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The best of the best on show at AREC’s Australasian Auctioneering Competition

After the resounding success of last year’s inaugural competition, the AREC Australasian Auctioneering competition has now established itself as an integral part of the Australian Real Estate Conference.

Under the direction of AREC founder John McGrath, the competition was judged by an independent panel of four, who awarded the AREC 2019 Australasian Auctioneer to New South Welshman, Jason Andrew from Ray White NSW.

Mr McGrath said Australasian property auctioneers were among the best in the world and a competition of the best of the best offered the opportunity to further upgrade their skills.

“Auctioneering at the elite level is an incredible skill for all agents to aspire to so this will be an ongoing feature at AREC into the future,” Mr McGrath said.

The competition featured three competitors; Bronte Manuel from South Australia, John Bowring from New Zealand, and Jason Andrew from New South Wales, who were hand-picked to represent the best of the best from Australia and New Zealand.

They have all previously been finalists in the prestigious Real Estate Institute’s Australasian Auctioneering Competition.

Each competitor auctioned the same property – a stunning seven-bedroom Hampton’s style home located in the exclusive waterfront precinct of Paradise Waters.

Their sharp skills and witty humour were on display as they navigated their way through a simulated bidding sequence, having to think quickly on their feet as their knowledge of best practice and legislation was put to the test.

The winner, Mr Andrew, said AREC was one of the highlights on the Australasian real estate calendar.

“The concept of showcasing auctions in front of so many wonderful agents is an excellent one, and to be fortunate enough to win is such an exciting thing, especially against such talented competitors,” he stated.

Judging the competition were a panel of four independent judges; Kate Strickland (Director, Marshall White Brighton), Christopher Mourd (Head of Franchise Services, McGrath), Ned Allison (Auctioneer, Harcourts Grenadier) and Brett Trigger (Branch Manager, Barfoot & Thompson, Manukau, NZ).

The competition was sponsored by AuctionNow.

AuctionNow director Damien Cooley noted when the opportunity arose to sponsor the competition, his company jumped at the chance.

“Our platform has been designed to allow people to watch, register, bid, buy and exchange on live property auctions, anywhere in the world. To be able to showcase our product live to those in attendance was an opportunity too good to be missed.”

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