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Introducing the 2021 AREAs finalists

REA Group has announced the finalists for the 2021 Annual REA Excellence Awards (AREAs) with winners set to be announced at state-based events on 24 March. 

There are some familiar names amongst the 31 submission-based finalists with 2020 Residential Agency of the Year winner DiJones a finalist in that category again, along with Cunninghams, Kollosche and TOOP+TOOP.

Laing+Simmons Chief Executive Officer Leanne Pilkington is a finalist in the Most Influential Woman in the Property Market, which is an award she took out in 2019. This year REIACT President and The Property Collective Director Hannah Gill and Knight Frank Partner Erin van Tuil are also in the running for the accolade.

Ryan Mitchell, who won the Property Manager of the Year award in 2020, is in contention again, alongside Ray White Forrest Hill’s Natasha James, The Property Collective’s Kimberly Castle and Highland Property’s Brad McHugh.

There’s some familiar faces among the finalists for the state-based Top Residential Agents as well, including Alexander Philips in NSW and Michelle Stephens in Victoria.

The top agents and campaigns of 2021 are based on on-site performance data from and

Finalist in the NSW Top Residential Agents award, The Agency Central Coast’s Brian Whiteman said he was delighted to make the Top 10, not just personally but from a team perspective.

“It’s not just me, I have an amazing team around me,” he said.

“We’ve worked for many, many years to get a really good team, so when things are meant to happen they happen and everyone gets the follow through that you’re meant to get in real estate.

“It doesn’t happen easy, but we’ve done it over a long period to get where we need to go. It’s thrilling to see the team part of what we’re doing.”

Mr Whiteman said while COVID-19 had presented hurdles that needed to be jumped, he’d never seen the Central Coast market so busy.

“It was a very, very busy time and the agents that had good people skills did very well in lockdown,” he said.

“It’s a great holiday destination and the NorthConnex allowing someone, say from Randwick, to be on the Central Coast within an hour was pretty cool. So we were very lucky with some of the things that happened around us.”

Stone Real Estate Principal Jess Smith is a finalist in the ACT Top Residential Agents award less than a year after opening her agency in Gungahlin.

“Everybody, when they start a business, wonders is it going to go well? Is it not going to go well?” she said.

“But we had an amazing six months last year, and the beginning of this year has been even better.”

Ms Smith said the fact that the residential agents award was based on data and feedback on meant a lot.

“We get a lot of feedback from our clients directly, but it’s so wonderful to have it from a third party portal,” she said.

“If our clients are going to the effort to put a review online, it certainly means a lot.”

Burgess Rawson, Colliers Australia, Dugan & Co Property and JLL are all finalists for the Commercial Agency of the Year award.

The full list of finalists can be found at

Established in 2016, the AREAs celebrate the success of property industry professionals and their outstanding performance in supporting Australians through every aspect of their property journey. 

REA Group Chief Customer Officer Kul Singh said the high calibre of submissions was not surprising  with so many outstanding achievements throughout the year. 

“2021 brought its own unique set of challenges as well as opportunities and we’re delighted to be able to help celebrate the success of the industry,” Mr Singh said.

“The quality of the submissions was very  impressive, the judges have their work cut out for them. I’m particularly looking forward to seeing  who takes out the new wellbeing initiative award. 

“The prize packages, which include media coverage, paid media exposure and development opportunities, are designed to assist our customers to win new business and to showcase their  brand to their current and prospective clients. 

“I would like to thank everyone who made a submission and I wish all finalists the very best of luck!” 

Full list of submission-based AREAs finalists

Residential Agency of the Year





Commercial Agency of the Year

Burgess Rawson

Colliers Australia

Dugan&Co Property


Property Manager of the Year

Brad McHugh, Highland Property

Kimberly Castle, The Property Collective

Natasha James, Ray White Forrest Hill

Ryan Mitchell, Raine & Horne Kurri Kurri

Most Influential Woman in the Property Market

Erin van Tuil

Hannah Gill

Leanne Pilkington

Game Changer of the Year

Athena Home Loans

Burgess Rawson

Knight Frank Perth: WorkZone Team

Place Estate Agents

Marketer of the Year

Giverny Reid, Crown Group

Matt Emmerson, Metricon

Simon Hughes, Complete Property Advertising

Integrated Brand Campaign of the Year

ANZ Band Landlords Insurance


Jeep – Work Far From Home

Wellbeing Initiative of the Year

Cushman & Wakefield: CushWake Cares Program

Equality Media: Well Work at Home

Key 2 Sale Real Estate

Contribution to Community

HomeGround Real Estate


Woodards Community Program

Top Residential Agents finalists

Victoria Top 10

Romana Altman
Buxton – Sandringham

Bal Amardeep
Bal Real Estate – Truganina

Chari Emirzade
Barry Plant – Geelong

Mark Di Giulio
Barry Plant – Doncaster East

Chris Hassall
Buxton – Bentleigh

Theo Politis
Barry Plant – Doncaster East

Nick Renna
Jellis Craig – Bentleigh

Sam Rigopoulos
Jellis Craig – Northcote

Luke Sacco
Nelson Alexander – Northcote

Michelle Stephens
OBrien Real Estate – Carrum Downs

NSW Top 10 

Jay Bacani
Manor Real Estate

Dib Chidiac
Dib Chidiac

Peter Diamantidis
Ray White St Marys – Diamantidis Group

Maclay Longhurst
Bresic Whitney Estate Agents – Darlinghurst

Alexander Phillips
PPD Real Estate

Mark Saleh
Pace Property Agents – Greenacre

Ric Serrao
Raine & Horne – Double Bay

Josh Tesolin
Ray White Quakers Hill – The Tesolin Group

David Walker
Ray White Upper North Shore

Brian Whiteman
The Agency Central Coast

QLD Top 10

Melita Bell
RE/MAX Success – Toowoomba

Chris Gilmour
All Properties Group – LOGAN

Brock Jaeger
BandD Realty – Narangba

Alex Jordan
McGrath Estate Agents – Paddington

Michael Kollosche
Kollosche – Broadbeach

Craig Morrison
Town – Sunshine Coast

Tony O’Doherty
Belle Property – Bulimba

Philip Resnikoff
Crafted Property Agents – Browns Plains

Nathan Strudwick
Elders Real Estate – Shailer Park

Ryan Suhle
Ray White – North Lakes

SA Top 10 

Rosemary Auricchio
LJ Hooker – West Lakes | Henley Beach

Thomas Crawford
Toop + Toop

Travis Denham
Magain Real Estate – Adelaide

Kathleen Fry
Harcourts South Coast

Tom Hector
Harris Real Estate

Peter Kiritsis
Ray White – Woodville

Mike Lao
Edge Realty

Nick Psarros
Ray White – Port Adelaide

Kate Smith
Harcourts Smith – Semaphore

Stephanie Williams
WILLIAMS Real Estate

WA Top 10 

Linton Allen
Empire Property Solutions – Fremantle

Shane Beaumont
Realmark – Coastal

Tim Cooper
Summit Realty – Bunbury

Elsie Corby
Douglas Corby – Ray White Rockingham Baldivis

Mark Grogan
O’Neil Real Estate

Eric Hartanto
Harcourts Applecross – Applecross7

Adam Naumovski
The Agency – PERTH

Mark Snelson
360 Real Estate – Ellenbrook

Jack Wormington
The Agency

Vivien Yap
Ray White – Dalkeith | Claremont

ACT Top 10 

Symon Badenoch
Badenoch Real Estate – Belconnen

Louise Harget
Belle Property – Canberra

Brett Hayman
Hayman Partners – Canberra

Holly Komorowski

Anthony McCormack
Hayman Partners – Canberra

Colin McIntyre
McIntyre Property – Conder

Sandy Morris
One Agency Sandy Morris – Kambah

Nick Purnell
Purnell Citywide Real Estate – Kingston

Mario Sanfrancesco
Blackshaw – Manuka

Jess Smith
Stone Real Estate – Gungahlin

TAS Top 10 

Harry Coomer
Peterswald for property

Abi Freeman
Knight Frank – Tasmania

Matt Grice
One Agency – Burnie

Tegan Rainbird
Petrusma Property – Glenorchy

Richard Sims
Sims for Property – Launceston

Brad Stephens
Knight Frank – Tasmania

Wendy Squibb
Harcourts Devonport & Shearwater – Devonport

Jake Towns
Petrusma Property – Howrah

Mickey White
Knight Frank – Tasmania

Jeremy Wilkinson
Harcourts – Launceston

NT finalists

Andrew Harding
Real Estate Central – Darwin City

Daniel Harris
Real Estate Central Projects – Darwin

Adam Hayes
Call2View Real Estate – Palmerston

Sascha Smithett
Real Estate Central – Darwin City

Simon Watts
Real Estate Central – Darwin City

Land Campaign of the Year

Victoria and Tasmania finalists

Westbrook, Dennis Family

Riverwalk, Development VIC

Mt. Pleasant, KR Peters

NSW and ACT finalists

Ardennes, Allam Homes

Box Hill Rise, Opes Property Partners

Austral Estate, Urban Land & Housing Group

QLD and NT finalists

Ellendale, Cedar Woods Properties

The Arbour, Villawood

The Surrounds, Villawood

SA finalists

Tonsley Village, Peet

Springwood, Springwood Communities

Hamilton Hill, Woodforde JV / Iron Fish

WA finalists

Ariella Private Estate, Cedar Woods Properties

Harrisdale Green, Cedar Woods Properties

Alkimos Beach, Lend Lease Development

Builder Campaign of the Year

Victoria and Tasmania finalists

JG King

Mimosa Homes

Simonds Homes

NSW and ACT finalists

Champion Homes

Hudson Homes

Metricon Homes

QLD & NT finalists

Dixon Homes

Metricon Homes

Porter Davis Homes

SA finalists

Hickinbotham Homes

Rossdale Homes

Weeks Macklin Homes

WA finalists

Celebration Homes

Dale Alcock Homes

Redink Homes

Apartment Campaign of the Year

Victoria and Tasmania finalists

East Brunswick Village, Banco Group

Glenarm Square – Glen Iris, Deal Corporation

West Side Place, Fletchers

NSW & ACT finalists

Rhodes Central Stage 3, Billbergia

Château, Bridgestone Projects

Habitat, Century 21

QLD & NT finalists

Ocean, Meriton Property Services

Quay Waterfront Newstead, Mirvac

Croft on Fish Lane, Stockwell Property

SA Finalists

The Adelphi, Adelphi Apartments / Carat

E78, Eclipse Real Estate

Eighty Eight O’Connell, Modelfarm Studio

WA finalists

Civic Heart, Finbar Group

AT238, Finbar Group

Shenton Quarter, Iris Residential

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