REIQ prepares for centennial with special Awards for Excellence and annual Summit conference combined event

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THE Real Estate Institute of Queensland is calling for nominations to a very special Awards for Excellence, forming part of its centenary of celebrations in 2018.

Next year will mark the real estate peak body’s 100th birthday and to celebrate the occasion the REIQ has joined its annual Summit conference with its Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner to create a three-day extravaganza honouring the best in Queensland real estate.

Summit will form Day 1 and Day 2 of the event, while the Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner will be held on Day 3, the crowning event of what is sure to be a major real estate festival.

REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said the REIQ Awards for Excellence had a long and distinguished history of showcasing the profession’s elite while the Summit had quickly become known for its impact on all attendees.

“The feedback we get from everyone who attends the Summit is just how much they’ve learned that is directly relevant to their daily lives – this is not an event where the people on stage are unrelatable, sharing stories that don’t connect with the everyday working real estate professional. This is an event where real lessons are learned that can help every Queensland property manager, sales agent, buyer’s agent or agency principal be better at their jobs,” Ms Mercorella said.

The Awards for Excellence give Queensland real estate professionals an opportunity to celebrate a year of outstanding achievements, to share insights into how  to improve and to support each other.

“Being part of this event is an incredible experience and next year is going to be the biggest and best event we’ve ever hosted.

“Nobody should miss being part of this landmark event. Nominations are now open and to reflect the changing times we’ve introduced a new award that gives Queensland real estate professionals an opportunity to show off their innovations in real estate.

“The Innovation Award is open to anyone who can demonstrate introducing a creative new solution that has benefited their business and/or the consumer experience,” Ms Mercorella said.

The REIQ has also tweaked its Salesperson of the Year Award to incorporate greater consideration of sales volumes.

“We recognise that one of the measures of a good salesperson is the volume they sell, so we have tweaked our assessment criteria to include more information about the sales volumes achieved in a year,” Ms Mercorella said.

The REIQ Summit, now in its third year, has quickly become known as one of the most inspirational, practical real estate conferences on the calendar.

“We are preparing for an amazing real estate conference,” Ms Mercorella said.

“Keynote speakers include renowned demographer Bernard Salt, real estate coach Josh Phegan and leading Australian businesswoman and social commentator, Mia Freedman.

“These are just a few of the big names who will grace the REIQ Summit stage in 2018, part of a year of incredible events designed to celebrate how far the Queensland real estate profession has come.

“I would urge everyone who works in our profession to set aside time to come along to all three days to learn, to network and to enjoy what will surely be an outstanding celebration of 100 years of real estate in Queensland,” Ms Mercorella said.


  • Nominations open today, September 18
  • Nominations close Thursday 2 November at 5pm
  • Awards Gala Dinner – Saturday 3 March 2018
  • Nominate here


  • Day 1, March 1, 2018 – Sales focus
  • Day 2, March 2, 2018 – Property Management focus
  • Tickets on sale now here