week-20-2018

  • Elite Agent

    Chinese demand in Toronto dropped like a bowling bowl, but now may be bouncing

    Recent experience in Toronto shows that, after the new foreign buyers tax was imposed, Chinese demand dropped like a bowling ball, but demand may have begun to recover. CEO of Juwai.com Carrie Law explains. Toronto is an interesting case study for Australians curious to know how foreign buyer taxes affect Chinese demand. This is especially important because Australia has probably the most restrictive foreign buyer regime in the developed world, …

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    Property Council welcomes NSW Productivity Commissioner

    The Property Council welcomes the appointment of the new NSW Productivity Commissioner, Peter Achterstraat AM. “The Property Council has been a strong supporter of the establishment of a Productivity Commission as a welcome mechanism to hold a mirror to the way we operate and look for productivity improvements,” Property Council NSW Executive Director Jane Fitzgerald said today. “Mr Achterstraat’s experience garnered through a distinguished career will place him in a strong position to take on key reforms to reduce red tape and encourage investment. …

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  • FRANCHISE NEWS

    Adrian Wood further bolsters The Agency’s Melbourne growth

    Leading Port Phillip agent Adrian Wood has joined The Agency’s Albert Park team alongside Michael Paproth and Peter Kakos. Adrian Wood is known for repeat property sales, inter-generational client relationships and off-market success. He has reportedly achieved $70 million in property sales over 2017, a 97% clearance rate over the past two years and transacted $13.6 million in off-market sales in the last week. …

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  • BEST PRACTICE

    Lessons from La La Land

    2017 was a big year and one that confirmed that there is nothing more certain than death and taxes… and change. And change has well and truly arrived. Bear with me while I skirt around a few big-ticket items in order to set the scene. Hollywood. I’m sure 100 per cent of us can say that our opinions of Hollywood as a business have drastically changed over the past 12 months. …

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  • Sales Transform 2018

    Gavin Rubinstein: How did you build your database when you first started out?

    Learn more from Sales Transform 2018       More videos from this series …

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  • BEST PRACTICE

    How to have a great conference experience at #AREC2018

    If you’ve made the decision to come along to #AREC2018 this year (and we hope you have), you’ve made a great decision to invest in your career by taking some time out of the office – to learn some new things and meet some new people. We know it’s a significant investment, but well worth it. Use this handy guide for some great tips to help make your #AREC2018 (or any conference) the best experience ever. …

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  • Elite Agent

    Ask the Coach: How to reach your business goals in the next 6 months

    Top coach Claudio Encina is back to answer your burning questions, this time around having a half-yearly check-in to see where you are with your goals. Q. Anything I could be doing to improve my business halfway through the year? – Tristan Cavarra, Dunsheas Ingleburn It’s check-in time; we’re at the halfway mark of the year, when I always ask my clients to review the year so far. …

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS
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    Real estate reforms have no set commencement date: NSW Fair Trading

    NSW Fair Trading has confirmed that the CPD reforms in NSW don’t currently have a commencement date. Speaking to Elite Agent, a NSW Fair Trading spokesperson said that the CPD guideline changes were just one part of the package, and due to the size of the task at hand, no commencement date had currently been set. “The new CPD guidelines are just one element of the Government’s Real Estate Reform Package. …

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    Disruptors amongst top US brokerage firms

    Real estate disruptors are gaining traction in the US, with innovative players like Redfin and Compass both named in the top 10 brokerage firms in terms of sales. According to the recently released inaugural Swanepoel Mega 1000 list, which ranks US brokerages, Redfin came in at fourth position with $22.5 billion in sales last year, while Compass took out ninth position with $14 billion in sales. …

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  • EPM: First Person

    How to consult, prescribe and close as Dr Property Manager: Debbie Palmer

    If I were to telephone or visit your agency today and enquire about your services, what would you say? How would you respond to questions like, ‘What do you do for your management fee?’, ‘Why should I choose you?’ or ‘What do you do differently?’ To successfully win new business it is important that you can answer these questions to set yourself apart from your competitors. …

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  • FRANCHISE NEWS

    Top sales team takes the RE/MAX Pinnacle name

    RE/MAX Pinnacle is the new name customers will see on the popular RE/MAX real estate office in Manukau, New Zealand. Owners Rasheed and Nazia Muhammed decided to heighten their Manukau operation’s profile by giving it its own identity. The highly skilled and professional RE/MAX Pinnacle team specialise in real estate sales. The Muhammed’s also own RE/MAX Property in Papatoetoe, where the focus is on property management. …

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  • FRANCHISE NEWS

    Corinna Mansell of RE/MAX knits warmth into needy families this winter

    If you spot RE/MAX New Zealand General Manager Corinna Mansell with balls of yarn in her arms, you can be sure there’s another warm blanket on the way to a family in need this winter. Ms Mansell is working with Variety – The Children’s Charity and one of its partner organisations to provided warm blankets and clothing for families in need “Variety the children’s charity is dear to my heart, …

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  • NEWS

    Biller Property opens its second office in Potts Point

    Last Wednesday night Biller Property celebrated its expansion with the opening of its second office. The celebration of the new office located in Macleay St, Potts Point took place at the uber chic Bistro Rex across the road from the new office. Over one hundred guests dined on French canapes and cocktails while enjoying the sounds of live Jazz music and mingling with industry heavyweights. …

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  • FEATURE INTERVIEWS

    Standing out in the age of influence: Julie Masters

    In the age of influence, how do you stand out from the crowd? According to Julie Masters, CEO of Influence Nation, it’s about becoming the trusted authority in your space. Ms Masters will share her expertise on how to become that trusted authority as part of Digital Live 2018, bringing a career of decoding influence to the 100 real estate agents taking part. …

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  • NEWS

    Girls in Property Week aims to foster pipeline of talent

    Sydney schoolgirls will get a taste of what it’s like to work in the property industry during the second Girls in Property Week. Following a successful inaugural event in 2017, Girls in Property Week returns this year to challenge stereotypes and show high school-aged girls the career opportunities available within the property industry. Girls in Property is an initiative of the Property Council of Australia’s NSW Diversity Committee in conjunction with the NSW Department of Education and aims to foster a pipeline of talent into the industry. …

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  • NEWS

    RE/MAX tops 120,000 agents in its first quarter

    As the global real estate giant reaches another milestone, RE/MAX Australia and New Zealand Franchise Director Joel Davoren says his regions are travelling a similar upward path as the international scene. RE/MAX® concluded the first quarter 2018 with a global count topping 120,000 agents. “That is an addition of more than 30,000 productive agents in the past five years,” Mr Davoren said. …

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  • TECH + SOCIAL

    Enough Excuses: Time To Take Digital Seriously

    AREC 2018 will be highly informative, like all before it. A host of guest speakers will again speak of the evolving world of real estate sales; many will remind the audience just how critical their digital presence is to their growing success and long-term survival. Of course, everyone knows this already; but inspirational speakers have a way of reinforcing and inspiring their audiences with a will to change for the better. …

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  • EPM: News

    LPMA 2018 Annual Award Winners Announced

    The annual Leading Property Managers Association Awards night was held on May 10th at The Star on the Gold Coast with over 400 industry guests in attendance. LPMA Australia National Manager, Jodie Stainton said, “It was an extraordinary night rewarding extraordinary efforts! All of our finalists worked so hard to get to this point so it was amazing putting on the gala and celebrating the best our industry has to offer.” …

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS
    elite agent news room

    Is a crunch in investor mortgage demand now starting to bite?

    Dwelling values, particularly those in Sydney and Melbourne, have been falling now for a number of months.  The latest ABS housing finance data indicates that the impact of these falls is now seemingly being felt in demand for new mortgages. While the value of lending fell over the month for owner occupiers and investors, the slowdown was much more substantial for investors, …

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  • EPM: Profile

    Multi-tasking in Melbourne: Connie Mantello

    Tell us a bit about yourself and your role at Mantello Real Estate. My husband and I started Mantello Real Estate seven years ago, with years of experience which guided how we wanted to run a real estate firm. The motto we began with when we started, and still holds true today, is trust, communication and old-fashioned service. My role in the business includes senior property management duties, …

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS
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    Real Estate Bookings Announces Rebrand to Plezzel

    Real Estate Bookings, a leading national provider of marketing automation software and digital marketing services, today announced the business’ rebrand to Plezzel, which will include a new logo and website. The comprehensive rebrand demonstrates the company’s ongoing focus to provide a completely digital platform for the real estate industry. Based on terminology used for Product Line Engineering (PLE), Plezzel is fun and creative. …

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  • FRANCHISE NEWS

    Cohen Handler, Australia’s leading Buyer’s Agents, announces the departure of CEO and co-founder Ben Handler

    Over the past eight years, Ben has worked with Simon Cohen to build Cohen Handler into Australia’s largest buyer’s agency. After founding the company with $5,000 in 2009, Cohen Handler has grown from two people working from a bedroom to 70+ staff members across six offices in three countries, having purchased more than $3 billion worth of property along the way. …

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  • FRANCHISE NEWS

    Coronis Names New Sales Director

    Queensland property services group Coronis has made a strategic internal promotion as part of their 2020 growth strategy to open 40 offices. Managing Director Andrew Coronis has announced Adam Empringham will step into the Sales Director role in July 2018, following 11 years of service with the company, six as an Area Leader managing 10 offices. “I would like to congratulate Adam on his promotion, …

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  • BEST PRACTICE

    Mark Engelmann: The Top 7 Reasons Why Outsourced Teams Fail

    We know that, anecdotally, across the industry 50 per cent of businesses who try outsourcing fail to reap any benefits. But why does this happen when so many succeed? Here are the top seven reasons why out-sourced teams fail: 1. SUPER HERO NEEDED When you start to think about the cost savings associated with an outsourced team, I wouldn’t blame you for getting really excited, …

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  • The Elevate Podcast

    Episode 45: How to build rapport and ace your dollar productive activities with Josh Pyatt and Charmaine Keegan

    Guest Interview: Samantha McLean talks to real estate coach Josh Pyatt and sales/NLP expert Charmaine Keegan of Smarter Selling about the top dollar productive activities (namely door-knocking and cold-calling), mindset tips to improve your prospecting, and how your body language and energy can be used to build rapport and customer trust. ‘Elevate’ is the official podcast of Elite Agent Magazine for real estate industry sales professionals, …

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS
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    HIA Industry Leader Shane Goodwin to Retire

    After 22 years at HIA, the last nine as HIA’s Managing Director, Shane Goodwin, has announced he will retire in August. “It has been an extraordinary honour and a great pleasure to serve HIA and the building and construction industry in Australia. “ “It has been a demanding and challenging role, but also an extremely rewarding one. The residential housing industry in Australia is an important economic driver for the benefit of the Australian economy and creates thousands of jobs. …

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  • FRANCHISE NEWS

    Buxton Bentleigh rewarding young talent in real estate and paving the way for future leaders

    One of Victoria’s best performing real estate offices Buxton Bentleigh has promoted young team members to reshape the traditional ownership model in real estate and the broader business environment. Buxton Bentleigh now has six new Directors all in their 20s and 30s joining existing Directors Chris Hassall and Craig Williamson. The new directors who have been promoted to the leadership team are Ivan Blow, …

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    REA Group Appoints Nick Dowling as Non-Executive Director

    REA Group has announced the appointment of Nick Dowling as Non-Executive Director of the company. Mr Dowling is the Melbourne based Chief Executive Office of Jellis Craig. He has a strong real estate background as well as financial and corporate services experience having served as the former Head of Real Estate, Business Banking at Macquarie Bank Limited. Chairman Hamish McLennan said, …

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  • FRANCHISE NEWS

    New Ray White Berwick owners feel strength of network

    The strength of the Ray White brand gives Eric Zhang, Winston Wei, Yun Wei, Ricky Chen and Henry Lin a huge amount of confidence as they open their Berwick office. All are thrilled to acquire ownership of Ray White Berwick, which is located around 39kms southeast of Melbourne’s CBD. “Berwick is an established suburb in the City of Casey and a great place for families,” Mr Zhang said. …

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  • Every Agent Has a Story

    Every Agent Has a Story: Karmen Costigan

    This story comes from Karmen Costigan, Business Development Executive at Ray White Queensland, who shares the key lessons she learned during the start of her career in the USA. Maintain strong customer service and experience, and be helpful and attentive Have the ability to think on your feet: consider who’s affected and what’s the best outcome for all parties involved. Every Agent Has a Story is proudly brought to you in association with Console  Transcript Hi, …

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  • NEWS

    Invigorated strategy sees rise in EAC members

    A focus on the future and providing agents with tools to address a rapidly changing landscape have seen Estate Agents Co-operative (EAC) increase its membership by 24 per cent since the beginning of the current financial year. CEO David Crombie explained that the co-operative had a renewed strategy to best serve their members’ needs, and the momentum was clearly reaping results. …

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  • Elite Agent TV

    Google Duplex: the AI assistant that can make your phone calls with real conversations

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