The annual National Real Estate Awards 2015 held at Sime Darby Convention Centre (SDCC) last Saturday, 3th October 2015 was a pomp & prestiged affair commemorating & celebrating the outstanding achievements of real estate firms, real estate agents (REA) and real estate negotiators (REN) throughout 2014. The Gala Dinner 2015 was hosted by the Malaysian Institute of Estate Agents (MIEA) and graced by the president of the Board of Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents (BOVAEA), Sr. Faizan bin Abdul Rahman. The glitz & glamour ‘black-tie’ event were over attended by over 750 people from the real estate fraternity and marked the 7th year since the awards’ inception in 2009. 2015 also saw several significant milestones such as the opening of new categories to celebrate innovation and recognition of top performing rookies in the real estate fraternity.
A record-breaking 38 submissions were received for 19 categories of which seven were new categories. They included Top Rookie Realtor of the Year, Top Project Marketing Firm of the Year, Most Innovative Firm of the Year, Real Estate Website of the Year, Top Real Estate Negotiator of the Year, Top State REN of the Year and Rookie REN of the Year. One of the more exciting awards was the Million Dollar Roof Top award, presented to Estate Agents who had in their personal capacity collected a minimum of RM 1 million in professional fees in 2014. A total of three Estate Agents shared the award this year which was a testimony of their dedication & perseverance. The Lifetime Achievement Award, formerly known as the Leadership Award, was also presented to the personality that had contributed significantly to the growth & development of the Real Estate Agency industry.
This year’s recipient went to Mr. Stephen Tew of Hectares & Stratas. What makes a successful REA or REN is the focus given towards providing the best possible service to clients. As legally registered agents or certified negotiators, these awards represent the impeccable standard to which embodies their professionalism and quality of service. The event also saw the ceremonial handing over of MIEA’s Presidency from immediate president Mr. Siva Shanker to incoming president Mr. Erick Y.T. Kho.