THE BEST OF THE BEST IN NSW AUCTIONEERING

Estate Agents Co-operative and Real Estate Institute of Australia have once again hosted the NSW heats of the Australasian Auctioneering Championships. 10 of the top auctioneers in the state fought it out for a place in the National Championships.

The competitors in this year’s heats included:

Andrew Cooley – Cooley Auctions
Briannan Crawford – Cooley Auctions
Clarence White – McGrath Estate Agents
Damien Cooley – Cooley Auctions
Edward Riley – McGrath Estate Agents
Gavin Croft – Bresic Whitney Estate Agents
Joshua Larsen – McGrath Estate Agents
Leon Axford – Axford Auctions
Lucas Cannan – Think Real Estate
Will Hampson – My Auctioneer

The winner in this year’s final was EDWARD RILEY of McGrath Estate Agents (pictured) with the runner up DAMIEN COOLEY of Cooley Auctions.

Edward and Damien will now go onto the National Championships in the hope of securing a place at the Australasian Championship in Melbourne 1 – 3 September 2015.

“Both Edward and Damien I’m sure will do NSW proud at the National Championships,” said Dale Whittaker, Chairman of EAC. “The absolute best in NSW auctioneering came to compete today, so Edward and Damien should be very proud and I look forward to watching them compete in Melbourne.”

“I would like to thank all the competitors for their entry into this year’s competition, I wish you all the best and I think that it is great to see the number of high quality entrants in this year’s heats,” said Neville Sanders, President of REIA.

EAC and REIA would also like to thank the major sponsor of the NSW heats, AON. AON is a sponsor of the REIA and was recently announced as the Insurance Partner for Estate Agents Co-operative.

New South Wales top auctioneers are now set to find out who will be the top auctioneer in 2015

Entry to the New South Wales Heats of the Australasian Real Estate Institutes’ Auctioneering Championships has now closed.

This year sees Gavin Croft who took out the NSW competition for last two years  as well as the runner-up from the 2014 Clarence White back to try to take out the title for the chance to join the other winners from around Australia & New Zealand at the finals which are being held in Melbourne on the 1-3 September 2015.

Gavin Croft from Bresic Whitney Estate Agents  said “Both the NSW heats and the Australasian Championships are always fiercely contested. By the quality of this year’s entrants, it appears 2015 will be no different.”

The entrants in this year’s heats include:

Alex Pattaro – LJ Hooker

Andrew Cooley – Cooley Auctions

Ben Horwood – LJ Hooker

Briannan Crawford – Cooley Auctions

Clarence White – McGrath Estate Agents

Damien Cooley – Cooley Auctions

Edward Riley – McGrath Estate Agents

Gavin Croft – Bresic Whitney Estate Agents

Joshua Larsen – McGrath Estate Agents

Leon Axford – Axford Auctions

Lucas Cannan-  Think Real Estate

Will Hampson – My Auctioneer  Sydney

The CEO of REIA, Amanda Lynch, said: “NSW has a strong and proud history of auctioneering reflected in the record weekend auction clearance rates. One of the finalists could very well be the auctioneer who snatches the Australasian trophy from New Zealand this September as Scott Kennedy-Green did for NSW in 2006.”

Personally I would like to thank all the competitors for their entry into this years competition, I wish you all best and I think that it is great to see the number of high quality entrants in this year’s heats.  It would be good to see a New South Wales Auctioneer make the finals or even better take out the title at the Championships in Melbourne this later year.

We would also like to announce a new major sponsor for the New South Wales heats this year AON. AON is a sponsor of the REIA and was recently announced as the Insurance Partner for Estate Agents Co-operative.

2015 NSW Awards for Excellence Date Announced

Estate Agents Co-operative Ltd (EAC) and the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) is pleased to announce the New South Wales Awards for Excellence recognising the real estate industry’s top performers from the NSW Affiliate Council Members of the REIA.

The 2015 awards will be held on 27th of October 2015 in Sydney.

The awards are a brilliant way to recognise the professional efforts of agents and property managers.  The awards allow award winners from NSW to also be recognised and compete at the National Awards.

Details on entry to the awards will be released in the coming weeks.

2013 Australasian Real Estate Institutes’ Auctioneering Championships

The New South Wales heat of the 2013 Australasian Real Estate Institutes’ Auctioneering Championships hosted by Estate Agents Co-operative Ltd & Real Estate Institute of Australia is being held at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park on the 25th June 2013.

The New South Wales competition will see two of the State’s top auctioneer’s progress onto the National championship to join contestants from around Australia & New Zealand at the final event which is being held at Crown Perth on the 23rd-25th of September.

This competition will test the auctioneers’ aptitude, attention and ability to think on their feet. To be successful, competitors have to deal with a range of testing questions and unpredictable bids judged by some of the industry’s leading auctioneer professionals.

The NSW Heat Judging Panel includes:

Scott Kennedy-Green – Chief Auctioneer of McGrath Estate Agents
Chris Mourd – Head of Network for LJ Hooker Group
Stephen Pratt – One of Sydney’s leading Auctioneers
Neil Laws – Fellow of the Real Estate Institute of Australia
Brett Roenfeldt OAM – 4 times News Australia SA~BankSA Golden Gavel Winner

For more information on our Judges and to view the Official Guidelines and Entry Form please click here.

NSW Auctioneering Championships Sponsors

Government Action Required on Housing Affordability

A new report by the National Housing Supply Council clearly identifies the need for a concerted approach by Governments to address housing affordability, particularly for first home buyers, according to the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA).

“The Housing Supply and Affordability Issues 2012–13 report shows that it now seems certain the aggregate rate of home ownership in Australia will drop from around the rate of 70 per cent that it has been for the last three decades,” says REIA President, Peter Bushby.

“Affordability is identified as the main reason for this change.”

“Exacerbating the difficulty for first home buyers is that during 2012, the Governments of Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia announced that they would only provide the First Home Owner Grant (FHOG) to purchasers of new property and not to those buying established housing.”

“The actions of the state governments ignore the evidence that first home buyers have a clear preference for established houses. Only 18 per cent of Australian first home buyers are buying new homes with 82 per cent purchasing established dwellings,” says Mr Bushby.

“In its Pre Budget Submission, REIA has urged the Government to address the plight of first home buyers.”

“As part of a package of measures to address the affordability problem, REIA proposes that the Commonwealth Government should establish a scheme to encourage young Australians to contribute to voluntary superannuation by allowing access to these resources for the purposes of raising a deposit for a first home.” “A good example of how this can work is provided by a Singapore where home ownership is at 87.2 per cent.”

“The issue of first home buyers and affordability is a major issue for both sides of politics to address in this election year,” concluded Mr Bushby.

Source: Real Estate Institute of Australia Media Release 4 March 2013

Estate Agents Co-operative Ltd is an Affiliate Member of the REIA.