Executive Committee

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Cate Bakos
REBAA President (Principal and Founder, Cate Bakos Property)

Cate Bakos completed a degree with honours in Chemistry at Monash University in 1996, but has held a passion for property long before her career in science.

Purchasing her first property at 21, Cate continued to invest in property whilst developing her career in sales and marketing with Orica (formerly ICI). In 2003, Cate won a marketing and busary award, however her passion for real estate saw her make the decision to move into property. Commencing her new career in an office in Sandringham, Cate’s approach towards home-matching and selection guided her clients through the maze of property. Qualifying and working as a mortgage broker after the birth of her daughter and throughout the GFC has become one of the most valuable ‘apprenticeships’ she could have served. Her appreciation of lending policy, loan restrictions, borrowing capacity calculation, and cashflow analysis is what sets her apart from her competitors.

Cate studied Property Services in 2010 at Swinburne University and obtained her real estate license. She founded Empower Wealth Property Advisory P/L as a director in 2011 and guided over 700 clients through their various property journeys over that time. In 2014 she left her directorship to launch Cate Bakos Property a boutique Melbourne business catering to her loyal clients. Cate’s extensive asset-selection experience not only in Melbourne metro suburbs but also in Victorian regional markets including Ballarat and Geelong has given her a valuable point of difference to offer her cashflow-driven clients.

Cate is a regular commentator in the media, and contributes monthly to publications including Your Investment Property, Australian Property Investor, Smart Property and property Observer. She features in Domain and regularly enjoys interview opportunities on Real Estate Talk with Kevin Turner. Cate shares her knowledge and experience regularly at seminars, volunteers her bidding skills often, and enjoys mentoring young people in the industry she so loves.

Cate Bakos Property was proudly awarded Sterling Publishing’s “high commendation” in 2015, and Cate was a finalist in 2013 for the Telstra Business Woman of the Year, the REIV Buyer’s Agent of the Year, and the National Winner of the Buyer’s Agent of the Year for Sterling Publishing in 2013

cate@catebakos.com.au

0422 638 362

Richard Evans
Secretary (Principal, Fortune Property Finder)

 

Richard is a licensed real estate agent and brings strong contract negotiation skills from 33 years of local and international experience with both a multi national company and local government combined with personal history of over 20 years’ property renovation and investing. Rich is the founder and principal of Fortune Property Finder – a Newcastle-based real estate buyers agency, exclusively representing buyers in the Newcastle area.

rich@fpf.net.au

0402 311 811

Bryan Loughnan
Treasurer (Propertyology)

Bryan is an integral part of Propertyology’s leadership team with a career in property spanning 15 years. With an initial interest in becoming a skilled property valuer, Bryan graduated from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2004 with a Bachelor of Applied Science, majoring in property economics.

Bryan refined his property knowledge during a 10-year banking career, including invaluable exposure to high-end property finance and portfolio management with both Suncorp Metway and ANZ Bank. Over the years, Brian has been actively involved with the development of portfolios and has overseen growth strategies for numerous property and business clients.

Bryan was runner-up in the 2016 REIQ Buyer’s Agent of the Year Awards for Excellence and an integral part of Propertyology winning the category for 2016 REIQ Small Residential Agency of the Year.

bryan@propertyology.com.au

0448 011 074

Jennifer Smith
Governance and Strategic Planning Co-ordinator (NQ Buyers Agent)

Founder and licensee of NQ Buyers Agent, Jennifer Smith, is both a fully licensed real estate agent, and an experienced investor in the Australian property market. She has a deep understanding of the nature and dynamics of property markets, as well as the strategy and psychology of investing. Prior to establishing NQ Buyers Agent, Jennifer undertook various roles in diverse locations, where she developed expertise in research and analysis, education, project management, and strategic investment.

Among other things, Jennifer has taught and undertaken research in schools across Queensland, Victoria and London. She holds a Masters degree from the University of Queensland where she was also employed as Lecturer and Research Officer. She served ten years as a Senior Policy and Project Officer within the Victorian Government, providing leadership on commonwealth and state strategic funding investment of over $500M in Victorian schools.

nqbuyersagent@gmail.com

0419 772 237

Lisa Parker
Learning and Development Co-ordinator (Founder Parker Buyer Advocates)

As the founder and principal of Parker Buyers Advocates, Lisa is committed to helping clients purchase property with ease and efficiency, saving them both time and money by tailoring solutions to their individual needs.

With a career spanning 16 years in the real estate industry, Lisa also holds formal qualifications in financial planning and has a Certificate in Finance. Her business is all about delivering strategic, practical, investment guidance that is grounded in simple-to-follow steps. She is passionate about educating and inspiring today’s smart investors who demand genuine wealth-building solutions for sustainable financial security.

In her capacity as Learning and Development Co-ordinator for REBAA, she is responsible for scoping the training needs of members, developing training programs and co-facilitating training as required.

 

lisa@parkerbuyeradvocates.com.au

0413 427 075