Barfoot & Thompson won the award for best real estate company in the world at International Property Media Ltd’s awards in London on Monday.
Cameron Bailey, based at Harcourts Gold Realty Ltd’s Papanui office in Christchurch, was named the agency’s No 1 consultant internationally at the end of its conference in Auckland last week.
New Zealand real estate agents Trevor & Margaret Lyall have opened Harcourts Real Estate Group’s first office in the United Arab Emirates.
Real estate business Harcourts International has expanded into 7 other countries and has a total 780 offices & 5200 sales consultants, but New Zealand remains its champion performer.
Harcourts chief executive Hayden Duncan said yesterday the Reserve Bank’s loan:value ratio “speed limit” restrictions hadn’t greatly affected the property markets they were supposed to – Auckland & Christchurch – but had affected first-homebuyers outside those 2 cities, where sales & prices continued to dip or remain stagnant.
Harcourts launched the third round of its real estate scholarship programme on Monday, a $1 million scheme to hire people who’ve never sold real estate before.