• WA’s best talent on display at the annual REIWA Auctioneering Championships


    Tom Esze from Tom Esze Auctions has taken out the Gift of the Gavel, at the annual REIWA Auctioneering Championships yesterday.

    Held at the Wembley Golf Course, the 2019 championships showcases Western Australia’s best talent in the auction space under two categories – novice and senior.

    REIWA President Damian Collins said as auctions continue to grow momentum for the unique buying and selling opportunities they create, auctioneering standards in WA will also continue rise.

    “The talent we have on display during these championships is impressive and serves as a strong benchmark for WA auctioneering standards. I would like to congratulate Tom on winning the 2019 championships title and his dedication and passion to excellence in WA auctioneering.

    “I’d also like to congratulate our runner-up, Adam Piller from Caporn Young Estate Agents for his second place achievement and fine performance. A special mention to Lachlan Sinclair from Realestimation who took out the top honours in the novice category which showcases upcoming auctioneers with less than two years’ experience.

    “Auctions remain a niche segment of the WA sales market, however they are becoming increasingly popular with sellers who are wanting their listing to stand out in a competitive market,” Mr Collins said.

    For the three months to May 2019, reiwa.com data shows that it took Perth sellers just 27 days to sell under the hammer, compared to the 79 days on average it took for private treaty sales – a notable difference of 52 days.

    “While it’s pleasing to see sellers and buyers becoming more open to this method of sale, we still have a long way to go until we can compete with the likes of Sydney and Melbourne, where auctions dominate the sales landscape,” Mr Collins said.

    Mr Esze and Mr Piller will both represent REIWA at the 2019 Australasian Auctioneering Championships in Melbourne this October. 

    Photo: Tom Esze accepting the first place trophy from REIWA President Damian Collins.