PHOTO: REA Group chief executive Tracey Fellows congratulates Barry Plant, Manningham, on its Gold AREA for residential agency of the year. Source: Supplied

A MELBOURNE real estate agency has been named Australia’s best — for the second year running.

And a local agent has also taken gold as Victoria’s best property performers rose to the top in the prestigious Annual REA Excellence Awards, known as the AREAs.

Barry Plant, Manningham, was crowned residential agency of the year, while CBRE’s Justin Dowers was named commercial agent of the year.