The Winner


After a three-month search to find the next big thing in real estate, Bill Malouf, director of LJ Hooker Double Bay is pleased to announce he has found his Million Dollar Intern!


During the search, Bill put the interns through their paces with finalists being determined by a number of metrics including their presentation in their submission video, Caliper behavioural testing and multiple phone interviews, including with LJ Hooker Network Chief and industry veteran Graeme Hyde.

While Bill and the judges were overwhelmed by the high quality of all candidates, one intern stood out. Bill had this to say about his Million Dollar Intern…

“From the start, Tahnee Barnes caught our attention, her video submission was well-thought out, and while she came across slightly nervous, you couldn’t help but feel her presentation was sincere. As the other videos began flowing in, we always used Tahnee as a benchmark.

When Tahnee’s results for the online Caliper behavioural test came back she cemented herself as the front runner. She received near perfect scores across all sections. This test was designed to uncover if a person has what it takes to work in the real estate sales and according to this, she not only has what it takes but she really could be the next big thing.

However a test can only tell so much. The interns also completed a number of phone interviews with key LJ Hooker people, and on every turn, Tahnee built relationships and impressed those she spoke to. It’s important that an agent can build genuine relationships and trust with everyone they meet.

Finally, we expected a lot from Tahnee’s panel interview, and she did not disappoint. Tahnee has an energy and drive like not many. When she spoke, she was passionate, succinct, humorous and thoughtful but what impressed me most was at the end of the interview she did what no one else had and asked for the job. In real estate, we teach agents to never leave a listing appraisal without asking for business, this was a great first lesson for Tahnee.

I look forward to working with Tahnee in August and seeing if she really has what it takes to be my Million Dollar Intern.”


Tahnee will be flown to Sydney in July to undertake a four-day intensive LJ Hooker course; Future Captains. She’ll then meet her mentor at LJ Hooker Double Bay and spend the next three-months shadowing one of the best, and most respected, in the industry!

On top of the three-month internship, she also wins Sydney accommodation and an AUDI car for the duration of the internship, a new business wardrobe, and she will complete her NSW real estate certificate of registration. The final five interns have also won the Future Captains training worth over $1,200 each.