Here at Harcourts Grenadier we know we would be nothing without our people – all of those many talented individuals that make up the unstoppable team that is Harcourts Grenadier. And we think we’re pretty special. However, don’t take our word for it, here are some stories of continued success from several of our team members.
In 1999, I was a stay-at-home Mum with a 5-year-old and an 18-month-old. Coming from a background in office administration for a law office, rental car office and lastly a dental assistant and office manager, my experience was varied, but I felt very happy in my new role as a stay-at-home Mum to my two girls whilst my husband ran a successful plumbing business.
Well, as they say the ‘best laid plans’ – my husband became very ill and by the beginning of 2000 after numerous surgeries, he was too ill to work and could no longer run his business. With a mortgage, a sick husband and two young children to support, panic set in. Always calling in to the local Avonhead office to collect a Bluebook and chat to the team, Andy Freeman suggested that Real Estate Sales would be a good idea. With a lack of confidence and a lower self-esteem from not being in the work force for so long, this was to be a huge leap of faith.
Fast forward 14+ years and my career with Harcourts Grenadier has been the best decision. The support I received from Grenadier Management and my other team members has been second to none. Trying to juggle a full time career and a young family certainly had its challenges, but the beauty of this career is yes, the hours are long, but the flexibility is undeniable when you have young children.
My girls have grown up with Mummy being in real estate and them seeing me succeed is such a nice feeling to be a role model for them. Many a time I had a wee laugh to myself when I watched the girls set up a real estate office in their bedroom with their plastic phone and sell dozens of houses for millions of dollars!
What a rewarding career it has been, and the continued training and support has never wavered. Life sends us many challenges and in October 2008, I was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Around the same time, my husband had a stroke. I was in recovery for 1 year and the entire time I still felt like part of the Grenadier family. In September 2009, I slotted straight back into my untouched office and career.
If you are contemplating a career in real estate and you want a company that is knowledgeable, loyal, family-friendly, supportive and fun – then look no further than HARCOURTS GRENADIER. There is a reason I have stayed with them for 14 plus years and will continue to do so!
When making the decision to go into what is often perceived as the ‘daunting world of real estate’ I was told time and time again that I was too young and didn’t have the network in Canterbury to succeed in the business. This only made me more determined to succeed in the industry.
Youth is an advantage nowadays. It’s surprising to see how many people out there are willing to give a young guy a shot. No one cares nowadays whether you have 25 years’ experience in the business, if you don’t carry with you the energy and passion that is required in the industry, the experience becomes irrelevant.
Uncapped earning potential in this industry is without doubt a big attraction for many, however for me this is very much a by-product. Each and every day presents new challenges, and every day you have the opportunity to exceed your client’s expectations, that’s a massive driver for me.
Harcourts Grenadier were the obvious choice for me. I’d heard rumours regarding getting lost in such a big office and franchise, however the opposite was true. The management team here are absolutely invaluable and the support network you’re surrounded with is instrumental in getting started early on in your career.
Originally from Auckland with a background in fashion and textiles, I headed to Christchurch to pursue a new opportunity. This didn’t work out so while trying to figure out my next move, a friend of mine suggested that I give Real Estate a go. She was working for Harcourts Grenadier at the time so I sat my exams, did the Harcourts training courses and I was off on a new venture.
I was initially attracted to real estate because I wanted to be able to work my own hours, be my own boss, and be responsible for my own success. A successful salesperson that I knew suggested I talk to Harcourts Grenadier, which I did. I was overwhelmed with the positivity and welcome from the business owners. They weren’t demanding, they simply answered my questions and allowed me the time to make my own decision. The business owners and managers are honest, genuine people who wish success for all of their staff. They are very supportive and help is always available, day or night.
In my homeland of China, I studied Civil Construction and worked for a real estate company for 6 years. I came to New Zealand in 2002 as my partner was offered the opportunity to study for his Masters in Engineering Management at Canterbury University. At the time, I was applying for residency to come to New Zealand as I love the environment and peacefulness.
In 2003 my partner and I got married and I completed my real estate license in New Zealand. My first real estate role was with another brand. After working there for 3 years we decided to start our family, we now have two beautiful girls.
I got back into real estate in 2006 joining the Harcourts Grenadier Avonhead office. I felt that the Harcourts network was a powerful and successful one and I wanted to be part of that to ensure I could give my clients the very best results when buying or selling. I really enjoy the technology, the tools and the ongoing training that Grenadier provides.
I believe in hard work and the blessing of God. I have been exceptionally successful in my career at Grenadier, I’m efficient and I get things done – my clients are loyal and refer business to me as I try to always be available. I would recommend coming to Grenadier if you are serious about creating a successful career in real estate just as I have been able to achieve.
I thought about selling real estate for several years before I took the leap. I was living in Wellington and working as a business manager for a finance company when, for family reasons, I resigned and moved back to my hometown of Invercargill. Back home, I seriously considered joining the real estate industry, but after listening to conservative real estate people about how much I could earn, I chose to stay with the finance industry and joined a bank as manager. In 1996, I moved to Christchurch and spent many years building houses, owning liquor stores and employing lots of staff. I suffered some life threatening health issues so in 2008 I finally decided I didn’t want to employ lots of staff and have large amounts of capital tied up in my business, so it was time to join the real estate industry. I then had to decide what brand to join as well as what franchise group.