Monthly Archives: November 2012

Who’s your Buddy?

Friday marked Buddy Day, a fun, high profile public participation event, with the serious message…to raise awareness of the issue of child abuse in our community and the role we all have in keeping kids safe.

Groups of ‘Creators’ transformed Buddies which involved children and adult groups turning plain white cardboard cut-outs into little ‘Buddies,’ but with big personalities! They breathed life into the ‘Buddies’ by giving them a name, a face, clothing, a story and a sense of belonging.

On the 26th of October Harcourts Hamilton announced they would gladly accept the invitation to take part in Buddy Day, taking on the role of official ‘Buddy Couriers.’ The team at Monarch Real Estate transported 350 Buddies around the area, delivering Buddies to those who registered to be ‘Buddy Carers’ from Huntly to Tokoroa.

“As a team, we transported the 350 Buddies to carers which is 20 per cent of the reported child abuse cases in this area.  We have already said we will be a part of the campaign next year and we look forward to it going national,” said Brian King, Business Owner of Harcourts Hamilton’s Monarch Real Estate.

Brian King got involved personally by caring for a Buddy which he involved in everything real estate, starting lots of conversations to share the Buddy Day message.

“Monarch was asked to be part of this event and we embraced it with open arms.  Those of the team who cared for a Buddy took them everywhere; I took mine out for a business lunch and to property auctions for six weeks. It definitely got conversations going, which is the whole point.”

“It was actually a great team builder at the office as well. It made us talk about a lot of issues around the cause and generally opened up conversation channels. ”

Buddy Day was held on Friday the 16th of November.

Attached are pictures of Harcourts’ Business Owner of Monarch Realty Brian King with his Buddy at lunch; Brian King with the 350 Buddies to be couriered around the area; One of the team with their Buddy.


Harcourts Hong Kong Eyes Expansion

International real estate group, Harcourts is placing a strong focus on expanding its operations in Hong Kong and China, says Head of International, Tina Sander.

Miss Sander was recently in Hong Kong where the group held its first Recruitment and Press Conference.

Over 250 people attended the event which provided the opportunity for some of the real estate industry’s leading professionals and the media to learn about Harcourts and the group’s expansion plans within Hong Kong and China.

Miss Sander presented at the conference, providing an update on Harcourts’ other international operations including the USA, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia and South Africa, as well as the goals and vision for Harcourts Hong Kong and Harcourts China.

William Wei, General Manager of Harcourts China, also spoke about the group’s recruitment plans throughout China as well as the existing franchise model and the advantages of this.

Joseph Ho, General Manager of Harcourts Hong Kong, presented information about the group’s independent agent structure which is a new concept for the Hong Kong Real Estate market. Our team is confident in launching this new model and is certain that it will create strong results for our agents on the ground in Hong Kong.

The conference also provided an opportunity to publically acknowledge the group’s four new franchises – Harcourts Fusion Property in Macau, Harcourts Harleyland Real Estate, Harcourts Fomento Predial Tai Yun, and Harcourts Great View Property Investment.

“The Harcourts Hong Kong and Harcourts China teams are really focused on up-sklling their independent agents and in turn growing our businesses within both of these countries.

“The momentum is really building for Harcourts International and we are set to kick start 2013 strongly said Miss Sander.


Harcourts Indonesia Post Strong Growth

International real estate firm, Harcourts has reported strong growth within its Indonesian operations, says the group’s Head of International, Tina Sander.

Tina Sander with the Harcourts Indonesia team

Miss Sander recently spent a week in Jakarta, working closely with the Harcourts Indonesia corporate team, and says that the group is starting to show strong signs of growth.

During her trip, Miss Sander developed business plans with members of the Harcourts Indonesia corporate team and visited four of the group’s new sales offices.

“During my recent visit, we conducted a business owner meeting where we discussed what parts of the Harcourts tools and systems are working and what needs editing and enhancing.

“We’re constantly focused on our team, ensuring they are provided with the best possible resources to facilitate growth within their businesses,” Miss Sander said.

Miss Sander also spent time with business owner of Harcourts Bali, Handi, to develop a plan for cross selling and holiday letting for Harcourts.

“Handi is really taking advantage of the international network that he is part of. Being a member of the Harcourts group is opening up so many new opportunities for him,” Miss Sander said.

In the past few weeks, Harcourts Indonesia has signed on two new sales offices – a former Century 21 office with 20 years in the industry and a focus on new developments, and another in eastern Jakarta which will extend Harcourts’ trading area.

The group is also recruiting a general manager for its Indonesian operations to start during November.

“Things are going well for Harcourts Indonesia and the growth that they are displaying is incredibly encouraging. I’m confident that this momentum is going to continue well into the future,” Miss Sander said.