The inaugural REB Women in Real Estate Awards has attracted a new principal partner for the event in the form of property platform Homely.
Homely is an alternative to the country’s other real estate search websites, and is both a listings portal and a research hub.
Homely co-founder and CEO Jason Spencer said it is important for the company to take a prominent leadership position in the awards.
“Homely is proud to be the principal partner of the REB Women in Real Estate Awards,” he said.
“It is important for us to take this opportunity to return the favour to all the hard-working women that have been some of Homely’s biggest supporters since launching.”
He said that it’s all about collaboration.
“Assisting Australians to find and sell homes quickly and easily is our mission, as it is for any successful woman in real estate. So, we feel it is essential to come together to recognise and celebrate the many great achievements and contributions of all the leading women in the real estate industry.”
Earlier, senior account manager at Homely Felicity Solomou said that it is “fantastic” to see events such as the REB awards program.
“Acknowledging the many great achievements of women in the industry, which is another testament to how far the industry has come with the contribution of women,” she said.
“It’s also important for us to come together to celebrate our many accomplishments, acknowledge high achievers and showcase female representation in the industry.”
Ms Solomou also said it is important for men and women to keep working together towards gender equality.
“We have come a long way, but we need to realise that we still have long way to go. We feel there needs to be more flexibility for women within the workplace, to enable a better family life and career balance,” she said.
“Also, while we are seeing a slight increase of more women going into management roles in real estate, we are still seeing men being promoted to leadership positions at a higher rate, despite an almost 50/50 ratio of men and women working in the industry.”