precinct

    Sotheby’s joins luxury brands in new Brisbane precinct

    Queensland Sotheby's International Realty (QSIR) is relocating its head office in Brisbane to an integrated luxury lifestyle precinct which puts them under the same roof as other up-market brands. The world-class flagship Breakfast Creek Wharf facility from Hong Kong-based multinational conglomerate, Lei Shing Hong Limited (LSH Property), is also home to some of the country’s…

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  • Photo of NSW property reforms to increase agent qualifications

    NSW property reforms to increase agent qualifications

    The NSW Government has announced a swag of new real estate and property industry reforms due to start on 23 March 2020, including increased qualifications for those entering the industry and ongoing training for established agents. The reforms also affect the licensing and qualifications of agents working in the real estate and property industry, and…

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  • Photo of McGrath shows confidence in South Coast market

    McGrath shows confidence in South Coast market

    McGrath Estate Agents will open two new franchise offices on the New South Wales South Coast in Mollymook and Ulladulla. Led by the area’s leading sales agent Andrea Tucker, the new offices are part of McGrath's expansion along the eastern seaboard markets in NSW. McGrath Estate Agents Head of Franchise Christopher Mourd said McGrath Mollymook…

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  • Photo of ‘A Little Ray of Giving’ raises thousands this Christmas

    ‘A Little Ray of Giving’ raises thousands this Christmas

    Christmas came early for many charities as Ray White’s Christmas initiative ‘A Little Ray of Giving’ raised thousands of gifts, money and more than 300 bags of non-perishables across Australia and New Zealand. More than 350 offices across the Ray White Group signed up to the cause, with more than 11,000 presents gathered, $2,200 in…

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  • Photo of New proptech ListReady is capturing the market with a clever alternative to manage property listing expenses

    New proptech ListReady is capturing the market with a clever alternative to manage property listing expenses

    Marketing is one of the best investments a vendor can make to attract buyers and create competition. An innovative tech-based ‘pay later’ solution is revolutionising this process by providing an alternative to credit cards to cover advertising and other listing-related expenses.

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  • Photo of Knight Frank appoints new Head of Queensland

    Knight Frank appoints new Head of Queensland

    Knight Frank has appointed Shaun Witherow as its new Head of Queensland. Mr Witherow has been acting Head of Queensland since October, with the role becoming permanent from December 16 following a thorough internal and external recruitment process. He was previously Knight Frank Queensland’s Head of Asset Management Services (AMS) and has been with the…

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  • Photo of DiJONES supports NSW regional towns in drought

    DiJONES supports NSW regional towns in drought

    DiJONES real estate has been driving economic stimulus in regional communities across NSW this Christmas, visiting more than 14 drought-affected towns, where they ate, shopped, stayed and delivered care packages. The company covered 3000km over three days as part of its Drought Drive, designed to support regional areas doing it tough in the worst drought…

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  • Photo of First National expands Fleurieu Peninsula network

    First National expands Fleurieu Peninsula network

    Little more than a year after First National Real Estate Ollwitz opened its new office in Willunga, SA, principals Ross and Debbie Coleman have joined forces with Peter O'Brien to open a second branch on the Fleurieu Peninsula office. The new office will operate under the same name in the historic town of Goolwa, and…

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  • Photo of Professionals expands into booming Riverstone

    Professionals expands into booming Riverstone

    The Professionals group has expanded its footprint in north-western Sydney after welcoming experienced real estate principal Stephen Trethowan to the agency network. Mr Trethowan, who had previously operated under the LJ Hooker banner, began trading as Professionals Homepoint Realty at Riverstone on 1 December. The seasoned real estate professional has been operating in the Riverstone…

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  • Photo of LJ Hooker 2020 predictions: The year of the everyday Australian

    LJ Hooker 2020 predictions: The year of the everyday Australian

    A power shift from banks to everyday Australians will fuel the national property market next year, according to LJ Hooker’s 2020 Trends Whitepaper. Trend #1: The power shift from banks to borrowersTrend #2: Renters become home ownersTrend #3: Regional rush for a same, same lifestyle Releasing the report ‘What’s in store for 2020? The year…

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  • Photo of Century 21 adds an office in Hoxton Park NSW

    Century 21 adds an office in Hoxton Park NSW

    Century 21 has ended the year on a high, opening a new office in Hoxton Park, NSW. It comes only weeks after Camden, Gregory Hills and Harrington Park in NSW, and Woombye in Qld opened their doors under the C21 brand. Century 21 Partners, located in Hoxton Park NSW, is led by accomplished Principals Jamal…

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  • Photo of LJ Hooker Foundation donates $200,000 to those in need

    LJ Hooker Foundation donates $200,000 to those in need

    The LJ Hooker Foundation has donated almost $200,000 to help those in need this year, including charities Humpty Dumpty Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis, Share the Dignity, and the Australian Red Cross. The LJ Hooker Foundation, which has raised more than $8 million since inception, helps LJ Hooker offices engage with their local communities and boost social…

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  • Photo of Ray White Centenary’s Little Ray of Giving in the outback

    Ray White Centenary’s Little Ray of Giving in the outback

    Ray White Centenary has donated $2000 to outback schools as part of the annual Ray White Group's ‘Little Ray of Giving’ campaign. The campaign is aimed at supporting the local community through donations, and over recent years has seen the Ray White Centenary office donate gifts for children facing a tough Christmas. This year they…

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  • Photo of Research shows consumers prefer SMS marketing

    Research shows consumers prefer SMS marketing

    New Australian research shows nearly three-quarters of consumers say an SMS message from a business is more likely to get their attention than email or an app notification. Mobile business messaging provider MessageMedia said around the world, many businesses are already reaping the benefits of SMS-driven customer interactions, as demonstrated by the incredible growth in SMS statistics.…

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  • Photo of Sydney auction clearance spike positive for Gold Coast

    Sydney auction clearance spike positive for Gold Coast

    The emerging recovery of Sydney’s property market is good news for the Gold Coast as it heads into the peak selling season, according to Ray White Surfers Paradise CEO Andrew Bell. With auction clearance rates in Sydney posting their best November results since 2016, Mr Bell said the Gold Coast is in line for its…

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  • Photo of Paul Denny takes reins at Raine & Horne Killarney Vale/Toowoon Bay

    Paul Denny takes reins at Raine & Horne Killarney Vale/Toowoon Bay

    Central Coast real estate specialist Paul Denny has taken over as owner of Raine & Horne Killarney Vale/Toowoon Bay just as the local property market begins to break records. Mr Denny started in the real estate industry in 1983, beginning his career as a property manager in Bankstown. In the ensuing years, he has owned…

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  • Photo of REIA re-elects President for second term

    REIA re-elects President for second term

    The Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) re-elected Adrian Kelly from Tasmania as President for a second term at its Annual General Meeting in Canberra in last week. Mr Kelly was born and raised in Hobart and has worked in the Tasmanian real estate industry since 1990. He is the founder and CEO of View…

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  • Photo of Lenders sign up to First Home Loan Deposit Scheme

    Lenders sign up to First Home Loan Deposit Scheme

    Twenty-seven lenders have now been endorsed to participate in the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme in the lead up to the scheme starting on 1 January 2020. The scheme, which will provide support for up to 10,000 first home loan guarantees for eligible first home buyers each financial year, aims to help first home buyers…

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  • Photo of Elders Real Estate awarded Team of the Year

    Elders Real Estate awarded Team of the Year

    The Elders Real Estate Team was recognised yesterday as Team of the Year at the annual One Elders Awards. The Elders Real Estate division navigated its way through challenging seasonal, market and credit conditions to see annual gross margin growth contribution achieved for the fifth year in a row. The ‘Alexander Lang’ Team of the…

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  • Photo of Top 10 Sydney suburbs to watch in 2020

    Top 10 Sydney suburbs to watch in 2020

    1. KensingtonJust a stone’s throw away from the CBD and Centennial Park, and with the University of New South Wales on its doorstep, Kensington ticks all the boxes for buyers looking to live near the city and Sydney’s eastern beaches. The long-awaited light rail network, set to open this week, will see interest in the…

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  • Photo of Sydney and Melbourne drive housing recovery

    Sydney and Melbourne drive housing recovery

    Australia’s two largest capital cities are leading a housing recovery, according to the Real Estate Institute of Australia. REIA Real Estate Market Facts for the September quarter 2019 said the weighted average median price for houses for the eight capital cities increased to $743,776. REIA President Adrian Kelly said the increase was driven by the…

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  • Photo of Coronis donates 1000 gifts for disadvantaged children

    Coronis donates 1000 gifts for disadvantaged children

    Coronis has once again jumped on board to support The Smith Family's Toy and Book Appeal which aims to spread the joy of opening gifts on Christmas morning to children from disadvantaged families. Coronis' Property Management Director Jodi Ford said throughout the month of November they put a call out to all their clients and…

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  • Photo of Don Ha takes over RE/MAX New Zealand

    Don Ha takes over RE/MAX New Zealand

    RE/MAX New Zealand's master franchise is being sold to one of its leading individual franchise owners. RE/MAX Revolution owner Don Ha is set to take up the CEO role in April next year, putting the master franchise 100 per cent in New Zealand ownership for the first time in 23 years. As a businessman, property…

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  • Photo of Belle Property launches holiday rentals platform, Belle Property Escapes

    Belle Property launches holiday rentals platform, Belle Property Escapes

    Belle Property has announced the launch of Belle Property Escapes - the holiday rental brand of the premium real estate company. Belle Property Escapes features rentals in some of the country’s most desirable holiday destinations including Avalon/Palm Beach, Jervis Bay and the Central Coast in New South Wales, as well as Cairns in Queensland. CEO…

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