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Australasian Auctioneering Championships 2013

23 Year old New Zealander, Daniel Coulson is the 2013 Real Estate Institutes’ Australasian Auctioneering Champion, taking the trophy for the second year in a row.

REIA President, Peter Bushby says, “The Aussies were hoping to get some sweet revenge this year after a run of several wins by the Kiwis, but young Daniel’s skills and talent shone.”

This year, the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA) played host and the five finalists who battled it out with Daniel were Justin Nickerson of QLD, Harry Li from VIC, Rob Mason from WA and the other Kiwi finalist, Andrew North.

“The competition is judged by veteran auctioneers after the five finalists were given the address and a tour of a property which they had to mock-sell under the hammer. The clock is ticking and points are deducted for any errors of fact or legislative compliance they may overlook.”

“They have to really know their stuff as a crowd of ‘bidders’ and hecklers tried to put the competitors off and simulate real-life auction situations.”

“The choreographed and controlled bidding sequences were hotly contested in front of a crowd of more than 1000.”

“We’ve seen the cream of the auctioneering crop in action in Perth. It shows just how important it is to keep standards high in all areas of the real estate profession,” added Mr Bushby.

REIA is urging state/territory Treasurers to ‘Vote No’ at the upcoming Standing Council for Federal Financial Relations (SCFFR) to prevent the dumbing down of Auctioneers’ qualifications from REIA’s recommended 12 units of competency to the proposed three by the National Occupational Licensing Authority.

Open to the public, the Australasian Auctioneering Championships host 23 auctions over two days. The quality is truly exceptional with participants creating momentum in the bidding, while building rapport with the crowd.

The Championships were first held in 1993 and provide a significant opportunity for the Real Estate Institute of Australia and the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand to show off their very best Auctioneers.

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