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Three leading ladies recognised for their contribution to real estate industry

Jun 22, 2021 9:49:17 PM

CEO of Harcourts, Marcus Williams, paid homage to the brilliant women who have been recognised as finalists in the 2021 Women in Real Estate Awards.

The Women in Real Estate Awards, the first national awards program to recognise the contribution of women in real estate, is dedicated to recognising excellence among the industry’s top female professionals and companies that promote gender diversity and a commitment to the progression of women. 

Adelaide based Kate Smith is nominated in two categories: principal and sales agent of the year.

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“Kate Smith sells more property along the Le Fevre Peninsula than any other agent. She’s previously been awarded salesperson of the year in her state within Harcourts, and also in the broader industry, and was ranked 26th in the country for women in recent years,” Mr Williams said.

“The former professional basketballer has a great love and respect for the area and an intimate knowledge of the local property market.”  

“Being attached to the REB WIRE awards is something close to my heart and a yearly goal of mine, being nominated this year for both sales agent and principal of the year is extra special for both my team and I,” Ms Smith said.

“To me it has solidified that my business is growing in the right direction and I’m so proud that our tight knit community of repeat and referral clients are pleased with the six-star service we continually strive to provide.”

Brisbane based Jacqui Bartholomeusz is nominated as principal of the year. 


“As leader of Harcourts Ascot and Clayfield, Jacqui is committed to the city and community that she has always lived and worked in. An active member of the local community, Jacqui supports local schools, events and businesses,” Mr Williams said.

“Her professional dedication to the northern Brisbane suburbs and the people within them is apparent in her in-depth local knowledge and renowned personal service.”

“It is an absolute honour to even be considered for this award,” Ms Bartholomeusz said. 

“This nomination is a wonderful encouragement to myself and most importantly, to my team to continue striving every day to be better to improve systems and continue to grow.”

Perth based Leonie Oosterhuis is nominated as office administrator of the year. 

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Leonie says 2020 certainly threw up some additional hurdles, and to be recognised at this time is meaningful to her.

“It is such an honour to be a finalist in the WIRE, and in the company of such amazing women.  After a year like no other we have known before, it's definitely exciting to be recognised for the hard work and challenges I have faced, while still new to the industry. Best of luck to all the finalists,” Ms Oosterhuis said.

“From Harcourts initiative, Leonie has over 20 years experience in administration, financial services, and business management. Having applied her administration ability in a number of industries has only strengthened her skills and adaptability,” Mr Williams said. 

“Leonie provides end to end administrative support for the Directors and consultants here at Harcourts Initiative, and is committed to meeting the needs of their clients.”

Winners will be announced on Thursday 15 July 6:30pm at the Star in Sydney. 

Topics: Residential, Awards