And the biggest stories of the year were …
Domain accused REA Group of trying to “disintermediate” the agent from the sales process after realestate.com.au decided to increase its prices.
REA Group announced it would charge agents based on the location of their listing rather than the location of their office, with agents across multiple suburbs most heavily impacted.
Police arrested three Africans and charged them in connection with the attempted fraudulent sale of an Australian home.
Two real estate agencies were wound up following an investigation that uncovered the misuse of trust accounts and non-compliance with the Real Estate and Business Agents Act.
Australia’s most controversial media star turned to a trusted agent when he decided to put his home on the market.
The name of the much-anticipated industry-owned portal was finally revealed.
Brisbane real estate agent Patrick McCann was charged with more than 30 drug offences following a two-year police sting operation.
REA Group responded to criticism over its fee increases, stating that agents remained critical to its core strategy and rejecting claims of attempting to ‘disintermediate’ them.
The major franchise networks first unveiled their plans for a new listing portal, soon after realestate.com.au announced its new fee structure.
Real Estate Business broke the news of the real estate businesses behind the development of Squiiz.
Update: A typo in the story has been corrected.