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Harveys opens new offices at Greenlane & Ponsonby

Published 3 September 2010

Harveys Real Estate has strengthened its position in the Auckland region by opening 2 new offices in Greenlane & Ponsonby.


Greenlane is a full-service office with 8 sales representatives handling residential & business sales, commercial leasing & property management. Ponsonby, under the ownership of Peter Parkin & son Nick in Pompalier Terrace, is offering property management services but will soon move into residential & commercial sales.


The Greenlane office, at 530 Great South Rd in the Harp of Erin precinct, is undergoing an extensive fitout. It’s owned by Michael Chen, who set up the Harveys Downtown office in 2008, and will be managed by Francis Lai, an industry identity with 20 years of realty experience.


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Attribution: Company release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.

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Harveys takes on cbd apartment market

Published 26 March 2008

Harveys Real Estate has set up an Auckland cbd apartment office at the top of Queen St in a market where plummeting prices are regularly highlighted.


But Harveys Group Ltd chief executive Ross Hunter isn’t perturbed: If agents currently dominating the market had a focus on declining prices, “they need to have an attitude change,” he said.


“The halcyon days are a couple of years ago, but at the end of the day there’s apartments to be bought & apartments to be sold.” The cbd apartment market, in that sense, wasn’t greatly different from a provincial market such as Taupo, where house sales regularly totalled about 120-130/month.


In the apartment market, “parents either buy them for their kids to live here or as a base for themselves”.


Mr Hunter said Harveys was taking the lead from Asian migrants used to close-quarter inner-city living: “It’s a market that might be foreign to us, it has to be driven by the Asians.


“Our research shows that, while the sales of suburban homes across greater Auckland have slowed, the downtown apartment market remains buoyant, with the majority going to overseas or out-of-town investors.”


As for timing, Mr Hunter said: “This is when the opportunity presents itself, for these guys (the new office’s sales staff) to step up. Rather than us saying ‘We want an office here’, they wanted to do it. They all came out of that sector, working for other companies.


“The market has slowed and, ironically, that’s the best time to get traction. When it was going gangbusters a property sold straight away. 2 years ago the ‘sour milk’ was getting a good fee. It doesn’t work like that now.”


The apartment market has been dominated first by Martin Dunn’s City Sales, with Ray White entering the market about 2 years ago. Mr Hunter expects his cbd sales team to work more on the low end of the market.


Mr Hunter’s confidence is shared by Harveys Auckland Central office owner Simon Dai, who said that despite high interest rates, “the barrier to entry in downtown Auckland is low, with good rentals achievable.”


He estimated the number of apartments in the cbd at close to 14,000, with rentals for studios around $200/week & $260-270 for one-bedroom apartments.


“We think it is a good time to be in this market, with about 150 apartments for sale every week,” he said. He’s put together a team of 9 sales representatives.


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Attribution: Company statement, story written by Bob Dey for The Bob Dey Property Report.

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From Temuka to Whangarei for new Harveys co-owner

Published 27 February 2007

Former Temuka property identity Vanessa Beirne (left) has taken up an offer from Harveys Group Ltd’s head office – a move to the other end of the country as a co-owner of the real estate group’s Whangarei office.

After 15 years in real estate, she joins Greg Allen-Baines & Viv Wyatt, of Harveys Warkworth, as co-owners of the Whangarei branch. They take over from Noelene Dean, who’s retained ownership of Harveys Kaikohe.

One of Ms Beirne’s first initiatives was to relocate the Whangarei office to Vine St, which will happen on 31 March.

“While our offices have clearly already established winning formulas, we are looking to step up the business through offering more efficient services to our clients. We have new marketing ideas, new systems and a new approach that will make the sales process easier for both buyers & sellers,” she said.

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Attribution: Harveys release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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Harveys opens 3rd Christchurch office

Published: 28 July 2005

Harveys Real Estate has opened its 3rd office in Christchurch, 5th in the South Island, and now has a national network of 57 branches.


Harveys director Ross Hunter said the new St Albans office was opened by Gavin Topp, of Topp Realtors Ltd, who joined the Harveys network in January when he opened a branch in Bishopdale.


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Farm salesman collects Harveys’ top award

Published: 31 May 2005

Farm sales specialist Bill King, of Kaikohe, has won Harveys Real Estate’s top individual award for gross commissions for the 3rd time in 6 years, and top award for rural commissions for the 3rd time in 3 years.

With $41.5 million in sales, he topped Harveys’ value of properties sold list for the 5th time in 6 years.

The contest for top slot at Harveys was between provincial salesmen, despite the growing demand for expensive coastal property. Mr King, celebrating 25 years in real estate, headed Austin Harris of Taupo & David Egan of Gisborne for commissions after being pipped by Mr Harris last year. Mr Harris came 2nd on value of properties sold, at $28.3 million, followed by Mr Egan on $23.5 million.

The Taupo office was the most successful office for gross commissions for the 5th successive year. Mr Harris, who’s just been made a partner in the Taupo office with Rosie Harvey & Tony Hay, also won 3 individual awards, for top auction listings, advertising money received & gross residential commissions.

Linda Churchill, of Tokoroa, scored the highest number of sales with 83, and the Tokoroa office was most successful office for the number of sales. Jenny Bunn (New Plymouth) & Frank van de Ven (Tokoroa) were 2nd & 3rd in individual rankings.

Other winners were:

Property manager, Dianne Sutton (Rotorua); rookie, Mark Frear (Kaikohe),; auction achievement, Amanda Campbell (Gisborne); administrator, Dawne Howarth (Henderson) ; exclusive listings, Aaron Drever (Glen Eden); manager, Sandy Lowe (Te Atatu); auctioneer, Ian Keightley (North Harbour).

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Harveys to expand into South Island

Harveys Real Estate intends to expand into the South Island, starting with a Christchurch office which it wants to open within a month.

Harveys grew from a predominantly West Auckland business to open its 50th North Island office in February, and chief executive Ross Hunter said today the company wanted to have 60 offices by the end of the financial year in March 2005.

Mr Hunter said the move south was part of the overall strategic plan.  “At our Harveys annual conference in June we signalled to the group that our goal was to have a presence in all main centres within the next 2-3 years,” he said.

“We have achieved that in the North Island so it was no secret our next move would be south. You only have to look at some of the developments around the Southern Lakes region to appreciate the South Island property market remains buoyant. And if you were to believe only half of what you read, it appears some of the northern buyers are fairly active in the region.”

Mr Hunter said Harveys was looking to continue to expand its branch network “at the same rate as we achieved in the last 12 months.”  During that period it increased its offices by 25%, going from 40 at the beginning of 2003 to 50 by February 2004.

Much of that growth came from the Wellington region, where Harveys opened its first office in June 2002.  2 weeks ago that number had reached 5 with the opening of a new branch in Petone.  It also has 5 offices on the Kapiti Coast.

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