Andrew de Bomford of Harcourts Burnie, Tasmania, beat out state-wide competition to win the Real Estate Institute of Tasmania 2017 Senior Auctioneering Competition. Held 28 June, in Launceston, the competition highlighted the achievements of Tasmania’s best auctioneers in real estate.
“It’s a real honour to win the competition and be recognised as No.1 in Tassie,” said Mr de Bomford, who entered the competition last year and was thrilled to take out the title for the first time.
“I’d like to thank Michael Walsh, from Roberts Real Estate, who was in charge of the auctioneers involved in the competition. He spent a lot of time with us all and was very supportive and helpful. Also, my home office of Harcourts Burnie. The team were rapt with my win and all very supportive.”
Mr de Bomford has been involved in real estate since 2001, selling hundreds of properties since.
The event was conducted in in front of 140 members from around the state. REIT CEO Mark Berry
said it is the largest crowd that our Auctioneering Competition competitors have performed in front of. The size of the crowd adds a new dimension for the competitors as they are in front of many of their peers. This adds a whole new level of nerves for the auctioneers.
Mr de Bomford will represent Tasmania at the Australasian Competition in September, and compete against winners from all other states, territories and representatives from New Zealand.
“I will go to the national comp with no expectations other than improving from the state comp performance and giving my best,” he said. “It’s tough for the Tassie guys when you are up against East Coast agents that do literally hundreds of auctions each year and down here in Tassie we might do 15-30.”
He went on to explain that he has always been proud to represent Tasmania, and the Australasian Competition will be no exception.
“It’s funny the last time I represented Tasmania I was 10 years old and went to Adelaide for Surf Club and 38 years later I’m going to be representing Tasmania as an Auctioneer. again, in Adelaide.”