At the gala 2018 Real Estate Institute South Australia Awards for Excellence, Harcourts Barossa Valley was awarded with the Residential Agency of the Year – Small, while business owner Leonie Simmons was named Local Residential Salesperson Regional of the Year. Robyn Janitz of Harcourts Copper Triangle Rentals was named Property Manager of the Year – Regional. The Award for Excellence recognises outstanding agency practice in the residential sector.Residential Agency - Small - Harcourts Barossa Valley
Local Residential Salesperson Regional - Leonie Simmons, Harcourts Barossa Valley
Property Manager Regional - Robyn Janitz, Harcourts Copper Triangle Rentals
“I don’t think you can put into words what it means to all of us here at Harcourts Barossa Valley,” said Ms Simmons. “Wining gold for the Residential Agency (Small) is an incredible achievement, and for my team to be able to see that all the hard work has paid off and that we can then inspire others that even the smallest of offices with the right determination can achieve exceptional things.”
Based in the renowned wine-producing region northeast of Adelaide, in South Australia, Harcourts Barossa Valley services the entire Valley from beautifully appointed offices in both Nuriootpa and Williamstown.
Ms Simmons (shown above in photo), who is amongst Harcourts Australia’s Top 50 sales consultants, was also recognised with a bronze award for South Australia Salesperson Regional/Rural, and said her office is one cohesive team focusing on providing the finest property services in the region.
“I’d like to thank all of my team for the hard work and determination that they show every day,” said Ms Simmons. “I’d also like to thank the support that I get from my family and all my clients, I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. I would just like to say also a big thank you to the support of the state team; Andrew Leech has been a phenomenal support throughout my journey.”
Harcourts Barossa Valley was a finalist in two other categories: Community Service and Marketing and Communications.
Based in Wallaroo, a port town on the western side of Yorke Peninsula in South Australia, Harcourts Copper Triangle Rentals is owned by Robyn Janitz.
“Winning was a wonderful shared achievement making it all the more special, as it assists to confirm our reputation and credibility in the local market,” explained Ms Janitz. “I am humbled to win both the Gold for Property Manager SA Regional and the Bronze award for Property Management Small Agency on behalf of my team - it is more about what we achieved than who achieved it and it has had such a positive impact on us all.”
Ms Janitz (shown above with Michael McPhee from Direct Connect) went on to explain how her property management focused business excels in the marketplace.
“Our motto is to provide personalised service where all our people are number one,” she said. “We are one of the leaders in the field using the latest technologies and programs to add to our specialist services in property management. Caring, communicating and coordinating are our focus at all times.”
The past year has been particularly challenging and the recognition from REISA is especially meaningful.
“I have dealt with a serious health problem over the past year and the Harcourts Real Estate family has helped me deal with all the challenges I have faced,” she said. “I would like to add a special thank you to my loving family and friends who have been so supportive on my journey with my health and the Real Estate Industry as a whole.
“Without my assistant David Carroll, whom I have the deepest respect, I could not have maintained the high standards we continue to strive for and deliver.”
One of three Copper Triangle towns famed for their historic shared copper mining industry, and known together as "Little Cornwall", the other two being Kadina and Moonta, the office sits amongst a wide area of service.
Harcourts South Australia CEO Gregg Toyama said that the recognition is a credit to all staff in both offices.
“Leonie and Robyn exemplify the fine level of client experience that is shared across our network of franchise offices,” said Mr Toyama. “They are leaders in their communities as well as in the industry. The entire Harcourts family is proud to see their efforts recognised with the highest industry award in our state.”
REISA CEO, Greg Troughton said “These Awards recognize the elite of real estate professionalism and commitment in South Australia. Everyone here tonight serves as a worthy ambassador for the profession throughout not only this State but the entire country”
“The REISA Awards recognize and celebrate everything that is good in the real estate profession. Not only do they applaud the best of the best, but they also are a potent reminder to Government and the public that we are doing the right thing and ensuring the protection of our clients and consumers”
The Real Estate Institute South Australia Awards for Excellence took place on 20 October at Adelaide Convention Centre. The Awards are the pinnacle of real estate achievement in South Australia and demonstrate the passion and dedication of the real estate profession.