Real Estate Agent Events

The coast is clear for AREC’s return next month

This year’s Australasian Real Estate Conference (AREC) is kicking off next month, with 43 speakers from Australia and overseas booked for the two-day event on the Gold Coast. 

For the first time in its 23-year history, AREC will feature a program that combines three key industry-specific streams – residential sales, property management and mortgage broking.

The event, which will take place at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on Sunday, May 30 and Monday, May 31, for the ninth year running, will feature 43 speakers from Australia and overseas. 

The 2021 conference will also have the highest concentration of Australian speakers on its line-up in the event’s history, including founder John McGrath, who will be delivering his first AREC keynote since 2014.

Mr McGrath said AREC 2021 would be one of the largest industry events to take place in the country since the onset of COVID-19 last year.

“The response to date has been very strong as there appears to be a resounding desire for industry participants to get back into a live-learning environment,” he said. 

“Despite most markets in Australasia being buoyant at present we are getting a huge cross-section of agents wanting to sharpen their tools and attend the event.”

Mr McGrath said despite virtual tools such as Zoom and YouTube providing learning solutions during lockdown periods, there was no substitute for a live conference.

“There’s nothing that replaces the experience of being in a live-learning environment with other like-minded people,” he added. 

“And the fact that we will be able to present our international keynote speakers to the live event is a huge bonus to ensure our team gets the best in learning.”


Nichola Byrne, General Manager of Total Real Estate Training (TRET), is the organiser of AREC 2021, and said this year’s conference would deliver strategies to enable attendees to control their own destiny.

“COVID-19 changed the world for everyone, but now is the time to move beyond that, take back the real estate landscape and be better, faster and more effective than we were before,” Ms Byrne said.  

“While some international speakers will appear virtually due to international border restrictions, we have a robust and diverse line-up of speakers that will provide content that delegates can implement in their businesses and personal lives immediately. 

“We are thrilled to have a 50 per cent contingent of female speakers.”

New York Times bestselling author Ryan Holiday will kick off the keynote speeches from the US, sharing his philosophy ‘Ego is the Enemy and the Obstacle is the Way’.

Elle Macpherson
Elle Macpherson will be interviewed by Lisa Wilkinson via satellite for one of AREC 2021’s keynotes.

Journalist Lisa Wilkinson will be on the AREC stage to interview renowned Australian supermodel, business woman and fashion icon Elle Macpherson via satellite about building a brand that transcends the ordinary.

Other keynote speakers include champion aerial skier Jacqui Cooper, internationally renowned speaker and trainer Josh Phegan, and Shoes of Prey co-founder Jodie Fox.

Mr Phegan said he was excited to be part of AREC 2021 and would be showing delegates how to reduce stress and amplify their performance.

“What has COVID taught us is how to transact real estate better in the new era,” he said.

“There is dramatic customer revolution occurring throughout this pandemic.”

A range of industry experts are also participating in the program, including Australian sales agents such as Lisa Novak, Stefon Bertram, Cathy Baker and Andrew Lutze, and property managers Fiona Blayney, Maria Milillo, Adam Porteous and Jamie Billerwell. 

AREC is organised by Total Real Estate Training (TRET). For further information or registrations for AREC 2021, visit, call 1800 335 336 or email 

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Daniel Johnson

Daniel Johnson was the news editor for Elite Agent. He worked with the company from February 2020 to June 2020. For current stories, news alerts or pitches, please email