On Tuesday night at the REINZ Auctioneer Champion of New Zealand Andrew North of Harcourts Cooper & Co, was crowned the top auctioneer in the land for the fourth time.
He was competing against the elite of New Zealand’s quick-thinking auctioneer professionals, who gathered at REINZ this week [18-19 June 2018]. With representation from all the major real estate groups, the competition was dominated by Harcourts in both the Rising Star and Senior divisions.
Robert Tulp and Aaron Davis, also of Harcourts, were finalists in the Senior competition, along with John Bowring, representing Ray White New Zealand and Conor Patton, representing Bayleys Real Estate.
A testament to the depth of Harcourts’ auction culture, was a stunning representation across both groups with 13 entrants in the Senior competition and 8 entrants into the Rising Star competition.
To be eligible to enter the Rising Stars competition you must have called less than 10 auctions in your career. However, each one of the competitors showed skills beyond their experience and it is a truly exciting time for Harcourts’ to see the talent we are fostering and growing.
Harcourts CEO Chris Kennedy says he is immensely proud of Andrew and indeed all Harcourts’ entrants.
“At Harcourts we put a lot of time and effort into developing our auctioneers. Our more senior auctioneers work with the more junior auctioneers to train and mentor them. There is a lot of guidance and support and I’m pleased to say it’s working. We receive more industry recognition awards nationally and internationally than any other real estate group in New Zealand.”
Auctions are the sale method of choice in Auckland’s heated property market, with vendors gaining the best prices from competitive bidding.
Andrew North has been calling auctions for the past 18 years, and during that time he has sold thousands of homes for people, using his ability to connect with people and lead them through negotiations. He has competed in 12 REINZ competitions, making the final 11 times and winning four times.
He says of his win, “I am both excited and proud to match Mark Sumich’s record of having my name on the REINZ trophy four times and winning this year gives me the reassurance that I am still relevant, and my style is working.”
Also humbled by the award, he adds, “My empathy is also with my colleagues and fellow finalists Aaron Davis and Robert Tulp who have driven not only themselves, but also me to get better.”
His goal is to become Harcourts most recognised and successful auctioneer.
Andrew North will go on to compete at the Australasian Championships in Auckland in October.
Chris Kennedy says all of Harcourts is now getting behind Andrew to take out the Australasian Championships.
REINZ Auctioneer Champion of New Zealand Andrew North of Harcourts Cooper & Co.