week-34-2019

  • Elite Agent

    Three steps to reinvigorate your PM department

    When property management coach Cathie Crampton was tapped on the shoulder to assist Place real estate increase their rental division’s profitability and efficiency, it wasn’t a mission she took lightly. A growth specialist with 15 years’ experience in property management and coaching, she knew there would be personal investment involved. Her challenge involved steadying a drifting ship, improving divisional morale and then looking to a future where growth was the aim. …

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  • Brand Editorial

    Responding to changes in domestic violence laws

    The changes to family and domestic violence laws are a welcomed change for Australians who believe in a strong and resilient justice system. While the amendments are designed to better respond to those suffering abuse, they also affect landlords and property professionals who own and manage rental properties. Previously, rental laws have restricted tenants affected… …

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  • NEWS

    LJ Hooker Avnu Lower North Shore expands sales team

    LJ Hooker Avnu Founding Partner Adrian Bridges recently welcomed Nic Christou to the team. Mr Christou has an impressive track record, starting his career when he was just 15 years old, and has now chalked up more than 10 years in the industry.  Mr Bridges said Mr Christou first reached out to him on Instagram and requested a mentoring opportunity.  “From the moment I met Nic, …

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  • NEWS

    Realmark rewards top performers at awards night

    Friday the 16 August 2019 at The Westin Hotel Perth marked the 10th Annual Realmark Awards, celebrating Practice, Performance, People and Passion for the network highlighting the outstanding performance of individuals and offices over the last 12 months. This is a key event for the network with collegial peer recognition. The top awards of the… …

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  • QLD

    Brisbane property big guns on expansion drive

    Two of Ray White Queensland’s best-regarded business owners are on a mission to expand their growing network. Property big guns Haesley Cush and Matt Lancashire are expanding from their established markets in New Farm and Spring Hill across the Brisbane River. The Ray White New Farm owners, together with two of their top agents – Scott Darwon and Brandon Wortley – will now trade as Ray White Bulimba to service the vibrant inner-city riverside community. …

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  • We Are Real Estate

    Eunice Dimbi: Meaningful relationships

    On getting into real estateI chose real estate.  The happiest moment in my careerSecuring my first-ever listing four days into my first job in real estate. The most memorable momentIt was a gorgeous three-bedroom unit that I sold twice in the space of three months and still managed to get a higher price second time around. Best advice she’s receivedJust be yourself! …

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  • BEST PRACTICE

    Spring into action

    Can you hear the relief of the recharging real estate market? With opportunity everywhere, how can you invigorate your sales team to change gears and take advantage of new market sentiment? There are some foundation areas you need to have right to ensure your sales team starts the spring selling season well. Regardless of the technology that supports your real estate agency, …

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  • NEWS

    Facebook announces pop-up cafés across the UK

    In a bid to help users better protect their privacy and to get closer to the customer Facebook has taken the interesting step announcing ‘Pop-Up Café’s’ across the UK. While free coffee will be available at the new Facebook café’s, the main goal will be to help users better understand their security options by way… …

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  • We Are Real Estate

    Emily Whitehead: Be yourself

    On getting into real estateMy first taste of real estate was when I started working part-time as a receptionist. The more I worked in the business, the more I wanted to learn about the industry. In the 10 years I have been working in the industry I have gone from receptionist to assistant property manager to sales assistant to sales consultant and now to sales manager and associate director.  …

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  • We Are Real Estate

    Brooke Colledge: On a role

    On getting into real estateI started my real estate career at the age of 17. Always having a passion for property from a young age, my goal was to purchase a home, so real estate just worked – there was nothing else I could see myself doing. Over my career, I have covered most roles within the office and enjoy all aspects. …

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  • We Are Real Estate

    Stefon Bertram: Never stop learning

    On getting into real estateAfter leaving school at 17 years old, I secured my first job in real estate and then started my own real estate business at the age of 21 which I grew and sold to McGrath five years later. My career commenced in 2007, during which time I’ve focused upon Ryde, North Ryde and East Ryde.  The happiest moment in my careerApart from many amazing results that surprised not only the clients but myself too, …

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  • We Are Real Estate

    Paul Reed: Forming connections

    On getting into real estateAfter a successful sales career in retail for some of Australia’s biggest companies, it was time for a change and after a conversation one night with my partner and her father who worked in real estate, it was suggested I give real estate a go. The rest is history, so to speak  The happiest moment in my careerEvery sale so far and, …

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  • COMMERCIAL

    Support for kids with disabilities and financial disadvantage extended a further three years

    Thanks to First National Real Estate, almost 200,000 disadvantaged kids across NSW and the ACT will continue to receive a fair go. Having already completed two years of sponsorship of Variety’s Postie Bike Dash, First National Real Estate has now committed to a further three years of sponsorship.  The famous ride, which takes place throughout northern NSW using classic Australia Honda Step-Through motorcycles, …

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  • NEWS

    Luxury residential property expert joins Knight Frank Australia

    William Laing has taken on the role of Senior Sales Executive at Knight Frank’s head office after moving from The Agency in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, where he was a Property Partner. Mr Laing has experience selling luxury residential property across the Sydney basin, concentrating on the Eastern Suburbs and both the Upper and Lower North Shore. With a quality over quantity approach, …

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  • NEWS
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    The Harcourts Foundation reaches $6 million milestone

    The Harcourts Foundation, the charitable arm of Harcourts, has reached the milestone of $6 million raised since its launch in 2008. That translates to 732 charities supported, 356 communities impacted, and over 970 grants made through Harcourts offices in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and the USA. Key community issues such as homelessness, domestic violence, hospice care, education, healthcare, and early childhood education, …

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  • NEWS

    Gold Coast real estate identity is top seed

    RE/MAX broker owner, Danny Woolbank, has been a force with the squash racquet since eight years of age. After a decade of repeatedly winning Queensland titles for his age, he entered the Australian Institute of Sport when he was 18. Since Mr Woolbank joined the ranks of Masters, which is for over 35 players, he has won three Australian titles in the past seven years. …

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  • BEST PRACTICE

    5 ways to bring CEO thinking to your business

    You may have noticed that every large business has a chief executive officer at the helm. As businesses grow, they recognise the need to hire an individual who is responsible for the overall success of the business and has the ultimate authority to make final decisions. The CEO sets the culture and business standards and they determine the mission and core values. …

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    Weekly auction wrap: Clearance rate set for a two-year high

    It was another strong weekend for auctions, with the nationwide preliminary rate sitting at a very strong 76.6 per cent. If the final clearance rate finished above 70 per cent, it will be the first time since May 2017 and a really strong sign for property prices headed into the spring selling season. Sydney led the playing field with 81.7 per cent of properties selling, …

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  • NEWS

    Josh Phegan reveals the 2019 Changed Agent award winner

    Real Estate Business Coach, Josh Phegan, has announced O’Brien Real Estate Mornington agent, Jye Read, as the winner of the Australian 2019 Changed Agent Awards. “Jye has great enthusiasm and determination, which is why I believe he was able to implement change to how he operates to significantly improve his business,” Josh said. Jye said having Josh as a mentor helped facilitate his growth, …

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  • NEWS

    Top agent Nicole Carter joins McGrath Surfers Paradise

    McGrath Estate Agents has announced that top local agent Nicole Carter will join its McGrath Surfers Paradise team. Commenting on the the star recruitment, McGrath Queensland State Manager Justin Marsden said he was thrilled to welcome Nicole to spearhead the team. “Nicole has an outstanding track record for sales on the Gold Coast, especially in Reedy Creek and the surrounding areas,” …

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  • NEWS

    Established agent Evan Williams to join Ray White The Rubinstein Group

    Ray White The Rubinstein Group (Ray White TRG) has announced that established eastern suburbs agent Evan Williams will be joining the team. Led by Gavin Rubinstein, Ray White TRG parted ways with Ray White Double Bay in May this year having spent 10 years with the group, and soon announced a new Ray White office based in Woollahra. Speaking exclusively to Elite Agent about the move, …

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  • NEWS

    Ouwens Casserly celebrates success

    Ouwens Casserly Real Estate recently held their annual recognition event celebrating another successful year for the South Australian company. The Ouwens Casserly Recognition Event, also known as the OCRE, is an annual event where the agency celebrates the success of the financial year and recognises high-performing talent across the organisation in a range of categories. Over the past financial year Ouwens Casserly has continued to grow and has achieved success including the following: $15K raised for charities including Wings for Life, …

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  • FRANCHISE NEWS

    New principals for Raine & Horne Dee Why/Collaroy

    Northern Beaches property specialists Aaron and Skye Raco are the new principals of Raine & Horne’s flagship office in Dee Why/Collaroy. Operating from Raine & Horne’s long-standing nerve centre in the iconic Weight House building on Pittwater Road, Dee Why, Mr Raco is excited by the opportunity to translate his 15 years’ experience as a leading sales agent into business ownership. …

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  • Sponsored Content

    Don’t be a fire risk: Preparing rentals for bushfire season

    With bushfire season starting earlier, and lasting longer, landlords and property professionals need to make sure investments and incomes are better protected should disaster strike, says insurance leader Sharon Fox-Slater.  This comment comes on the back of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service being forced to bring forward the start of its bushfire danger period by two months. And, the news in Queensland is that fire season is also already underway. …

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  • FEATURE INTERVIEWS

    Timeliness, insight, perspective: A look into REA’s new reporting tools

    Ben Auchettl understands the key to a successful marketing campaign is being armed with the right knowledge. The realestate.com.au National Sales Director knows agencies and agents need to watch the market to get a handle on what branding and advertising strategies are working right now. Ben, who is also responsible for products such as Premiere,… …

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  • NEWS

    Domain Profits Down But Upbeat About Outlook

    Releasing their full-year Financial Results last week, Domain Group’s profits have fallen 30 per cent compared to last year, with the property slowdown in its major markets of Sydney and Melbourne hurting the bottom line. After an ‘extraordinary’ series of events, listing volumes around the country were down 20% to what is a 20-year low. Sydney and Mebourne in particular have both seen listings fall 26% and 27% respectively in what has weighed on Domain’s earnings. …

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  • Ask the Coach

    Ask the coach – How can a team feel more connected and work?

    We all face the challenge of motivating our team, developing an awesome culture, like that at Google or Virgin, and seeing the big picture as we want to view it. As a leader, we need to ask ourselves seven questions: 1. Do your people know your plans? The best way to motivate people is to let them know your plans so they can participate in them. …

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  • NEWS

    Armidale office expands with merger

    Two of Armidale’s most prominent agencies have merged to create a new force in real estate for the New England region. The Professionals’ Ben Saxby has joined up with established agent Stephen Ramage and his team in a move that further bolsters the expanding Professionals network by bringing together two dynamic teams under a single high-profile banner. Mr Saxby and Mr Ramage are Co-Principals of the expanded Professionals Armidale office. …

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  • NEWS

    Ray White North Adelaide now positioned for growth

    Ray White North Adelaide has a new home and plans for future growth after recently taking possession of a brand-new purpose-built office at 89 O’Connell Street. “Before the new premises opened, the team and I were previously working out of my home, which wasn’t ideal when it came to dealing with our clients,” Ray White North Adelaide Principal/Director Rachel Lawrie explained. …

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  • NEWS

    Going paperless could save you $5K this year

    Millions of workers around the world are often overwhelmed by the amount of paper they have to deal with on a daily basis. Real estate professionals in particular can at times be overloaded with more documents than they know what to do with.  Moving away from paper in the office not only has the potential to save your office more than $5000 per year, …

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  • The Elevate Podcast

    What the Best Real Estate Agents Are Doing: Stu Benson – Episode 98

    The best real estate agents know their market, its demographics, its historical issues, and the needs of the homeowners they serve - and they do the hard work of talking openly with their clients about whether they can expect to get their dream price or not. That’s the opinion of Stu Benson, our guest on… …

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  • Sponsored Content

    Measure it and manage it: PropertyMe

    “If you can’t measure it you can’t manage it”, and according to Lisa Pentland of PropertyMe, that’s just one of the reasons more and more large real estate offices are making the change from legacy products to PropertyMe’s Cloud platform. PropertyMe is online property management software for property managers that allows them to save time… …

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  • EPM: Feature Interview

    Show me now: Sophie Lyon’s winning inspection idea

    An innovative idea for an app that gives tenants the chance to view more rentals – and property managers more time in their day – has taken out a top new real estate award. …

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  • NEWS
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    Young Australians want home of their own, but work and study come first

    While early adulthood is traditionally the period when young adults begin to live independently, new AHURI research reveals many young Australians are putting their longer term housing aspirations on hold to meet other life goals such as completing education or gaining secure employment. In 2015-16, only 17 per cent of young adults aged 18-24 years lived independently, with most (66 per cent) still living with their parents. …

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  • NEWS
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    Sentinel appoints National Portfolio Manager

    Highly-experienced commercial real estate and finance professional, Christine O’Hara, has joined Sentinel Portfolio Management as its National Portfolio Manager. Ms O’Hara will oversee the property management of a portfolio of more than 50 retail, industrial, office, land, tourism infrastructure and agribusiness assets with a total value in excess of $1.2 billion. Sentinel’s Director of Property Paul McDonnell said Ms O’Hara had more than 25 years’ …

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