2018 REIQ Auctioneer of the Year

Sold! REIQ Auctioneer of the Year heats raise the roof!

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The REIQ Auctioneer of the Year heats are always very tense and very entertaining but there has never been a result like this one!

The calibre of Queensland’s auctioneers is well-known. The reigning REIQ Auctioneer of the Year, Justin Nickerson, is also the Australasian Auctioneer of the Year, which pretty much makes him the best of the best. It is a truth universally acknowledged that Queensland produces some of the greatest auctioneers of all time**.

So, to enter a competition where you’ll be up against the best in Australasia is itself a brave and laudable act. We salute all 15 entrants for their bravery and commitment to their profession.

If you’ve never seen one of these events, the REIQ auction competition is a highly entertaining opportunity to see some brilliant auctioneers in action.


How the competition works:

Ahead of the big day, we randomly draw the names out of a hat to decide the order of auctions. This year, REIQ Auction Chapter Chair Peter Burgin drew paddle pop sticks out of a bag, each adorned with an auctioneer’s head, to decide the order.


A week before the big day, the competitors are given the details of the property and a copy of the contract, which gives the auctioneer an opportunity to research the area and prepare for the auction.

On the day the auctioneers are ushered into a room and their phones are confiscated. They are isolated and uncontactable until it is their turn to compete.

Five minutes before their turn, the auctioneer is given the reserve price (if there is one), whether or not they are permitted to call when the property is on the market, and any other vendor instructions.

The mood in the room swings from tense and quiet to jokey and affable. Different personality types like to relieve the stress by chatting and making others laugh, while others like to practice their maths calculations in their head, rehearse their introduction, or warm up their voice.

For the person who draws the last position (Mitch Peereboom this year), the day is long and stretches interminably. They must wait while 14 other people leave the room and take their shot at success. They strain their ears to listen for cheers, applause, and laughter. It can be excruciating. It can be really boring.

(A couple of years ago, at the State of Origin Auction Competition the REIQ auctioneers Jason Andrew, Justin Nickerson, took on REINSW the auctioneers built a fort out of the furniture!)

Competition time!

When the auctioneer comes into the competition room, he or she is a bundle of nerves. The room is full. It’s standing room only and the atmosphere is electric.

This year we welcomed franchise group leaders, CEOs and all the friends, family and the bidders. The auctioneer community is close and supportive of each other. Most have learned their skills under the same few tutors.

The bidders are working from a script that is designed to test maths skills, memory and knowledge of the legislation. The scripts are usually creative and entertaining. This year one bidder was buying on behalf of her husband whom she suspected was cheating on her on a business trip. “If I find this out for certain, I can tell you, there will be no new house!” she said.

A key difference between a competition and real life is how the auctioneers approach the call. It’s an opportunity to be daring, witty and funny in a way that might never occur in a real-life auction. And herein lies the magic of the REIQ event – it’s irreverent as well as very serious. Winning this event can be a career milestone, but it is also true that they are a competitive bunch and if they see an opportunity to be the funniest, the wittiest or the most dramatic and entertaining of the lot, they’ll seize it! It’s no coincidence that one of our most capped auctioneers, Haesley Cush, studied drama and acting at school!

As you can imagine, the audience laughs a lot.

The entrants: 

This year, for the first time in many years, we welcomed a woman to the ring when Tara Kelly from Place entered. The last time we welcomed women to the competition was when Penny Tarrant and Kiana Lafferty entered more than five years ago. It’s been a long time between drinks, as they say. So we were thrilled to welcome Tara to the event this year!

  • Andrew Allen
  • David Farrell
  • David Holmes
  • Dennis McDermott
  • Gordon MacDonald
  • Justin Nickerson
  • Les Moriarty
  • Mark Te Whare
  • Matthew Condon
  • Matthew Diesel
  • Mitchell Peereboom
  • Patrick Ivey
  • Phill Broom
  • Tara Kelly
  • Tyler James

The upset!

As I’ve mentioned already, the calibre of entrants was outstanding this year. The judges – Mark MacCabe, Phil Parker, Alistair MacMillan and Mark Frater – agreed and could not narrow the finalists down to just four. This year, for the first time ever, we have six finalists going into the REIQ Auctioneer of the Year finals.

Congratulations to:

  • Justin Nickerson
  • Matthew Condon
  • Gordon MacDonald
  • David Holmes
  • Mark Te Whare
  • Mitchell Peereboom

The finals – an event not to be missed!

So, now we’re ready for the finals. As much fun as the heats are, the finals are even more exciting. This year the REIQ Auctioneer of the Year finals event will be held¬†July 28 at the Brisbane Powerhouse. It is a breakfast and will feature presentations from top-tier Brisbane sales agents Dane Atherton, Matt Lancashire, and James Curtain.

Dane Atherton will be talking about how to not be nervous in key moments when your performance is crucial. Matt Lancashire and James Curtain will talk about how agents and auctioneers can work better together and what each needs to do to get the most out of the other and the best results for the client.

Then the main event will be six exceptional auctioneers competing for the title REIQ Auctioneer of the Year 2018!

Tickets are selling fast and seating is limited in this part of the Powerhouse, so don’t delay, get in today! Get your tickets here.


2018 REIQ Auctioneer of the Year 2018 REIQ Auctioneer of the Year
Mitch Peereboom Pat Ivey
Les Moriarty Matt Condon
Justin Nickerson Tara Kelly

**May or may not be a truth universally acknowledged.