The REINZ 2017 National Auctioneering Championships took place last weekend and Harcourts auctioneers claimed all four top spots in a heated competition.
Ned Allison of Harcourts Grenadier in Christchurch beat out auctioneers from across New Zealand to win the title of REINZ 2017 National Real Estate Auctioneering Champion. Mark McGoldrick from Harcourts Holmwood placed second while another Harcourts auctioneer, Tim Snell of Cooper & Co in Auckland, won the Rising Star Award with Caleb Griffioen of Harcourts Gold as runner-up.
Held at Auckland’s Alexandra Park Function Centre, 21 final competitors in the senior heats were each tasked with calling a simulated auction, in which they were thrown challenge after challenge: they dealt with the most difficult bidding sequences imaginable and complicated legal questions. They were required to keep their cool, stay within the time limit and maintain their wit, charm and confidence.
The idea is that if you can handle that, you’re more than prepared for the toughest auction you’ll ever come across in real life.
Here at Harcourts Highland Group, we’re delighted to see fellow Harcourts auctioneers do so well in this esteemed competition. The strength of our brand lies in the many talented people we have across the country and our clients can take confidence from the success and culture we foster on a national level.
Ned was quick to praise the philosophy at Harcourts for his success, saying there’s a strong auction fraternity within the company and he was helped generously by many experienced auctioneer colleagues.
“That’s something that is very unique about Harcourts. We are all happy to help each other out and are genuinely happy when one of our colleagues does well.”
Harcourts CEO Chris Kennedy agreed.
“We place huge importance on auctions as a marketing choice for clients — it helps them get the best price the market is prepared to pay. We train and mentor our auctioneers, and that’s why we have the best in the business.”
Auctioneers are constantly learning and picking up new tips and tricks, and ours will certainly be inspired by this latest Harcourts success. It’s clear that anyone who wants to achieve a premium sale result by way of auction should choose Harcourts, wherever their property is in New Zealand: they’ll benefit from long-standing dedication, unparalleled expertise and real passion for this sale method.
Meet our in-house auctioneers.
John has been auctioneering property for us since 1999: he achieved recognition at the Auctioneering Academy in May 2000 and he’s benefited from ongoing development workshops under internationally-recognised auctioneers. He knows just how to extract that last dollar from the auction room and, also the branch manager in Alexandra and Cromwell, he’s a trusted source of knowledge and advice.
Richard, our branch manager in Dunedin, actively encourages auction as a sale method and recognises that the success of an auction relies upon excellent negotiation skills and extensive knowledge of the local market. He possesses the rare ability to excite and motivate a group of buyers and his advocacy of auction contributed to his previous extensive successes as a sales consultant.
Guy has quickly made a name for himself with his enthusiastic and charismatic approach to auctioneering. With an intricate knowledge of the requirements of a strong campaign, Guy encourages vendors to consider auction first and foremost — and he consistently achieves fantastic results for them.
Paul has a strong history of property negotiations under his belt, resulting in an intuitive understanding of the auction method of sale. Exhibiting both a calm and strategic mind, Paul has an enviable track record of success at auction and, with enthusiasm and empathy in equal parts, is a valued member of our auction team.
From beginnings as a stock and station agent to becoming the national auction manager for one of the largest farming and rural real estate companies around, Jeff’s vast knowledge is an asset to our team and clients. His calming influence is often remarked upon and his wise guidance consistently creates results for clients that entrust him their property to him.
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