If you want to see the future of Australian real estate, remember these faces and names.
Domain’s Rising Star Awards have found the most outstanding agents aged 30 or under in Queensland, NSW and Victoria.
Now in its second year and expanded to cover all three of Australia’s eastern states, the awards, in partnership with American Express, recognises the real estate industry’s young guns who consistently find innovative ways to help clients achieve their buying and selling goals, while displaying ‘old school’ professional values.
More than 200 agents from metro and regional agencies competed for the prestigious industry accolade in 2017.
Nominees were judged against criteria including how they use digital nous to drive innovation, how they ‘go the extra mile’ and their career achievements to date.
Last week, Victoria and NSW’s winners were announced.
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“We believed we could bring something to the market that simply didn’t exist,” says Queensland Rising Star winner Jesse Willcox who, at 28, is co-founder of Lambert Willcox, a growing Broadbeach agency that is attracting national attention for its collaboration with a local animal welfare organisation. The partnership sees animals in need promoted in select online property listings.
“AWLQ was a kind of Eureka moment.”
“It was always important to back my own work ethic, processes and moral beliefs.”
Willcox co-founded his business to fill “a gap” in agencies with ethical processes and values. His initiatives including recycled marketing materials, and his partnership with Animal Welfare League Queensland to promote animals needing homes in property marketing.
“Some of our properties get upwards of 200,000 views so to not do something meaningful with that cut-through, something reflecting our moral thinking, well it just seemed so obvious.”