John Iannantuono
Chief wordsmith

John’s passion for the written word began way back in 1997, when he sampled life in the media courtesy of a two-week work placement in the sports department at SBS Television in Melbourne.

Since then, John has developed into an accomplished editor and writer, having edited what was then Australia’s longest serving football publication, Soccer International, from 2003 to 2007 and named as a finalist in 2006 for an Australian Sports Commission Media Award in the category of Best Reporting of an Issue in Australian Sport. John is still involved in the Australian football media and is currently a Columnist for

John began freelancing full-time in January 2008, with Love Real Estate – Epping his first real estate client. Before too long, his client base expanded to include Ray White, Hocking Stuart and Barry Plant and builders Mirvac, Carlisle Home and Branson Property Group. He’s also contributed to the Herald Sun’s Display Homes magazine.

Among the publications he has featured include Inside Sport, Australian FourFourTwo, World Soccer The Age newspaper and The Guardian newspaper (UK) to name a few.

John McGrath
CEO, McGrath Estate Agents
Urban Wordsmiths Property Expert Columnist

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 lounge room start-up in 1988 to one of Australia’s most successful residential real estate groups, selling $7 billion in residential property in Sydney in FY13.

A total solution company, McGrath Estate Agents currently has offices located throughout Sydney, North Coast, Central Coast, Southern Highlands, South Coast, South East Queensland and the ACT, as part of its growing franchise network.

In October 2008, he 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.

John himself has become a spokesperson for the industry both in Australia and internationally. John 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 with the reader his invaluable knowledge on the Australian property market.

Spiro Drossos
Director and Licensed Estate Agent and Auctioneer of Barry Plant Manningham
Urban Wordsmiths Property Expert Columnist

By any measure, Spiro Drossos is a highly talented and dedicated real estate professional with an enviable record for consistently achieving results that set new benchmarks for Manningham real estate. His “hands on” involvement in so many outstanding sales results has not only established numerous sales records within the Barry Plant Group, but he has been recognised as Victoria’s Residential Salesperson of the Year at the prestigious REIV Awards for Excellence not once, not twice, but on three separate occasions.

Spiro is also an award-winning Auctioneer who is widely considered one of the best in the business. If you ask his clients, they will tell you that just how relaxed they feel knowing that the sale of their most valuable asset is being personally handled by someone whose reputation has been built on his willingness to work tirelessly to achieve the best possible result.

Some of Spiro’s accolades include:

  • Three-time REIV Residential Salesperson of the Year
  • Victorian nominee for REIA National Salesperson of the Year Award
  • The Barry Plant Group’s Top Performer Award
  • The Barry Plant Group’s Top Achiever Award
  • The Barry Plant Group’s Top Seller Award
  • The Barry Plant Group’s Top Lister Award
  • Member of the Barry Plant Million Dollar Club
  • Member of the Barry Plant Diamond Club
  • Director of the Barry Plant Group’s No.1 Office.