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IT innovation a distinct advantage for property management firm

By 26 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A chance conversation at a barbeque led property investors Chris and Brooke Scullin to use technology to revolutionise the property management industry.
Six years ago, the Canberra couple, who now run start-up agency Distinct Property Management, was struggling to find a suitable property manager for their investment portfolio.
“We had found that the level of accountability and [...]

ACT & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 25 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The below real estate market snapshot has been compiled based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest Sale: $1,925,000
Lowest Price: $220,000
Average Sale Price: $546,706 (+ 5.59%)
2,449 properties currently for sale
37 sales properties had price reductions
88 properties went under offer
106 properties SOLD!
201 properties have come onto [...]

Local leaders – Mitchell Pearce (Canberra Urban Honey)

By 25 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Aged 18 and sporting a blonde mohawk, Mitchell Pearce is a fourth-generation beekeeper on a mission to make Canberra a more sustainable city.
He is Australia’s youngest urban commercial beekeeper and the director of Canberra Urban Honey, a community project that aims to re-populate Canberra’s bee population by supplying local backyards with hives. What began as [...]

Canberra startup LikeaJob makes job seeking simple

By 25 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Applying for your dream job is now as simple as pressing a ‘like’ button, thanks to a Canberra startup taking the hassle out of finding a new career.
LikeaJob (www.likeajob.com.au) is the brainchild of Chris Hansen, a hospitality veteran who also owns Ox Eatery at Kingston’s East Hotel. He describes the website, which launched four weeks [...]

Winners of the Canberra Women in Business Awards

By 21 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The winners of the 2014 Canberra Women in Business Awards were announced last night at a gala dinner hosted by Canberra Women in Business (CWB) at the Hotel Realm.
The event brought people from across the region together to recognise the contributions and successes of businesswomen in our community.
Claire Connelly, President [...]

Real estate’s best and brightest play the long game

By 21 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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As homeowners demand increasingly high levels of service from their real estate agents, the best in the industry are playing the long game and focusing on building client relationships.
Independent Property Group Woden and Weston Creek’s Jonathan Charles is one such agent. The winner of the REIACT 2014 Residential Salesperson of the Year Award says patience [...]

Quick to condemn Palmer after the fact but not during the rant

By 20 August 2014

I found Clive Palmer’s outburst on Q&A on Monday night pretty awful and something we shouldn’t see from a Member of Parliament.
I do however wonder why Tony Jones or Penny Wong didn’t step in to disagree?
I find it a very ‘Australian’ thing to do. To stand by and smile while someone spews vile statements that [...]

Mix of experience and youth drives LJ Hooker Belconnen’s success

By 19 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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LJ Hooker Belconnen franchise principal Dennis Vlandis has been in the real estate game long enough to know that there’s more to success than just good sales figures.
It is a 20-strong team focused on nurturing young talent (LJ Hooker Belconnen’s Luke Evans recently won the REIACT 2014 Novice Auctioneer of the Year Award) and [...]

Payroll Tax changes, or is it a new Recuitment Agency Tax?

By 18 August 2014

On Thursday evening the ACT Legislative Assembly passed the ACT Payroll Tax Reform Bill. This Bill prevents “genuine employers” from being exempt from payroll tax if they pick up contract work through a recruitment agency. Unfortunately, yet again, the ACT Government has done a poor job in formulating policy.
This new policy has the following effect [...]

Rebrand works wonders for REIACT 2014 Small Agency of the Year

By 18 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Boutique real estate agency Cream Residential, winner of the REIACT 2014 Small Agency of the Year Award, is reaping the benefits of a complete brand transformation 12 months ago.
Director Chris Wilson says that after consulting with a branding team, what had been known as Cameron Real Estate for over 30 years last year became Cream [...]

ACT & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 18 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The below real estate market snapshot has been compiled based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest Sale: $1,203,000
Lowest Price: $216,000
Average Sale Price: $517,744 (- 4.32%)
2,433 properties currently for sale
46 sales properties had price reductions
95 properties went under offer
98 properties SOLD!
190 properties have come onto [...]

Local leaders – Matt Bullock (eWay)

By 18 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra is home to a thriving technology sector making its mark both in Australia and overseas. One of the entrepreneurs leading this charge – and showing the world that there’s more to Canberra than public servants and roundabouts – is Matt Bullock, CEO and founder of online payments giant eWay.
Bullock, whose background is in application [...]

Moves and Appointments

By 13 August 2014
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There are a few interesting moves around town this week. These are my highlights:
After 3 years as the Communications Director to Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, Adina Cirson has been appointed to the role of Chief of Staff to new Minister Mick Gentleman.
Meegan Thompson formerly the Operations and Finance Manager at Wisdom Learning has joined [...]

How to maintain sensitivity to heritage in old buildings

By 13 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Canberra is now reaching an age where, in the older parts of town at least, decorating our shops and drawing attention to promotions requires an extra sensitivity to heritage values.
The good news is that for the most part, we’re taking care of our old buildings and although there have been some interesting architectural clashes, the [...]

Local leaders – Jason Roses (Luton Properties)

By 12 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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When you’re under 30 and run one of Canberra’s newest real estate offices, a bit of confidence and market knowledge goes a long way. This is something Luton Properties Gungahlin director Jason Roses knows only too well.
“If I meet a client and I look young, act young or don’t know what I’m saying, then that’s [...]

Local wins big at the Eastern Region Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2014

By 12 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Datapod Managing Director and Chief Architect Scott Carr was announced as the winner of the Eastern Region EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2014 – Technology Category, at a gala event in Sydney overnight.
Mr Carr joined other outstanding entrepreneurs from across New South Wales and ACT and will now represent the region at the upcoming [...]

ACT & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 11 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The below real estate market snapshot has been compiled based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest Sale: $1,170,000
Lowest Price: $159,500
Average Sale Price: $541,142 (+ 3.56%)
2,424 properties currently for sale
58 sales properties had price reductions
97 properties went under offer
73 properties SOLD!
181 properties have come onto [...]

REIACT 2014 Awards for Excellence

By 11 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The REIACT Awards for Excellence are one of the biggest events on the ACT real estate calendar, and this year – as in previous years – it was Independent Property Group’s  night to shine.
Hosted by ABC 666 presenter Phillip Clarke at the Hyatt Hotel on Saturday evening, Independent Property Group took out several of the [...]

ACTTAB sale a body blow for Canberra’s racing industry

By 11 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The sale of Canberra’s betting agency ACTTAB for $105.5 million and a 50-year exclusive totalisator licence to Tabcorp Holdings (for $1 million a year) has been met with disbelief and anger in some quarters of the racing industry.
Representatives of the thoroughbred, harness and racing codes feel they were excluded from consultations over the sale and [...]

New business grants increase internship opportunities for ACT students

By 8 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Businesses can now apply for $7,500 student internship grants as part of the STEM4Digital Business Internship program designed to accelerate business engagement with the digital economy, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher announced today.
The STEM4Digital Business Internship program is a priority initiative of the Digital Canberra project and aims to enhance Canberra’s reputation as a ‘smart city’ [...]

Canberra business wins at Start Up Awards in Sydney

By 7 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The 2014 Australian Startup Awards were held last Saturday at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney. Hosted by The Entourage, the awards recognise business excellence and celebrate the achievements of Australia’s top entrepreneurs under 40.
Local Canberra start up Red Robot showed off their entrepreneurial skills when they took out the Hilton Product Business of the Year Award.
Red Robot [...]

Moves and Appointments

By 6 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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In a new series each week I will profile some of the bigger moves and appointments taking place around Canberra.  Utilising tips and LinkedIn, I will also profile a new business that opened its doors.
This weeks noted moves:
Former CEO of Prime Tv and well networked Doug Edwards has been officially named the new CEO of the ACT Brumbies and [...]

Local leaders – Mick Spencer (OnTheGo)

By 5 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Mick Spencer is not your average 24-year-old. The founder of Canberra-based apparel and accessory brand OnTheGo has appeared on panels with Virgin boss Richard Branson, was ranked by Anthill Magazine as one of Australia’s top 30 under 30 Entrepreneurs in 2012 and exports customised sportswear around the world.
It’s an enviable resume, and Spencer says that [...]

Coles to be anchor tenant at new Amaroo Group Centre

By 1 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Coles Property Director Greg Chubb and Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr are pleased to announce that a full line Coles supermarket will be the anchor tenant for the new Amaroo Group Centre.
The centre will include a 2,300 to 2,500sqm supermarket, a Liquorland, around 1100sqm of space for between five to 10 specialty retail shops, more [...]

ACT & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 1 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The below real estate market snapshot has been compiled based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest Sale: $1,000,000
Lowest Price: $120,000
Average Sale Price: $522,522 (- 11.34%)
2,424 properties currently for sale
59 sales properties had price reductions
89 properties went under offer
93 properties SOLD!
154 properties have come onto [...]

ACTTAB to be sold to Tabcorp

By 30 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The ACTTAB shareholders have announced today that following a competitive tender process Tabcorp has been chosen as the successful purchaser of ACTTAB. The sale of ACTTAB and associated issue of licences has achieved a sale price of $105.5 million.
Tabcorp has an extensive history operating as a successful wagering operator. Tabcorp operates totalisator and fixed odds [...]

Helping local business develop IT skills

By 29 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher is inviting Canberra’s business and not-for-profit community to participate in free Digital Business Capacity Building Workshops to accelerate business engagement with the ACT digital economy.
The free workshops are part of the ACT Government’s Digital Canberra initiative, in partnership with Canberra Business Council, and focus on building the Information and Communication Technology [...]

Gender Agenda

By 29 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Do women really lose out in the workplace on account of their gender?
It has been said that if a woman was always available to do the same work as a man for less money, why would a capitalist ever employ a man?
Glib aphorism maybe, but does it make a point?
The same claims continue to be [...]

ACT & Queanbeyan Weekly Market Wrap

By 25 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The below real estate market snapshot has been compiled based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest Sale: $1,900,000
Lowest Price: $127,500
Average Sale Price: $589,364 (+ 5.98%)
2,451 properties currently for sale
59 sales properties had price reductions
90 properties went under offer
92 properties SOLD!
151 properties have come onto [...]

Local leaders – John Bale (Soldier On)

By 22 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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In 2012, two Canberra-based military colleagues with no not-for-profit experience founded a charity to support wounded soldiers returning from Afghanistan. CEO and co-founder John Bale explains how Soldier On grew from grassroots charity to national heavyweight.
John Bale joined the Australian Army in 2002 with a schoolmate, Michael Fussell, who was later killed by an improvised [...]

ACT & Queanbeyan Weekly Market Wrap

By 18 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The below real estate market snapshot has been compiled based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest Sale: $1,555,000
Lowest Price: $150,000
Average Sale Price: $556,092 (+ 3.10%)
2,462 properties currently for sale
71 sales properties had price reductions
71 properties went under offer
97 properties SOLD!
136 properties have come onto [...]

Canberra’s Crowd-funding success story

By 17 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The story advances as Pat and Sancho from The Chop Shop rack up their target of $10,000 within 5 days of launching on crowd-funding website Kickstarter. As you can imagine they are over the moon.
Sancho says, “It has easily etched no.1 in my top 5 moments in life that will flash before my eyes if [...]

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