In a year when not all has gone to plan for the real estate industry, there have been some shining lights just across the Bass Strait, with representatives from leading franchise network Harcourts receiving recognition across a number of categories at the recent Real Estate Institute of Tasmania (REIT) awards.
Held at Peppers Silo Hotel in Launceston, the REIT awards for Excellence recognise the achievements of industry leaders for the year, with Harcourts team members receiving awards across 6 categories.
- Harcourts Huon Valley - Medium Residential Agency of the Year Award
- Harcourts Signature - Marketing and Communications Award
- Nicole Berry (Harcourts Signature) - Operational Support Award
- Jordan Seymour-Carr (Harcourts Signature) - Property Manager of the Year
- Jessie Legge (NAI Harcourts North) - Commercial Property Manager of the Year.
Nick Bond, Harcourts Huon Valley - Medium Residential Agency of the Year Award
Harcourts Huon Valley Business Owner, Nick Bond said receiving the award for the third time in 4 years was testament to his team’s willingness to remain innovative and at the top of their market.
“It’s great to be recognised as an office that is at the forefront of the industry in what is a very competitive category, with most real estate offices in Tasmania falling into that 11-20 employee range,” Mr Bond said.
“We’ve been able to remain innovative and bring in the best real estate technology and systems from interstate and overseas to ensure we provide a better level of customer service than our competitors.
“Our drive and focus on innovation and our people is what has kept us on top and we plan to continue this moving forward.”
Harcourts Signature Director, Garry Quan said his whole team felt incredibly proud to be recognised at the awards considering the number of amazing agencies located in the state.
“The Harcourts Signature Group has been awarded numerous industry honours over the last 7 years however this is the first time we have received the Marketing and Communications Award for Excellence,” Mr Quan explained.
“I think it is a true testament to the dedication and hard work our team have put into driving our business forward in a very difficult and challenging period for the industry and our community.”
Mr Quan said as part of a large office, which services New Town, Northern Suburbs, Rosny and Sorrell, is that each of his team understood that they were part of an extended family who had a strong work ethic with a common objective to do well at all times.
“We ensure that we have a great work culture in each of the departments and we all have fun and laughter along the journey.
Nick Cowley, Harcourts Signature – REIT Marketing and Communications Award
“In regard to the Marketing and Communications Award for Excellence, we believe that marketing is so much more than just a few nice photos on the internet.
“For us it is our chance to create an amazing outcome for our clients and that motivation is what drives our team to achieve the very best.”
Nicole Berry, Harcourts Signature - Operational Support Award
With over 25+ years in real estate, Operational Support Award winner Nicole Berry said she had made it her mission to learn all aspects of the industry, adding that with so many efficient, knowledgeable and personable administration operators currently in the business, she was incredibly proud to be recognised with such an award.
“I am very passionate about administration within the real estate industry and feel that the administration support given to a company has a huge influence on its success,” she said.
“As an office manager, I quickly learnt that you don't get ahead by waiting around for things to happen - my motto is to ‘lead by example’. I think it’s important to maintain a high level of pride in the work I’m doing and the company I represent.
“I find that when I am highly motivated to achieve a goal or a target at work it sets the standard for the rest of the team - receiving an award for the work I am really passionate about is very satisfying.”
Jessie Legge, NAI Harcourts North - Commercial Property Manager of the Year.
For Jessie Legge, the award win was welcome news in what has been a tough year for the commercial real estate sector.
“Covid has had huge impacts on the commercial sector and completely changed the way we operate and engage,” Ms Legge explained.
“As a team, we have worked really hard to assist landlords and tenants alike. Receiving this award goes to show the extra effort we have all been putting in has been noticed and that does feel really good.”
NAI Harcourts National Manager, Jason Luckhardt said Ms Legge was an incredible example of the quality of people that the NAI Harcourts model was able to attract.
“A meticulous asset manager that is always looking at self-improvement, Jessie is often regarded as a “go to” person in the network when a difficult question arises,” he said.
“She is undoubtedly a deserved winner of any accolade that is bestowed upon her.”
Harcourts Signature’s Garry Quan said it was the company’s biggest asset, its people, that allowed them to enjoy the success they were currently experiencing.
“Not only have our people been able to adapt to the major restrictions that have influenced the industry this year, but we’ve been able to remain at the forefront of modern technology and innovative marketing to meet the changing needs of our consumers,” he said.
“I believe that we have a strong management team who are experienced and passionate about driving our business forward. This in-turn ensures our people have a future and enables them to strive to be their best.”