Can the Tassie contingent bring home a few REB gongs this year?

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Some of Tasmania’s finest property professionals will be heading to Sydney to represent the State at the REB Awards. Picture: SUPPLIED

MORE than a dozen Tasmanians have been named finalists in this year’s Real Estate Business Awards.

The REB Awards program is in its seventh year and the list of finalists featured more than 250 real estate professionals across 30 categories.

REB executive director Phillip Tarrant said this year’s winners and finalists were creating a benchmark of excellence for their peers and the generations to come.

Tasmanians were recognised in a number of categories, from property management to mortgage broking, from sales agent to wellness advocate.

Harcourts Huon Valley is up for a number of awards, including Wellness Advocate of the Year. Owner Nick Bond introduced a team of health and wellbeing professionals into the workplace to work with his staff.

Alongside training to help them in dealing with the public, they can also access 24/7 counselling sessions — free of charge.

“They can talk about whatever they need to talk about, it’s anonymous,” Nick said. “We wanted them to have a professional outlet if they need to talk through a work or personal issue.”

The initiative has won the business a Real Estate Institute of Tasmania award.

A finalist in the innovation category, Key2 Property was recognised for its work in the area of virtual reality.

Director Tameka Smith said they had implemented 360-degree videos on every rental property, allowing tenants to have a complete view of the property from the comfort of their own home.

“On the back of this, we have the very first viewing station in the country,’’ she said. “This allows tenants who work and are not able to make property inspections the opportunity to come into our office and view all of our properties with a VR headset on.

“This is a fully immersive experience. It allows tenants to see the property in its entirety and apply.

“It also cuts down staff being out of the office and on the road, and means less interruption to existing tenants living in the properties.”

Sims for Property director Richard Sims said his team has worked hard to bring the very best to their customers, and being nominated for these coveted awards was “the icing on the cake”.

“It’s a testament to our efforts to grow that this year’s nominations are for categories we haven’t yet been lucky enough to win, although we certainly hope to,” he said.

“Regardless of the outcome, we are incredibly proud to be regarded among industry leaders, while we continue to offer the high level of professional services our customers deserve.”

Finalists in four categories, Downton Property director Natalie Downton said her team was humbled and proud to be recognised.

“Downton Property’s recognition for its contribution to the Hobart real estate industry reinforces the strength of the brand in connecting with the community and engaging with its customers,” she said.

The Real Estate Business Awards night is a black-tie event to be held in mid-September at The Star Sydney.

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