Published: 13 April 2005
Otahuhu real estate licensee Walter Turner has pulled out of the Australian LJ Hooker network after 5 years and gone back to being a local-for-locals business.
Mr Turner turned Kevin McGrath (Otahuhu) Ltd â€“ part of an Auckland chain – into Turners Real Estate Ltd in 1992 but took it into the Hooker franchise in 2000. He’s kept his premises at 375 Great South Rd, in the Otahuhu shopping strip, and will continue operating as Turners, with the same sales team.
Mr Turner said that when it came to “the nitty-gritty of selling properties in suburban South Auckland, there is no substitute for local knowledge & local people who are in close touch with their diverse local communities.
“The action takes place close to the ground here and the costs that come with an international network just don’t justify themselves in this environment.
“Our people know every aspect of the property market in this region of Auckland from Ellerslie, Panmure & Mt Wellington in the north through Otara, Otahuhu, Papatoetoe to Manukau & Mangere. This district and its variety of ethnic communities is part & parcel of their personal & professional lives.”
Turners will sell residential, rental & commercial properties and also manage properties.