Andrew North (pictured), of Harcourts’ North Shore franchisee Cooper & Co Ltd, was crowned New Zealand’s top property auctioneer for the fourth time this week after a 2-day competition in Auckland. 2 Kerikeri students topped the secondary schools competition, held for the first time.
John Bowring (Ray White Commercial Auckland/Elite Auctioneers), also a former winner, was the runner-up in the senior competition. Robert Tulp & Aaron Davis (both Harcourts) & Conor Patton (Bayleys) were the other senior finalists.
Jordan Palmer (James Group Ltd, Auckland) won the 17-contestant rising stars competition for the Colin Brown Memorial Cup, and Ben McNab (Ray White Morris & Co, Rangiora) was runner-up. The rising star competition is for auctioneers who have called fewer than 10 auctions.
For the first time, a secondary schools category was included. Max Hart (Kerikeri High School) won and Max Hittle from Springbank School (also in Kerikeri) was runner-up.
The senior & schools winners & runners-up will all represent New Zealand at the Australasian auctioneering championships in Auckland in October.
Andrew North has been calling auctions for 18 years and has competed in 12 of these competitions, run by the Real Estate Institute. He’s made the final 11 times and won 4 times. He won in 2013, 2015 & 2016, but none of the titleholders competed last year. Mr North also won the Australasian competition in 2014.
Attribution: Real Estate Institute, Harcourts.