30/03/2011- Real estate boss upbeat about industry as agents scoop awards

THE full implications of January’s floods on the real estate industry are still difficult to assess but this year will see change, says Raine & Horne chief Angus Raine.

“It’s my firm belief that this year will be a turning point in many ways,” he said “We’re enjoying the fruits of healthy economic growth, low unemployment, stable inflation, the highest immigration in 50 years and a chronic housing shortage. These are underlying trends that will provide opportunities but there will be challenges, certainly in Queensland, we know about that”.

Mr Raine addressed more than 200 people at the annual Raine & Horne Queensland awards ceremony on March 19. The awards, sponsored by Quest Community Newspapers, had record attendance.

Raine & Horne Commercial Brisbane Northside took out a host of awards including Top Commercial Office based on number of sales/leases, Top Commercial Principal (Trent Bruce), Top Commercial Salesperson based on dollar value (Lawrence Temple), Top Commercial Salesperson based on number of sales (Hudson Dale), Commercial Rookie of the Year (Nick Whinnett) and Outstanding Corporate Support Person (Allison Mills).

The award for Top Commercial Office based on dollar value went to Raine & Horne Commercial Brisbane Southside.

Raine & Horne New Farm’s Lee Paul won Top Residential Principal, while Raine & Horne Chermside’s Zac McHardy won Top Residential Salesperson for both number of sales and dollar value.

Raine & Horne Bribie Island’s Madelaine Kay won the Outstanding Receptionist award.