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THE WIRE: Tales from Queensland’s only female auctioneer

By Robyn Tongol
12 October 2022 | 9 minute read
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On this episode of The WIRE podcast, co-hosts Grace Ormsby and Sadhana Smiles are joined by Tara Kelly, an auctioneer at Place Estate Agents in Queensland. Crucially, Ms Kelly is one of the few females to embark into the profession in the Sunshine State, and she recounts her pathway to this point and the mentors that shaped her.

Ms Kelly discusses the daunting nature of entering the profession, why it was important for her to have her own style as her career progressed and why authenticity trumps all characteristics for an auctioneer. She also discusses differing auction practices and how she establishes and navigates vendor and agent relationships.

In this episode, you will also hear:

  • Video’s value to real estate
  • Old school versus new school auctioneering methods
  • Pathways needed to get more women into auctioneering


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