Two of Harcourts' and Auckland's most well-known real estate personalities
have just joined forces in a new business partnership to take on
the ownership of the Harcourts Howick and Harcourts Pakaranga offices.
But it doesn't stop there.
Graham Viall and David Clifton confirmed the two offices were just
the beginning, with plans for growth and more offices in the near
future to meet the demand of what Mr Clifton described as, "the
most diverse range of real estate in New Zealand from first home
buyers to a huge amount of waterfront and extensive new subdivisions."
Harcourts Business Owner Graham Viall was one of Harcourts' founding
franchise owners dating back to 1991, and is a long-standing member
of the Harcourts Franchise Council. Mr Viall currently owns the
Harcourts offices in Pukekohe, Manuwera, Papakura, and Papakura
Rural, and is renowned throughout the company for having run an
exceptionally successful operation for many years.
David Clifton is equally well-known in the industry throughout
Australasia for his expertise as an Auctioneer. Mr Clifton has most
recently been Harcourts National Auction Manager, and has called
over 9,000 auctions in his career. He also co-owned five successful
offices in Melbourne, Australia prior to moving to New Zealand and
joining Harcourts in 1999 to head and drive its auction division.
Since the new ownership took place 1 February, Mr Viall said the
team of 27 sales consultants had "a very strong first month
which we were all delighted with." As well as recruiting more
sales consultants, the offices have a rapidly growing rental property
management division with both owners vastly experienced and enthusiastic
in managing large successful property management departments.
Mr Clifton said, "Having worked at both a business and corporate
level, I am very excited about this move and we are both very committed
to the Harcourts brand." Mr Viall added, "I'm absolutely
delighted with the expansion. Having found an excellent existing
team, I'm confident we will achieve exceptional growth as planned."
CEO of Harcourts New Zealand, Bryan Thomson, said, "Harcourts'
success is based on a philosophy of assisting great people to grow
and prosper. David Clifton and Graham Viall are two outstanding
examples of great individuals achieving great personal and business
growth and we are very excited to have this new partnership of long
term Harcourts team members driving our expansion in the key Auckland
"Sellers and buyers in the area will see the impact of their
commitment to total professionalism and success as a huge step forward
when selecting a real estate company to manage their property needs.
I cannot recommend them enough."