Born and bred in Bayside, James was drawn to real estate by two things – a love of the homes in and around his Bayside suburb and the opportunity to channel his high-energy personality into a high-energy role. It was clearly the right step, with a career spanning more than two decades James has been an agent for all his working life … and is now a director and senior auctioneer of RT Edgar.
Never afraid to take centre-stage, James is renowned for his entertaining auctioneering style. Yet behind the easy banter and relaxed presence, an unflinching determination to draw yet one more bid has built his reputation. For James using goodwill and panache to encourage bidding is just the first step, his technique sharpens to a steely resolve as the auction draws to a close and, if necessary, around the negotiating table after bidding ceases.
Married to Jane and a father to three teenagers, Lachlan, Harry and Charlie, James is a serial renovator whose passion for local housing has seen the family move through a variety of styles from pretty Edwardian to cutting edge contemporary. A passionate adventure cyclist, having travelled to France to ride the Tour De France route – James’ energy is always evident in his auctions as well as in his community work with Life Saving and Nippers at the Portsea Surf Life Saving Club.