Queensland dominates national awards

QUEENSLAND dominated the national real estate awards at an exclusive ceremony in Canberra last night.

Representatives from the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) won six of the 16 awards on offer at the 2013 Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) National Awards for Excellence.

Victoria picked up just four awards.

The national awards recognise the outstanding contributions of those in the real estate profession, rewarding them for their hard work, community service and consumer focus.

REIQ CEO Anton Kardash attended the awards with Institute chairman Pamela Bennett.

He said the strong Queensland showing was further evidence of the high calibre of the State's real estate practitioners

"Six out of 13 finalists representing the REIQ and Queensland won a national award last night, which is one of the best results in recent memory," he said.

"Not only does this result reflect the professionalism of those working in real estate in Queensland, but also the integrity of the REIQ's own awards program which includes a judging panel with all finalists."

Simon Pressley from Propertology in Brisbane picked up his second consecutive Buyer's Agent of the Year award.

Simon believes there is a real science to reading property markets and derives satisfaction from using science and best practice processes to purchase properties Australia-wide.

First-time finalist, Ranita Patel, was named the nation's top residential property manager last night.

Ranita, from Place Newmarket, has refined skills in customer service, ethics, legislative compliance as well as performance indicators which regularly exceed her set targets.

Another first-time finalist was Greg Tate of Raine & Horne Commercial Brisbane Southside, who won the Corporate Support Person of the Year award.

Greg has been in the commercial real estate industry since 2000, commencing his career as an office junior at age 20 he has progressed to be a leader in all facets of agency support.

Jack Dixon of Dixon Family Estate Agents in Brisbane won the national Achievement Award, which is awarded to the Rookie of the Year.

On graduation from the University of Queensland, Jack joined one of Queensland's most formidable law practices. He spent three years working in property law before joining his family's real estate business.

And continuing a trend for Queensland in the national commercial awards arena, two REIQ representatives - who are also from the same company - won awards last night. Kim Knox from CBRE was named the Commercial Property Manager of the Year and Wayne Bunz, also of CBRE, won the national Commercial Salesperson of the Year award.


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