Harcourts auctioneer Andrew North (left in photo) won his third national Real Estate Institute auction competition this week, repeating his successes of 2013 & 2015, and will represent New Zealand in the Australasian auctioneers competition, which he won in 2014.
Sam Steele (right in photo), of Harcourts Four Seasons Realty Ltd in Christchurch, won the Rising Stars competition.
2 other Harcourts auctioneers, Robert Tulp & Aaron Davis, were finalists in the senior competition, along with former winner Daniel Coulson of Bayleys. Mr Coulson spent 3 years at Harcourts before moving in 2011 to Bayleys, where he’s now national residential manager as well as its main auctioneer.
Mr North, a 30% shareholder in North Shore agency Cooper & Co Real Estate Ltd and auctioneer for 16 years, has made the competition final 10 times out of 11 attempts. He puts in hours of preparation every time he competes, practising timing and fast & complex calculations: “A competition auction is the most challenging & stressful auction you will ever experience. Over the years I’ve learnt to take everything in my stride. I know the rules inside & out and there is not much that fazes me anymore. Competing has made me a better auctioneer.”
Rising Stars contestants must have called fewer than 10 auctions in their career. Mr Steele, who’s competed internationally as a track cyclist, joined Harcourts on a scholarship 3 years ago said he used the discipline he learnt as a sportsman in his auction calling: “I’m used to being nervous & under pressure. It’s about channelling that energy into your performance.” He’s also mentored by the legendary Christchurch auctioneer Phil McGoldrick and attends bi-weekly sessions with other Harcourts auctioneers in the city to practise drills.
Harcourts chief executive Chris Kennedy said he was immensely proud of both champions: “At Harcourts, we put a lot of time & effort into developing our auctioneers. Our more senior auctioneers work with up & comers to train & mentor them. There is a lot of cameraderie & support, and I’m pleased to say it’s working. We receive more industry recognition awards nationally & internationally than any other real estate group in New Zealand.”
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