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  • Property software provider Rockend has released the results of their 2018 Voice of the Australian Property Management survey which has shown how property managers really feel about their industry. The survey of 1,034 property management professions, including property managers, principals, heads of departments, BDMs and trust managers, was aimed at establishing a benchmark for the feeling of those in the…

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  • Domain’s chief sales officer Tom Ainsworth has been made redundant as CEO Jason Pellegrino makes major restructuring changes in the business. According to a memo sent to Domain staff yesterday, the restructure will see the business split into two main arms – B2B and B2C. The split has seen the former chief product and customer experience officer Tony Blamey promoted…

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  • realestate.com.au has launched Agent Ratings and Reviews as a free, unbiased platform to help agents get noticed by more people on the website. Agent Ratings and Reviews will go live to consumers on realestate.com.au in early 2019, giving agents time to look their best by gathering real, authentic reviews from past buyers and sellers ready for launch. Agents have the…

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  • Dexus has agreed terms for one of Australia’s first supply-linked renewable Energy Supply Agreements (ESA), which will purchase renewable energy offsite to power the base building services of more than 40 buildings in its New South Wales property portfolio. This will be achieved through the procurement of renewable energy generation and presents a new lever for Dexus and the property…

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  • A report from consumer watchdog CHOICE, together with National Shelter and The National Association of Tenant Organisations, claims that over 50 per cent of tenants are living in properties that need repairs. However, industry bodies say the report isn’t reflective of the full story. According to REIWA, the issues raised in the Disrupted: the consumer experience of renting in Australia report are…

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  • Knight Frank has appointed Murray Wood as Partner, Residential Project Marketing, Australia from early 2019. With over 20 years’ industry experience specialising in project marketing, Mr Wood has had exceptional exposure to prestige projects including several major Sydney CBD landmarks: Barangaroo – Stage 1; three stages of Darling Square; and the famous Opera Residences at Circular Quay. Knight Frank’s Partner,…

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  • At its meeting yesterday (4 December 2018), the RBA Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent for its 25th consecutive meeting. “Conditions in the Sydney and Melbourne housing markets have continued to ease and nationwide measures of rent inflation remain low,” said RBA Governor Dr Philip Lowe. “Credit conditions for some borrowers are tighter than they…

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  • REA Group has announced on Saturday that Melina Cruickshank has been appointed to the role of Chief Marketing & Content Officer; taking a place as part of REA Group’s Executive Leadership Team reporting to CEO Tracey Fellows. Spending four years as Chief Marketing and Content Officer of Domain, the move comes days before Nine takes full control of Fairfax Media, which…

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  • In the most significant milestone in its digital transformation to date, RE/MAX this month launched Precinct to its Australian and New Zealand networks. Built in partnership with Microsoft, Precinct is a one-stop RE/MAX members portal, where members have easier access to key tools and training, find resources, share ideas through enterprise social media, get real time alerts from the network,…

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  • The Fair Work Commission has announced changes to flexible work for millions of workers across the country. As of 1 December 2018, employers will need to make a genuine attempt to reach a flexible working arrangement, and provide details for any refusals. Flexible working arrangements include changes to hours of work, patterns of work and locations of work. Employees who…

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  • Harcourts Group Australia has been named the Gold Winner in the Real Estate category at the Reader’s Digest 2019 Quality Service Awards. The awards are determined by a public vote and recognise companies that deliver outstanding customer service. Marcus Williams, CEO of Harcourts Australia said, “Harcourts’ success at the Reader’s Digest Quality Service Awards is a result of our consistent…

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  • Property Exchange Australia (PEXA) has announced that PEXA Plus, a new gateway to online property transactions, is available now in three of the five states it operates in. PEXA Plus provides members with tools to manage their digital conveyancing workload, affording them more time to focus on customer service and growing their operations. Studies show that digital conveyancing allows for an average…

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  • Juwai.com has launched a new Education Channel on its website, dedicated to international education and related properties for Chinese families. Early sponsors and advertisers on the channel include the Overseas Property & Immigration & Investment Exhibition in Shanghai this December; Hopewell Developments, a leading Canadian developer with a portfolio in Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia; Surterre Properties, the leading luxury…

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  • It has been mutually decided that Purplebricks Australia Chief Executive Officer Ryan Dinsdale will leave the business to pursue new opportunities. Mr Dinsdale will remain with Purplebricks to support a period of transition until 1 March 2019 at the latest. Mr Dinsdale took on the role two and a half years ago to launch the Purplebricks brand into Australia. During his…

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