Director & Auctioneer
Stu began his real estate career in 2001, and after seeing a need for a dedicated professional auction service in Sydney’s booming North West he launched his namesake company, Benson Auctions, in 2010. Stu’s unrivalled local auction experience means that if there’s an auction in the Hills District, chances are, he’s calling it. No one auctions more property throughout the region than Stu Benson for a reason – he’s backed and booked by the biggest names in the industry, and together they lay claim to nearly every street, suburb and area record achieved under the hammer in the Hills.
When it comes to calling auctions, Stu’s strategy and style is something that immediately sets him apart from other auctioneers, and is something that is most often commented on by agents from other groups, and spectators alike. Not only does he ensure that the bidding starts where it should, he confidently dictates bidding increments at each and every auction, a command of the craft that ensures that he maintains control of the flow and the tempo at all times. In the auction game there are order takers, and there are professionals who take a firm hold of proceedings. Few do it better than Stu.
A familiar face to television audiences since appearing on Channel Nine’s hit reality series ‘The Block’ Triple Threat, paired with fan favourites Ayden & Jess he was able to secure their apartment $665K above reserve. Stu has also appeared as an auctioneer on Channel Seven’s Under the Hammer and Better Homes and Gardens: Renovation Rescue programs, and also regularly provides his market commentary on Weekend Sunrise, network television news, and National property media publications such as Domain and Elite Agent Magazine.
A Finalist in 2015, 2016 and 2017, Stu was deservedly awarded REB’s top honour when he was named the real estate industry’s 2018 Australian Auctioneer of the Year at a star studded event at The Star in July. A regular on the charity auction circuit, Stu continues to help raise hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for charities like Heart Kids, Westmead Children’s Hospital, The Sanctuary Women’s Shelter and BlackDog Institue to name a few.
Having attended Kellyville Public School and then Crestwood High School, Stu has called the Hills District home for all of his 39 years. Being truly invested in the Hills means that every auction result matters. He and wife Alison currently reside in Kellyville with their 4 young children, Georgia, Charlie, Indiana and Henry, and their many sporting and extracurricular activities keep them very busy.
Using his 19 plus years of real estate experience across hot, cool and correcting markets, Stu is proud to mentor, guide and assist agents both young and old throughout their auction campaigns. As one of Australia’s most experienced and regarded auctioneers, Stu prides himself on his empathy, professionalism, and overall positive attitude. He is also widely known for his humour, quick wit, the odd ‘dad joke’ and overall showmanship.