Dane Queenan has been recognised as one of Australia’s leading real estate agents.
For a second consecutive year, the PRDnationwide Port Stephens agent has been named as the franchise’s top salesman.
Additionally, he has secured a position in the Real Estate Business top 100 agents ranking for 2017.
Both accolades are measured on a nation-wide scale.
“Being named the number one salesperson for PRD is really rewarding,” Mr Queenan said.
“To make the top 100 is a real honour.”
Mr Queenan has been in real estate for 11 years, and a selling agent for nine.
He has been with PRDnationwide Port Stephens for the 11 years.
Mr Queenan has made the top 100 ranking for the past five years.
For this year’s ranking he was one of just three Hunter-based real estate agents to make the top 100.
Out of the 100 – which includes agents from major cities such as Sydney and Melbourne – Mr Queenan was recognised as having sold the most amount of properties.
He sold 176 properties in Port Stephens in 2016.
“I’m a very driven person,” Mr Queenan said.
“I’m no better than anyone else. The difference is I’m more focused.
“I love what I do, I love the area and living here.
“I think if you’re passionate about where you live and what you do, it makes life easier.”
The Real Estate Business award ranks the 70,000 plus agents in Australia.
Ranking is based on a number of factors including how many properties an agent sells in a year, the average time their property stays on the market and total sale volume.
Tim Neary, editor for Real Estate Business, said the ranking is the “industry benchmark” for success in real estate sales.
He said the calibre of entrants in this year’s ranking was “exceptional”.
“The total sales volume across the Top 100 [was] in excess of $14 billion worth of properties.”
In addition to being named as PRD’s top selling agent, Mr Queenan was also recognised for achieving a franchise first – to make more than $2 million in gross commission within a year.
Mr Queenan was presented with his top salesman award, the third of his career, in front of his peers at a gala function in Sydney.
PRDnationwide chairman and managing director, Tony Brasier, said to rise to the top of the industry it required “hard work, extensive knowledge of the property market and the ability to adapt to new technology”.