First National Real Estate Kingston Managing Director and REIT award winner, Helen Lehane.
After a bumper year of sales in the Tasmanian market, real estate agencies across the state gathered in Launceston for the 2018 Annual Awards for Excellence at the Country Club Casino.
The night itself was set to be hosted by comedian and Rosehaven creator Luke McGregor, whose real estate pedigree is top notch, yet inconveniently his school reunion was on the same night. McGregor’s Melbourne flatmate, The Project’s Tommy Little stepped in and had the crowd in hysterics throughout the night.
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With over 200 industry professionals attending, REIT President Tony Collidge said the night was terrific. “The REIT awards are a little bit different. They’re not just based on number of sales and commission. They’re a lot more involved, they dig deeper to find the true professionalism of the people who are involved across the industry.”
The awards also give the local industry a chance to be noticed on the mainland, with the judging all done across the Bass Strait.
Managing Director and Real Estate Agent Helen Lehane from First National Real Estate Kingston took out the Residential Salesperson of the Year Award.
A real estate agent of some fifteen years, Helen says what makes a great agent isn’t the deal making.
“Lots of people want to work in real estate as they have a passion for property but to be a really good agent you have to have a passion for people. You can make good money in this business but the most successful agents I’ve known have stood out due to their honest commitment to act in the best interests of the client and only the client.”
For Helen, the award is a great honour.
“It’s very nice to be recognised for who I am and how I choose to do business not just how many transactions I can juggle at once.”
President’s Award: Tameka Smith, Key2Property
Community Service Award: Key2Property
Achievement Award: Carlton Heres, Harcourts Launceston
Communications Award: Sims for Property
Commercial Property Manager of the Year: Jessie Legge, NAI Harcourts North
Business Broker Award: Farzin Hesari, Link Business Services
Residential Property Manager of the Year: Tameka Smith, Key2Property
Residential Sales Person of the Year: Helen Lehane, First National Real Estate Kingston
Commercial Sales Person of the Year: Andrew Howell, NAI Harcourts North
Commercial Agency of the Year: Shepherd and Heap
Innovation Award: Harcourts Huon Valley
Corporate Support Person of the Year: Nicole Berry, Harcourts Signature
Small Residential Agency of the Year: Sims for Property
Medium Sized Agency of the Year: Harcourts Huon Valley
Large Residential Agency of the Year: Harcourts Launceston