As the 2018 Real Estate Business Awards’ submissions deadline looms, previous winners reveal just how much winning means to them and what immense an impact it has had on the growth of their brands inside their local catchment areas.

Submissions close on Wednesday, 9 May, for the most sought-after business awards for the real estate industry in Australia.

The awards have fast become the benchmark of success for Australian real estate, endorsed by all previous winners.

Cherie Humel and Michael Clarke are husband and wife principals of Clarke & Humel, which won the award for Sales Office of the Year – Metropolitan.

Ms Humel said that winning the award “means everything” to her and Mr Clarke — and to their business.

“Because we work so hard and it is an industry where we put our heart and soul [into], and we are rewarded for every step of the way.”

She also said that the award means a great deal for all of the Clarke & Humel staff members.

“We love our people. Our philosophy is to hire people that we really like and that we see talent and potential in and help them reach their goals as well.”

Alex Lambros of LJ Hooker Home Loans eastern suburbs, who won the Residential Mortgage Broker of the Year award last year, said that the REB Awards is the “award of awards” for the real estate industry.

“On [a] business level, it’s given us terrific credibility to be able to explain to clients that we have been recognised at a national level in a highly competitive environment, and that we have been awarded as one of the best two years in a row,” Mr Lambros said.

“Because we are so heavily affiliated with real estate, it was a great award for us to win.

“We are in a referral-based business, and so winning the award gives others something to describe us with and to also give you that point of difference. Everyone like to be affiliated with an award winner.”

Managing director of Laing+Simmons and REINSW president Leanne Pilkington won the Thought Leader of the Year award in 2017.

Ms Pilkington said at the time that she was “thrilled” with the result.

“I just feel really privileged and I think it is a reflection of the work I have been doing, in particular in promoting women in the real estate industry.”

Now in its sixth year, the REB Awards reflects the business astuteness of Australia’s leading real estate operators and networks as well as their resilience and acumen.

This year’s black-tie event will be held on Thursday, 19 July, at The Star, Sydney.

Awards will be presented to the best individuals, groups and corporations in the real estate industry, across a range of categories including the highly sought-after categories of Sales Agent of the Year and Major Network of the Year.

Submissions are still open, but be quick as the window closes tomorrow, 9 May.

To see all of the categories this year, click here.

To lodge a submission, click here.

To nominate a colleague, click here.

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