Queensland’s leading real estate agency, Ray White Surfers Paradise Group (RWSP), has again been recognised for its excellence in a range of categories at the Ray White Queensland Awards evening, held via Zoom.
RWSP received the highest of accolades for a 29th year in a row, being named Queensland’s number one sales office – an award which was among a host of others recognising RWSP’s continued excellence.
RWSP also came in as the highest ranked commercial real estate sales office in the country and was named the top property management group in Queensland, while Ray White Commercial received the Excellence in Auction award.
RWSP CEO Andrew Bell said that the string of awards was testament to his team’s tireless efforts, abilities and the company’s experience operating through various difficult circumstances.
“This year has certainly thrown a lot of things on its head. In order to succeed we had to be innovative and adaptive and re-think the way we once did things,” said Mr Bell.
“This was a challenge our office was certainly up for. We were able to succeed through this period given our 30 plus years’ industry experience which has seen us operate through a range of global economic challenges.”
RWSP’s dominance on the Gold Coast contributed to Ray White Queensland trading over $8 billion in residential property sales, making in excess of 14,000 transactions over the 2019-2020 financial year.
Mr Bell said he was excited about the year ahead and what it will hold for the property market in Queensland.
“Covid-19 has clearly had a significant impact on the real estate market across the country. However, whilst we are seeing prices in Sydney and Melbourne decline, Queensland has maintained a strong position driven by the influx of buyers from Sydney and Melbourne,” said Mr Bell.
“The Gold Coast has always been, and will remain, a particularly popular choice for interstate buyers however we’re also seeing a spike in buying activity in country towns and high interest right along the coast all the way up to Cairns.
“We’re receiving hundreds of enquiries each month and our offices throughout Sydney and Melbourne are channelling buyers through who have sold interstate and are looking to buy here immediately.
“The biggest issue we are having is finding sufficient stock to meet all those buyers’ needs. This is quite an amazing phenomenon and one which should be capitalised on.”
Mr Bell said the cornerstone of RWSP’s success has long remained its relentless focus on auctioneering and property marketing.
By providing industry leading marketing, RWSP was able to engage and reach customers in a way that’s allowed the company to maintain an incredibly strong position amid Covid.
“Transitioning to digital video inspections enabled us to achieve a record 16 interstate sight-unseen sales in July which is quite extraordinary,” he said.
RWSP’s Project Management arm, which for the third year in a row received the award of ‘Business of the Year’, also witnessed a rise in long-term rental enquiries from interstate buyers, following the outbreak of Covid-19 in southern states.
Mr Bell said that the company’s Property Management team has been a shining light through Covid with many landlords turning to RWSP seeking the company’s expertise to guide them through the difficult and uncertain time.
Additional accolades RWSP received include being named the No. 1 Commercial Sales & Leasing Office in Australasia and the third leading Commercial Sales & Leasing Office internationally.
RWSP’s Ray White Prestige agent Matt Gates took out the Marketing Excellence award and agent Jackson Rameau received the Rising Star for Sales & Leasing award.
“The awards celebrate the efforts of the magnificent team that has been with us along our journey. We’re an office that trains and develops people and we’re proud to have over 50 per cent of our team drawn to us because of this,” said Mr Bell.
“We have so much youthful energy throughout our business and it’s wonderful to see the loyalty that our staff have. We have some members of our team who have been with us for 20 plus years and many more who have been with us for over 10 years.
“It’s through difficult times like Covid-19 that we see the true character of an office surface. Our focus has always been on supporting each other and our clients so that we can achieve the best results possible for them,” said Mr Bell.
RWSP is recognised as one of the Gold Coast’s major philanthropic organisations and received the Community Contribution Award for its annual fundraiser held for muscular dystrophy.
For more than 25 years, Andrew and his brother Gregory Bell have supported Muscular Dystrophy Queensland raising near to $5 million through its annual fundraising gala event. RWSP has long supported the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation, Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal and World Vision.