Rove McManus (left) presents Grant Smith (centre) with one of the real estate industry's top awards. Grant's sale executive Jacqui Mullins is on the right.
Rove McManus (left) presents Grant Smith (centre) with one of the real estate industry's top awards. Grant's sale executive Jacqui Mullins is on the right. Kathy Sundstrom

He's 30, never went to uni and earns $1m a year

MEET the 30-year-old real estate agent earning a million dollars a year. Being honest about a home earned him the industry's top award.

Grant Smith, from Century 21 Grant Smith Property, won the Annual Real Estate Award's residential property campaign of the year award for his quirky advertising of a termite-ridden home in Buderim.

While termites are normally something real estate agents would prefer not to admit too, Mr Smith kicked off the campaign for the Raintrees Ct home saying it was "without a doubt, the worst case of termite damage to be seen”.

He also said the home was uninhabitable and would have to be torn down.

Beautiful Buderim home destroyed by termites.
Beautiful Buderim home destroyed by termites.

The honest approach paid off with more than 14 bidders registered at the auction and the home selling for $10,000 above the reserve price.

It also secured Mr Smith extensive media coverage in print, television and radio which exposed the property to a wide-range of buyers.

Popular television personality, Rove McManus presented Mr Smith with the award as he beat more than "65,000 real estate agents nationally and 400 submissions” on October 23.

A day after winning it, he travelled to America to celebrate his 30th birthday.

Mr Smith started in real estate as a trainee when he was 14 years old. He made his first home sale when he was 18 and now as a director and auctioneer, admits he earns "just shy of a million dollars a year”.

"I've been in the top 1% internationally for the last four years in a row,” he said.

"I've been on a six figure income since I was 19.”


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