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  • Zig while others zag – Manos Findikakis

    For years the industry has been hearing the agent is now more important than the brand. In 2015, Eview founder Manos Findikakis took that philosophy to a whole new level. Now he will share his recipe for success at the Business of Real Estate 2019. Eview Group founder and CEO Manos Findikakis readily admits when…

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  • Martin Millard: From humble beginnings

    Martin Millard has been through the wringer and come out the other side. He’s still a little crinkled, definitely more enlightened, and has a dry, but earnest, sense of humour. Unorthodox is the only way to describe the Harcourts Solutions Managing Director’s journey in real estate. It’s a career that started 19 years ago with…

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  • The domino effect

    Ask Maria Carlino about her goals for the years ahead and she’s crystal clear in her response. “Ten thousand-plus property managements is my goal for The Agency in the next three years, with a presence in every state,” she declares. That’s no small target for a brand that was founded less than two-and-a-half years ago.…

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  • A whole lotta love: Scott Harman on leadership in a challenging market

    Scott Harman isn’t afraid to knock on doors. His path to real estate began as a door-to-door encyclopedia salesman. He’s not fazed by picking up the phone either. Most of his 31-year career has been spent dealing with high-rise owners in the tough market that is the Gold Coast where many of his sales were…

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  • Don’t be a fire risk: Preparing rentals for bushfire season

    With bushfire season starting earlier, and lasting longer, landlords and property professionals need to make sure investments and incomes are better protected should disaster strike, says insurance leader Sharon Fox-Slater.  This comment comes on the back of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service being forced to bring forward the start of its bushfire danger…

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  • Timeliness, insight, perspective: A look into REA’s new reporting tools

    Ben Auchettl understands the key to a successful marketing campaign is being armed with the right knowledge. The realestate.com.au National Sales Director knows agencies and agents need to watch the market to get a handle on what branding and advertising strategies are working right now. Ben, who is also responsible for products such as Premiere,…

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  • Tom Larkin: Director of two offices at 29 with further growth plans ahead

    Tom Larkin started in real estate on his 18th birthday. By 23 years old he had his own real estate office in an area he knew nothing about – Barry Plant in Frankston. By 26 he had become that area’s most successful agent and now, at 29, he is director of two offices, has a…

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  • Using data to guarantee rent: LongView Real Estate

    In Australia the traditional real estate model is changing with agencies employing in-house photographers, videographers, database experts, marketing and creative specialists. In November last year, LongView burst onto the scene in Melbourne, providing a data-driven agency focused on property investors. Co-founder Evan Thornley is a former co-founder, chair and CEO of LookSmart, a pioneer of…

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  • The changing roles of real estate

    ONCE UPON A TIME, a real estate agency comprised a principal, sales agents and a handful of support staff. Now, with big data and technology coming to the fore, the traditional real estate roles are changing with the times. Ahead of the Business of Real Estate Conference, Kylie Dulhunty looks at US game changer Compass and the roles they see…

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  • ‘Tremendous benefits’ – What the Rockend acquisition means for real estate

    There has been a lot to celebrate at Rockend over the past couple of weeks. Firstly, the milestone of 40 years of operation, an extraordinarily proud moment in the company’s history. Secondly, the acquisition of the company by global property software player MRI Software. While MRI Software is a global company with enormous scale, both…

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  • What to do when sales volumes are low

    Difficult real estate markets can still provide an opportunity for business growth, a leading real estate accountant says. Live Real Estate Accounts Managing Director Chris Mercer says agency leaders should not only see a changing market as a threat but as a great opportunity for growth. “Not all businesses are on a solid financial footing,”…

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  • Transformation through innovation a winner for Noosa agency

    Twenty minutes from the hustle and bustle of Noosa’s Hastings Street, Cooroy is a quintessential Queensland country town with one foot firmly planted in the future. Here, the focus is a vibrant community navigating the transition from farming and timber industries to a thriving residential and rural area that is in demand for families, treechangers…

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  • Byron Kerr: A new brand of leader

    Byron Kerr isn’t afraid of declining stock levels. In the 2018-2019 financial year, when the Melbourne market was on a downward slide, the O’Brien Real Estate Mentone director and his team sold more properties than the year before. “It was a market with decreased stock levels of about 25 per cent,” he said. “Yet we…

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  • Take back the market: Michael Coulson

    When prospective clients ask how the market is going, how do you respond? Brutal honesty. I’ll tell them it is a tougher market than we’ve seen in a good 10 years or so, so that they’re not under any illusions or false expectations. We want to let them know that it’s not a great time…

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