The Judges

John McGrath

     

If there’s one name that’s synonymous with real estate in Australia, it’s John McGrath.

McGrath Estate Agents is a powerhouse that sold more than $5.7 billion worth of residential property last financial year. Accordingly, John McGrath returns for the sales side of judging on The Block.

McGrath is considered one of the most influential figures in the property industry. Since starting out in 1988 from his lounge room he has built up one of Australia’s top residential real estate groups, with 45 offices in the McGrath network.

He began by selling properties in Sydney and now has a franchise network spread across Sydney, the Central and North Coasts, Southern Highlands, Blue Mountains, Wollongong, ACT and Gold Coast. In February 2012, McGrath Estate Agents was again listed in BRW’s Fast Franchises with a ranking at No 23, showing revenue growth of 24.2 per cent.

In 2008, he was honoured by the Real Estate Institute of NSW with the Woodrow Weight OBE Award for a lifetime of achievement and outstanding contribution to the real estate industry.

He has also written bestselling books on real estate praised both by his professional peers and the public. He is a local and internationally known spokesman for the real estate industry. McGrath has judged on every series of The Block since 2003.

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Neale Whitaker

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John McGrath

If there’s one name that’s synonymous with real estate in Australia, it’s John McGrath.

Shaynna Blaze

This year The Block adds a third member to its judging panel. Making her debut is Shaynna Blaze from Selling Houses Australia on The LifeStyle Channel.