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Harcourts New Zealand performs outstandingly on world stage

Harcourts New Zealand performs outstandingly on the world stage

3 June 2014

New Zealand is home to the top three Harcourts’ offices in the world and the top three sales consultants.

Harcourts CEO Hayden Duncan says it is an outstanding achievement, given Harcourts has over 780 offices and 5,200 sales consultants in eight different countries.

Harcourts Papanui, owned by the Gold Real Estate Limited franchise in Christchurch, has been crowned the best office in the world for the second year running.

In second place is the Christchurch City office, owned by of Grenadier Real Estate Limited.

In third and fifth place are Albany and Milford on Auckland’s North Shore respectively. These are owned by Cooper & Co Real Estate Limited.

Papanui owners John and Lynette McFadden say it’s wonderful that the best office in the world is in Christchurch, which has been through so much.

“To win for the second year in a row, really shows that Christchurch is back. We have a huge emphasis on excellence, coupled with a can-do attitude. Our team supports one another and we have very hands-on leadership. We are experts in auctions and we really do give our clients the very best service. As such we dominate our local market,” Lynette says.

Hayden Duncan says for New Zealand to make four of the top five offices in the world is phenomenal.

“Papanui, Christchurch City, Albany and Milford are bastions of excellence. The actions of every single member of the team – the owners, managers, sales consultants and support staff – are a critical part of their success. They are incredible teams and they deserve this incredible recognition,” Hayden Duncan says.

Of the top 10 sales consultants in the world, five are from Harcourts New Zealand.

In first place is real estate phenomenon Matty Ma, of Cooper & Co’s Albany branch.

Matty has experienced a meteoric rise in the real estate industry after immigrating to New Zealand 15 years ago, and this is the second year running she has won the top international award.

Seven day weeks and a single minded focus on business have seen Matty achieve a remarkable $425 million in settled sales, with listings ranging from $300,000 to $55 million.

Matty has worked hard to establish excellent relations with overseas investors and new immigrants. Matty exhibited at the Shanghai Expo in China three years ago, as well as the Luxury Property Showcase in Shanghai last year.

She says she feels a big responsibility to represent Harcourts in the best way possible and she and her team go the extra distance for every single client.

In second place is Cameron Bailey, who is based at Gold Real Estate’s Papanui office. This is the second year Cameron has been ranked number 2 in the world.

Christchurch is one of the most challenging property markets in New Zealand, and there is little Cameron doesn’t know about it. Whether it is selling a $170,000 unit or a $6 million mansion on the outskirts of the city, he can tell you the best way to market your property and achieve top price.

Cameron says his success is down to treating all his clients as VIPs and a combination of long hours, hard work, great support and a comprehensive understanding of the Christchurch market.

“I’ve lived in this city all my life and I know every corner of it. People want to deal with someone who understands the market and where it is going,” Cameron says.

Ranked number three in the world is Anton Huang of the Howick office in Auckland. Anton is widely known as the gentleman of real estate, and his friendly, professional approach have made him a popular and sought after sales consultant.

Working up to 70 hours a week, Anton attributes his success to hard work, discipline and his connection with his community.

“I have a huge database and am in direct contact with them as often as possible. Although I’m Chinese, my database is the entire community. The majority of my clients are Kiwis and I try to connect with everyone I meet. I think this has helped my business,” Anton says.

Alison Aitken of the Christchurch City office, owned by Grenadier Real Estate Limited, ranks number 5 in the world, and Mary Turnbull of Papanui ranks number 8.

Hayden Duncan says these awards are all the result of immense hard work and are very well deserved.

“Harcourts world-wide is full of extremely hard working people, so you can appreciate just how special these individuals are to win top world rankings. Our goal at Harcourts is to create clients for life through outstanding customer service – and that is what these, our top people, do best. Congratulations.”

1. Papanui, Gold Real Estate Limited
2. Christchurch City, Grenadier Real Estate Limited
3. Albany, Cooper & Co Real Estate Limited
5. Milford, Cooper & Co Real Estate Limited

1. Matty Ma, Albany
2. Cameron Bailey, Papanui
3. Anton Huang, Howick
5. Alison Aitken, Christchurch City
8. Mary Turnbull, Papanui


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