Hugh Hanrahan

With a wealth of experience in real estate as well as years working with some of the top agencies in sales, Hugh Hanrahan has listed and sold rural, lifestyle, residential and commercial property. Growing up in the Southern Highlands and continuing to offer his services for numerous charity auctions, Hugh has a strong sense of community relationships and a grounded nature. Matched with a background that focuses mostly on people skills, Hugh is extremely relatable with exceptional negotiation skills.

Hugh’s outstanding background knowledge allows him to empathize with buyers, sellers and agents alike. With a warm and honest approach to auctioneering, his friendly nature puts buyers at ease allowing him to secure premium results.

Hugh is very observant, with the ability to read the audience and tailor the auction appropriately. It isn’t uncommon to see Hugh record a 100% clearance rate for his full day of auctions or sell well above reserve. He is a passionate believer in the auction process, controlling every auction with confidence, an assertive approach and always ready to go the extra mile to achieve the desired outcome.

  • “Hugh, thanks for last night. It was an exceptional price and it all came down to the auctioneer!”

    Glen O’Brien

    Strata Choice

  • “Hugh’s skill to exceed the reserve by $85k today was outstanding. He was able to get every last dollar and to say the vendors were over the moon is an understatement.”

    Glen Robertson


  • “We seriously could not be more impressed with Hugh, because of his talent and professionalism we were able to achieve a fantastic result.”

    Gabrielle Hadiputro

    RNJ Realty

  • “Thanks Hugh for two sensational auctions. I don’t believe, and nor do the vendors that a better price could have been achieved any other way. You are an integral part of our team in helping us set record prices – we couldn’t do it without you!”

    Vanessa Denison-Pender

    One Agency Denison-Pender Property

  • “Hugh – we were so impressed with your performance on Saturday and for achieving the highest possible price. It sold well above the reserve price and the vendors are very happy.”

    Matthew Johnson

    LJ Hooker St Ives

  • “A big thank you to Hugh for knocking down all 8 sites well over our vendors highest expectations today.”

    Chris Brophy

    Knight Frank

  • “Cooley Auctions has done so much to raise the standard of auctioneering within our industry. We have total confidence knowing we have the best auctioneers in the country working for us – well done.”

    Ivan Lampret

    Gibson Partners Real Estate

  • “Hugh is a very talented auctioneer with terrific negotiation skills. His extensive experience in real estate adds great value to every auction. Hugh has already achieved some fantastic results for Cooley Auctions and I expect to see many more.”

    Damien Cooley

    Cooley Auctions

  • “Just wanted to pass our thanks onto Hugh for today’s auction – he handled it very impressively!.”

    Vanessa Denison-Pender

    One Agency Denison-Pender Property

  • “We never expected the property to sell $250,000 over reserve. Hugh did an outstanding job and my vendors were thrilled with the result and his professionalism.”

    Ben Spackman

    LJ Hooker Mona Vale

  • “Hugh – I was very impressed with Saturday’s in-room auctions, thanks. You delivered mate and we achieved a new suburb record!.”

    Tim Latham

    Ray White Hornsby

  • “Thank you Hugh, you did a tremendous job and we had a fantastic result with the three auctions collectively $869,000 over reserve.”

    Paul Byrne

    LJ Hooker Commercial Bankstown