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Our Bronte’s golden year
by Stephanie Gropler
It has been a whirlwind
year for Loxton’s Bronte
Manuel, becoming the
youngest person to take home
the Golden Gavel, competing
against top auctioneers in
New Zealand and relocating
to Adelaide for a position at
Toop&Toop Real Estate.
Bronte said the past few months had
had been “surreal”.
“I have done things that I would
have never, ever dreamed I would have
done,” he said.
“I never would have dreamed of
walking away with the Golden Gavel.
“And I never would have dreamed
of moving to the city or getting flown
to New Zealand to represent South
Bronte said the decision to move
to Adelaide was one of the “toughest
decisions” he has ever had to make.
“I will never forget the ABC radio
interview I did after the Golden Gavel
win,” he said.
“I said despite all the job offers I was
getting, I would never ever leave the
“I geared myself up for long term in
However, Bronte said there was an
“unwavering feeling” in his heart that
eventually prompted the relocation.
“Every time I would come to the
city... other real estate agents would
stand up and talk about their success
and how well they are doing,” he said.
“I just had this little thing in my
stomach saying, ‘you know what? I
could do that’.
“I just didn’t have the market to
enable me to do that.”
The 26-year-old said his passion was
“In the country, I was doing 20 to 25
auctions a year and I couldn’t really see
that increasing unfortunately,” he said.
“I have come to Adelaide with the
ambition of doing 100 to 200 auctions
a year, which is all on track at the
After the Golden Gavel win, Bronte
said he got up to 14 job offers, but
there was only one place he had his
heart set on.
“I was down at the Golden Gavel
luncheon and Anthony Toop put his
hand on my shoulder and said, ‘mate, if
you ever come to the city, give me a call
before these other old guys’,” he said.
“ Toop&Toop was probably the only
company that I would have moved for.
“ To get a job in a real estate company
is exceptionally easy. To get a job at
Toop&Toop is exceptionally hard.”
After relocating to Adelaide in
September, Bronte has auctioneered at
high profile events such as a Melbourne
Cup luncheon, along with a range of
fashion parades and charity events.
However, the move to Adelaide saw a
strange twist of fate.
“Something really funny and a little
eerie is the first property I listed and
sold in the Riverland, those people are
the first property I have listed and sold
for in Adelaide,” he said.
“I have listed and sold four properties
since I have been here, which is more
than I expected.”
Bronte said there were a few “big”
changes between the city and the
“In the country, I knew people. They
would call me and I didn’t really have to
market,” he said.
“Now, instead of phone calls coming
to me, I am the one making them and
knocking on doors.”
The well-known former local said the
relocation to Adelaide meant a step
backwards to move forward.
“ There is about a 70 per cent drop-
out rate of real estate agents because
they can’t make ends meet. I am now
back in that scary 70 per cent drop-out
zone,” he said.
“I have basically gone from being
among the top of the game, to now
back down to that 70 per cent drop-out
“No one on paper would have done
what I have done. It doesn’t make any
form of sense.”
Bronte said he was settling in to the
city life and his new work place.
“ Toop&Toop have a wellness centre
as they have high performing agents
and high performing agents need to
have a healthy mind,” he said.
“We have got a full-time nutritionist,
personal trainer and gym site and we
have lunchtime classes like boxing and
However, Bronte said there no where
quite like ‘home’.
“I love Loxton and now that I live in
Adelaide, I can’t get over how easy the
lifestyle is there,” he said.
“ That lifestyle is so simplistic. You
leave five minutes before you want to
get somewhere because there is not
going to be traffic and you know you
will be able to find a car park.
“ The income to lifestyle ratio of
the Riverland would be unmatchable
anywhere else, I think.”
Loxton’s Bronte Manuel has had a big year, which includes winning the prestigious Golden Gavel award for 2014 and relocating to the city to follow his dreams. He is pictured in action at a house auction in Adelaide recently.
Bronte hopes his relocation to Adelaide will see him perform up to 200
auctions a year in the metropolitan real estate market.
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