A total of 49 real estate agencies, agents and negotiators took the limelight after winning their respective categories and subcategories during the StarProperty Awards 2021: Real Estate gala dinner on December 8.
Held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, the fourth installation of the awards celebrated and acknowledged the best property agencies and negotiators.
“This award also pays homage to the individuals and agencies who have strived extra hard, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, to fulfil their unique role in society,” said SMG group chief executive officer Alex Yeow.
“Home ownership is a major milestone marking an important chapter in one’s life,” he said.
Home ownership can be a measurement of adulthood as children move out of their parent’s home, the start of a new life as newlyweds or the shift to assisted-living homes for the semi-retired. Regardless of which property it is, buying any real estate is a big decision, one that is often supported by property agents and negotiators who lend their expertise.
These real estate experts are a point of reference for first-time buyers to help them find their dream homes, for entrepreneurs to locate suitable offices or premises, and for corporations to secure their base of operations.
Agents and negotiators bring even more added value ranging from analysis and research to surveying and valuing, all for the benefit of their clients. These help to ease the stress and transform property transactions into moments that consumers can treasure and look back on fondly, especially for those making their first purchase.
In recognition of such efforts, StarProperty honours the finest talents in the Malaysian real estate industry. This year’s Awards feature a total of 11 categories with 22 subcategories, with each entry evaluated based on performance, development and outstanding achievements.
Kingsman Realty Sdn Bhd (Kingsman) was the biggest winner, taking home over a quarter of the total trophies. The top winner by sales and excellence of the night was IQI Realty Sdn Bhd (IQI) which took the most excellence awards in the agency segment, including the five top trophies like the Developer Preferred Award for the above RM1bil based on the total sales and purchase agreement (SPA) amount for 2020. New player in the industry Foreward Realty Sdn Bhd (Foreward) also performed well, coming in third with nine trophies.
Global Link Properties Sdn Bhd (Global), Maxxan Realty Sdn Bhd (Maxxan), Tech Realtors Properties Sdn Bhd (Tech), Kith and Kin Realty Sdn Bhd, Believe Realty Sdn Bhd and Polygon Properties Sdn Bhd also won awards.
The sought-after All-Stars Awards for agencies went to Global, IQI, Maxxan and Tech respectively, while 10 negotiators took the All-Stars Awards in their individual capacities.
The 10 include Foreward’s Andrian Lim, Azhar Jaafar and Steve Yap, Kingsman’s Austin Lim, Benjamin Kuan, Casswen Lim and Davin Low as well as IQI’s John Teh, Kenny Chia and Swiss Tan.
IQI’s Tan was the toast of the night, grabbing three trophies for herself and the title of Most Exceptional Leader for the women’s category, while Foreward’s Yap, with two trophies, was the Most Exceptional Leader for the men’s category.
To ensure fair play, the panel of credible and impartial judges comprised captains of the Malaysian real estate industry and leaders of various disciplines to ensure that all entries received all-rounded and fair evaluations.
They include Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia’s Board of Building Management chairman Datuk Paul Khong, Rehda Youth chairlady Shanaz A Muztaza, Mah Sing Group Bhd property subsidiaries chief executive officer Yeoh Chee Beng, Bank Rakyat mortgage financing head Haslina Ali and StarProperty content manager Joseph Wong.