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Last week Raine & Horne Darwin sent a 14 strong representative contingent to Melbourne to attend the Raine & Horne National Awards where they pitted their 2011/12 results against over 350 offices in the network.

Below is the Press Release from head office as to how we fared against the rest of the World!!!

Teamwork and strong market growth are the foundation stones of Raine & Horne Darwin’s award success

Raine & Horne Darwin has capped off a stellar 2011/12 financial year with a swag of accolades at this year’s Raine & Horne National Awards, announced in Melbourne last week.

In the hotly contested Top Office (dollar value), Raine & Horne Darwin was just shaded by star Sydney-based realtor Raine & Horne Double Bay.

“To run second to the network’s flagship, Raine & Horne Double Bay is no mean feat and I’m extremely proud of our hard work this year,” says Glenn Grantham, General Manager, Raine & Horne Darwin and Raine & Horne Palmerston.

“Four years ago, we were lagging closer to 100 in this category, so to make the top two is an extremely pleasing result.”

Raine & Horne Darwin also placed third in Top Office (Number of Sales) and runner-up for the Your Broker (Top Referring Office) award.

The Raine & Horne Darwin team also produced some very noteworthy individual performances with Lenny Holt, placing fourth Top Salesperson (Number of Sales).

In addition, Jessica Farley was rewarded as Outstanding Property Manager, while Carolyn Wilson grabbed the trophy in the Outstanding Office Support category.

Mr Grantham’s hard work in lifting the profile and success of Raine & Horne Darwin was also recognised with the prestigious National Max Raine Award, which honours those individuals who have provided invaluable service to the Raine & Horne network.

“These are all outstanding achievements and our office has had its best result ever at the national level,” says Mr Grantham, who is aiming to go one better and leapfrog Raine & Horne Double Bay next year.

The rapid success of Raine & Horne Darwin, according to Mr Grantham, reflects the growing strength of the property and economic markets in the Northern Territory.

“For example, at the beginning of 2012, I was anticipating a 20% increase in capital property values by the start of 2013, but now I am expecting it could be much more,” adds Mr Grantham, who has observed a marked improvement in consumer confidence since 30 June, 2012.

“Recently, a property at 85 Priest Circuit, Gray failed to settle at $430,000, as a result of a finance issue.

“Yet this proved only a slight hiccup and the property sold again within two days for $441,000, underlining the strength of buyer demand for Darwin real estate.”

“Furthermore, our rental market is also strong with RP Data revealing a 25% increase in rents since December 2011, which is encouraging more investor interest in our market,” confirms Mr Grantham.