week-9-2018

  • FRANCHISE NEWS

    New C21 website sees an explosion in growth

    Launched in January, the new Century 21 website has seen a large (42.8 per cent) increase in unique users from January 14 to February 14 compared to the same period last year. Redesigned to enhance the experience for mobile users, the site also registered a 275 per cent increase in mobile users over the period. Charles Tarbey, Century 21 Chairman and Owner, …

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  • FRANCHISE NEWS

    Glenn and Kylie Hardman open Ray White Geelong

    Glenn and Kylie Hardman are excited to announce the opening of their new Ray White office in Geelong, south-west of Melbourne. Geelong offers such quality living for both homeowners and investors, with its wide-ranging recreational choices, strong medical and education hub and a growing economy only 45 minutes from Melbourne. “Geelong is such a great city with great future potential. It’s a cosmopolitan and vibrant community,” said Mr Hardman who has more than 26 years experience in the real estate industry. …

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  • NEWS

    Realmark implements Livebid in a first for WA Auctions

    Innovative firm Realmark is the first agency in Western Australia to adopt Livebid, a new cloud-based technology that will bring residential and commercial property auctions into the digital age. Developed in Australia, the ground-breaking technology allows agents to electronically record auction bids which are made instantly visible to buyers and sellers, who can track auctions simultaneously, in real-time, from any online device. …

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  • FRANCHISE NEWS

    RE/MAX Auction Culture Set To Soar

    In an exciting strategic move, RE/MAX Australia introduces its latest addition to the expanding franchise network, RE/MAX Auction Services. “We’ve been given the opportunity to grow the RE/MAX auction culture through having one of the best in the business, Dene Tucker, join RE/MAX Australia as a franchisee and a trainer,” said RE/MAX Franchise Director, Joel Davoren. “Dene holds state and national auctioneering championship titles; …

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    Global Consumer Group Launches Push for New South Wales Government to Ban Rent-Bidding Apps

    SumOfUs, an international consumer group with more than 170,000 members in Australia has called on the New South Wales Government to ban the spread of “pernicious and mercenary” new rent-bidding apps. They say the apps – US-based Rentberry and local apps Property Connect and RentWolf – will push up rental prices by forcing applicants into rent-bidding wars. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced plans to outlaw the “scourge” of rent-bidding last year while existing Queensland legislation prevents their use in the State. …

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS
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    REIWA celebrates 100 years of WA real estate

    The Real Estate Institute of Western Australia and the State Library of Western Australia are presenting a public exhibition celebrating a century of REIWA service. REIWA CEO Neville Pozzi, said the centenary was a major milestone in the Institute’s history and he was delighted to be able to share how REIWA has grown and positively influenced the state over the past 100 years. …

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  • FRANCHISE NEWS

    Iconic Woody Point agency joins Ray White

    The Ray White Group is pleased to announce an iconic Woody Point real estate agency is joining its network to future-proof their business and take it to the next level. The Misso family have a proud history serving the Redcliffe Peninsula in Queensland and surrounding areas for three generations since 1956. Ray White Queensland CEO Tony Warland said he was delighted to welcome the Missos to the network to open Ray White Woody Point. …

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  • SUPPLIER NEWS

    Algorithm predicts risk or reward of property purchase

    Imagine a simple algorithm that could help determine the risk or reward of a property purchase… Well, that’s exactly the new research tool available to property purchasers.  Using data and financial modelling, an algorithm from Riskwise Property Review allows buyers a glimpse into the long-term risk or possible reward of a purchase, and the analysis is instant. Riskwise founder and CEO Doron Peleg explained the tool measures current and historical data along with dozens of variables and a broad range of risk factors, …

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    Here’s five reasons not to buy this property

    A young rural agent has decided to anti-market a property in Bombala in southern NSW, outlining five reasons any potential buyers should avoid this property. Ray White Rural Canberra and Yass agent George Southwell, 22, shot this video onsite at a property called Crystal View in southern NSW outlining the key reasons the property was not ideal. “I’m going to give five reasons you won’t want to buy this property,” Mr Southwell said in front of the town sign welcoming people to Bombala, …

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  • EPM

    Innovation Ahead: Hayley Mitchell

    No longer viewed as the poor cousin of residential sales, property management is set to truly step into the limelight this year with Hayley Mitchell among those leading the charge. With virtual reality property tours, property management-focused companies and a push to foster greater support and career progression in the industry gaining significant traction, it’s a field that’s fast becoming a powerful force. …

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    Top performing public schools leading price growth in Victoria, REIV

    Homes located within the catchment for some of Melbourne’s best public schools are achieving six-figure premiums, compared to neighbouring properties which fall just outside the zone. The latest REIV data shows the median house price in highly sought after public school catchments is up to $400,000 more expensive than homes within a one kilometer radius of the zone. In the year to December 31, …

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  • FRANCHISE NEWS

    Stockdale & Leggo welcomes new leaders into the heart of the Mornington Peninsula

    Stockdale & Leggo are thrilled to introduce new leaders Ben Kenyon and Amy Larsen– the dynamic real estate duo who have recently taken over the highly reputable Stockdale & Leggo Rye. With extensive experience across the industry, Ben and Amy are expected to achieve big things and are a welcome addition to the Stockdale & Leggo network. Stockdale & Leggo Chief Operating Officer Anna Thomas, …

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  • FRANCHISE NEWS

    Power couple joins Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty

    Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty continues to add to its existing team of sales executives with the addition of Kelly Qualtrough and Sean Wallis, former franchise owners of Explore Property in Ashgrove. The experienced and extremely successful duo are the latest top agents to join the company, following in the footsteps of Port Douglas’ Barbara Wolveridge and North Gold Coast’s Lisa Halpin. …

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  • NEWS

    Barry Plant Group partners with Falcon.io to provide optimal social media management

    The Barry Plant Group has partnered with Falcon.io to provide its offices with an easy-to-use platform that optimises social media engagement. Falcon.io is a world leading social media management platform, that provides centralised social media account management, community management, social listening, content creation and storage, brand advertising creation and a scheduling solution that is accessible by all offices within the group. …

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  • FRANCHISE NEWS

    Harcourts Expands into Key Western Australia Locations

    Harcourts Group Australia has continued its expansion in Western Australia with three office openings in key Perth regional areas of Midvale, Wembley Downs and Bullsbrook. The Harcourts Phoenix team will be led by Mike Steadall and will service the Perth Foothills/Hills community, located in the suburbs east of Perth. With over 35 years of experience in sales and marketing at management and grass roots level, …

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  • NEWS

    Di Jones recognises Top Achievers

    Di Jones celebrated its outstanding performers on Saturday (24 February 2018) evening at the Di Jones Real Estate Annual Awards. The black-tie Gala Dinner saw team members across five offices come together to recognise their achievements in 11 categories includingBest New Talent, Excellence in the Community and Salesperson of the Year2017. Di Jones Real Estate CEO Rob Ward said the agency has experienced considerable growth and change over the last 12 months, …

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    First National Reveals Top NSW Agents

    First National Real Estate’s New South Wales estate agents were presented with their General Excellence and Marketing Awards at Doltone House Hyde Park on Saturday night. The awards brought recognition to the best of New South Wales’ real estate performances throughout 2017, which according to NSW Chairman Greg Taylor highlight the network’s commitment to professional development, customer satisfaction, and outstanding results. …

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  • EPM: News

    Winter Olympian, The Urban List and Josh’s Rainbow Eggs take centre stage at the PM Leadership Summit

    On the 7th and 8th March, a Winter Olympian, The Urban List and Josh’s Rainbow Eggs will take centre stage at the Property Management Leadership Summit on the Gold Coast. Connecting principals, heads of PM department, BDMs and career property managers with experts from outside the real estate industry, the summit empowers delegates with leading tools, new technologies and bold ways of thinking. …

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  • LEADERSHIP

    Josh Phegan: How to Charge More

    With every real estate agency seeking to win more listings, top coach Josh Phegan says there are only two ways to increase profitability. You can focus on the competition, or you can focus on the customer. But choose wisely, as only one of them is responsible for paying your invoice. Our industry is obsessed with what the competition is doing. We still follow what others do, …

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  • SUPPLIER NEWS

    Console announce integrated payment solution

    Console Group have announced the introduction of Console Pay as a new capability in their flagship property management and trust accounting software, Console Gateway. Console Pay powered Ezidebit, is now officially the first fully-integrated payment solution on the market. The integration provides full visibility of payment information and the ability to manage changes to payment schedules, such as rent increases, directly in Console Gateway. …

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  • NEWS

    hockingstuart relaunches Red Magazine

    Victorian group hockingstuart have re-vamped their in-house Red Mag in a new A3, glossy format, providing the latest market news, lifestyle and design tips and showcasing more listings better than previously. hockingstuart engaged publishing house Indesign – the company behind popular monthly design titles Indesign and Habitus – to bring the new-format magazine to life. The weekly magazine will be filled with lifestyle property content, …

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  • Elite Agent

    Rising Star Strengthens Network Development at Ray White

    Ray White New South Wales is pleased to welcome award-winning auctioneer Tim Snell to the team. As Network Development Manager – NSW, Mr Snell is responsible for the identification and recruitment of high quality talent into opportunities which further strengthen the brand profile and market share of the Ray White network. “To join an established powerhouse brand in all key marketplaces, …

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  • EPM: Profile

    Human Resourcefulness: Rachael Ioannou

    New Business Manager Rachael Ioannou was studying HR at university when she spotted an opportunity at a local property management agency. After submitting a business proposal to the directors, she was hired – by her mother! The rest, as they say, is history. Tell us a bit about yourself and your role at Eastside Property Centre. I’m the New Business and Leasing Manager, …

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  • Elite Agent
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    Josh and Matt Altman: Billion-dollar brothers

    Mention the names Josh and Matt Altman, and a room full of real estate agents is sure to tune in eagerly. The Beverly Hills and Los Angeles luxury real estate agents are the stars of reality television show Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles. With the brothers set to tour Australia’s east coast in March, Nikki Horner discovered that behind the glory of flash suits and fancy cars, …

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  • NEWS

    Germany v Australia – same tax breaks, different markets

    In a recent report on the private rental sector, AHURI compared the landscape of 10 countries across Europe, North America and Australasia. Their findings have revealed some major similarities between Germany and Australia’s capital gains and negative gearing policies, but stark differences in the actual property market. The report’s lead author and UNSW City Futures Research Centre research fellow Dr Chris Martin explained that, …

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  • The Elevate Podcast

    Episode 34: Elevate Weekly Wrap – Hits and misses, Kickstarts, the NPP, Instagram, Guarding against Airbnb, Stock management and more

    Weekly wrap: Samantha McLean and Mark Edwards recap the week that was. ‘Elevate’ is the official podcast of Elite Agent Magazine for real estate industry sales professionals, property managers, and leaders. Each episode, we will bring you behind the scenes coaching, news analysis, exclusive interviews, technology, and more to help you list more, sell more, and elevate your results. SHOW NOTES / LINKS 01:30    Dexar’s new COO – Jeffrey Gray02:00    Biggin & …

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  • NEWS

    Still more buyers than sellers: Gavin Rubinstein

    THE number one agent within Ray White Australia, Gavin Rubinstein, says buyer demand is still outweighing supply in the Eastern Suburbs. From an agent who is at the coalface of the property market with listings on his books ranging from $25 million to $1.5 million , his helicopter view of all price points in the blue chip pocket was very positive about the market. …

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  • Elite Agent

    ‘Not a buyers market just yet’: More auctions but a mixed outlook for Super Saturday

    As “Super Saturday” warms up for 2018, one leading auctioneer is tipping that the previously hot Sydney sellers’ market is actually cooling in favour of buyers. Leading auctioneer, Damien Cooley of Cooley Auctions, says with his team set to put 108 homes under the hammer this Saturday, the significant weekend will set the tone for the year in real estate. And the tone, …

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  • Elite Agent

    RERN Celebrates their top members

    The top-performing independent real estate agents belonging to the Real Estate Results Network were celebrated and recognised at the 12th annual Australasian Real Estate Results Awards (ARERAs) held in Melbourne earlier this week. This year’s ARERAs were strongly contested and saw between five and nine finalists vying for the top honour in many of the individual and agency categories. Melbourne agency Marshall White rose above the highly competitive field of finalists, …

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  • Elite Agent

    How the Reserve Bank can help you reach out to clients: Sally Tindall

    I’ve got an idea that will not only give you a credible reason to contact your database, but also boost your reputation as an informed market leader. Interest rates. The last time the Reserve Bank raised interest rates was back in November 2010. Since then, there have been 12 cuts. Sooner or later, there will have to be a hike – and there’s a chance it will be in 2018. …

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  • NEWS

    Harcourts spreads reach toward South Coast

    Daniel McConnell, Director of Harcourts Shellharbour City/Albion Park, has been joined by Daniel Dajcic in opening a new office Harcourts Kiama. The dynamic duo is excited to lead the new company, with a focus on offering clients’ a superior experience whilst maintaining youthful passion and energy. The pair have over 25 years combined real estate experience in the Illawarra region. Working alongside McConnell, …

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