John McGrath

Chief Executive, McGrath Estate Agents

John McGrath is considered one of the most influential figures in the Australian property industry. As Chief Executive of McGrath Estate Agents, he took the company from a start-up in 1988 to one of Australia's most successful residential real estate groups, selling $12.3 billion in residential property in FY15.

An integrated real estate services business, McGrath Estate Agents currently has offices located throughout Sydney, North Coast, Central Coast, Southern Highlands, South Coast, the ACT and Queensland, as part of its growing company-owned and franchise network.

John McGrath has become a spokesperson for the industry both in Australia and internationally. He has five books that have reached bestseller status including You Don't Have To Be Born Brilliant and You Inc. In The Ultimate Guide to Real Estate, John shares his invaluable knowledge on the Australian property market.

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In October 2008, John McGrath was honoured by the Real Estate Institute of NSW with the Woodrow Weight OBE Award, a lifetime achievement award for his outstanding contribution to the real estate industry. In September 2002, John won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Services category in the country's eastern region. In April 2003, he was awarded a Centenary Medal for service to business.

John was again recognised as an industry leader with his appointment as Chairman to Australia's most popular real estate Internet site, (2003-2007). In his four years as Chairman, John presided over its transformation from a single residential website in Australia to one that operates 15 residential and commercial real estate websites in eight countries. He remains as a Director of REA Group and also the South Sydney Rabbitohs, which is one of his great passions.

John McGrath talks about:

John speaks extensively on strategies for peak performance and maximising success. He speaks with a blend of energy and dynamism, tailoring presentations to at your business, its culture, performance and ambitions. His presentations can cover topics that include:

  • Positive Mental Attitude - the difference between winning and taking part
  • Turbo Boosting Sales - building a dynamic sales process for fast-track advancement
  • Taking the lead - the relationship between strong leadership and peak performance
  • The Internet & Technology - the Hottest Sales Tools this Century
  • Making the Transition from Good to Great
  • Creating a Personal Blueprint for Success
  • Focus on Teamwork and Team-building

Client testimonials

John McGrath received nothing but “excellent” ratings from our delegates. As the opening speaker, John’s business experiences and effective advice set the tone for what was our best ever Conference. All other speakers and panelists kept referring back to John’s presentation which provided the fabric for the conference theme.

Leagues Clubs Australia

Presented sessions with lots of laughter and interest.

Aristocrat Technologies

Your delivery and content was absolutely brilliant and appealed to my entire team. I was truly amazed by their reaction and the receptiveness to your concepts.

Phillip Webb Pty Ltd

You provided us with some much sought-after motivation and sound practical advice for both life and business in the new millennium.


John was excellent – an extremely motivating message of how he achieved his success.

American Express

John was a total professional. Response from the audience was without exception - excellent!

Institute of Personnel Consultants

Totally and utterly inspiring – he significantly added to the value of our conference.

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