Victorian Luke Banitsiotis wins 2024 Australasian Auctioneering Championships

Date: 17 May 24

The Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) congratulates senior auctioneer and member, Luke Banitsiotis of Woodards Blackburn, for being crowned Australia and New Zealand’s best auctioneer for 2024.

In a strong show of skills, style and charisma at the Australasian Auctioneering Championships (AUSTROS) 2024 in Hobart yesterday, Banitsiotis outperformed finalists Alec Brown (ACT), Bronte Manuel (SA), Clarence White (NSW) and Paul Hancock (NSW) to claim the title. 

An experienced senior auctioneer and partner of Woodards Blackburn in Melbourne’s East, Mr Banitsiotis is a three-time REIV Senior Auctioneer of the Year. His runner up placement at the REIV’s 2024 Senior Auctioneering Competition led to his successful campaign for the Australasian prize.

Jacob Caine, REIV President, said Mr Banitsiotis’ skills and style were unmatched and represent the best Victoria has to offer.

“The REIV is delighted to see one of our own recognised as Australia and New Zealand’s best auctioneer. It’s reflective of the professionalism, skills and talent of those operating in our state’s $2.5 trillion real estate market,” said Mr Caine.

“Luke’s flawless performance at the competition and his tireless preparation work in the weeks prior set him apart from competitors and made him very deserving of this win. Congratulations Luke.”

Megan Mander, Interim Chief Executive Officer of the REIV, said it is pleasing to see REIV members recognised at this level.
“The REIV is proud to offer our members a pathway to compete in the Australasian Auctioneering Championships. The championships are an exceptional opportunity for auctioneers to take their skills to the next level, and we’re extremely proud to see our members taking advantage of this and leading the way at national level.”

Winner Mr Banitsiotis said he was honoured to receive the award at regional level.

“This year’s competition was especially challenging and I’d like to thank fellow finalists for raising the bar once again. It’s a career highlight to receive this recognition at regional level, and I’m excited to deploy my skills to deliver results for vendors in Melbourne’s East.” 


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