Australasia's fastest growing real estate group, Harcourts International
Ltd, recorded a massive $11.5 billion in sales over the last year, up 48 percent
on the previous year, according to Managing Director, Mike Green.
at the launch of Harcourts' annual Conference in the Christchurch Convention Centre
this morning, Mr Green noted that with over 1,100 Harcourts members and guests
attending from through-out New Zealand, he believed this was the largest real
estate conference ever to be held in the country.
Key announcements in Mr
Green's speech included:
- Harcourts managed the sale of over 44,000
properties in the last year, (an average 120 a day or one every 12 minutes).
continued to dominate in New Zealand.
- Harcourts was the fastest growing
real estate organisation in Australia with now 153 offices plus a further one
in Fiji and 10 in Indonesia.
- Harcourts International grew by 98 new offices
and 700 sales consultants over the last year.
Mr Green also launched
Harcourts' newest electronic marketing system to provide sales consultants with
a new way to email their clients with the latest real estate news, listings, and
open homes. He noted with people's lives becoming increasingly busy, 'cocooning'
at home with family was an emerging international trend. Being able to email relevant
information on request was fast becoming a vital part of building trusted relationships
in any business.
Mr Green said that a key area Harcourts was focusing on
in the year ahead was growth in New Zealand and internationally. He also emphasised
that while the market ahead was uncertain with contradicting experts and economic
indicators, what was certain was that real estate organisations and individuals
committed to delivering the most professional service would continue to enjoy
Harcourts' Conference concludes Wednesday evening
19 May with the black tie End of Year Awards dinner where the top national Sales
Consultants and Offices for the 2003-2004 year will be announced..