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  • In the lead up to the federal election, REIWA has launched its ‘What about WA?’ campaign, which aims to ensure Western Australia is not overlooked when election commitments concerning the real estate industry are made. According to REIWA President Damian Collins, the government has had a track record of applying blanket national policy settings, targeted at the east coast, without…

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  • Century 21 Australasia has announced the appointment of Warren McCarthy as their new CEO. McCarthy, an industry veteran of 35 years has held senior roles with LJ Hooker (as CEO) where he grew was instrumental in growing the network across Australia as well as into India and South East Asia. More recently he was a member of the McGrath Group…

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  • First National Real Estate’s Western Australian agents were presented with their General Excellence and Marketing Awards at Crown Perth on 23 March 2019. The awards recognised the best of First National’s WA agents throughout 2018, with the top 10 individuals and offices now vying for a national GEM Award, which includes an expenses paid trip for top 10 national award…

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  • The Property Management Academy of Australia (TPMAA) have announced that some of their graduates who are in some cases eligible for wage subsidies. TPMAA Director Jody Marsden said two students from this month’s graduating class had obtained financial support which would be directly payable to their new employer. “When I launched TPMAA, my goal was to train students to become competent property…

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  • One of Queensland’s strata management companies, Archers the Strata Professionals, has appointed a Chief Executive Officer to guide the company through a strata industry growth phase generated by the surge in residential apartment buildings. Archers, which has been at the forefront of the strata management sector in Queensland since it was founded in 1981, has ventured outside the strata industry…

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  • The Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) announced the winners of the 14th National Awards for Excellence last night at a gala dinner held at Crown Perth on 21st March 2019. REIA President Adrian Kelly said the awards acknowledge and recognise the best of the best in Australian real estate. “More than 250 real estate professionals from across Australia converged…

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  • If Labor’s negative gearing policy is legislated in its current form, expect a rise in rental yields which will occur through a combination of falling house values and, eventually, a rise in rents. That’s the headline from an update to an SQM Research (SQM) research paper released in November 2018, modelling the proposed Labor Party changes to negative gearing that…

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  • Melbourne has for many years been regarded as Australia’s most liveable city. However, new data from realestate.com.au and Ipsos reveals that, when it comes to how residents actually feel about where they live, Canberra comes out on top. The realestate.com.au Life in Australia report, powered by Ipsos, is the nation’s largest annual ongoing study of community values and liveability. The…

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  • Independent Property Group has announced the launch of a free seminar, sponsored by Westpac Bank, for first-home buyers looking to break into the housing market in Canberra. The event will feature Will Honey, Principal at Independent Property Group Tuggeranong, Aimee Bergan and Nicole Kerli from Westpac Bank, as keynote speakers on the evening. The expert panel will cover everything concerning finance…

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  • Tech company InfoTrack has launched a product called Securexchange to protect real estate agents, conveyancers and buyers from the threat of large financial loss during property exchanges. InfoTrack General Manager Lee Baillie says that the system has been specifically designed to prevent the intercepting of insecure emails which may include settlement bank account details. Instead of getting the correct account…

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  • A new incentive to help owners understand the nooks and crannies of strata is set to roll out in early April as the City of Sydney announces a series of free workshops in English and Chinese. These two-hour sessions will help both strata-dwelling owners and renters tackle issues including pets, levies and noisy neighbours. The City of Sydney’s strata skills…

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  • The Power 50  is a list of ‘movers, shakers and shapers’ put together by News Mail in association with Central Queensland University. More than 100 names were put forward for consideration in the selection of the region’s most influential, which were then reduced to a top 50. Scott Mackey rounded off the list last year at #50 and this year…

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  • History is set to be made next month on Monday April 8 2019, when James Pratt becomes the first auctioneer to conduct a live cryptocurrency real estate auction. A first also for Australia to be the country to facilitate this. Mr Pratt was asked to collaborate with international heavyweight blockchain corporation NuYen, and cryptocurrency giants Binance to offer interested bidders the…

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  • THE Sunshine Coast staked its claim to be home to the best agents in Queensland, scooping five of the 19 awards at last night’s REIQ Awards for Excellence gala, as more than 500 real estate professionals gathered at the RNA Showgrounds. Jodie Hedley-Ward from McGrath Caloundra claimed the Best Salesperson of the Year award, while the agency also took home…

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