A night to remember
Celebrating the StarProperty Awards 2021 Realtor Edition
It was all smiles when the top real estate agencies, agents and negotiators gathered to celebrate the fourth installation of the prestigious StarProperty Awards 2021 Realtor Edition. Held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, the night of celebration was to recognise the efforts as well as 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.
Seven agencies, along with 16 real estate negotiators (RENs), took centre stage bagging 49 trophies in total. The award-winning agencies included (in alphabetical order) Believe Realty Sdn Bhd, Foreward Realty Sdn Bhd (Foreward), Global Link Properties Sdn Bhd (Global), IQI Realty Sdn Bhd (IQI), Kingsman Realty Sdn Bhd (Kingsman), Maxxan Realty Sdn Bhd (Maxxan) and Tech Realtors Properties Sdn Bhd (Tech).
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, IQI’s John Teh, Kenny Chia and Swiss Tan as well as Kingsman’s Austin Lim, Benjamin Kuan, Casswen Lim and Davin Low.
A new award introduced this year to mark the sign of the times was the Business Continuity Award to acknowledge the thriving agencies that can persevere against this age’s challenges.
IQI’s Tan was the toast of the night, grabbing three trophies for herself including the title of Most Exceptional Leader for the women’s category. In contrast, 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.
The StarProperty Awards Realtor Edition 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 Star Media Group (SMG) chief executive officer Alex Yeow during the Gala Dinner held on Dec 8, 2021.
“Home ownership is a major milestone marking an important chapter in one’s life. Beyond being a point of reference for those looking to purchase real estate, 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 memorable moments for many, especially for those making their first purchase,” he added.
Real estate agents and negotiators 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.
Pointing out his admiration for their efforts in keeping the property sector buoyant, Yeow noted that SMG has an exciting initiative in the pipeline, a new property classified platform. He hoped that stakeholders like agencies, agents and RENs could be a part of.
“With your capabilities and expertise, I sincerely believe that we can collectively champion this new initiative together. 2022 is set to be an exciting year and we can look forward to embracing the new year with renewed hope for even better things to come,” he said.
The night, themed Bling It On, was celebrated with pomp, with entertainment from talented trio Tiga Souls as well as Guzhen and DJ. To ensure the safety of every guest, every person attending the gala dinner, including the organiser and support teams, underwent an RTK test before they can enter the Grand Ballroom and photography areas.
The sponsors of the event include Kinohimitsu Malaysia, Heineken Malaysia and Durio PPE.
“It felt really amazing to be part of The Star Property Awards 2021 and witness great talents in the real estate business receiving the recognition they deserved. We’re honoured to have been part of this glorious event as the official beverage sponsor,” said Heineken Malaysia public relations manager Salini Muniandy. “We hope this tradition of paying homage to deserving talents will continue for years to come.”
“It’s a great opportunity for Kinohimitsu to be a part of this event and to witness so much joy and achievement in just one night,” said Kino Biotech (M) Sdn Bhd chief operating officer Jennifer Chin. “We definitely look forward to more collaboration with The Star Property and its affiliate in time to come.”