The REIQ Auctioneer of the Year for 2018 is Justin Nickerson, winning the title for a record fourth time as the best auctioneer in the state, with Mitch Peereboom named the runner-up.
Five finalists competed in challenging conditions in front of a sold-out crowd at the Brisbane Powerhouse Friday, July 28.
Mr Nickerson is the reigning REIQ Auctioneer of the Year and REIA Australasian Auctioneer of the Year. He has won the REIQ event in 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018, proving that the best auctioneers in Australasia really do come from Queensland.
“Of course I was hoping to win, but to think that I’ve won this title four times now is unbelievable,” Mr Nickerson said.
“It’s an absolute honour to win in a room of such high-quality competitors and I congratulate the worthy runner-up, Mitch Peereboom, who delivered a fantastic auction call under pressure.”
Mr Peereboom has been auctioneering for about five years and has built an impressive auction career virtually straight from high school.
“I am always looking for opportunities to develop my skills and there is no better way to solidify what I do every day, than to compete against the best auctioneers in the state,” Mr Peereboom said.
REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella congratulated Justin Nickerson and Mitch Peereboom on their achievements.
“Auctioneering is such a specialised skill and requires such a disciplined approach that to become the best of the best requires extraordinary determination and commitment,” Ms Mercorella said.
“Congratulations to all the finalists on their success and especially to Justin Nickerson and Mitch Peereboom. You’ve done yourselves proud, gentlemen.”
Due to his REIQ Auctioneer of the Year win last year Justin Nickerson, along with Matthew Condon, will represent the REIQ at the Australasian Auctioneer of the Year event in Adelaide this September.
This year six finalists were named:
• David Holmes
• Gordon MacDonald
• Justin Nickerson
• Mitch Peereboom
• Mark Te Whare
• Matt Condon (unable to compete on finals day)
• Mark MacCabe (MacCabe Real Estate)
• Matt Lancashire (Ray White New Farm)
• Wally Boydell (Boydell Property Agents)
• James Curtain (Place Bulimba)
• Dane Atherton (Harcourts Coastal)
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