BY HARRY TUNNECLIFFE
26 SEPTEMBER, 2018
How to win – Sales
How to win – Property Management
How to win – Rising Star
How to win – Agency Network
How to win – New Zealand
*Nominees have been announced for the 2019 Agent of the Year Awards*
See the Agent nominees
See the Agency nominees
For the third year running, RateMyAgent is proud to present the Agent of the Year Awards, to recognise and reward real estate professionals who provide truly excellent client service.
This time, the Awards will be bigger and better. Australian property management teams and our Kiwi sales cousins are invited to join the competition!
Here's your definitive guide to winning an Agent of the Year Award.
Once again this year, Agent of the Year Awards are awarded to Australian real estate agents at four levels: Suburb, City, State/Territory and National.
The same applies for Australian real estate agencies.
Last year, the Rising Star Award (Male and Female) and Agency Network Award were added to the Australian awards stable. Those awards return again in 2019. Rising Star Awards nominations for 2019 are now closed.
"To put yourself and your agency in contention for these awards, you’ll need to collect reviews by 11:59pm (AEDT) on 6 January 2019."
To qualify for any of these awards you must have 5 confirmed sales in the 2018 calendar year and have received at least 5 seller reviews in the specific location. For example if an agent has sold 5 properties in a suburb but only has 4 seller reviews they'll not qualify.
To put yourself and your agency in contention for these awards, you’ll need to collect reviews by 6 January 2019. You should aim for a high RMA score: that is, the number of positive vendor reviews as a percentage of overall sales numbers.
"Remember – winning is NOT just a question of sales volumes."
Remember – winning is NOT just a question of sales volumes. If you sell 10 properties and receive 8 positive vendor reviews, your RMA score will be 80% … but if you sell 20 properties and receive 12 positive vendor reviews, your RMA score will be just 60%.
Read more: 6 things to know about your RMA Score
There's some extra criteria for Rising Star and Agency Network awards.
Rising Star Award:
To qualify as a Rising Star your real estate career must have commenced after 1 January 2016. This means you must have listed and sold your first property within the last 3 years and have at least 5 sales and 5 seller reviews posted for the 2018 calendar year. There's two national awards for Rising Stars – one male and one female.
Rising Star nominations closed on 6th January 2019.
Note – Only Australian agents are eligible for the Rising Star Awards in 2019.
Agency Network Award:
We have 3 Agency Network Awards based on agencies with 20 offices or less (small), between 21 and 100 offices (medium) and above 100 offices (large). There's one National award for each Agency Network category. Awards are calculated in the same way as Agent and Agency sales awards.
Back in May, RateMyAgent released 2 new ways to get reviews on your profile. 1 of the new ways to get reviews – posting existing reviews – will only count towards Agent of the Year Award calculations if the review is verified, and of course recommends you or your agency.
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Yes! This year the Agent of the Year Awards are expanding to include property management departments – the unsung heroes and financial anchors of all successful real estate agencies. Any property management team whose agency has an Enterprise subscription with RateMyAgent is eligible to enter.
In 2019, the Property Management Agency of the Year Awards will recognise the top 10 property management teams in each State and Territory, and the top 100 nationally. The overall winner in each State and Territory – and ultimately, the National winner – will be announced at the Agent of the Year Awards on 21 February 2019.
RateMyAgent recognises that property management is an ongoing service based on building long-term relationships with landlords. By contrast, client relationships in real estate sales are largely transactional.
This means the Property Management Agency of the Year Award will be calculated differently from the sales Awards. The property management teams that receive the highest number of unique landlord reviews will win the Awards.
Request reviews from the following 3 categories of clients to make your property management team most competitive for the Award:
With RateMyAgent’s recent expansion to New Zealand, it’s the perfect time to expand the Agent of the Year Awards to recognise and reward the very best Kiwi real estate agents and agencies.
The New Zealand awards in 2019 are based on the total number of unique vendor reviews.
RateMyAgent will calculate and notify New Zealand’s top 10 agents and top 10 agencies.The number 1 agent and agency will be presented with the New Zealand Agent and Agency of the Year awards at a RMAOpen 2019 Conference & Awards in Melbourne on 21 February 2019.
To put yourself in contention for a berth in the top 10 agents or agencies, remember to request a vendor review for every property you sell.
What are the benefits?
Each review comes from a legitimate vendor or landlord and is linked to a specific transaction or property – so your Agent of the Year, Agency of the Year or Property Management Agency of the Year Award is a credible, objective indicator of your client service professionalism.
Your award and logo are yours to promote for an entire year. Use them throughout your traditional and digital marketing material for maximum effect!
What’s the deadline?
All reviews for sales (Australia and New Zealand) and property management (Australia) must be collected by 11:59pm (AEDT) January 2019. Late reviews will not be considered. So no matter which category you’re entering, it’s time to get cracking!
RMAOpen 2019 tickets are now on sale
Don't miss out: Award-winning documentary-maker and television presenter Todd Sampson, Australian cricketing legend Shane Warne and comedian Lawrence Mooney headline Australia’s leading real estate innovators and disruptors as they bring you RMAOpen 2019.
Thursday 21 February 2019
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