Damien Cooley

Managing Director & Auctioneer

When Damien started Cooley Auctions in 2003 he had one clear vision – to put together the best auctioneering team in Australia. Now, as the auctioneer of choice for Australia’s most respected real estate agencies, his clients rely on his inimitable style and unsurpassed calibre of service to achieve consistently exceptional results.

At the helm of a rapidly growing, successful business Damien has received a number of accolades which stand as testament to his focus and unwavering commitment to his craft. In addition to sitting on the Board of the REINSW, Damien won the 2015 & 2013 Auctioneer of the Year at the Real Estate Business Awards as well as the 2013 REINSW Award for Excellence – John Greig OAM Community Service. In 2010 and 2008 Damien won the REINSW Awards for Excellence in Auctioneering as well as the Australian Property Institute’s Young Achiever of the Year Award in 2007. These commendations have reinforced his fine reputation and confirmed his status as one of the best in the business.

It is not surprising then that Damien holds the Australian record for the highest sale of a single dwelling home sold at auction when in November 2009 he sold 93 Victoria Road, Bellevue Hill for $23 million – a result well over the written reserve.

Damien’s experience extends to reality television where he has performed the winning auction on The Block five times and is the most booked auctioneer on the show making his tenth appearance in 2017. He has also performed auctions on other reality TV series, including The Renovators, Under the Hammer, Hot Auctions and Selling Houses Australia.

Recognised as contributing significantly to the revitalisation of Sydney’s auction market, in 2015 Damien sold $2.3 billion worth of real estate. Damien’s drive, enthusiasm and innate ability to read a crowd are invaluable assets when it comes to the fine art of auctioneering.

With a strong sense of responsibility to use his talent to help people in need, Damien conducts many charity auctions every year as well as successful fundraising events. All of which has earned him a position on Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets Development Committee. In 2017, Damien’s event, Real Estate Sleep Out raised $278,000 for Youth Off The Streets.

Fully licensed and specialising in all facets of residential and commercial real estate, Damien’s results speak for themselves and he consistently achieves an auction clearance rate well above the industry average.

  • “I would like to thank you very much for the role you played in securing the sale of my property.  You  were also the auctioneer at the time I bought the property four years ago!  Since then I’ve observed your masterful control of the auction room on many other occasions.  I don’t know how you do it!  But it’s very good to be on the receiving end of your well honed skills when a great outcome is achieved.  Thank you very much and best wishes for ongoing success of your enterprise.”

    Peter, Vendor

    3/3 Hamilton Street Rose Bay

  • “WOW! Thank you for an outstanding auction. Well done Damien.”

    Mary Anne Cronin

    Phillips Pantzer Donnelley Real Estate

  • “Damien Cooley is clearly one of those special talents who only ever appear from time to time.”

    Shane Vincent

    Belle Property Randwick

  • “Every other auctioneer would have dropped the hammer $33,000 above reserve, you got another $17,000 for our vendor and talking to them after it meant the world to them.”

    Andrew Colagiuri

    Bright Residential

  • “Our vendors were very impressed with your exceptional auctioning skills and have asked us to convey their warmest thanks to you for a terrific job well done.”

    Pauline Goodyer

    Goodyer Real Estate

  • “Damien you have proven your ability as a specialist auctioneer whom is in tune with the local market and we strongly believe you make a difference and add value to our auctions.”

    Sam Capra

    Ray White Bondi Junction, Clovelly | Coogee

  • “Your control of the flow of bidding and the pace at which you moved the auction along added to the overall sense of drama and certainly contributed to the final result.”

    Tony Laing & Graeme Anderson

    Raine & Horne Bondi Junction

  • “Damien Cooley and his team have helped us improve our clearance rate from 50% to 85%. Damien is an outstanding auctioneer with talent and passion.”

    Warren Duncan

    LJ Hooker Commercial

  • “I have been in real estate for 28 years, Damien Cooley is undoubtedly one of the best auctioneers in the country.”

    Phillip Elmowy

    Ray White Maroubra | South Coogee

  • “Damien is a truly talented auctioneer with a real passion for the auction process. His energy, enthusiasm and professionalism make him a pleasure to work with.”

    Peter Goulding

    NG Farah Real Estate

  • “Damien Cooley is far and away the highest performing auctioneer I have come across.”

    Charles Touma

    Belle Property Surry Hills

  • “Thank you and your team for your complete professionalism and passion. You auction with energy, sincerity and patience.”

    Mark Meyer & Tim Stern

    LJ Levi Real Estate

  • “Our office could not be more impressed with the continual enthusiasm and dynamics you bring to our auctions.”

    Martin Maskin & Ric Serrao

    Raine & Horne Double Bay

  • “I have been selling properties by auction for 15yrs and you are the best in the business.  I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending you to anyone.  For me it’s a simple choice, If you are going to use an auctioneer, you must use Damien.”

    Daniel O’Brien

    Knight Frank

  • “Damien & his team provide a totally professional service which is so important to our varied client base from whom we have received nothing but praise for everything they have undertaken for Knight Frank.”

    Brett Burridge

    Knight Frank

  • “Damien has the unique skill of making buyers feel comfortable at an auction. Damien certainly falls into the great auctioneer category.”

    Matthew Meynell

    Colliers International

  • “Damien Cooley and his team are at the top of their game and are continually evolving to meet the changing dynamics of the Sydney property market, this is what sets them apart from the rest.”

    Matthew Hayson

    Cobden & Hayson

  • “Damien Cooley is an extremely talented auctioneer. He plays a pivotal role in assisting me to consistently achieve exceptional results for my clients.”

    Alexander Phillips

    Phillips Pantzer Donnelley