Executive Committee

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Rich Harvey
REBAA President (Managing Director, Propertybuyer)

Rich Harvey, is a buyer’s agent, economist, property investor and Managing Director of www.propertybuyer.com.au – a totally independent buyer’s agency that specialises in searching, appraising and negotiating real estate exclusively for buyers.

With over 20 years’ experience in real estate, Rich has won over 25 major awards including the prestigious National Telstra Business award. He is an eight time winner and finalist in the REINSW Buyers Agent “Award for Excellence” 2005-2014.  He was also named the “Best Property Finder Asia Pacific” in 2011. Rich’s uncanny ability to identify areas which are likely to have the greatest capital growth make him an excellent resource for buyers across all areas.

Rich serves on a voluntary basis to improve the professionalism and standards within the buyers’ agents industry as the Chairman of the Buyers Agent Chapter of the Real Estate Institute of NSW and President of the Real Estate Buyers Agent Association of Australia.

Rich and his team at propertybuyer have purchased over 2000 properties for their clients. He is a regular speaker at property shows and a commentator for the major property magazines, Financial Review, Domain, Sky Business, Channel 7 and 9 and other leading media.

rich@propertybuyer.com.au

Cate Bakos
REBAA Vice-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 http://www.catebakos.com.au; 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 http://fortunepropertyfinder.com.au/ – a Newcastle-based real estate buyers agency, exclusively representing buyers in the Newcastle area.

rich@fpf.net.au

0402 311 811

Matthew Ward
Treasurer (Director, Aspect Buyers Agency)

Matthew is a licensed buyer’s agent and registered valuer with 15 years experience and one of the founding directors of http://aspectbuyers.com.au/. Matthew undertakes acquisitions and property consultancy across all sectors of the property industry, with a particular specialisation in commercial and lifestyle properties throughout the major centres in the Central West.

His previous roles involved eight years as Senior Valuer with a local valuations and property advisory firm, two years based in London, England with Knight Frank LLP in property and development advisory, and three years in a private provider of valuation services in the Greater Sydney Region.

Matthew holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Property Economics) from the University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury. Matthew is an associate member of the Australian Property Institute, a Member of the Royal Institute of Charter Surveyors London, England, and is currently Treasurer of the Real Estate Buyers Agents Association of Australia (REBAA).

Matthew is a registered valuer in the state of NSW #6178, and holds Buyer’s Agents Licence # 20067034.

mward@aspectbuyers.com.au