Meet Katie, winner of NFoPP’s Young Auctioneer of the Year Award. We asked what inspired her to pursue this career path as well as how she felt about winning the award.
Young auctioneer of the year Katie tells us how “Quite literally, every day she learns something new”.
Winning the Young Auctioneer of the Year Award was a fantastic experience and it was probably the biggest adrenaline rush I’ve ever had. My aim now is to do some charity auctions before finally standing on the rostrum to do the real thing.
I was always interested in working in the property sector and I spent a lot of time visiting my sister, who was an estate agent, during college breaks. When a position became available for the role of trainee negotiator I went for it and I was thrilled when I got it. Now, 12 years later I’m delighted to still be in property and even more delighted to be working in the world of auctioneering.
After several years working in estate agency, where I progressed from trainee to a managerial position, I decided that I was ready for a new challenge and I am now a senior auction valuer.
I had met Clive Emson West Country auctions legend Graham Barton of Homes under the Hammer fame previously and luck must have been on my side when I phoned to see to see if anything was available because there was! I joined Clive Emson as a senior auction valuer and I now cover the whole of Cornwall and Somerset appraising properties and advising appropriately.
My advice to any young person who hasn’t yet considered a career in property is to do so because it’s a fantastic career choice. Property is all around us and every single day I’m learning more and more about it, whether it’s residential, commercial, industrial, development, agricultural or amenity, vacant or tenanted. Then, to add to the mix the heart-thumping and exciting auctioneering element makes a career in property, for me the perfect combination for an interesting, varied and thrilling working life.
Any person looking to enter the property auction industry would need to have or develop a portfolio of skills including the ability to communicate well with all sorts of people from every walk of life, and in my opinion to be a bit ‘sponge like’ because quite literally, every day you learn something new and no two days are the same.”