Three Australians of Greek heritage take out prestigious auctioneering titles


Three Australians of Greek heritage have taken out auctioneering titles at the REIV Awards for Excellence 2022 on October 20.

Woodards duo Luke Banitsiotis and Ashley Maikousis have taken out the REIV Senior Auctioneer and Novice Auctioneer Awards respectively. Jason Vlahos from CBRE also won Property Valuer of the Year at the awards.

26-year-old Maikousis recently stepped into real estate after stumbling across a Seek advertisement.  Six months later and with training via the Woodards Auctioneering Academy, she developed the confidence and skills to go up against Victoria’s finest young auctioneers. 

Ashley Maikousis.

“Never did I expect to end up in property, fall in love with the industry this much, and then go on to win the Novice Auctioneering Award,” Maikousis said after winning her award.

“The award has inspired me to continue my career in real estate and I hope that I can motivate young women to enter the industry.”

Banitsiotis has won the REIV Novice Auctioneer Award in 2012, REIV Senior Auctioneer Award 2018, 2019 and 2022, as well as REIA/REINZ Australasian Auctioneering Finalist (Top 5 AUS/NZ) 2019 and 2022. 

Luke Banitsiotis.

Despite this impressive record, what motivates Banitsiotis is teaching the rookies. 

“I’m pleased with my achievements, however mentoring my peers is what I’m proudest of. Providing advice, teaching and training Ashley and seeing what she has achieved in such a short time is amazing,” Banitsiotis said.

These titles not only help aspiring real estate agents by building their skills and confidence, but also acknowledges their passion and motivation within the industry.

Banitsiotis and Maikousis weren’t alone when it came to winning awards at the REIV Awards Night last week. The Woodards Team also took out another 5 awards, making it 7 in total.




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