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Howard Buchanan BBS PROP, NZCB, MPINZ

Howard Buchanan

Born and bred in Christchurch, Howard Buchanan’s extensive commercial management experience has proven essential in shaping the high calibre of service he now offers within his home city. This experience has been sharpened considerably with 5 years spent working in both the U.K and Germany, for Bovis International and Lawson Mardon Group respectively. Upon returning to the Garden City Howard was responsible for establishing the commercial, industrial and body corporate property management for Bayleys Christchurch. In his 11 years there he built an impressive portfolio.  With his arrival at NAI Harcourts in 2006, he provides a whole new level of service and success for his clients. As part-owner of the NAI Harcourts Grenadier Commercial business Howard brings considerable experience, resolve and skill. Since his start here he has established further his reputation for marketing style, astute management and top results. The Christchurch earthquakes created unprecedented challenges for the commercial property management team, which rose to those challenges and was instrumental in driving exceptional results in insurance claim management, divestment, demolitions and the rebuild knowhow. His enthusiasm and vision for the future growth and triumph of commercial property in Christchurch and New Zealand is the one that drives the machine of the NAI Harcourts team.


RE: Reference for Howard Buchanan of NAI Harcourts.

Having heard mention of Howard Buchanan’s reputation for excellence as a Body Corporate  / Property Manager in late 2009, I met with him to discuss the possibility of his performing this role on behalf of The Peterborough Centre Body Corporate. At that time I was immediately impressed by the professionalism, experience and attention to detail that were clearly part of his character and his work ethic.

Following that meeting Howard remained in contact and when events brought about by the Feb 2011 Earthquake ensured the Body Corporate Committee for The Peterborough required further guidance I had no hesitation in referring him to members for the role.

Since that time I have worked closely with Howard and have been enormously impressed with the loyalty, sincerity and un-paralleled commitment he has provided the owners within body corporate and the task at hand.

He has worked tirelessly to assist our Body Corporate executive committee in order to ascertain and realize the best possible outcome for the body corporate as a whole, The historic building itself and also the city of Christchurch by way of negotiating and creating a sale arrangement that not only maximized our ability as a body corporate to establish and recover optimum insurance compensation, but also ensured the unanimous agreement of all 37 unit owners to sell our severely damaged historic building and land to the single party best able to ensure its future repair  which would otherwise not be an option.

Had Howard not been involved in this task I have little doubt that outcome for all parties would have been quite different, his exceptional body corporate and building management skills, his prior knowledge of the building industry, his ability to coordinate numerous parties and tasks while still communicating ideas and concepts clearly to all involved and most importantly his integrity are the factors that have ensured our building and our owners have come through the enormous test that we faced having achieved without doubt our goal of the absolute best possible outcome for all involved.

Please do not hesitate to make contact with me in the event you require any further information with regard to the above.

Yours Sincerely,

Coral Mazlin- Hill

Chairman BC 79647 – The Peterborough

 RE: Reference for Howard Buchanan of NAI Harcourts.

With the sale and final settlement of Bridgewater I just wanted to thank you all for the amazing effort you all put into negotiations. Howard of course took a leading role and he was brilliant but everyone helped out and Shaun Cottrell was a tower of strength too and Louise always was prompt, accurate and helpful. Bridgewater was an amazing community and I had 11 happy years there and while I have moved on I still miss it if I reflect on those happy years all of which were guided by Howard. A big thank you to you all. 

Bevan Whitty 

Committee Member 

Bridgewater Apartments Body Corporate 76019 

62 Cashel Street 


Howard Buchanan BBS PROP, NZCB, MPINZ

Property Consultant

98 Moorhouse Avenue