- At the gala 2018 Real Estate Institute Tasmania Awards for Excellence, Harcourts was recognised with seven awards for outstanding agency practice in the residential and commercial sectors. Four Harcourts franchises collected awards across agency, commercial, innovation and support categories, the most of any real estate franchise network.
- · Large Agency of the Year - Harcourts Launceston
- · Achievement Award - Carlton Heres, Harcourts Launceston
- · Commercial Property Manager - Jessie Legge, NAI Harcourts North
- · Commercial Sales Person - Andy Howell, NAI Harcourts North
- · Innovation Award - Harcourts Huon Valley
- · Medium Agency of the Year - Harcourts Huon Valley
- · Corporate Support Person - Nicole Berry, Harcourts Signature
Harcourts Launceston is owned and run by Tony Morrison, Kate Littlejohn and Jeremy Wilkinson. The team of real estate professionals was recognised as Large Agency of the Year, plus an Achievement Award for Carlton Heres, who was also recognised for with the Senior Auctioneers award.
LtoR: Paul Bevan (realestateview.com.au) with Harcourts Launceston - David Hernyk, Jeremy Wilkinson, Shari Lockett, Tony Morrison, Kate Littlejohn, Jayne Harwood, Carlton Heres
“Large Agency is a recognition of our teams’ continued effort and endeavours to provide the very best in client service,” said Ms Littlejohn. “We are so proud of the entire group for their commitment to the Harcourts brands and values. Our entire team is to be congratulated on their contribution toward us achieving this award.”
Ms Littlejohn went on to share that she had the utmost respect for the other brands who were named as finalists.
“We were competing against some of the very best large real estate agencies in the state so to be recognised as the best in this category is a wonderful achievement. We believe that our commitment and focus towards ensuring that the client is the at the forefront of all our decisions ensures that we are providing the client with the best service that we can.
“We have made some significant changes within the property management department and continue to focus on the growth and development of our team to further enhance the service we can provide to the client.”
Carlton Heres with REIT President Tony Collidge
For Mr Heres, winning the Senior Auctioneers award as well as the Achievement Award is a double honour capping an impressive year. “The Achievement Award caught me by surprise. I don’t do this job for the awards, but because I love what I do this just really tops it off,” he said.
“I couldn’t have achieved this without the support of the whole team at Harcourts Launceston. A massive thank you has to go to them.”
For NAIHarcourts North, based in Launceston, the recognition in both the Commercial Sales Person and Commercial Property Manager categories is a testament to the business team.
“Winning this award means that we are doing a fantastic job for our clients and providing a high-quality service,” said Andy Howell (photo above). “It is great to be recognised for doing your job and putting in the hard work. We always strive to go the extra mile; our clients are our focus, and this continues to yield great outcomes.”
For Jessie Legge (photo above), who also received this recognition in 2016, the awards in both categories confirm that the team is doing the right thing for its clients. “We are providing the best service to our landlords and tenants alike,” she said. “We are adapting to change where need be, and we are listening to what our landlords and tenants want/need and responding accordingly.
“The property management award is for individuals; however, I am not able to take all the glory for this award. We work as a team, management through corporate support through sales, this is our strength, and why we are able to provide such great experiences for our clients.”
Paul Bevan (realestateview) with Harcourts Huon Valley - Nick Bond, Hannah Katz, Karl Gallienne, and Demi Gane
The theme of team work was mentioned across all winners. For Nick Bond, business owner of Harcourts Huon, winning Medium Agency of the Year for the second year running in the hottest contested category for an office from a regional area is a massive achievement.
“Winning Medium Agency means a lot to us as it is the category that most offices in Tasmania fit into, 10 to 20 staff size is the criteria,” said Mr Bond.
“We have been working towards a high production, high support, highly trained office model of professionals who are the best they can be, and it is nice to be recognised for this new focus.”
The Innovation Award went to Harcourts Huon Valley for its innovative programming around workplace mental health initiatives.
“Winning the innovation award for our work around staff support, counselling and mental health first aid was a great honour to see our efforts and trailblazing recognised,” said Mr Bond.
“As an innovator in this space we believe we have shown how to take a great culture that we had and make it even better and paved the way for the rest of the industry to follow.”
As a blueprint for the industry, Harcourts Huon Valley have paved the way for other offices to trial the process and create better workplaces and have the real estate industry seen by professionals as a career option due to being progressive and having better work life balance and understanding.
Mr Bond concluded, “I would like to thank Tony Morrison, Megan Hampton and the state team for convincing us to enter and helping us realise that we are actually one of the best offices and have a great culture in the state, and the REIT training team especially John Soundy who have helped 5 of our staff receive diplomas this year and for putting on the event.”
Harcourts Tasmania CEO Tony Morrison said that the recognition for Harcourts amongst the industry is very rewarding.
“It is a remarkable achievement to see half of all awards given go to Harcourts franchises,” said Mr Morrison. “We are honoured to be recognised in the industry.”
The 2018 REIT Awards for Excellence was celebrated 27 October at the Country Club Casino.