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  • Diamondz are forever

    It was 2008 when Jack Fontana experienced a critical epiphany in his career and personal life. He’d been in real estate since 1999, first in property management and then sales, but without listings on the books and with a baby on the way things were looking dire. “I was at a point where I had…

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  • The Little things: Ellayne Lim

    Little Real Estate’s Ellayne Lim is a rare gem who has mastered the art of organisation, fairness and communication to a point where her Net Promoter Scores® for both owners and tenants are on par with some of the world’s most admired companies.Ellayne Lim has been in property management now for seven and a half…

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  • Never Give Up: Branka Stankovic

    Branka Stankovic’s motto in life is simple: never give up. It’s a phrase many a person touts but few truly live by, yet Branka has the evidence and life experience to back it up. The then 21-year-old didn’t give up when civil unrest broke out in her home country of Bosnia and Herzegovina following the…

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  • True North: Michael Love

    It's been almost 75 years since Michael Love’s grandfather first opened the doors of Love Real Estate in service of Melbourne's 'North'. Now, as a third-generation agent and director of that company, Michael reflects on the valuable lessons his family’s experience offers him as he sets about “running his own race”. Story by Cassandra Charlesworth.

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  • Taking the Step Up: Anthea Economos

    Anthea Economos likes to stand on her own two feet. A vivacious and dedicated property manager at Ray White Rockdale, the driven daughter of principal Con has well and truly shed the ‘boss’s daughter’ label. That’s not to say the pair don’t gel like peas and carrots; it just means there’s the utmost respect and appreciation for…

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  • Brent Martens and Micheal Ramsay: Gold on the Coast

    It's OK to have fun, even when you are tied up in the serious business of growing a rent roll. This is the one of the secrets to success for the Harcourts Coastal BDM duo, whose results speak for themselves. In the last 12 months they listed 511 properties, a number they hope to beat…

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  • 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…

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  • Marcel Dybner – Mastering Leadership

    Marcel Dybner is the Head of Property Management at Boutique Agency Besser & Co in St Kilda, Victoria. With the business in a rapid growth phase, he applied for Transform Masters to ‘take a step back’ and look at how he could grow the company by growing as a leader. Taking in all the lessons,…

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  • The Third Dimension: Cushla Symons & Justin Miller

    For Cushla Symons and her team, technology has enabled greater levels of operational efficiency, enhanced customer service and given a competitive edge over those who have not yet embraced it. The implementation of technology has been a deliberate course of action geared towards achieving these outcomes, combined with a healthy dose of restraint against implementing…

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  • Balancing People and Purpose: O’Brien Real Estate

    It was Peter Drucker who said that ‘Culture eats strategy for breakfast’, yet the founders and co-directors of O’Brien Real Estate, Dean O’Brien and Darren Hutchins, find a way to balance people and purpose. Sarah Bell caught up with the leadership duo who demonstrate the potential that can be realised when culture and strategy have…

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  • Ashlea Merlo: Growth Leader

    Ashlea Merlo worked extensively across property management businesses in Australia, driving growth as trainer and consultant, before seizing the opportunity to apply her knowledge and talent as Head of Property Management in one of Australia’s most exciting growth businesses, Clarke & Humel in Manly, NSW. I'm a true believer in personal development and investing in yourself. I’m…

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  • Property Manager 2.0: Rachael Byrne, Jean Brown Properties

    RECENTLY AWARDED REIQ’S Property Manager of the Year, Rachael Byrne of Jean Brown Properties, at the northern end of Queensland’s Gold Coast, is convinced that a focus on tenant services is at the core of a new and better direction for property management. Sarah Bell caught up with Rachael to find out more about her…

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  • Regional Growth Master: Dave Skow Wagga Property Management

    DAVE SKOW is the owner of Wagga Property Management in the NSW Riverina. Grabbing an opportunity to open a property management only business in the area, he has grown his rent roll from zero to just over 500 properties in under three years. Passionate about growth, this is his remarkable story. Firstly, Dave, tell us…

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  • Empowered Leadership: Megan Harris

    Century 21 Wentworth's Megan Harris is a property professional who represents a generational shift in the real estate industry. Having started at the age of 19, Megan has purposefully developed into a shining star of the group as department manager of their Frankston office. In a change to the traditional franchise management structure, Megan acts…

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