Celebrating the top performers in real estate

A strong Western Australian property market provided the perfect backdrop for the real estate industry to honour its best and brightest at the 2021 reiwa.com Awards last weekend.

Almost 1000 professionals and guests attended the prestigious event at Crown Perth, celebrating the achievements of offices, teams and individuals during the past financial year.

REIWA CEO Neville Pozzi said it had been a remarkable period for the residential sales market, which bottomed out in July 2020 before quickly shifting into a strong recovery phase.

“After a long and sustained downturn, it’s wonderful to be able to celebrate WA real estate’s top performers at a time when the market is performing well,” he said.

The awards comprised 23 categories recognising achievement by the number of residential listings sold, value sold and more.

Property management companies were honoured in four categories based on time to lease properties and, for the first year, four categories acknowledged offices and agents with the highest commercial listings and value sold.

Walking away with a double win, WA’s Ray White network was again named Top Franchise for both residential listings and value sold, collecting the awards for the fourth and fifth year respectively.

It listed 4137 properties, which sold to a total value of $2.39 billion during 2020-21.

At Ray White Dalkeith Claremont, Vivien Yap’s team triumphed in the Top Team by Value Sold category after doing 138 deals for a combined value of about $302.2 million.

Ms Yap, who has been in the industry for a decade, said it was quite humbling and very special to be named the top team.

“My team’s performance continues to grow,” she said. “We ask for business, we ask for offers and even when COVID-19 hit we just worked harder.

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“Last year saw me realise some untapped talent in my wider team, which has enabled us to stop doing things the same old way and we now have some new and different processes in place.

“We work in harmony and synergy, and together we will keep soaring to new heights.”

The Agency also notched up multiple wins, recognised as the Top Large Office by listings and value sold on the back of 2251 sales totalling about $1.28 billion.

Adam Naumovski from The Agency scooped the Top Assisted Salesperson by Listings Sold gong, with 197 sales worth about $86.7 million.

The Agency General Manager WA Stuart Cox said he was proud the team, established only five years ago, was so strongly represented at the awards.

“We are ecstatic that we have taken out the top large office award this year to make it three years in a row,” he said.

“The award is recognition to everyone in the business for their hard work, including all our support staff who assist our agents to achieve the results we do.

“The success of the company over the last 12 months has been underpinned by the quality of people that have joined us over the last couple of years.

“We are now a recognised national brand and are known to have some of the top agents in the country, not just here in WA but on a national level too.”

Realmark Coastal was also thrust into the awards spotlight again, named the Top Medium Office by Value Sold, with 653 sales totalling about $592.7 million.

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Realmark Coastal Director and Sales Associate Sean Hughes said the win reflected the team’s strength.

“While real estate is an individual ‘sport’, we have a collegial team and that’s pretty unique in the industry,” he said.

“It’s nice to not only take the time to reflect on what was a good year but recognise all the support staff and families behind us.”

The Top Medium Office by Listings Sold gong went to Harcourts Mandurah, Top Small Office by Listings Sold award to One Residential and Top Unassisted Salesperson by Value Sold title to Mont Property Managing Director Matthew Podesta.

Realty Lane Director and Property Consultant Daniel Gonzalez received the Top Assisted Salesperson by Value Sold award, recording 117 sales worth around $133.6 million in the last financial year.

“We would not be in this position without our clients’ trust, support and belief in us,” he said.

“It has been a very challenging year, however with grit, determination and good old-fashioned hard work, we are glad we have seen it through with a record year.

“The mindset and spirit of ‘it’s possible’, the good will and presence of the brand, our hard work, dedication and commitment to our client and, of course, the support of my beautiful wife Maria have been instrumental.”

In the commercial categories covering the first half of this year, Jamie Loh Real Estate’s Jamie Loh was named Top Salesperson for value sold, selling two properties worth $18.2 million.

Pure Leasing Central won a property management award for the lowest median days on market after leasing 306 properties in a median of eight days each.

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