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 night’s most prestigious awards, including Large Agency of the Year, Residential Salesperson of the Year (Jonathon Charles) and Auctioneer of the Year (Mark Larmer).
CBRE ACT dominated the commercial property categories, winning Commercial Property Manager of the Year (Donna Sciaccia), Commercial Agency of the Year and Commercial Salesperson of the Year (Mark Nicholls).
Luke Evans from LJ Hooker Belconnen proved that he is an emerging auctioneer to watch after beating several strong contenders to win the Novice Auctioneer of the Year category. This tops off a strong 2014 for Evans, who also won this year’s LJ Hooker International Auction Award.
It was great to see some smaller players recognised for their achievements, including Distinct Property Management, which is run by husband and wife team Chris and Brooke Scullin and took out the Innovation Award.
Guests were treated to stunning renditions of Phantom of the Opera classics performed by cast members of the Australian adaptation of the musical. However, by many accounts, attendance was down compared to previous years and at times the evening lacked excitement or a sense of fanfare – a surprise considering that Canberra has much to celebrate when it comes to real estate success.
Congratulations to all finalists and winners.
REIACT 2014 Awards for Excellence winners
Commercial Property Manager of the Year
Donna Sciaccia – CBRE ACT
Residential Property Manager of the Year
Hannah Gill – Independent Property Management
Public Housing Sector Property Manager
Melinda McGregor – Community Services Directorate, Housing ACT
Corporate Support Person
Josephine Jankovic – Independent Property Management
Small Agency of the Year
Medium Agency of the Year
LJ Hooker Tuggeranong
Large Agency of the Year
Independent Property Group
Allhomes Advertising – Small Agency
Philip Kouvelis Real Estate
Allhomes Advertising – Large Agency
Peter Blackshaw Real Estate Manuka
Novice Auctioneer of the Year
Luke Evans – LJ Hooker Belconnen
Auctioneer of the Year
Mark Larmer – Independent Property Group Turner
Allhomes People’s Choice Auctioneer of the Year
Peter Walker – Peter Blackshaw Belconnen
Mortgage Provider of the Year
ANZ Mobile Banking
Independent Property Group
Distinct Property Management
Community Service Award
Solicitor of the Year
Archie Tsirimokos – Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers
Renee Bink – Independent Property Management
Commercial Agency of the Year
Commercial Salesperson of the Year
Mark Nicholls – CBRE ACT
Residential Salesperson of the Year
Jonathon Charles – Independent Property Group Woden