PropertyX recognises movers and shakers in digital property settlements
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PropertyX recognises movers and shakers in digital property settlements

By PEXA • May 2019

PropertyX awards pay tribute to businesses that have demonstrated leadership, innovation and customer-centricity in delivering a safer and more efficient means of transacting property to the Australian market.

Melbourne, 22 May 2019 – Australia’s finest property developers, conveyancers, lawyers and lenders have come together in Melbourne to celebrate those businesses leading the digitisation of property settlements across the country.

Now in its second year, the annual PropertyX Awards, presented by Property Exchange Australia (PEXA), pays tribute to those businesses that have demonstrated leadership, innovation and customer-centricity in delivering a safer and more efficient means of transacting property to the Australian market.  

PEXA CEO Marcus Price said he was thrilled to see so much support from industry in bringing property transactions into the digital-age:  

“Property is our country’s largest asset class, so the work involved in driving property settlements online is significant,” Marcus said. “From a standing start, this industry has truly come together in developing superior means of transacting property to all Australians. Together we’ve tangibly reduced the risk of property fraud while also delivering consumers fast access to the proceeds of sale and a far less complex settlement experience”.  

Winners of our Industry Excellence Awards were selected from entries submitted by our network of more than 8,000 legal and conveyancing firms and 150 lenders. Entries were judged by an esteemed panel of industry leaders including Christine Smythe, Partner at Robbins Watson Solicitors, Jonathon Smithers, Chief Executive Officer at the Law Council of Australia and Linda Baxter, Director at Leo Cussen Centre for Law.  

Winners of the PEXA Industry Excellence award:  

Practitioner (lawyers, conveyancers, settlement agents): bytherules Conveyancing and First Class Legal
Panel Lawyer: Galilee Solicitors 
Lender: ANZ 

PEXA Members’ Choice award: 

Practitioner (lawyers, conveyancers, settlement agents): Wood Marshall Williams   
Lender: Westpac Group 

PEXA Property Developer of the Year award: 

Developer: Stockland 

Quotes from some of the winners:  

Chris Collinge, Managing Director, bytherules Conveyancing: “At bytherules our focus is providing easy to use online conveyancing. It is our constant goal to move towards 100% e-conveyancing, from initial enquiry through to settlement. Without PEXA we would not be able to achieve this.”  

Andrew Jarrett, CEO, First Class Legal: “First Class Legal was established just five years ago to create a new and improved conveyancing experience for our clients in Victoria. Central to this plan was the adoption and integration of world first technology into the legal process, which includes the PEXA electronic settlement platform. Being adopters of PEXA has helped First Class Legal drive improved levels of customer service and a greatly improved customer experience. So, thanks to our staff, clients and suppliers including PEXA for helping to bring this vision to reality.”  

Cordell Smith, Managing Partner, Galilee Solicitors: “Galilee’s Directors have a long history of working closely with the mortgage industry, so we are especially pleased to have been recognised as the leading Panel Law Firm. We look forward to continuing to contribute to a bright digital future for mortgage lending, ensuring the best possible on-line experience for lenders, brokers and borrowers.”  

Anthony Templar, Head of Home Loan Operations, ANZ: “ANZ strives towards innovation, agility and quality customer experience across our business. We are pleased to be recognised as an industry-leader for digital settlements in Australia as we work to deliver better outcomes for our customers, lenders and industry partners.” 

Jade Campbell, National Conveyancing Manager, Stockland: “We are delighted to receive this award in recognition of our successful partnering with PEXA. Moving to the PEXA platform has resulted in a more sustainable and efficient way of working at Stockland whilst reducing the volume and impact of settlement delays for the benefit of our customers.” 

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