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Highly decorated Double Bay office holds North Shore powerhouse at bay at major real estate awards

April 2, 2024

Raine & Horne Double Bay/Bondi Beach continues to solidify its place as a leading force in Australian real estate after clinching the prestigious Top NSW Office Dollar Value and Top Office - Number of Sales Transactions awards during the 2024 Raine & Horne NSW & ACT Awards for Excellence ceremony held on Saturday, 23 March.

The event, hosted by Mr Angus Raine, Executive Chairman of Raine & Horne, and emceed by Mr Larry Emdur, known for his roles on popular television shows such as the Morning Show and Chase Australia on Channel Seven, drew over 450 attendees to the luxurious Fullerton Hotel Sydney.

Led by highly decorated sales agent and principal Mr Ric Serrao, Raine & Horne Double Bay/Bondi Beach has constantly earned industry recognition for its excellence over the last couple of decades. Despite stiff competition in 2023, particularly from Raine & Horne Lower North Shore led by the dynamic Mr Stuart Bourne, the Eastern Suburbs powerhouse emerged victorious in various fiercely contested office award categories, highlighting its consistent dominance.

Elite market rivalry reigns at Raine & Horne

Mr Raine said he was thrilled that the leading contenders in the major office categories are in two of Australia’s most prestigious real estate markets. 

“As a brand with over 141 years of continuous operation, we have been servicing Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and Lower North Shore since the beginning in 1883,” Mr Raine said. 

“It’s personally pleasing for me that Ric and his team, along with Raine & Horne Lower North Shore, have cemented Raine & Horne’s legacy as the brand of choice in two of Australia’s most prestigious markets.

“Ric and Stuart are brilliant operators, and I can see no reason why either of them and their teams will not continue this rivalry for years to come, with vendors and buyers in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and the Lower North Shore being the ultimate winners of their genuine care and dedication to unrivalled customer service.”

Yet, it wasn't solely Mr Serrao and Mr Bourne who celebrated significant victories. Mr Ben Spackman of Raine & Horne Mona Vale clinched the 'Top Principal—Sales Dollar Value accolade, while Ms Farha Diba of Raine & Horne Ingleburn, representing Western Sydney, triumphed in the Top Principal—Number of Sales Transactions category.

Meanwhile, Raine & Horne Newtown, led by Michael Harris, Duncan Gordon, and Gerard Hill, won the award for Top Property Management Office. 

Other notable recipients of sales awards include Mr Alex Lyons of Raine & Horne Double Bay/Bondi Beach, who overcame colleague Mr Paul Langsam and Mr Marc Gable of Raine & Horne Bexley/Beverly Hills/Green Square to clinch the top spot in the Top Salesperson - Sales Dollar Value category. Additionally, Mr Lyons secured the Top Salesperson - Highest Transaction position by orchestrating the sale of a luxurious Bellevue Hill property for $61.5 million in May 2023.

In a reversal of fortunes, Mr Gable excelled in the Top Salesperson - Number of Sales Transactions category, outperforming Mr Jack Turner from Raine & Horne St Marys, who came in second, and Mr Hannan Bouskila from Raine & Horne Double Bay/Bondi Beach, who claimed the third spot.

Outside of Sydney, Ms Peta Beadman, a rookie sales agent representing Raine & Horne Goulburn/Gungahlin, clinched the title of Best New Talent – Salespeople category. Meanwhile, Raine & Horne Southern Highlands, located nearby and led by the highly skilled Mr Matthew Anstee, secured the top spot in the Top Rural Office - Largest Sale / Auction category for selling a picturesque rural holding in Mittagong.

Raine & Horne Bathurst, led by Mr Matt Clifton, Ms Michelle Mackay, and Mr Grant Maskill-Dowton, won the The Top Regional Office - Sales Dollar Value award, ahead of Raine & Horne Dubbo helmed by Managing Director Mr Ken Mongan. Mr Andrew Tregent and his Raine & Horne Rural Gloucester team also emerged victorious by winning the 'Top Rural Office - Sales Dollar Value' category.

On the commercial front, Raine & Horne Commercial Port Macquarie, led by Mr Graeme Garrett and Mr Luke Horton, proved a significant winner. Mr Horton won the Top Commercial Leasing Agent - Number of Leasing Transactions and Top Commercial Salesperson - GCI categories, while Raine & Horne Commercial Wollongong Principal Mr Mathew Ivanoff scored first in the Top Commercial Salesperson - Highest Transaction.

Further commercial awards saw Raine & Horne Inner West/South Sydney clinch the Top Commercial Office – GCI award and Top Commercial Office - Number of Sales. In another triumph for western Sydney, Raine & Horne Commercial Macarthur, under the leadership of Managing Director Daniel Krobot, claimed the top spot in the Outstanding Property Manager – Commercial category.

Elsewhere, Mr Nick Moloney from Raine & Horne Commercial North Sydney emerged victorious in the Top Commercial Salesperson - Number of Sales Transactions category. Additionally, Mr Christian Cirillo from Raine & Horne Commercial Parramatta secured first place in the Top Commercial Leasing Agent - Leasing Dollar Value category.