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Real estate roundup: the year that was

The Australian real estate market experienced a record year in 2021, with tight supply and strong demand leading to soaring prices.

Agents, vendors and buyers innovated through COVID-19 restrictions, including lengthy lockdowns in Melbourne and Sydney.

There were numerous mergers, acquisitions and buyouts, along with notable appointments and some surprising departures.

Once again, AREC thrilled and inspired, while the AREAs awarded and rewarded the best in the industry.

As always, there was never a dull moment, but we’ve compiled a list of some of the top real estate news stories in 2021.

January

Members of the new Laing+Simmons Board, D’Leanne Lewis, Joe Sita, Peter Green, Leanne Pilkington, Paul Abassi. (Not pictured: Tolly Saivanidis)

February

Laura Valenti
Laura Valenti was named the Most Influential Woman in the Property Industry at the 2020 AREAs earlier this year.

March

The Agency CEO Geoff Lucas.

April

Melbourne’s median house price passed $1 million.

May

Ray White TRG founder, Gavin Rubinstein.

June

Hayeswinckle Managing Director Daniel Hayes almost made the Big Brother finals.

July

Tony Pickering received the REIA President’s award.

August

Andrew Cocks vaccination
COVID-19 and the vaccination issue affected the industry.

September

LJ Hooker turned 93.

October

The High Court dismissed an appeal concerning real estate restraint of trade.

November

Tony Blamey has joined :Different as chief revenue officer.

December

Alison Hatch, of Best Nest Property Management, won Transform XII.

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