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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Thriving in the face of challenge: Ruma Mundi

    A couple of months ago Ruma Mundi finally drew a line under what by anyone’s measure had been a stressful year. Personal circumstances and a series of business events had required the talented salesperson to draw on every ounce of resilience and tenacity she had. At her darkest moments Ruma admits she even pondered the…

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  • Advocating for the industry: 30 minutes with Andrew Rechtman

    A new frontier is fast approaching, and conquering its unique challenges is something to be done with a united, not a divided, approach. That’s the message from REA Group Executive General Manager of Residential Andrew Rechtman following the Industry Leadership Forum in New Zealand in April. With realestate.com.au hosting the forum, it was the ideal…

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  • You win or you learn

    Real estate is a tough gig mentally, emotionally and sometimes physically too. Taking time out to focus on yourself outside of work hours can make a world of difference to how well you perform when you're on the clock and the pressure is on. For many successful agents, the best 'R&R' is exercise, and they…

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  • You had me at video

    Morningside based agent Candice Arlott of RE/MAX Results could be be considered a bit of a go-getter when it comes to video marketing. This year Candice was invited to present at a Video Summit during the RE/MAX R4 convention in Las Vegas. Not only was she the only Australian, Candice was also the youngest member of…

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  • How to set boundaries and manage conflict

    The competitive nature of the real estate industry automatically puts agents at higher risk of experiencing conflict at work, according to a subject expert. Known as The Conflict Whisperer, Scott Dutton says industries built on competition could often struggle with negative rivalry and employee battles. Such disruption could lead to missed listings, and poor sales…

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  • Cindy Kennedy – A flair for real estate

    For many, finding a body in a bathtub in your first week in real estate might just be enough to put you off a career in the industry for good. But for McGrath partner and Sydney Inner West sales agent Cindy Kennedy it taught her there’s always more to the story when it comes to…

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