James Paynter

RT Edgar Portsea

Portsea 3743 Point Nepean Road

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 fast growing boys, 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 keen cyclist currently riding most mornings of the week with the Brown Cow Group and a participant in the Portsea and Lorne pier to pub swims, it seems his energy is boundless … and now with his boys set for Haileybury College James” energy is sure to be put to good use in local schools and sporting clubs for many years to come.