Mandurah firm dominates WA real estate industry awards

Media release - 24th February, 2014

Five major gongs for south-western powerhouse

  • Raine & Horne held its 2013 WA Annual Awards on Saturday 22 February at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Raine & Horne Mandurah dominated the awards with five major gongs
  • Raine & Horne Rockingham Beach (3) and Raine & Horne Bunbury (2) also collected awards on the night
  • Angus Raine named Mark Grisdale as the new state manager for the Raine & Horne group in WA

Raine & Horne Mandurah proved the big winner at one of Western Australia’s most prestigious industry awards on Saturday 22nd February.

Raine & Horne MandurahThe real estate firm, located in Western Australia’s second biggest city, dominated the 2013 Raine & Horne Annual Awards at Perth’s Convention and Exhibition Centre, with triumphs in the Top Office (number of sales), Top Auction Office and Marketing categories. It also scored third in the Top Office (Dollar Value) category, finishing behind winner Raine & Horne Bunbury.

Raine & Horne Mandurah’s principal, Peter Vetten, was named the group’s Top Salesperson Principal (Dollar Value) in WA, although the experienced sales ace was beaten into second place in the hotly-contested Top Salesperson (Number of Sales) award by David Dennett from Raine & Horne Rockingham Beach.   

According to Mr Vetten, the win in the auction category is very pleasing as it demonstrates a growing acceptance for this mode of property sale in Western Australia.

“Selling a home under the hammer is a well-accepted method for a selling a property in the eastern states and its gaining more recognition here in Western Australia,” said Mr Vetten.

“We sell a small percentage of our homes by auction and for the seller, it can be a faster method of sale than private treaty, where there is no sense of urgency for the buyer to commit to a decision.

“An auction puts a timeline on the buyer to make a buying decision, and therefore we generally achieve decent results for homeowners, whether they sell under the hammer or a short time thereafter.”

Underlining the dominant role that customer care and operational excellence play in the success of Raine & Horne Mandurah, Diana Gilbert was named as the group’s best Office Support, while Raine & Horne North Perth’s Andrea Pragnell grabbed top billing as the Best Front Office Manager in WA.

In his keynote speech at the awards, Angus Raine, Executive Chairman and CEO, congratulated the winners and announced the appointment of Mark Grisdale as the new state manager for the Raine & Horne group in WA.

“We conducted an extensive search, which included meetings with our principals in WA, and we are absolutely delighted that Mark has agreed to join Raine & Horne,” said Mr Raine. 

“Mark is a licensed agent with 18 years’ worth of experience working across various WA real estate markets, including Margaret River, Busselton, Broome and more recently Perth’s northern coastal corridor.

“Western Australia is a key market for Raine & Horne, and Mark’s local knowledge and expertise will be critical to driving the growth of our offices, increasing market share and building the breadth of our office network in WA.”

The 2013 Raine & Horne WA Awards for Excellence winners include:

Top Office (Number of Sales)

Raine & Horne Mandurah

Top Office (Dollar Value)

Raine & Horne Bunbury

Top Auction Office

Raine & Horne Mandurah

Marketing Award

Raine & Horne Mandurah

Top Salesperson (Number of Sales)

David Dennett, Raine & Horne Rockingham Beach

Top Salesperson (Dollar Value)

Susan Pitts, Raine & Horne Bunbury

Top Salesperson Principal (Dollar Value)

Peter Vetten, Raine & Horne Mandurah

Top Office Business Growth (Dollar Value)

Raine & Horne Rockingham Beach

Top Office Business Growth (Number of Sales)

Raine & Horne Cannington

Outstanding Front Office Manager

Andrea Pragnell, Raine & Horne North Perth

Outstanding Office Support

Diana Gilbert, Raine & Horne Mandurah



For further media information contact:

Angus Raine, Executive Chairman & CEO, Raine & Horne on 0498 071 991

Andrew Harrington, National Marketing & Communications Coordinator on 02 9258 5400