The winners of the REIA 14th National Awards for Excellence were announced last night, with NSW named as winners in two key categories.
REIA President Adrian Kelly says the awards acknowledge and recognise the best of the best in Australian real estate.
“More than 250 real estate professionals from across Australia converged on Perth last night indicating just how strong our industry is,” Kelly says.
“Winners were recognised from most of the states and territories highlighting it is not just the larger states and metropolitan cities taking home the awards.”
Rich Harvey, CEO and Founder of propertybuyer, won Buyers’ Agent of the Year after taking out the State title at the REINSW Awards for Excellence gala dinner in September last year.
NSW’s second winner was John Cunningham, founder of Cunninghams Real Estate, who was awarded the prestigious President’s Award.
Presented this year by Kelly, the President’s Award recognises significant contribution made by an individual to the real estate profession.
“In the last 12 months alone, John has done more for our industry than most agents will ever do in their entire career,” Kelly says.
“He has been a driving force behind the Pathway to Professionalism program and has fought for education and training reforms in his home state of NSW. He is the best of the best and a well deserving winner.”
ACT | The ACT saw outstanding results with winners in four categories, including Colliers International (ACT) which took out Commercial Agency of the Year and Rupert Cullen of Colliers International (ACT) taking home Commercial Property Manager of the Year. The Independent Property Group Tuggeranong won the Innovation Award and Peter Blackshaw Real Estate won the Community Service Award.
SA | Toop&Toop Real Estate was recognised as Large Residential Agency of the Year for the third year in a row, entitling the agency to be inducted into the REIA Hall of Fame in 2020 for this category. Toop&Toop Real Estate was the recipient of the inaugural REIA Hall of Fame Certificate of Merit after successfully taking out the Innovation category in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Toop&Toop Real Estate has already been inducted into the REIA Hall of Fame for Innovation in 2009. It was an outstanding night for the agency with Sales Partner, Kirk Fernandez, winning the Achievement Award. Nikki Katz of Benchmark Business Sales & Valuations won Business Broker of the Year and Tara Stokes of Harris Real Estate took home Corporate Support Person of the Year.
Tas | Tameka Smith of Key2 Property won Residential Property Manager of the Year and Medium Residential Agency of the Year went to Harcourts Huon Valley.
WA | Peter Clements of Mint Real Estate Claremont has taken back to back Residential Salesperson of the Year and Rentwest Solutions won the Communications Award.
Vic | Brett Diston of Ray White Commercial won Commercial Salesperson of the Year with Network Pacific Real Estate winning Small Residential Agency of the Year.