Harcourts MD appointed to global real estate board
Harcourts MD appointed to global real estate network’s board
14 May 2008: The Managing Director of Harcourts International, Mike Green, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Chicago-based company Leading Real Estate Companies of the World™, a global real estate network comprised of nearly 700 of the best-known international real estate firms.
The appointment was made at a recent Board meeting in the United States and follows another appointment earlier this year as chair of the network’s newly formed International Advisory Board, which is comprised of non-U.S. members committed to expanding the value proposition of the company’s international membership programmes.
Already the largest real estate group in New Zealand and the fastest growing in Australia, Harcourts joined Leading Real Estate Companies of the World™ in 2003 as the exclusive South Pacific member in order to provide international marketing exposure for Harcourts’ clients’ property.
“With increasing numbers of people buying real estate outside of their native countries it is becoming more important for real estate professionals to understand global trends and the commonalities and differences in other markets,” Mr Green says. “I hope to use my position on the Board to contribute to fostering that understanding and helping to build global connections and business opportunities.”
The President/CEO of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Pam O’Connor, says the company is “delighted” to have Mr Green on its board of directors. “He has been an active contributor since Harcourts became affiliated with our organisation several years ago, and he brings his international business experience, vision and diverse skills to our efforts to further expand the global scope of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World™.”
Harcourts, which now has 463 offices and more than 3500 sales consultants in seven countries, recently recorded more than $19.4 billion in written sales within a 12 month period. With more than 5000 offices and 145,000 sales associates in 36 countries, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World™ affiliates conduct 1.3 million transactions or US$400 billion in home sales annually, including outselling any international franchise in the sales of $1 million-plus homes. (See www.harcourts.co.nz and www.leadingre.com)
About Mike Green: Mike has more than 20 years experience in the real estate industry. He is the former owner of Harcourts franchise Mike Green Real Estate Ltd (Auckland), a nine-office group with over 130 people that was named No 1 Harcourts Franchise in New Zealand for four consecutive years. Since moving to Queensland, Australia in 1997, Mike has been responsible for the establishment and growth of Harcourts' Australian arm. Taking over as Managing Director of Harcourts International in December 1999 he is now responsible for the overall operation and direction of Harcourts' group of companies and is one of two owners of Harcourts International Ltd.