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Global real estate giant opens for business in Hawke’s Bay

9 August 2012

Global real estate giant opens for business in Hawke’s Bay

When the doors open this week at NZ Sotheby’s International Realty’s Hawke’s Bay office, they will usher in a new way of doing real estate business in the region.

The Hawke’s Bay office, situated in Te Mata Road, Havelock North, is one of a network of 600 Sotheby’s International Realty offices across 45 countries and territories selling unique and premium property. It is opening with an impressive portfolio; ten properties are already on the books including Parkhill Estate, an elegant country home set amongst vineyards and farmland in coastal Hawke’s Bay, and ‘Matarangi’, a luxury home located on 160 acres of prime Tukituki Valley land.

Opening the doors is managing director Fraser Holland and a team of six experienced sales associates, including licensed agent Lyn Hann, former Bayleys’ top sales consultants Jacqui Taylor and Libby Butler; and Raksha Lawrence, previously a leading consultant with Tremains.

“The business has recruited the ‘best of the Bay’, says Mr Holland. “Whilst the team may be small in terms of numbers, it is unparalleled in terms of expertise and experience with a combined total of 97 years of experience in selling property.”

For Ms Taylor, the backing of NZ Sotheby’s International Realty resources and reputation for quality and service was key in her decision to join the boutique team.

“It is refreshing to be part of a small, dedicated team. NZ Sotheby’s International Realty has a unique approach in the real estate market and through its national and international networks, I am confident I can offer vendors an alternative, proven way to sell their properties,” she says.

Libby Butler, who recently left her stellar real estate career in Auckland to move home to Havelock North, feels NZ Sotheby’s International Realty, with its reputation and standards, is a perfect match for her skills.

For Mrs Lawrence, NZ Sotheby’s International Realty’s ability to link vendors with a global audience was an important factor in her decision to join the company, calling it “the ultimate realty destination”.
“The opening of the Hawke’s Bay office has strengthened the New Zealand network considerably,” says Peter Newbold, general manager of NZ Sotheby’s International Realty.

“It is very exciting to have such a strong team of sales associates who have a wealth of experience both locally and nationally. I am convinced that within a short period of time, NZ Sotheby’s International Realty will lead sales in the region’s mid to high end sector. Hawke’s Bay is a vital piece in the New Zealand development of this very special and unique brand,” he says.

For Mr Holland, bringing NZ Sotheby’s International Realty to Hawke’s Bay has been a coup for the region. “We have a great team on board and will work hard to do justice to the reputation for quality and service that NZ Sotheby’s International Realty is known for worldwide,” he says.

Mr Newbold believes that with the range of unique properties in Hawke’s Bay, the brand will perform exceptionally well from day one. “Hawke’s Bay has wanted a brand that can bring additional strong links, both nationally and globally.

“Along with the rest of the New Zealand group we wish Fraser, Lyn and the team of Michael Lock, Sonia Hughes, Jacqui Taylor, Libby Butler and Raksha Lawrence all the best and look forward to some wonderful results for their clients.”


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