Catherine (Cate) Bakos

QPIA®, Licensed Real Estate Agent, Bachelor of Science (Chemistry Hons)


Cate Bakos completed a degree with honours in Chemistry at Monash University in 1996, but she held a passion for property long before her career in science. Winning both 2013 and 2018’s #1 National Buyer’s Agent of the Year Award marked high watermarks for Cate.  Cate has since amassed multiple industry awards.

Cate also holds a mortgage broking qualification and considers her financial services training one of the most valuable apprenticeships she could have served. Her appreciation of lending policy, loan restrictions, borrowing capacity calculation, and cashflow analysis is what sets her apart as a Buyer’s Advocate.

Cate has worked as a Buyers Agent since 2011, having held a directorship at a large Melbourne firm until launching Cate Bakos Property in 2014.  Cate’s extensive asset-selection experience not only in Melbourne metro suburbs but also in Victorian regional markets including Ballarat and Geelong has given her a valuable point of difference to offer her cashflow-driven clients. Cate has assisted over 2,000 clients with their property purchases, strategies, and decisions over this time.

Cate is a regular commentator in the media, and contributes weekly to newspapers, live television, podcasts, and publications including Domain, Australian Financial Review, The Australian, Your Investment Property, Herald Sun, Fox Business, Smart Property, and commercial television. Cate shares her knowledge and experience regularly at seminars, volunteers her bidding skills often, and enjoys mentoring young people in the industry she so loves.

Cate was President for REBAA (Real Estate Buyers Agents’ Association (national body) from 2019 – 2023 and served as Vice President two years prior. Cate is a co-host on the podcast series, “The Property Trio” alongside her industry friends, David Johnston and Mike Mortlock. Cate is publishing her second book (co-authored with Pete Wargent) following her 2016 publication, “Successful Property Investment”. At a personal level, Cate has continued to build a sizeable property portfolio alongside her husband and the pair have vast experience with renovating and value-adding.