Leading Berwick-based agency Peake Real Estate has taken out the award for Service Excellence Agency of the Year at the 11th annual Australasian Real Estate Results Awards (ARERAs) – the independent real estate industry’s most prestigious accolades – held in Sydney on Monday night.

Hosted by peak industry coaching and training body Real Estate Results Network (RERN), this year’s ARERAs boasted a strong field of contenders with more than 160 finalists competing in 36 categories for the honour of being named among the industry’s top achievers.

The winners were announced at a spectacular Roaring Twenties-themed gala event at the International Convention Centre (ICC) on Monday night, coinciding with Kickstart – RERN’s largest annual conference, also staged at the ICC. Close to 30 of Australasia’s independent agencies were finalists in 15 agency award categories while dozens of agents vied for honours in 21 individual award categories, including Agent of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year, Rising Star Agency of the Year, New Agent of the Year and Property Management Performer of Year, among others. RERN founder Michael Sheargold congratulated Peake Real Estate for their outstanding efforts and results in 2016.

“This year’s field of finalists was the finest and most competitive in ARERA’s history, and their performances are a credit to Australasia’s independent real estate industry as it continues to expand and flourish,” Mr Sheargold said.

“The ARERAs are highly regarded and represent the peak achievement within the region’s independent property sector. “We salute all of the finalists and winners whose dedication, excellence and professionalism reflect so highly on the industry.

“Our winners epitomise the industry’s ideals and values, and I know they will only continue to raise the bar of excellence within independent real estate throughout Australasia in 2017.” The ARERAs presentation formed a program highlight of Kickstart, a Members-only event running from Monday, 20 February to Tuesday, 21 February, providing an opportunity for principals, agents and managers to network, share and learn from industry experts.

RERN is Australasia’s leading network of independent agencies, with more than 1200 principals and agents who are members throughout Australia and New Zealand. The Network offers expert support and services to help agencies and their teams realise their full potential, and it has assisted hundreds of principals to improve their real estate business model and recipes for success.

For more information, visit Real Estate Results Network at www.rernetwork.com.au