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Property Awards, What are they Really Worth?
 

Companies spend thousands of pounds on entering property awards every year in the hope of scooping an accolade from their peers. But what exactly does such an award mean to buyers looking for homes either in the UK or abroad? What real worth is it to them that the estate agent, developer, development or property they are dealing with has been deemed by their fellow professionals to be the best?

Its generally accepted that property purchasers are becoming increasingly well informed and discerning about the homes that they buy. Whether a first-time buyer or a seasoned property investor, each and every one is looking for the very best they can afford. They all have a careful eye on the future and need to be as sure as possible that their investment is going to stand the test of time, not only in terms of the quality of build and location but also appreciation.

Lets face it, homebuyers are literally bombarded with choice these days. There are thousands upon thousands of companies here and overseas, all vying for a slice of the growing consumer trend to own more than one property. When presented with such a mind-boggling array of opportunities, personal recommendation is always a good guide. Take that one step further and you have a benchmark of excellence from the industry itself -a prestigious property award.

This year the Bentley International Property Awards attracted entries from no less than 27 different countries including Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, China, Thailand, South Africa, Costa Rica and the United Arab Emirates. Entrants spent valuable time and money travelling to London from every corner of the globe to discover whether or not they had scooped one of more than 60 highly prestigious awards.

Last Friday evening, former BBC Royal Correspondent Jennie Bond and rock legend Rick Wakeman joined 500 property professionals at the gala presentation dinner at the London Marriott in Grosvenor Square. This was the culmination of months of deliberation by a panel of judges. An independent body of professionals, its members included British Shadow Secretary of State Eric Pickles; Peter Bolton King, chief executive of the National Association of Estate Agents; and Paul Stringer, vice president business development, of the Jack Nicklaus Golf Design Centre.

Winners are now entitled to display a Bentley International Property Awards winners logo. This announces to the world that their services to the industry have not only been worthy of competing in the highly competitive international property arena, but of being deemed the best in their field.

Editor-in-Chief of International Homes magazine and organiser of the event, Helen Shield, said, Since being launched 11 years ago, the International Property Awards have continued to go from strength to strength. Tonight has seen the awards reach new heights in terms of the amount and calibre of entries as well as in the increasing number of countries participating. This year we received almost 1,000 entries and they are truly on a global basis. Our only problem is finding a venue thats both large enough and glamorous enough to hold a presentation dinner on such a vast scale each year!