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Property guru completes awards judging panel

Real estate guru John McGrath has joined the esteemed judging panel for The Negotiator Awards 2009.

McGrath (pictured) is chief executive of New South Wales-based McGrath Estate Agents in Australia, which achieved a monthly record of £187m from 384 sales in March and annual sales turnover of over £156bn for 2008, based on 2,921 sales.

McGrath added to his own vast range of industry awards last year, when he was honoured by the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales with the Woodrow Weight OBE Award, a lifetime achievement award for his outstanding contribution to the real estate industry.

For The Negotiator Awards 2009, McGrath joins fellow judges Simon Agace, chairman of Winkworth, Peter Rollings, managing director of Marsh & Parsons, Ken Waller, former chief executive of Connells Residential, Peter Bolton King, chief executive officer of the National Association of Estate Agents, Paul Broadhead, head of policy at the Building Societies Association, Nicholas Leeming, major client director,, Bill McClintock, chief operating officer, The Property Ombudsman Service, Lucy Morton, managing partner, WA Ellis, Julian O’Dell, founder of TM Training & Development and Mark Riddick, chairman of the E-Homebuying Forum.

Meanwhile, due to popular demand, we have extended the entry deadline by two weeks to July 3. This ensures you have sufficient time to perfect your submissions, and also gives us time to wade through those already received.

This year’s categories include:

Estate Agency of the Year (Independent);
Estate Agency of the Year (Regional chain);
Estate Agency of the Year (National chain);
Lettings Agency of the Year (Independent);
Lettings Agency of the Year (Regional chain);
Lettings Agency of the Year (National chain);
Residential Auctioneer of the Year;
Land and New Homes Agency of the Year;
Estate Agency Marketing Team of the Year;
Estate Agency Financial Services Team of the Year;
Estate Agency Employer of the Year:
Estate Agency Service Firm of the Year;
Estate Agency Innovation Award;
Estate Agency Newcomer Award;
Estate Agency Leader of the Year;
Estate Agency Green Champion of the Year;
The Supreme Negotiator Award for the most admired agency firm of the year.

The awards are free and simple to enter, and open to anyone working in residential estate agency. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to share your achievements from the past 12 months. What have you or your firm done to make you feel proud?

The Negotiator Awards 2008 were heralded as the industry night of the year, with 500 guests enjoying a fantastic evening hosted by comic genius Rory Bremner at the luxurious London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane.

We are returning to the hotel for this year’s event on November 11. Further information about the awards can be found in the entry form inside this issue of the magazine, in the awards section of our homepage at, or from our event coordinator, Michelle Lewis, on 02476 571031.

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