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Australia’s Young Achievers Recognised

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In an era where Millennials are much maligned, First National Real Estate in conjunction with the Seven Network has proudly announced its coast-to-coast sponsorship of the Seven News Young Achiever Awards.

Conducted on a state-by-state basis, the awards highlight and acknowledge the achievements of young Australians, providing motivation, encouragement and role models for young Australians at all levels in their chosen field of endeavour.

Last year, the network’s sponsorship saw Victoria’s 28-year-old Dr Joanna Newton awarded for her work with students and junior scientists to encourage the adoption of genetic tools and technologies in the dairy industry. Queensland’s 19-year-old Keely Johnson was recognised for her work combating childhood cancer through the Golden Octopus Foundation. In Canberra, 27-year-old Emma Byrne received recognition for her work with ACT/NSW Police concerning young people and alcohol, and the Sober Driver Programme. Tasmania’s 28-year-old Grant Milbourne was recognised for his work to support youth wellbeing and mental health through his Insight Mindfulness Education organisation. Finally, In Western Australia, 23-year-old Ciara Duffy’s PhD research concerning honey bee venom and its role in treating triple negative breast cancer saw her win the First National Innovation Award

First National’s chief executive, Ray Ellis says the cooperative network is absolutely committed to encouraging young people achieve as well as build successful careers in the real estate industry.

“Young people need all the support and encouragement they can get to step up, lead and innovate. So this sponsorship aligns perfectly with the network’s own commitment to its under-35s through the “FN Squad”, which just this week has heard from Dr Joanna Newton, Keely Johnson and Tamika Jones of Myndshyft, plus the network’s own young achievers, Sam Scarfo (FN Gawler, SA), Kiah Coupland (FN Springfield, QLD) and Jake Spargo (FN Bonnici & Associates, Vic) at a series of informal events nationally”.

“We welcome Channel 7 joining us in a national sponsorship of the Young Achiever Awards and will continue to drive innovation and leadership skills within the industry” says Mr Ellis.

First National Real Estate has 400 offices across Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, making it Australia’s third largest real estate brand and the nation’s largest group of independent agents. It has been awarded Canstar Blue’s 2017/18 ‘Most Satisfied Customers’ award, for a second consecutive year, and is the only brand to have received 5-star ratings from Australian consumers in its research.

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Time for landlords to reconsider renters with pets

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The Animal Welfare League recently published an article in which I commented that with record low rental yields nationally, property investors should open their eyes to the benefits of renting their investment properties to tenants with pets that have good references.

I am proud that First National Real Estate’s property managers take additional steps to protect a landlord’s interests such as adding specific clauses to the lease, requiring annual steam cleaning of carpets, and in some states, negotiating a pet bond.

Good tenants understand these are realistic trade-offs that help their landlord to feel more confident about their intentions. I hope you agree and for more facts on pet ownership in Australia, read more here.

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