Thursday 2nd December 2021

We Won An Award! 2018.118.

We Won An Award! 2018.118.

We did.

My husband and I were nominated by our Real Estate Property Management for one of their five awards for tenants.

This was the “gratitude” award. Others were: “best exterior” “best interior” “loyalty” and “tenant of the year”.

We have been renting houses since selling ours in Sydney and moving to the Central Coast, New South Wales in early 2015.

The first place we rented was not suitable for us even though we hoped it might be. Too long a story really but I can say we were treated well by our then property manager and got the famous bond back with ease. However, this house made me in particular unwell. It’s layout, the ill-fitting of our furniture, no ducted air (some air but useless really), and stairs. A spiral staircase. I was emotionally ill. The house, memories of the losses of our ties with Sydney, family and more took its toll. So much so, that we chose to leave early once we found a better house, much more affordable and one that ticked so many of the boxes for us.

The view was to the water but the house was not lovely

The second place we rented was just right. We were fortunate that once I found it, and had an inspection we were able to secure it after our application went in. Even the prospect of paying double rent till the other place’s lease expired could not contain our enthusiasm to be: back in a house on one level, had ducted air, a garage with internal access and more.

We wanted to stay there indefinitely as it was a place of shelter and security for me in the worst time of my life: cancer diagnosis. We enjoyed the quiet neighbourhood and there was a friendly element with the neighbours. It was at the northern end of the Central Coast that we both felt we had made the right move.

Loved tending to the flowers in pots as part of my daily routine.

The people who owned the house however decided to call a halt to our enjoyment by wanting it to move into by August 2018. I admit, I did not know how I would go moving somewhere else as so much was familiar here. But…

This is the way of being tenants. We had great advice from our newer property manager who suggested once the lease expired 6 months before the owners wanted to move in, we go week-by-week and in the meantime look for a suitable property.

I looked, we looked and we wanted to stay in the northern end, and as local to where we were because of our health connections, familiarity with shopping and so on. The real estate agency gave us two properties to fit our bill but one was a stand out. Our high priorities are ducted air conditioning and one level house. We viewed it, put the application in with the people who knew us well, and secured the house we are living in now. Phew.

Still enjoying the flowers in pots outside

So, about the awards. The principal of the agency decided in 2017 to give tenants awards because they are the over-looked group in real estate. He told us on the night of the awards their group has 1600 houses tenanted! The nominations forΒ  awards for tenants were made by the groups of property managers. Our name came up because, in the words of the senior property manager who has been ‘watching over us’ said “we are the gold standard tenants”. That is nice to know. She also said we tell the other property managers that we never want to lose you and that your emails of appreciation and care for us are valued.

The awards night was held at the local club and each of us (there were 8 people for each of the awards) was welcomed by the staff of the real estate agency and led to a beautifully decorated table with buffet type food and drinks on offer.

The first award was the “gratitude” award and I was there without my husband but it was a real thrill to have our names on display and for me to receive the award from the senior property manager who said very kind words.

What a lovely surprise! The evening continued with all the awards presented, photos taken and after 2 hours we were about to leave when we were told, no wait, there is a take-home gift. It was a very heavy….half leg of ham! Amazing.

In a time when gratitude is needed more than ever, it was gratifying to know we were considered that way.

Have you been an award winner at any time?

What do you think of this idea?

Love to hear your thoughts.


Joining with Kylie here for I Blog On Tuesdays and with Sue & Leanne here for Midlife Share the Love on Wednesdays.



  1. Great story Denyse.

  2. This is such a brilliant idea – tenants are so often overlooked and treated poorly by dodgy estate agents. It’s so good to see professional agents rewarding and acknowledging tenants who do play such an important part in their business! I won my first award last year at the Bupa blog awards – it’s such a good feeling to know that what you do is recognised and valued by others! Congratulations – I hope the ham was yummy too πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Sammie. I know that we are indeed fortunate here and hope to keep renting this particular home as it so comfy, modern and close to all we need.

      It is only the 2nd year they have done this and it was very well supported on the evening.

      The ham is a bit of an issue. Whilst we are so appreciative, we are trying to work out how to share it with the family ….it is a LOT of ham!!

      Denyse. x

  3. I think a lot of real estates could learn from this πŸ™‚

  4. Great idea. Gratitude is so powerful yet for some reason we forget very quickly – me included. I think the more we talk about what we have and loving it – the less pressure we put on ourselves to be the same.

    • Yes, we tend to go to the negative thanks to the brain’s bias. Only the other day I was having a not great day (cannot even think why now) and my husband reminded me to be grateful.It is not the first thing that springs to mind but when I do remember, then it helps. A lot!

      Denyse x

  5. what a great initiative by your agent, and yay for your win!

  6. Renting can be very taxing – we had a lovely little house a few years back that we sadly had to leave because the tenants wanted to move in. We ended up in a place for two years after that which we absolutely hated. But now the house we are in we love, it’s a great price, in a great location and is the perfect size for our family with a variety of possible configurations. I think it’s lovely that the real estate agency you are with has a tenant awards celebration. Congratulations!

    • Thank you for your kind words, I agree it is unusual as a tenant to have such a positive and I like it.

      I admit I do not like renting but right now, not ready to buy, so I take the opportunity to rent as a chance to find communities which suite us and right now, this one does.

      Hope all things housing-wise continue to work well for you and yours.

      Denyse x

  7. Gratitude is a great award.
    I received something similar a couple of years ago. I got the inaugural “Volunteer of the Year” award in appreciation for services at my kids old primary school. It was of course for creating the cheerleading team and for running it as a volunteer for so many years. The award is a perpetual trophy in memory of a lovely mum Mel who died too young who also gave a lot of her time as a volunteer. It was such an honour to be the first recipient in her memory.

    • Oh how wonderful and that is a bitter-sweet memory too of course.
      Recognition is vital to being a human. It does not always have to be a trophy or an award of course, but a few words of appreciation never go astray!

      Denyse x

  8. How lovely Denyse, I’ve not heard of this type of award and you deserve it! What a great end to a difficult year Thanks for sharing your win with us at #MLSTL and enjoy the rest of your week.

    • Thanks Sue, I do believe this local Real Estate group is unique in doing this and it’s the second year. I do not enjoy the ‘status’ of being a tenant much but this has helped a lot.

      Denyse x

  9. Congratulations on your award Denyse. I’ve never heard of real estate agents offering this award but what a great idea it is. I would feel very proud if I’d won it #MLSTL Shared on SM

    • Thanks so much Jennifer, I love the reason we got the award more than the award as I have learned more and more over the recent years that gratitude and appreciation are human qualities we all need to notice and foster.

      Denyse x

  10. How lovely for a property management group to actually do something proactive like this – to spend a bit of time and money to honour the people they deal with. I’m not at all surprised that you were a winner Denyse – and I’m glad you’re in a great home that you feel so settled in (hopefully the owners will keep it that way for the years ahead). Maybe one day you’ll decide to buy a home again, but in the meantime enjoy that ham and air con xx
    MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM πŸ™‚

    • It is a lovely thing they have decided to do and I admit I was caught by surprise when told about the nomination let alone on the night when we won.

      I have always expressed gratitude and appreciation and it is nice to be recognised for that this way.

      The ham is a dilemma thanks to it just being us two at home but we shall work on how to share.

      We do hope to stay here for the long haul and then to buy something that fits our needs (and purse then). Unfortunately we would not be able to afford to stay in this area…already house & land of under 450sqm goes for over $620K new.

      Denyse x

  11. Congratulations Denyse. What a nice honor. You asked if we’d ever won an award. I was surprised several years back to win recognition as one of 20 Women to Watch in my state. I’m not sure I’ve been very exciting to watch, but it certainly was a nice honor. πŸ™‚ #MLSTL

  12. Congratulations Denyse! I’ve never heard of this type of award, but it sounds like a great initiative and an award you most thoroughly deserve.