EPM: Case Studies

  • Chris Haskins: The passion and precision required for property management

    Ray White Geelong property management department manager, Chris Haskins reflects on changes she'd like to see in the industry and the colourful characters she's met along the way. …

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  • Kelley Seaton: Delivering outstanding service

    Kelley Seaton is the Director of the Leasing Network, a boutique property management service on the Central Coast of NSW. Having worked in the industry for over 25 years, she loves nothing more than challenging herself and her team to deliver outstanding service. What motivated you to get into property management?I was 18 and had just finished my HSC in Year 12. …

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  • Eleni Roumanous: Reversal of fortunes

    An industry veteran with 25 years in the property management sector, Eleni Roumanous is as passionate about growing her rent roll and her PM team today as she was on her first day in the job. For the Century 21 Eastern Beaches Maroubra principal, the secret to that success is all about the people who work for her and the people they serve. …

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  • Having a ball: 60 years of life, love and real estate

    Luton grew up on a cattle and sheep farm near Adaminaby in New South Wales, where he learned the true meaning of hard work. Working on the farm before and after school every day, plus all weekend, taught him solid values around work and money. “My parents were the average Snowy Mountains sheep farmers,” says Luton. “What they gave me were good ethics to be nice and work hard for my future.” He declined a life on the farm, …

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  • Reinventing residential rentals: Tina Grey

    Every now and then in your career, you may be fortunate enough to work on a project that is truly special. A body of work that not only stimulates you but has the potential to change the very face of the industry you are so passionate about. I am living one of those moments right now. For the past couple of years, …

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  • What landlords and tenants are really thinking

    The latest Perceptions of Property Managers report examines the quality of service landlords and tenants receive from agents. It found that while the majority of landlords – 56 per cent – received good or excellent service from their property managers, 16 per cent of landlords experienced poor service and an additional 28 per cent received average service. Tenants reported an even worse time of it, …

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  • There are no secrets to success: Ewan Morton

    The desire for excellence has always been at the crux of what gets Ewan Morton out of bed every day. It is this relentless drive that has helped the 50-year-old turn the fledgeling family real estate business he co-founded with his father Mark 22 years ago into the burgeoning real estate and property management operation Morton is today. Starting with a single office specialising in residential property, …

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  • Helping hands: Meet the PMs giving back to their community

    According to Roy Morgan data, one in 10 people find real estate agents ethical and honest, putting them at 28 on the list of 30 professions (just above advertising professionals and car salesmen). “In every industry you will get people who don’t do their job well,” says Alexandra Haggarty, managing director of First National David Haggarty, Maitland. “I think it’s very hard sometimes to get good stories out there, …

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  • Tennille Mugridge

    Flying High: Tennille Mugridge

    Tennille Mugridge started out in real estate as a ‘Girl Friday’. Nineteen years later she runs her own agency on the Central Coast, Home Specialist Property Management. As well as managing a small portfolio, Tennille is a mum and says she loves to keep busy – which is just as well. Tell us a bit about yourself and your role at Home Specialist Property Management. …

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  • Katherine Kyriakou – McGrath Blackburn & Box Hill

    Former VCE teacher Katherine Kyriakou followed her husband into real estate almost by accident after filling in as temporary office cover. Over twenty years later, she’s now Principal of Property Management, McGrath Blackburn & Box Hill, with a rent roll of over 1,000 properties. Tell us a bit about yourself. I was born in Swan Hill, but we moved to Melbourne in the 1970s. …

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  • Rental Revolutionary: an exclusive with the new CEO at rent.com.au

    GREG BADER IS THE NEW CEO at rent.com.au. After just six months in the job, he is already shaking up the way that renters apply for property, as well as crafting an innovative pricing model where the agent pays zero unless the tenant also comes from rent.com.au. With the percentage of renters in today’s market continually growing, he says that the process of renting should be both ‘simpler and more fun for everyone concerned.’ Interview by Samantha McLean. …

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  • The Power of Insight with realbenchmark

    Since its launch at ARPM 2016, realbenchmark has been gaining serious traction as an essential management tool for busy managers and principals. It helps them rapidly see where their business stands in the present moment, tracking comparisons to past performance and other industry-leading real estate businesses. It’s also available on the go. Experienced agency principal and Elite Agent Magazine regular contributor Sarah Bell sat down with Fiona Mott, …

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    Be a Customer Service Specialist

    Enjoying her new role at Harcourts Beachside in WA, Janine Scrivener is all about customer service and the importance of kindness in dealing with other people’s problems. Tell us a bit about yourself and your current role. My current title is Property Administration and Business Development Manager and I do love the business development management side of real estate. I’m currently completing my full Real Estate Licence with the aim of being a Licensee by October 2016. …

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  • Communication Guarantees and Accountability in Property Management: David Traeger

    David Traeger talks to EPM about his brand new PM agency, DT Property Management, solutions for communicating with clients and the advantages of his background as both landlord and tenant. Tell us about yourself and your agency. When did you start in property management, and how many staff do you currently have at DT Property Management? I’m from Perth originally and come from an IT support background. …

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    Taking Good Care

    Nursing and property management may not seem to have much in common, but that’s certainly not the case according to Bev Pellow, Principal at Ray White Rural Temora and Narrandera. After 30 years in nursing, she made the move to real estate and hasn’t looked back. Since setting up her first agency in December 2010 with husband Craig, she’s gone from strength to strength. …

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  • Just Do It! – Joanne Avenell

    After starting as a receptionist for a real estate agency in 1985, Joanne Avenell soon crossed over into property management. After a while, she started her own boutique PM office on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, as part of the Eview Group Your Brand, Your Business model. Tell us a bit about yourself and your role at Eview. After working in real estate for most of my career, …

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    Landlords may not be who you think they are: Report

    Elite Agent: Do you think that technology will erode the place of the property manager? If not, why not? Richard Bray: I don’t think it will erode the place of a property manager. It will make real estate agencies more efficient, so they won’t need as many staff. It will allow property managers to have more streamlined, less stressed roles. Property managers use many programs which do not speak to one another; …

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  • PM Transform: The Halfway Point

    Time to check in with our PM Transform teams to see what they have learned in their journey so far. Our four teams include a director, property manager and BDM from each office working together to transform their business and their careers. Team R&W Hurlstone Park Adriana Dendrinos, Principal I feel really privileged to have been given the opportunity through the Transform Program to have access to such a diverse range of speakers and information about our industry. …

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    Sarah Ferré: McGrath Property Management Leichhardt

    ARPM 2016 speaker and Senior Property Manager Sarah Ferré started in real estate straight out of high school in 2006, even though she had been accepted into the University of NSW to complete a combined Arts and Media degree. Deferring that, she is now back at university to study Law, and will be admitted to the Supreme Court in September 2016. …

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  • Best of Both Worlds

    ONCE UPON A TIME IT WAS A CHALLENGE to think about outsourcing your trust accounting to someone else. But times have changed, and now it is relatively easy to gain efficiencies, save costs and sleep at night knowing everything is expertly done for you by professionals that are right here in Australia. Twelve months ago one of the oldest and most respected companies in Victoria, …

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  • Harriet Hovey

    Harriet Hovey: LJ Hooker Bathurst

    Originally from the UK, Harriet Hovey migrated to Australia in 2011. Over the last four years she has worked as a property officer and property manager, and is now a senior property investment manager at LJ Hooker Bathurst. A member of LJ Hooker’s Captains Club, she was the 2015 International Best New Talent first runner-up and won the NSW/ACT Rookie of the Year at the LJ Hooker Summit Conference the same year. …

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  • From Conveyancing to Real Estate

    Kaly Smith is a property investment specialist with Ray Mack Real Estate Albury/Wodonga on the border of NSW and Victoria.  Well-known for her low vacancy rate and ‘can- do’ attitude, Kaly will soon become part of the business on the property management side. She currently manages all the aspects of the department to a high service level and is aiming to retain the reputation of getting fast, …

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  • Esther Nilson: Rentwest, WA

    After more than 20 years in a variety of administrative roles, including 15 years within the Government legal system, Esther made the move to real estate – first in sales and now in property management. Her high standards and busy lifestyle, both in and out of the office, mean little time for relaxing, but her hard work has paid off. In the last few years she has won numerous awards and will be speaking at LPMA 2016. …

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  • Hayley Mitchell

    A Day in the Life – Hayley Mitchell

    WHAT DOES A DAY IN THE LIFE of a property manager really look like? Fiona McEachran, marketing manager for Console, spent a day with Hayley Mitchell from Mitchell Property Management in Victoria to find out. Hayley, what is a typical day like for a property manager? A typical day in property management? I don’t think there is one! You can come to work with the best intentions possible, …

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  • Jodi Ford

    The Ladder of Success

    Jodi Ford started out as a receptionist and secretary in a real estate office. Now 33 years later, she’s Property Management Director at Coronis, managing one of the largest portfolios in the country. With responsibilities including rent roll growth, customer service and profitability, not to mention career advancement for her team members, she tells EPM about how it all started – and what keeps her going. …

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  • Jessica Rodriguez: Senior Property Manager Peter Leahy Coburg, Victoria

    How long have you been working in real estate? I started back in 2006, so it’s almost nine years. What are your qualifications? I completed a Certificate III in Real Estate (property management/traineeship) along with my agent’s representative course when I first began my career. I then took my Certificate IV/full licence. I was recently awarded Property Manager of the Year for Victoria 2015 at the Investor’s Choice awards. …

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  • Louise Noakes: Justin Ferguson Property Specialists Cammeray

    When did you start in real estate? I started my real estate career over 13 years ago, back in 2002. What made you choose a property management career? From an early age I was interested in real estate. This was probably due to the fact that I come from a family with a background in property valuation. Initially I thought I would like a career in sales; …

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  • Katrina Burns: Team Spirit

    Katrina Burns is a property manager with RE/MAX Hills & Country in Mt Barker, South Australia. Very much respected as a ‘no nonsense’ person with a careful attention to detail, Katrina controls the financial matters associated with running the property management department, ensuring it operates efficiently and to a high standard. She has also lived and worked in the north-west of Western Australia, …

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  • Scott Jones: PRD Nationwide Wagga Wagga

    When did you start in real estate, and what made you choose a property management career? I started in December 2008, so that’s coming on for eight years in the industry. Having completed my HSC, I was unsure what I wanted to do. I had a family friend in real estate and that ignited my interest, and I started working for Elders Breust in 2008. …

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  • EPM Workshop: The Challenge Of Change

    WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST challenges facing property managers right now? Console and Elite Property Manager invited five leading professionals to comment on operational aspects, customer service and legislation. They discussed how these things affect their businesses today, and how these things may impact in the future. Chaired by Fiona McEachran of Console, this is what they said. Fiona McEachran: How has the landscape of PM changed in recent times? …

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  • Melanie Attard: Century 21 The Property Shoppe Windsor, NSW

    Melanie Attard has been in the real estate industry in the Hills and Hawkesbury areas since 2005. She is a Licensed Real Estate Agent and Strata Managing Agent. She also holds a Diploma in Property and a Certificate IV in Strata Management, and has recently won the Century 21 Property Manager of the Year award. With her sincere, enthusatic approach and ability to build rapport with her clients, …

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  • Kevin South: Toop & Toop Hyde Park, SA

    Kevin South of Toop & Toop was interested in real estate from a young age. Property management was only supposed to be a temporary stop, but after winning Rookie PM of the Year in his first year he never looked back. Ten years later he’s still here and achieving excellence in his local area of Hyde Park, SA. What made you choose a property management career? …

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  • Property Manager Profile: Karina Reed, hockingstuart Glen Iris

    Karina Reed is a seasoned authority on all aspects of property management, having amassed over 22 years’ experience in the industry. Conscientious, efficient and hard working, she maintains a genuine enthusiasm for helping people and still ‘loves a challenge.’ As manager of the property management department at hockingstuart Glen Iris, Karina heads a dedicated team who respect her knowledge and appreciate her fun and happy personality. …

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  • PM Profile: Kylie Harbo, Davey Real Estate WA

    Kylie Harbo of Davey Real Estate is this year’s REIWA Residential Property Manager of the Year. With a mantra of ‘Excellent service’ she is an industry leading Business Development Manager and also manages a portfolio, albeit a small one at 60. She is as comfortable working single bedroom units as she is working up to $1,500+ per week mansions. Currently on maternity leave with daughter number one, …

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  • Paul Signorelli Raine & Horne Marrickville, NSW

    After completing his HSC and studying Accountancy for a short time, Paul Signorelli received an opportunity to complete some Property Management work experience at a local real estate office. When a junior position became available at Raine & Horne Marrickville, where his sister was working, he jumped at the opportunity and has never looked back. He is now in his seventeenth year, …

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