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Auctioneers ready for annual REIA showdown

It’s set to be an all-Australian showdown when the best Australasian auctioneers go head to head at the 2019 Australasian Real Estate Institutes’ Auctioneering Championships today.

The winner will be crowned Australasia’s best auctioneer at the REIV Awards dinner tonight in the Palladium Ballroom, Crown Towers Melbourne.

The Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) and the Real Estate Institute of Tasmania are playing hosts this year and the five finalists who will compete from 1.30pm today (24 October) at Federation Square are: Justin Nickerson of Queensland, Jenna Dunley, ACT, Victoria’s Luke Banitsiotis, and Leon Axford and Clarence White from New South Wales.

Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) President Adrian Kelly said he was excited to see an all-Australian final after Kiwi, Andrew North took out the championships last year.

“Competition is tough and an extreme test of the auctioneers’ skill, technical knowledge and ability highlighting the best the industry has to offer,” Mr Kelly said.

“Devised bidding processes test the Auctioneers’ aptitude, attention and ability to think on their feet, and to be successful, competitors have to deal with a wide range of testing questions and unpredictable bids.

“Combining skill, professionalism and technical knowledge, the candidates are highly accomplished, high-energy performers.”

The five finalists will be given details and a tour of a property to be ‘mock-sold’ in the auctions to decide the winner of the highly prestigious title of the Australasian Real Estate Institutes’ Auctioneering Champion for 2019.

Open to the public, the Australasian Real Estate Institute’s Auctioneering Championships host 22 auctions over two days.

The event is also being streamed on event partner Anywhere Auctions from 1.30pm to 3.30pm AEDT at the following links:

Finalist 1: Justin Nickerson (Qld)
Finalist 2: Jenna Dunley (ACT)
Finalist 3: Luke Banitsiotis (Vic)
Finalist 4: Leon Axford (NSW)
Finalist 5: Clarence White (NSW)

The heats and finals for the REIA Auctioneering championships were held on Wednesday. Relive the action using the links below

Competitor 1 – Paul Tzamalis – VIC
Competitor 2 – Sam Woolcock – TAS
Competitor 3 – Bronte Manuel – SA
Competitor 4 – Michael Fenn – SA
Competitor 5 – Aaron Davis – NZ
Competitor 6 – Alec Brown – ACT
Competitor 7 – Justin Nickerson – QLD
Competitor 8 – David Holmes – QLD
Competitor 9 – Dominic Miller – NT
Competitor 10 – Robert Tulp – NZ
Competitor 11 – Tom Esze – WA
Competitor 12 – Leon Axford – NSW
Competitor 13 – Luke Banitsiotis – VIC
Competitor 14 – Clarence White – NSW
Competitor 15 – Daniel Harris – NT
Competitor 16 – Adam Piller – WA
Competitor 17 – Jenna Dunley – ACT

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