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Auctioneer wins 2008 Auctioneering Championship

3 September 2008

New Zealand auctioneer wins 2008 Australasian Real Estate Institutes Auctioneering Championship for the second year in a row

New Zealand auctioneer, Mark Sumich, has won the 2008 Australasian Real Estate Institutes Auctioneering Championship, held in Darwin from 1 to 3 September. Seventeen of the leading auctioneers in Australia and New Zealand participated in the championship, which is held annually.

Finalists included:
Damien Cooley, Cooley Auctions, New South Wales
Mark Sumich, Sumich Estate Agents and Auctioneers, New Zealand
Jason Andrew, Jason Andrew Auctioneers, Queensland
Rod Adcock, LJ Hooker, South Australia

'All seventeen of the contestants in the 2008 Australasian Real Estate Institutes Auctioneering Championship are to be commended for demonstrating outstanding professionalism in auctioneering. The standard of competition was excellent and the judging rigorous,’ noted Noel Dyett, REIA President, and Murray Cleland, REINZ President.

‘Mark Sumich is to be congratulated for achieving the pinnacle of professional success in being named 2008 Australasian Real Estate Institutes Auctioneering Champion, a feat he also achieved in 2007. His professional skills and expertise demonstrated in this tight contest were outstanding,’ concluded Noel Dyett and Murray Cleland.

Mark Sumich is the owner of Sumich Estate Agents and Auctioneers Ltd, based in Newmarket, Auckland. He has been at the coalface of auctions in Auckland for nearly 20 years. Mark is involved in the auction process from the time of listing the property, right through to the auction itself, and prides himself on the attention to detail which is essential for any auction to be successful. He has established himself as an auctioneer involved in the sale of property from small units through to multi-million dollar mansions and knows that the role is pivotal in achieving top sales figures.

Mark Sumich winning this award for the second year in a row has thrown out the challenge to Australian auctioneers to bring back the cup to Australia next year.

‘This trans-Tasman rivalry can only lift the standard of auctioneering both sides of the Tasman which is great for our industry and consumers’ Mr Dyett said.


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