Peter Blackshaw scooped seven awards at the Real Estate Institute of the ACT (REIACT) Awards for Excellence announced at the weekend.
Peter Blackshaw Manuka was named Auctioneer Franchise of the Year, with Alec Brown taking out the Auctioneer of the Year and People’s Choice Auctioneer of the Year awards, and Jenna Dunley winning Novice Auctioneer of the Year.
The Peter Blackshaw franchise won the Marketing & Communications and Community Service awards. Franchise Operations Manager, Narelle Casey, says the brand is proud to have won the Community Service Award which is presented to agencies who make a positive impact in the Canberra community.
“The community is part of our DNA. We have grown up with Canberra and are all committed to give back to this amazing city and its people. A core value of Peter Blackshaw is community, to truly make a difference to the lives of those who need it,” she said.
The Manuka agency’s Mario Sanfrancesco was also named Residential Salesperson of the Year.
Alec Brown said Peter Blackshaw Manuka was very proud of its collective achievement at the awards night.
“It’s just a reflection of continued effort, making sure that we’re maintaining a professional standard and it’s nice to be recognised for the energy and effort that we put into things,” Mr Brown said.
Winning all four auction awards reflected the firm’s strong pedigree in this area.
“We certainly have a very proud heritage having been the first residential real estate company in Canberra to introduce auctions to the Canberra marketplace – a proud tradition that we gratefully carry on,” he said.
“We have some very keen up and comers who already are more than competitive at industry standard and I think ultimately that really does benefit the consumer.”
Mr Brown said the standard of finalists this year was one of the highest the firm had encountered and the field was quite deep. If some categories lacked numbers, they did not lack for talent.
“I think we’ve all walked away counting our lucky stars considering some of the people we were up against. It adds to the sweetness of the deal in getting the nomination, and then finally to be recognised at that level is always a humbling experience,” he said.
The Independent group also had a good night out with Independent Property Management’s Zoe Wheelhouse winning the Achievement Award, while Renee Bink took out Residential Property Manager of the Year.
Independent Property Group Inner North & City was named Large Residential Agency of the Year and Residential Sales Team of the Year, and Jonathan Warren won Property Marketer of the Year, while the Innovation Award went to Independent Property Group Tuggeranong.
Principal of Independent Property Group Inner North & City Grahame O’Brien said that winning the Large Residential Agency of the Year Award showed the team members were industry leaders and helped to raise our credibility as true professionals.
“Our industry is extremely competitive, and we are always looking for ways to stand out from the crowd,” he said.
“This award is a big motivator internally, as well. Winning awards is a team effort, and the recognition makes our staff proud to be a part of our office. We’ll definitely be displaying our trophy as a continuous reminder of why we are here and what we are striving to achieve.”
REIACT President, Michael Kumm said the 27 award categories and 380-strong roll-up to the ceremony at the QT Hotel on Saturday night showed how vibrant and successful the ACT real estate sector was, with the region’s property market continuing to grow despite the decline in other capital cities.
“Our annual Awards for Excellence are a chance to reflect on the contribution the real estate sector makes to the ACT and the professionalism and dedication of all the businesses and individuals
working in this field,” he said.
“The Institute believes the continued success and growth of the Awards for Excellence is evidence of the professionalism in which ACT industry representatives conduct their daily business.”
Mr Kumm said the Institute introduced three new categories for this year’s Awards which were all well supported, as well as a new judging platform.
“I would like to commend all the finalists. As in past years, it was an exceptionally strong and tight field and, with a new judging platform introduced this year allowing judges to give a greater range of marks, many of the categories were separated by the smallest of margins,” he said.
“We were also pleased to note the increased support shown for “team” award categories which is clearly a sign of recognition by industry leaders of the importance of this growing culture within real estate to achieve excellence in customer experience for the vendors and purchasers.”
The full list of winners:
Zoe Wheelhouse – Independent Property Management
Allhomes People’s Choice Auctioneer of the Year
Alec Brown – Peter Blackshaw Manuka
Auctioneer Franchise of the Year
Peter Blackshaw Manuka
Auctioneer of the Year
Alec Brown – Peter Blackshaw Manuka
Business Development Manager of the Year
Heidi Russell – Little Bird Properties
Commercial Agency of the Year
Colliers International (ACT) Pty Limited
Commercial Property Manager of the Year
Rupert Cullen – Colliers International (ACT) Pty Limited
Commercial Salesperson of the Year
Chris Antos – Laing & Simmons Commercial Property (ACT) Pty Ltd
Community Housing Sector Property Manager of the Year
Raija Purse – Argyle Housing
Community Service Award
Peter Blackshaw Real Estate
Conveyancer of the Year
Sandra Forrest – Velocity Conveyancing
Corporate Support Person of the Year
Caroline Phengrasmy – Independent Property Management
Independent Property Group Tuggeranong
Large Residential Agency of the Year
Independent Property Group Inner North & City
Marketing and Communications Award
Peter Blackshaw Real Estate
Medium Residential Agency of the Year
Novice Auctioneer of the Year
Jenna Dunley – Peter Blackshaw Manuka
Property Marketer of the Year
Jonathan Warren – Independent Property Group Inner North & City
Public Housing Sector Property Manager of the Year
Steve Ujdur – ACT Housing and Community Services
Residential Property Management Team of the Year
Residential Property Manager of the Year
Renee Bink – Independent Property Management
Residential Sales Team of the Year
Our Team – Independent Property Group Inner North & City
Residential Salesperson of the Year
Mario Sanfrancesco – Peter Blackshaw Manuka
Rookie of the Year
Kiah Lingwood – Knight Frank
Service Provider of the Year
ACT Property Inspections
Small Residential Agency of the Year
En Vogue Property Management
Solicitor of the Year
Darren Carden – Eastwoods Legal