Cantabrians are renowned for being resilient, and this trait is abundantly evident in the real estate world.
Christchurch is the stand out performer of the 2012/2013 Harcourts National Awards.
Nine of the country’s Top 20 Sales Consultants came from the Christchurch area, including the number two and three rankings scooped up by Cameron Bailey of Papanui and Alison Aitken of Christchurch City. Alison was also the top Auction/Tender Lister.
Simon Rowland –Jones, from Christchurch City Commercial, takes the country’s top NAI Harcourts Sales Consultant award.
The top three property managers come from the Grenadier Accommodation Centre, Tracey Edwards, John Siebert and Murray Orr, as does Top Property Management Business Development Manager Brent Manderson.
Christchurch City won the office with the most auction/tender listings and Papanui and Fendalton also won Top Office awards for their overall revenue and revenue per consultant.
Christchurch Business Development Manager Chris Kennedy says in the city’s ever changing environment, salespeople have had to adapt and work hard to keep abreast of the market.
“Our market lost 10,000 to 15,000 houses. Our agents have to be aware of the environment. Every week the goalposts are shifted by the insurance companies or EQC, or there is a new announcement.
“No one is fighting it. What would be considered extremely difficult circumstances have become the new normal for Christchurch. Our team has embraced the new environment.”
Chris says Christchurch’s seven franchises and 22 offices are staffed by the very best, with excellent leadership and camaraderie helping them achieve the Christchurch sweep at the Harcourts National Awards.
Hayden Duncan CEO of Harcourts Group says offices in the region have achieved outstanding results in the past 12 months.
“Their success in difficult times reflects the quality of their skills, their mind-set and their use of the industry leading resources available to them through Harcourts. They’ve made a major contribution to our organisation and to their clients.”
Christchurch’s wins were celebrated at the 2013 Harcourts New Zealand Conference, which celebrated Harcourts’ 125th birthday. Established in 1888 in Wellington by J.B Harcourt, the company has become New Zealand’s largest real estate group and is now exporting services and systems into 10 countries around the globe. Still privately New Zealand owned after 125 years, Harcourts is an iconic Kiwi business success story.