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REIA announce National Awards for Excellence finalists

Finalists in the 17th REIA National Awards for Excellence 2022 have been announced, with the best agencies, agents and property managers set to vie for the coveted awards.

Real Estate Institute of Australia President Hayden Groves said the new look REIA National Awards for Excellence 2022, or NAFE, celebrated the best of the best in Australian real estate.

“Drawn from the 2021 winners of state and territory real estate institutes awards for excellence, the REIA National Awards for Excellence are Australia’s only national, independently judged, and practitioner-led real estate awards across Australia,” Mr Groves said.

“Winners will not only be outstanding achievers, but also advance their teams and the communities they work in, underpinned by a strong pledge to our state and territory institute’s best practice agenda.

“A total of 107 entries were received, a significant increase on last year, who will compete for 21 awards in what will be a night to remember as borders across Australia reopen.”

Director at Harcourts Launceston, Jeremy Wilkinson has been nominated for Residential Salesperson of the Year and said the awards were something his team continually worked towards.

“It’s something that’s peer-reviewed, which really makes it a great achievement for me and the whole team and it’s something we strive for every year,” Mr Wilkinson said.

“I’ve been in real estate for 20 years and have been a finalist seven times, so I’m hoping it’s eighth time lucky.”

Mr Wilkinson said that the awards meant a lot this year after an incredible 12 months for real estate around the country.

“We all really had to step things up last year and who would have thought we all could when we were already in overdrive, but we did which is great,” he said.

The finalists are selected based on a range of factors, which is something Mr Wilkinson said agents value highly.

“There are some incredible performers in the list of finalists, but the great thing about the award is that it’s not just about your numbers it’s on a whole mix of things,” he said.

“It makes it achievable for others, because if it was just on numbers there are some bigger players who do large numbers because we don’t have the volume or extreme sales prices in Tasmania.

“The support of Harcourts has been tremendous as well because we simply couldn’t have done it without that.”

The REIA National Awards for Excellence 2022 include 21 categories across all aspects of the real estate: residential and commercial agencies, residential and commercial sales, property management, business brokers, buyer’s agents, community service, innovation and communications.

This year will also feature a new REIA President’s Award.

Mr Groves said the finalists were setting the standard for excellence across the country.

“Customers wanting to select a real estate agent for sale or to manage their property that can deliver them true excellence in both service and results should look no further than the list of NAFE 2022 finalists,” Mr Groves said.

Mr Groves said it was encouraging to see many more female participants in the 2022 NAFE with 45 female finalists – a 60 per cent increase on last year.

“We encourage all in the industry to make the trip to Melbourne and enjoy a great night of national networking hosted by the wonderful team at the Real Estate Institute of Victoria,” Mr Groves said.

The REIA National Awards for Excellence will be held at the iconic Zinc, at Federation Square, in Melbourne on 7 April, 2022.

REIA National Awards for Excellence 2022: finalists

EXCELLENCE IN THE INDUSTRY

Achievement Award, sponsored by Hutly

  • Bianca Way, home.byholly, ACT
  • Georgina Goldsworthy, One Buyers Agency, NSW

Community Service Award, sponsored by Real Estate Employers’ Federation

  • Sentia Real Estate, ACT
  • Cathy Baker, Belle Property Central Coast, NSW
  • Elders Real Estate Darwin, NT
  • South East Property Sales and Management, SA
  • Key2 Property, TAS
  • HomeGround Real Estate, VIC
  • Semple Property Group, WA

Innovation Award, sponsored by Before You Bid (BYB)

  • Canberra Property Partners, ACT
  • River Realty, NSW
  • Thrive Property, NT
  • Harcourts Huon Valley, TAS
  • Network Pacific, VIC

Operational Support Award, sponsored by AON

  • Juliana Rocha, Maria Selleck Properties, ACT
  • Rebecca Eveleigh, Leah Jay, NSW
  • Samantha Torchio, Xsell Property, SA
  • Jenna Baker, Key2 Property, TAS
  • Rachel Boggs, Caine Real Estate, VIC
  • Tennessee Teixeira, Davey Real Estate, WA

Operational Leadership Award, sponsored by Hutly

  • Cassandra Cumberland, Independent Property Group, ACT
  • Kelly Blake, Cunninghams, NSW
  • Kirsty Mattiazzo, Elders Real Estate Darwin, NT
  • Tiffany Browne, Xsell Property, SA
  • Rebecca Berry, Belle Property St Kilda, VIC
  • Michelle Rigg, Rentwest Solutions, WA

Marketing and Communications Award, sponsored by Realbot

  • The Property Collective, ACT
  • Wiseberry Heritage Group, NSW
  • Sims for Property, TAS
  • Facey Property, VIC
  • dethridgeGROVES, WA

Marketer of the Year, sponsored by List Ready

  • Sally Strang, home.byholly, ACT
  • Mechlenne Douaihy, Merc Real Estate, NSW
  • Chrissy Esau, LJ Hooker Kensington | Unley, SA
  • Saan Bramich, Harrison Agents, TAS
  • Ben Roberts, Blackbird & Wren Real Estate Sunbury, VIC

Business Development Manager of the Year, sponsored by AON

  • Maria Edwards, HomeGround Real Estate Canberra, ACT
  • Pete Domjen, Propertybuyer, NSW
  • Hayley Hosking, Real Estate Central, NT
  • Nathan Moore, Harris Real Estate, SA
  • Amber Riley, PRD Hobart, TAS
  • Gabriela Ammendola, GA Industrial and Commercial, VIC
  • Shantell Kupsch, Davey Real Estate, WA

Business Broker of the Year, sponsored by REI Super

  • Nikki Katz,The Business Sales Agency, SA
  • John Kasapi, Benchmark Business Sales & Valuations, VIC

Buyers’ Agent of the Year

  • Claire Corby, Capital Buyers Agency, ACT
  • Simone Luxford, Essential Property Wealth, NSW
  • Katherine Skinner, National Property Buyers, SA
  • Miriam Sandkuhler, Property Mavens, VIC
  • Liz Sterzel, Property Wizards, WA

RESIDENTIAL

Residential Sales Team of the Year

  • Independent Property Group, ACT
  • Cunninghams, NSW
  • Adcock Real Estate, SA
  • Sims for Property, TAS
  • Blackbird & Wren Real Estate Sunbury, VIC

Residential Salesperson of the Year

  • Cathy Baker, Belle Property Central Coast, NSW
  • Andrew Adcock, Adcock Real Estate, SA
  • Jeremy Wilkinson, Harcourts Launceston, TAS
  • Taney Jain, Reliance Manor Lakes, VIC
  • Brendon Habak, Realestate 88 Inner City, WA

Residential Property Manager of the Year, sponsored by Terri Scheer

  • Emily Larsen, Independent Property Group, ACT
  • Antonio Mesiti, The Management Agency, NSW
  • Helen Feeney, First National O’Donoghues, NT
  • Vanessa Bekker, Essential Property Management, SA
  • Zali Stevens, Key2 Property, TAS
  • Kristy Copping, Perth Property Management, WA
  • Wendy Steel, Max Brown Real Estate, VIC

Residential Property Management Team of the Year, sponsored by Terri Scheer

  • The Property Collective, ACT
  • Leah Jay, NSW
  • First National O’Donoghues Real Estate, NT
  • Adcock Real Estate, SA
  • Key2 Property, TAS
  • Network Pacific Real Estate, VIC
  • Rentwest Solutions, WA

Small Residential Agency of the Year, sponsored by REA Group

  • HomeGround Real Estate Canberra, ACT
  • My Agent, NSW
  • Elders Real Estate Katherine, NT
  • Lands Real Estate, SA
  • First National Real Estate Kingston, TAS
  • Noel Jones Mitcham, VIC

Medium Residential Agency of the Year, sponsored by REA Group

  • Ayre Real Estate, NSW
  • Absolute Real Estate, NT
  • Harcourts Huon Valley, TAS
  • One Residential, WA

Large Residential Agency of the Year, sponsored by REA Group

  • Independent Property Group, ACT
  • Cunninghams, NSW
  • Elders Real Estate Darwin, NT
  • Harris Real Estate, SA
  • PRD Hobart, TAS
  • OBrien Real Estate (Carrum Downs/Chelsea), VIC

COMMERCIAL

Commercial Agency of the Year, sponsored by Cirrus 8

  • Sentia Real Estate, ACT
  • CI Australia, NSW
  • LJ Hooker Commercial, SA
  • Knight Frank Hobart, TAS
  • CBRE, VIC
  • Ray White Commercial, WA

Commercial Property Manager of the Year, sponsored by Cirrus 8

  • Kadison News, Burgess Rawson, ACT
  • Andrew Burrows, MMJ Real Estate, NSW
  • Sandra Jago, Knight Frank Tasmania, TAS
  • Silvana Di Camillo, Network Pacific Real Estate, VIC

Commercial Salesperson of the Year

  • Guy Randell, Burgess Rawson, ACT
  • Sophie Tieman, JLL, NSW
  • Raquel Pacicca, Adelaide Property Brokers, SA
  • George Burbury, Knight Frank Tasmania, TAS
  • Stuart Taylor, JLL, VIC

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Rowan Crosby

Rowan Crosby is a freelance journalist specialising in finance and real estate.

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