For the first time in history, a female real estate agent will compete for the title of Victoria’s top auctioneer.
At just 30 years of age, Harcourts agent Alisha Hobart has been named as the first ever female finalist to make the Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV)’s open final for the REIV Senior Auctioneer’s Competition 2010.
Ms Hobart is one of five finalists that will put their auctioning skills to the test at the Arts Centre in Melbourne on 7 July 2010.
“I’m very proud to be the first female ever to make the finals. I now have a month to prepare for the event, and will be working my hardest to ensure my performance is the best it can be,” Ms Hobart said.
As for being the only female to make the final cut, Ms Hobart said the diversification of the finalist panel is simply a reflection of the times.
“The auctioneering industry has always been dominated by the male professional; however I do believe times are changing,” she said.
“People always ask me if the male majority intimidates me, being in the minority, however I think it gives me and all other female auctioneers for that matter a great point of difference.”
“It’s a female’s nature to be compassionate and have a calming nature, which definitely helps in a stressful auction environment, and I use this to my advantage at every auction I call.”