With the countdown on until submissions open on 1 July, REA Group has announced the first 12 judges of the Annual REA Excellence Awards (AREAs), along with a judging criteria.
Coming from the media, property, data, technology and not-for-profit sectors, the first judges to be announced are some of the most respected and experienced in their professions
As one of the first judges appointed, real estate expert, host of the LifeStyle Channel’s Selling Houses Australia and News Corp columnist Andrew Winter says he is looking forward to reviewing the property industry’s best examples of service and marketing excellence.
"To be an agent today and survive is a huge challenge, we have a constantly evolving marketing environment and while embracing the continual flow of the next 'must do'," Winter says.
"Still I'm pleased to say the real winners are agents remembering this is a totally people driven industry where outstanding service and human referrals are still vital."
Winter also has a tip for those thinking of entering the AREAs:
“What I’ll be looking for are submissions that clearly tell a story – a beginning (what was the situation), a middle (what did the person or business do) and an end (what was the impact).
"If you follow that format you’ll be on the right track. Also, the more creative the submissions, the better!
"Entertain me and I’ll be on your side,” he adds.
REA Group CEO Tracey Fellows says the AREAs were created to help recognise and celebrate people doing amazing things in property and media, so it’s only fitting the best experts are involved as judges.
“We’re getting really excited as we get one step closer to the big night on 28 October in Melbourne where we can celebrate those who are evolving our industry,” Fellows says.
Visit www.theareas.com.au for more information.