Craig Rosevear: From rock star to auctioneer

CAREER CHANGE: Former Screaming Jets drummer Craig Rosevear has found a new passion in auctioneering. Picture: Simone De Peak
CAREER CHANGE: Former Screaming Jets drummer Craig Rosevear has found a new passion in auctioneering. Picture: Simone De Peak

Craig Rosevear’s property journey started over 20 years ago.

Then, in 1996, when he bought his first home in Adamstown Heights, he never imagined it would turn into the love of property he now has.

Nor did he envisage it would one day take his career down the real estate path.

Rosevear, known around town as “Rosie”, rose to prominence in the 90s as the drummer of the Screaming Jets.

His music career took him to the United States before returning to Newcastle to set up Rosie’s School of Rock, where he teaches kids and youth the art of being a rock star.

A little over 12 months ago, he decided to add another string to his bow by pursuing a career in real estate.

Over time, Rosevear and his wife Belinda had developed a taste for the property game after renovating a few homes of their own.

“When we came back from LA [Los Angeles], Newcastle had just experienced this increase in price,” Rosevear said.

“We renovated our home in Hamiton North then another in Mayfield.

“The Mayfield one was a big renovation, where you’re ripping up lino from 1950 and there’s a newspaper form 1932 under there, polishing the floorboards and a real hard yakka renovation.”

Then came a home in Belmont that the Merewether 48-year-old decided to market himself and a passion for selling homes was ignited.

“Time goes by and my wife and I became increasingly interested in property. She started getting into styling and we did a few flips,” he said.

“Then we had a home in Belmont that I thought I’d just sell myself. I did a property video and it went viral and we sold it.

“When you sell a house yourself, you realise there is a lot of work and your commission on a property is well spent.”

It prompted him to do his real estate licence so he could enter the industry professionally.

“People were coming there and saying, ‘I’m looking for something a little bit different, what else do you have?’,” he laughed.

“So I started doing my real estate licence. One day I was having a surf at Merewether and was telling the guys I was doing my real estate licence. 

MENTOR: Celebrity auctioneer Damien Cooley (pictured in action) of Cooley Auctions is like a rock star to Craig Rosevear. Picture: Fiona Morris

MENTOR: Celebrity auctioneer Damien Cooley (pictured in action) of Cooley Auctions is like a rock star to Craig Rosevear. Picture: Fiona Morris

“One of them said, ‘You should come along tonight, there’s an auction in town for PRD and this really good auctioneer is going to be there and they’re really fun to go along to’.”

The auctioneer was Damien Cooley, who has fives times performed the winning auction on The Block.

“I’d been to other auctions but this was a whole new deal; I was on the edge of my seat. I thought, ‘This is awesome. I’m going to do that’,” Rosevear said.

“I went down at the end and introduced myself and said, ‘I really want to do that’. 

“I had earrings, long hair, a goatee. He said, ‘Shave that off, pull the earrings out’.”

From that point Cooley became a mentor for Rosevear, who entered a novice auctioneer contest and won the Newcastle heat.

I’d been to other auctions but this was a whole new deal; I was on the edge of my seat. I thought, 'This is awesome. I’m going to do that'.

Craig Rosevear

“With the Screaming Jets, we often did a lot of charity events and sometimes we would auction off things,” Rosevear said.

“I’ve always had an outgoing personality and it seemed like an easy thing for me.”

These days he is a fully fledged auctioneer with Cooley Auctions and brings his own style.

“Every auctioneer has their own way they like to do things,” he said.

“For myself, there’s a lot about connecting with the people and as a musician that’s what I’ve always focused on – the connection. 

“My style of auctioneering is about really creating a comfortable environment for both the buyers and the people selling the home too.

“It’s a big day for both people and that has to be remembered, no matter what level you’re at. If you’re buying your first home, it might be $500,000 and you might be bidding in $1000 or $500 increments, it’s a big deal.

“If it’s your third home or investment property and you’re a bit more established and it’s $1.5 million and you’re bidding in $10,000 increments, it’s still a big deal.”

IN HIS ELEMENT: Craig Rosevear is relishing his new career path of auctioneer, which developed from an increasing interest in property.

IN HIS ELEMENT: Craig Rosevear is relishing his new career path of auctioneer, which developed from an increasing interest in property.

Seeing the emotion when a home is bought or sold at auction is also something he enjoys.

“You’re really at the coalface and you’re looking in people’s eyes; you can see their hopes,” Rosevear said.

“Sometimes it’s just a matter of one more bid will get you there, because everyone is at their limit.

“I can see that look in their eyes, knowing it’s done. It’s a really nice feeling.”