Online bidding platform Openn Negotiation is strengthening their position in Victoria with the appointment of Mark Levin as State Manager. Mr Levin brings 18 years’ experience from REA Group, Westpac Bank and STA Travel to the role.
Mr Levin is a firm believer in the importance of agents in the buying and selling process, and looks to broaden the Openn Negotiation network.
“When I saw Openn Negotiation’s digital sales process and how transparent, honest and fair it was for buyers, sellers and agents, I knew this was going to become something big that would be supported by the industry,” he said.
Mr Levin has been tasked with overseeing the platform’s roll-out into Victoria, a market he knows well. His experience with business development and sales and client relationship management will see him bring a 360-degree sales experience to the company as they expand into the market.
“We’re delighted to welcome Mark to the Openn team, and with his strong background in selling property both in Australia and globally, he will play an important role in us sharing the Openn Negotiation sales method with the rest of Australia,” said Peter Gibbons, Openn Negotiation CEO.
The appointment of Mr Levin comes as Openn Negotiation assisted Raine & Horne Newcastle in selling the first property to be sold by online auction in the region.
The mixed-use commercial building sold after a bidding war between three registered bidders on the platform. The property sold for $2.25 million.
Listing agent Steven Dick, Director of Raine & Horne Commercial Newcastle, believed this result proves that online under-the-hammer sales will turn the auction process on its head in Newcastle.
“There’s no more having to attend a stress-filled auction room, no more having the eyes of the audience upon you, no more whispering as secret negotiations take place,” he said.
“Online property auctions take real estate sales into the 21st century by embracing the technologies that everyone has become accustomed to using,” said Mr Dick.