Real estate agents from the North Island have dominated the rural section of this year's national real estate industry awards.
The 2019 REINZ Awards for Excellence were held at a gala event in Auckland on Tuesday night and saw 39 awards handed out to agents from different sectors of the industry.
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North Island real estate agencies won all the rural awards at the event, including Snow Williams from Bayleys Country in Tauranga who was named Rural Salesperson of the Year.
Chief Executive at REINZ Bindi Norwell said the standard was high.
"Every year we have a significant number of high-calibre entries, many of whom have won their own local or agency awards making for some extremely tough competition," she said.
"It is great to celebrate success across the country and to be the best of the best is a noteworthy achievement,"' said Norwell.
The rural awards were won by:
Rural Salesperson of the Year
Winner Snow Williams - Bayleys Country Tauranga
Finalists: Ben Turner - Whalan and Partners, Bayleys Christchurch and Stan Robb - PGG Wrightson Real Estate, Tauranga
Small Rural Office of the Year
Winner: PGG Wrightson Real Estate Cambridge
Finalists: Colliers International Forestry Sales Auckland and NZR Real Estate Wairarapa
Medium Rural Office of the Year
Winner: Bayleys Country Tauranga
Finalists: Bayleys Country Hamilton and Whalan & Partners Bayleys Christchurch
Large Rural Office of the Year
Winner: PGG Wrightson Real Estate Tauranga