Friday, April 8, 2011

Oscars, SchmOscars! REIA & LPMA Award Nights are Better!

It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks here at Metro with award nominations left right and centre which has been fantastic for myself and the team.

Frocked Up!
Last Thursday evening myself, my husband and several of my team flew up to the Gold Coast to attend the REIA Awards for Excellence (a national real estate award night) where I was deemed a Finalist in the ‘Residential Property Manager of the Year’ award. Due to the fact that I had won the Victorian award for this category in October last year I was thrilled to discover I had become a Finalist in these National Awards. The evening was a gala event and we all ‘invested’ in some fabulous dresses and gowns especially for the evening which took place in the ballroom at the Marriott Resort & Spa in Surfers Paradise. There was some stiff competition for the title as 6 other fabulous women were nominated and unfortunately we did not come away with a win this time, ah well, we look forward to next year. A great time was had by all, we looked fabulous (if I do say so myself) and we certainly danced the night away.

No sooner had we returned to the cooler climate of Melbourne a few of the team including myself were off to the LPMA (Leading Property Managers of Australia) Conference which runs a 2 day Property Manager & Principals Forum once a year. Within this forum Principals and their PM’s are witness to some fantastic industry presenters and new innovations in our field. It is a great eye-opener and we always come away with some great ideas that we will no doubt be implementing here at Metro in the upcoming months. Day one at the LPMA closed with their Annual Awards evening where we discovered that we were one of only 3 Finalists for ‘Excellence in Business Development’ a fantastic result and a great surprise (I was presented with a lovely trophy too!) Again much dancing and fun were had, so a great night all in all.

Myself & some of the team that attended the LPMA Awards
Coming so close to a win with both of these award evening amongst our peers in the industry really cemented for me that the hard work and dedication that myself and my team put into taking care of our clients is recognised by our colleagues in the industry, which is very humbling. So we now look forward to the rest of this coming year and strive to continue to ensure our clients have the best advice and service from Metro PM and we will let the dice fall where they may next award season.

Until next time...

Monday, April 4, 2011

A Caramel Filled April!

From the desk of Leah Calnan, Director of Metro Property Management

Well it has been a productive month here at Metro and with another bumper month to come too!

Recently the team attended a full days training session here at the office with the fantastic Fiona Blayney (of Blayney Potential Plus). Fiona has such energy and enthusiasm for Property Management it was hard for the team not to get excited about what Fiona had to impart upon us all! I have noticed the change in the team already, communication is even better, each team member’s organisation has improved and as a result the vibe of the office is even more positive than before.

This coming month we are attending the 25th Melbourne International Comedy Festival as we tend to do every year and we as a team are going to see the very talented Eddie Perfect with a pre-show dinner at the Red Emperor..delish! Our social calendar is also circled for Sunday the 17th April as we attend & support the Warwick Foundations “High Heel Race 2011” at Whitten Oval, Footscray. (The Warwick Foundation raises funds for young adults with cancer and their support networks). Lot’s of laughs will be had as we race as the ‘Metro Team’ in high heels and race attire, fascinators and all to contend to win the coveted 1st prize. We’ll keep you posted on how we faired on the day and keep an eye on facebook too as you may even get to share in our silly photos too. If you’d like to attend the day too please see the following link and get a group together for a fun day

In other news I was very excited to be recently quoted in an article in The Sunday Age (3/4/11) regarding the changing face of renters and in particular the new breed of ‘lifestyle renters’ that are forming in the marketplace. If you would like to read the article that also queries builders and architects on what the ‘lifestyle renters’ are looking for in an inner city pad these days please do so here

Easter is again upon us and we thought we’d inform you all of our opening hours over the Easter break. Below are our trading hours over this period:

Thursday 21st April: 9.00-5.30pm (as normal)

Friday 22nd April (Good Friday): Closed

Saturday 23rd April: Closed

Sunday 24th April (Easter Sunday): Closed

Monday 25th April (Easter Monday): Closed

Tuesday 26th April (Anzac Day): Closed

Wednesday 27th April: 9.00-5.30pm (as normal)

So all in all a caramel filled April, much like the easter eggs we will be (or already have begun) eating.

Until next time...