REIQ Awards for Excellence: Nominate now!

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Entries are open for the annual Awards for Excellence, which will once again celebrate the achievements of the real estate profession’s top performers across the State. To participate in this opportunity to be recognised for your hard work and successes, we will need to receive your entry by no later than 5 pm on 2 November 2018. Finalists will be announced on Friday 23 November 2018.

The awards will be presented on Saturday 16 March 2019 in Brisbane as part of a gala event celebrating real estate in Queensland.

The REIQ Awards for Excellence aim to encourage, recognise and promote excellence and best practice in the profession. Being a finalist  – or a winner! – is a huge boost for any real estate professional’s career. It creates fantastic publicity and it is definitely a confirmation that you are on the right path.

Just by nominating for an award you will create an opportunity to learn and develop as a real estate professional as our expert judges will provide feedback on your nomination to help you improve your business and future entries.

We asked some of the 2018 winners what winning an REIQ Award of Excellence meant for them and their career.

Laura Valenti (Solutions Property Management) 
Winner: Residential Property Manager of the Year
Winner: Medium Residential Agency of the Year

“Winning the award was a huge confidence boost to the whole team. As we are not part of a franchise, we don’t have the regular awards that they do. It was great for the team to see that what we are doing is making a difference and to be recognised by the REIQ made them feel really proud of what we have accomplished,” said Ms. Valenti.

She said there were also some other surprising benefits that came with the recognition, such as an increase in brand awareness and a sudden increase in connections on social media. “It’s like everybody has started to take notice. It’s been quite unreal.”


Ben Kingsberry (Kingsberry Harcourts)
Winner: Regional Residential Agency of the Year

The REIQ award represented “the culmination of years of dedication and hard work by each and every member of our staff, working with a shared vision to create the best client experience within our marketplace,” Mr Kingsberry said.

“We believe this to be particularly significant given the REIQ is so highly respected and truly independent, working solely in the best interests of the Queensland real estate industry.”


Nyree Ewings (LJ Hooker Cleveland)
Winner: Salesperson of the Year

“Winning REIQ’s Salesperson of the Year confirms your results and your experience, and the value you bring to your clients and the ethical way you conduct yourselves. An REIQ Award winner is someone who has an ethical way of doing business,” Ms Ewings said.


John Kasapi (Benchmark Business Sales & Valuations)
Winner: Business Broker of the Year

Mr Kasapi said he had been aiming to win the REIQ award for some time.

“I’ve had my eye on it for a few years, however I was waiting for the right moment to enter. I had an outstanding year and winning the award was the pinnacle,” he said.

“It certainly adds to one’s credibility. It has, without a doubt, been my biggest achievement in my career so far.”


JJ Taylor (@realty)
Winner: Innovation Award

Winning an REIQ Award for Excellence is always a big achievement, but when Gold Coast business @realty stepped up to the podium to receive the REIQ Innovation Award this year, it was extra special for two reasons. Firstly, it was the first time the REIQ handed out this award. And for @realty Director JJ Taylor the moment was the cherry on top because being innovative is the driving force behind everything they do. “Our business model is unique, and we believe in pushing the boundaries to improve the efficiency of how real estate agents work,” he said.


Jamie Smith
Winner: Rookie of the Year

Winning the REIQ Rookie of the Year award has made Mr Smith realise that dreams do come true and it has put many new goals within his reach.  “I can now aim to win the REIQ Salesperson of the Year award,” he said.

When Mr Smith attended the 2017 REIQ Awards of Excellence as a guest he had no inkling that he was going to enter the world of real estate soon thereafter, let alone be announced as a winner at the very same event only one year later.

“That night (in 2017) I started to consider real estate as a career option, and I did actually visualise going to the awards the next year,” he said.  “But I never imagined that I would be in a position to win. That would have been crazy.”

But even crazy dreams come true sometimes and a year later Mr Smith won this coveted award.


More information on how to nominate for an REIQ Award for Excellence is available here

Ready to nominate? Follow the simple and step-by-step online process here.