After 13 years in online real estate

I suppose I must have a 13 year itch. After 13 years in school teaching (3 jobs on 3 separate continents 1986-1999) I knew it was time for a change. Strangely, after a similar amount of time in online real estate (2 jobs, coFounder of then Executive manager, 1999-2013) I also know it is time.

Not that I leave REIWA lightly. Simply put, it is the best job in Australia for what I do – working at the not for profit member organisation that is REIWA (a supreme Real Estate Institute, and one of the top member organisations in the State), and with taking on the might of large media-backed competitors on behalf of the industry. We all feel the weight of expectation, the support of the members and the will of everyone to succeed. We’re all proud of the history, and also excited by what we have done recently and the trajectory we are on. has done amazing things in the past few years – a 30% growth in traffic over the past year alone, and a massive increase in enquiry rates from the site. The ongoing improvements to the site, and 2013 redesign will be fantastic, and I only wish I could be there to see it all through. In some ways, my job is not done, but then again I leave something on the table for the next person to add their knowledge, ideas and take it forward. is much more than one person anyway. I feel lucky to have be able to have made a contribution over the past 3 years. And now it is someone else’s turn.

It goes without saying that I will miss my REIWA colleagues immensely, some of whom I have worked with since days for 10 or 12 years or so. I have made some great friends in the industry and have contacts all over the country, and even in other countries thanks to the wonderful Inman Real Estate Connect conferences I attended in New York and San Francisco.

I’ve learnt a lot about online in the 13 or so years since Nick and I set up, a few months after graduating with our MBAs from UWA Business School. I feel confident these will translate into my new position (GM of Digital) at Business News. BN have a fantastic opportunities and I feel quite humbled to have been invited to go in there and assist with things. It is going to be a fascinating next chapter for me, and a challenge I hope I am up for.

So, this is a decision not made lightly. I wish REIWA and all the best, and no one will be prouder than me of the successes that lie ahead.

About the author

Charlie has spent more than 20 years in Perth’s tech and startup sector, firstly as a founder himself, through to exit, and more recently as a writer, advisor and investor. Originally from the UK, Charlie worked in Singapore before arriving in Perth in 1997 to do an MBA at UWA. Graduating as top student in 1999 he set up online real estate business, running it for 10 years before selling to REIWA, whereupon Charlie ran In 2013, he moved to Business News to lead their digital transformation as CEO, and then worked for the federal government’s Accelerating Commercialisation program, funding pre-revenue startups and innovative businesses. He now works in an advisory capacity for multiple tech and other businesses, is managing editor of Startup News and co-host of the Startup West podcast. He also writes a column for Business News on startups. Charlie sits on the advisory boards of WA Leaders, TEDxPerth, WAITTA, the Perth Symphony Orchestra, and the full board of Rise Network.

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  1. David Willis

    We’re going to miss your antastic input immensely Charlie. All the bedt withyour new position.

    Sent from my iPad David Willis Re/max Lighthouse Realty Bunbury 0418 931 941

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