Want to be a weapon agent with expert auction skills? The only way to improve is to learn hard lessons and be brave enough to be judged. Pit yourself against your peers and find out if you can beat the best in the REIQ Auctioneer of the Year competition. We’re calling for entries right now.
Renowned “celebrity” auctioneers Haesley Cush (REIQ Auctioneer of the Year 2002, 2003, 2008), Phil Parker, Dane Atherton (REIQ Auctioneer of the Year 2004) and the reigning Australasian Auctioneer of the Year Justin Nickerson all got their start in the REIQ competition. It’s a proven tool that helps agents improve – guaranteed.
A skilled auctioneer can cajole soaring bids from reluctant bidders, can entertain a pre-caffeinated, chilled, Saturday morning crowd, can command attention and bring the dollars tumbling out of pockets in the name of the best possible price for the client.
Former REIQ Auctioneer of the Year (2009, 2012, 2014) Jason Andrew says that entering competitions are the best way to improve.
“Competitions have really excited the next generation to get in and sink their teeth into it. Competitions create this space for learning and for getting better, and for really mastering their craft,” he says.
To see a good auctioneer in full flight, whether that is someone like Haesley, whose trill and rolling Rs inspire awe, or someone like Dane, whose swift words carry booming authority in every syllable, is to witness some of real estate’s most highly trained and experienced operators.
Despite this state’s relatively small auction market compared with other states, Queensland’s auctioneers are regarded as the best in Australasia and with reigning REIA Auctioneer of the Year, Justin Nickerson, a Queenslander it seems the proof is irrefutable. In addition to succeeding at auction competitions, Justin trains and mentors other agents and auctioneers.
“Entering auction competitions really shows you the areas you need to work on and getting that feedback from experienced, highly skilled professionals is important for your own improvement,” he says.
Former REIQ Auctioneer of the Year Les Moriarty is entering again this year and explains why young auctioneers should also enter: