Records all round as Queensland’s top real estate professionals shine

LJ Hooker Property Centre won Large Residential Agency of the Year at the Real Estate Institute of Queensland Awards for Excellence.

The Announcement:

On Saturday night (23 October), the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) hosted the Queensland’s real estate communities’ night of nights – the 2021 REIQ Awards for Excellence.

A record number of 820 real estate practitioners packed The Star Gold Coast for the industry peak body’s sell-out gala event, which saw 28 category winners crowned and celebrated for their outstanding achievements from an elite shortlist of finalists.

The REIQ’s CEO Antonia Mercorella congratulated the 2021 Award winners, acknowledging the highly competitive and rapidly changing landscape they’ve operated in over the past financial year.

“The REIQ Awards for Excellence is one of the most highly-anticipated events on the state’s real estate profession calendar, as agents and agencies strive to set themselves apart in Queensland’s competitive real estate industry,” Ms Mercorella said.

“Agents across Queensland vied for the chance to step up to the podium last night to accept an Award, and those who took home a title should be incredibly proud of that significant achievement.”

Ms Mercorella said that each year the REIQ’s members raised the bar of professionalism in the industry, reflected in the growing quantity and quality of Award entrants and calibre of the winners.

“In 2021 we’ve seen a record number of nominations, with 194 finalists vying to win the 28 individual and agency categories,” she said.

“As a peak body should, the REIQ exists to empower real estate agents in their endeavours to uphold the highest professional standards in the industry, and these Awards are an extension of that support – providing a stage for the profession’s stand-out performers to be elevated among their peers.”

Ms Mercorella said the long-standing Awards had been revamped this year with new categories.

“For the first time, the awards were expanded to feature new performance-based categories to better reflect both professional and commercial business successes, as well as new categories to shine a light on our industry’s rising stars,” Ms Mercorella said.

“Our judges were incredibly impressed by the quality of the finalists and each one of the exceptional winners are members who have demonstrated commitment to the REIQ values of integrity, customer service and best practice conduct, and strive to stay at the leading edge of their profession.”

2021 Award Category2021 Finalists2021 Winner
Agency Support Person of the Year· Tegan Baker, Property Zest· Alana Luchetta, The McGill Group· Samantha Rowland, Stone Real Estate Aspley· Emily-Jane Megraw, LJ Hooker Nerang I Solutions Gold Coast· Mandie Young, Propertyology· Tracey Thompson, Macwell Property· Penny Choyce, Laguna Real Estate· Karess Hepi, Ellie Jean Real Estate· Dee Ashworth, Investarent· Majella O’Neill, Position One PropertyPenny Choyce,Laguna Real Estate
Business Broker of the Year· Michelle Wright, Complete Business Brokers· Craig Campbell, Verified Businesses· Roland West, Link Business Brisbane· Cate Boleyn, Qld Rent Roll BrokersRoland West,Link Business Brisbane
Business Development Manager of the Year· Barbara McConnell, Position One Property· Sarah Martin, Plum Property· Kirsty Heilbronn, Image Property· Michelle Watt, Investarent· Jamie-Lee Billerwell, Code Property Group· Wayde Hildrew, Different Technologies· Heather Jopson, Beyond Property Management Pty Ltd· Lakshmy Anand, Guru Property· Cavell Cooper, Stone Real Estate· Scott McWilliams, Harcourts KingsberryScott McWilliams, Harcourts Kingsberry
Buyers’ Agency of the Year· Streamline Property Buyers· Your Property Hound· Property Pursuit· Property Zest· Propertyology· Hunter Gather PropertyPropertyology
Buyer’s Agent of the Year· Matt Reeves, Your Property Hound· Melinda Jennison, Streamline Property Buyers· Karen Young, Property Zest· Joanna Boyd, Joanna Boyd Buyers Advocate· Nathan Wunsch, Property Pursuit Pty Ltd· Simon Read, Worth Property Investing Pty Ltd· Bryan Loughnan, Propertyology· Marisa Yaksich, Property Pursuit Pty Ltd· Craig Hogg, The Edge Property Buyers· Jacob Butler, Hunter Gather PropertyMatt Reeves,Your Property Hound
Commercial & Industrial Agency of the Year· NAI Harcourts Sunshine Coast· Harcourts Coastal Commercial· Dugan & Co Property· Cushman & Wakefield· Chase Commercial Pty Ltd· First National Real Estate Action Realty Ipswich· SavillsCushman & Wakefield
Commercial Property Manager of the Year· Lauren Battams, Kelly & Co Property· Claire Blignaut, Vision Property ManagementLauren Battams, Kelly & Co Property
Commercial Salesperson of the Year· Paul Dugan, Dugan & Co Property Pty Ltd· Hunter Higgins, ColliersHunter Higgins, Colliers
Contribution to the Community Award· Solutions Property Management· Elevate Residential· Purpose Real Estate· LJ Hooker Solutions Gold Coast· Wythes Real Estate· Matter Property· Brisbane Inner West Realty· Laguna Real EstateLJ Hooker Solutions Gold Coast
Industry Innovation of the Year· RiTA by AiRE· Agent Dynamics· Spoke· Before You Bid· Realtair· :Different· InfoTrack Pty LtdRiTA by AiRE
Medium Residential Agency of the Year· Hinternoosa· Stone Real Estate Aspley· Code Property Group· Calibre Real Estate· Denovans Real Estate· Place Sunnybank· Solutions Property Management· QLD Hot Property· NGU Real Estate East Brisbane· Bees Nees City Realty· Torres Property· Blink Property QueenslandSolutions Property Management
Multimedia Award (NEW)· Calibre Real Estate· Plum PropertyCalibre Real Estate
Large Residential Agency of the Year· Plum Property· Image Property· Harcourts Kingsberry· LJ Hooker Property Centre· Amber Werchon Property· Matthews Real Estate· Laguna Real Estate· First National Real Estate Action Realty Ipswich· Ray White New Farm· RE/MAX Results· LJ Hooker Nerang | Solutions Gold Coast· Harcourts Solutions· Century 21 on Duporth· Century 21 Platinum AgentsLJ Hooker Property Centre
Regional Residential Agency of the Year· Blackbird and Finch· Explore Property Townsville· ANCHOR REALTY· Laguna Real Estate Gympie· Harcourts Kingsberry· Century 21 Platinum Agents· LOCATIONS Estate AgentsEqual win:· Blackbird and Finch· Explore Property Townsville
Residential Property Manager of the Year· Lisa Adaway, Hugo Alexander Property Group· Caroline Duxfield, Solutions Property Management· Oshie Peiris, Property Pursuit Pty Ltd· Tamara Weight, Harcourts Kingsberry· Rebecca Fogarty, Blackbird and Finch Estate Agents· Karen Stehr, Karen Stehr Property· Kerrie Lee, LJ Hooker Yarrabilba· Daniel Higgins, Stone Real Estate Aspley· Samantha Ellis, Property Zest· Amanda Feely, Plum PropertyRebecca Fogarty, Blackbird and Finch Estate Agents
Residential Salesperson of the Year· Brett Andreassen, Plum Property· Mark McGill, The McGill Group· Alisa Wythes, Wythes Real Estate· Daniel Lee, Plum Property· Adam Nobel, Hugo Alexander Property Group· Nicole Hintz, LJ Hooker Coomera I Ormeau I Solutions Gold Coast· Louise Denisenko, LJ Hooker Property Centre· Leanne Druery, RE/MAX Results Mackay· John Bradley, Stone Real Estate Aspley· Shannon Harvey, Place BulimbaShannon Harvey, Place Bulimba
Residential Salesperson of the Year (SEQ) – Performance Based (NEW)
(Settled Commissions, and Settled Transactions)
· Chris Gilmour, All Properties Group· David Stringer, DJ Stringer Property Services Pty Ltd· Nyree Ewings, LJ Hooker Property Centre· Damien Said, Century 21 on Duporth Maroochydore· Emil Juresic, NGU Real Estate East Brisbane· Mark Chesney, First National Real Estate Moreton· Glenn Ball, First National Real Estate Action Realty IpswichChris Gilmour, All Properties Group
Residential Salesperson of the Year (Regional) – Performance Based (NEW)
(Settled Commissions, and Settled Transactions)
· Tina Tillinger, ANCHOR REALTY· Stacey Arlott, RE/MAX Results Mackay· Leanne Druery, RE/MAX Results Mackay· Bevan Rose, LJ Hooker Gladstone· Michael Byrnes, Locations Estate Agents· Rob Nimmo, Laguna Real Estate GympieTina Tillinger, ANCHOR REALTY
Rising Star Property Manager of the Year (NEW)· Elizabeth Knauseder, Investarent· Kayla Dale, FAA Property Pty Ltd· Jacob Carlile, Qld Hot PropertyJacob Carlile, Qld Hot Property
Rising Star Salesperson of the Year (NEW)· Adrian Raiteri, Harcourts Kingsberry· Terri-Anne Murray, Amber Werchon Property· Caroline Johnston, Wythes Real Estate· Matthew Klauss, Bridgebury Real Estate· Carlene George, Countryside Realty Noosa· Adam Phillis, Phillis Real Estate QLD· Ben Doyle, PRD Burleigh Heads· Ellie Jean, Ellie Jean Real Estate· Daniel Hooper, One Percent Property· Roger Eveans, First National Real Estate Action Realty IpswichEllie Jean, Ellie Jean Real Estate
Sales Agency of the Year (SEQ) – Performance Based (NEW)
(Settled Commissions, and Settled Transactions)
· LJ Hooker Nerang I Solutions Gold Coast· RE/MAX Results· Amber Wercon Property· Torres Property· NGU Real Estate East Brisbane· LJ Hooker Property CentreLJ Hooker Property Centre
Sales Agency of the Year (Regional) -Performance Based (NEW)
(Settled Commissions, and Settled Transactions)
· RMW Property Agents· RE/MAX Results Mackay· Century 21 Platinum Agents· RE/MAX Success· Explore Property Mackay· A1 Realty Wide Bay BurnettRE/MAX Success
Small Residential Agency of the Year· Xperience Realty· Brant and Bernhardt Property· Purpose Real Estate· Smith & Co Realty· The McGill Group· Ellie Jean Real Estate· Hugo Alexander Property Group· Blackbird and Finch· Beyond Property Management· Rental Results Pty Ltd· Coral Sea Property Management· E-Fishient Property Solutions· PerryCooper Property· ANCHOR REALTYHugo Alexander Property Group
Auctioneer of the Year· Runner up – Yianni Mooney, Yianni Mooney Property· Jon Smith, Smith & Li· Andrew Allen, Ray White GladstoneDavid Holmes, Metro Auctions

About the REIQ Awards for Excellence

The annual REIQ Awards for Excellence is a platform for recognising and celebrating excellence in the Queensland real estate industry to encourage and promote best practice. Each year the REIQ hosts the Awards to shine a spotlight on the profession’s top agencies and agents, sourcing nominations from around 1,400 member agencies and 4,000 individual members.

Source: The Real Estate Institute of Queensland

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