Selling property involves a lot of work behind the scenes, including the commitment of sales consultants and the expertise of lawyers, financial advisers and other specialists. Perhaps the most satisfying fact is that Harcourts Four Seasons builds charitable work into every transaction.
Since 2008, The Harcourts Foundation has gifted millions of dollars to reduce poverty, enhance learning and education, foster the arts and support closer communities. All costs are met by the company with funding gained by sacrificed salary and “off the top” contributions from sales commissions, and through organised fundraisers. Operating as a 100 per cent charity, The Harcourts Foundation gives every bit of funding directly to the recipients of grants. A volunteer-run structure sees Harcourts employees donating their time and expertise to ensure no management fees, salaries or running costs are taken from the donation account. Harcourts Four Seasons has involved all eight of its Canterbury offices in the programme, which is now in the process of delivering its latest grants.
Recently among those to benefit were Fernside School’s Kapa Haka group, students at St Patrick’s School in Kaiapoi, where new bark is being provided for the playground, the North Canterbury branch of Endometriosis New Zealand, and the Lincoln toy library.
Harcourts Four Seasons co-owner James Twiss says the charity work has grown from the connection the company’s salespeople have with those in their territories, which, of course, are their homes too. “We love the communities we work in, especially when we're working so much in smaller towns with a strong community feel. It's about giving back to the communities that support us,” James says.
The commitment helped Harcourts get voted New Zealand’s most trusted real estate brand for the seventh consecutive year in 2019, according to surveys by Reader’s Digest. Harcourts is now the only real estate brand in the country to achieve the honour since the award’s inception in 2013.
Within the group, Harcourts Four Seasons has been leading the way, achieving another in-house “Inspiration” award in May for their work with The Harcourts Foundation. Harcourts has 254 offices around New Zealand contributing to charity, which as well as funding local initiatives also has ongoing partnerships with Plunket and Hospice New Zealand.
Details on how to apply for a grant from The Harcourts Foundation can be found online at harcourtsfoundation.org. Grants must be for a specific event, project, item or initiative that is scheduled to occur within four months of a grant being received.
For people keen to support the good work, it’s as simple as choosing Harcouts Four Seasons to sell your property. With nearly 100 sales consultants, they have North Canterbury, Christchurch and its surrounds covered.
* Harcourts Four Seasons has offices in Hanmer Springs, Kaiapoi, Rangiora, Belfast, The Palms, Hornby, Lincoln and Rolleston. Call them on 0800 789 1011, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit harcourtsfourseasons.co.nz.
A group previously proposing a world-leading aquasports park for the Christchurch residential red zone is turning its sights to Kaiapoi due to the efforts of Enterprise North Canterbury. The WHoW Charitable Trust is looking to co-locate whitewater, surf and cable wakeboard parks in one location alongside the Kaiapoi River in the residential red zone.
The land for the proposed facility sits within the Waimakariri Residential Red Zone Recovery Plan area, which received Government sign-off in December 2016. Waimakariri District Council own the residential red zone land and are responsible for implementing the recovery/regeneration plan, following a land transfer from the Crown in 2018.
WHoW Trust chair, Tony Joseph, says investigating Kaiapoi makes a lot of sense. “Enterprise North Canterbury approached us asking if we would consider Kaiapoi. The case they put to us was compelling. That, coupled with ongoing uncertainties around building in the Christchurch red zone, made it logical to investigate Kaiapoi in more detail,” Joseph indicated that the group hasn’t completely ruled out the Christchurch red zone just yet. “We’re only at the preliminary feasibility stage and there are still many hurdles to jump.” says Joseph.
Enterprise North Canterbury’s role is to attract businesses and visitors to the Waimakariri District and they have worked closely with WHoW to consider Kaiapoi. Waimakariri District Council have been assisting the charitable trust to complete early feasibility work on the proposed location.
“Globally, water sports have a huge following. Participants happily travel nationally or internationally to experience facilities such as this. Combined with other adventure offerings within Canterbury it makes our region a very compelling place to visit,” says Miles Dalton, Enterprise North Canterbury business support manager.
Simon Markham, Waimakariri District Council manager strategy and engagement, says, “This proposal is closely aligned with the regeneration remit we’ve been given by the community and we’re excited to be working with the trust to see if this might work in our district.”
All parties hope the facility can be developed quickly. Surfing is now an Olympic sport and this facility, which could become the only wave garden in New Zealand, would provide a much-needed training facility for New Zealand and Pacific Island qualifying athletes. The aquasports park would provide water lovers with perfect waves, whitewater and cable wake at any time of year, and would be within easy reach of Christchurch International Airport and main transport routes.
A Give A Little campaign is being launched next week to assist the trust with raising funds to complete the preliminary feasibility work. The Enterprise North Canterbury Board have already committed some funding towards the project, believing it would be a great visitor attraction and business to have in North Canterbury.
Information sourced: Enterprise North Canterbury
With the much maligned Capital Gains Tax behind us, June saw the welcome return of investors and a positive step forward for a steady Canterbury real estate market. Their presence is particularly prevalent in the apartment sector with many out of town and local investors seeing the Christchurch rebuild as a city where higher yields can be achieved versus other heated New Zealand property markets.
Bank lending and pre-approval rates have risen, providing a welcome return to positive sales growth from this time last year. We are happy to report that new listings in Canterbury were up 5.7% compared to June 2018. Days on market has stretched to 47 days, up from 40 days in May. This increase is a seasonal stretch as buyers wait for the Spring rush to get a better selection.
The median sale price dipped a little to $445,000, encouraging those first home buyers to take advantage of the low interest rates on offer and lack of seasonal demand.
Auctions are still seeing strong support from those wishing to sell and purchase in a transparent environment. Our auction rooms remain busy each week, a reflection of the positivity in marketplace.
Property listings are the lifeblood of any real estate business and the volume of listings coming into Harcourts across the city continues to track well. Harcourts remains the preferred company in Christchurch with close to every second new property to the market being listed by your city’s favourite real estate brand.
As an investor, you want to maximise the highest possible returns from your property. Regardless of whether you own a single unit or a large portfolio, it’s always a safe move to let a reputable company manage your investment because they have support systems to do it well.
“Using a property manager is the most effective way to manage a rented property,” says Penny Lovell, Business Manager, Harcourts Four Seasons Realty. “This will save you money in the long run through less arrears, less hassles, less effort and higher rents. Really, it should be a no-brainer for people.”
Harcourts Four Seasons has 8 offices to meet the growing demand for quality property management services in the Canterbury area. “We are here to help relieve landlords from the stress of rental property ownership,” says Penny. “We do this by carefully selecting tenants, collecting rents, handling maintenance issues and all the things that could potentially cost you money and cause you concern.”
Importantly, being a locally owned and operated company, they know the community, the area and the unique needs of each neighbourhood. “Harcourts Four Seasons is therefore able to offer an exceptional service that can be tailored to suit each client,” says Penny.
Among other key services, they prepare your property for new tenants, keep it in the best possible shape, track income and expenses and reduce risk. The goal is to maximise the rent value of your investment property. This ensures you property is well-positioned for growth in valuation.
Whether you are a prospective landlord, unhappy with your current property management company or just unsure about your responsibilities in regards to the changes in legislation, just give Penny or her team a call. You can relax knowing your investment property will be in the best possible hands with Harcourts Four Seasons Realty.
For more information phone 03 3136158 or email email@example.com or drop in for a chat at Harcourts Four Seasons Realty, 15 Good Street, Rangiora, open 8.30am - 5.00pm.
May was a month that we felt Jack Frost return from his summer slumber, whilst his fingers wrapped around us at the start of the month, it didn’t dampen confidence on the Canterbury housing market. Whilst the market remained stable, 654 sales saw a significant 17.6% jump in sales from April with the median sale price static at $452,500. The five-year trend line continues to inch North reassuring both buyer and vendor alike. This surge in sales provides evidence that investors are returning on the back of our coalition Government not going with Dr Cullen’s recommendation on a CGT (Capital Gains Tax). First home buyers remain active but are bound by borrowing restrictions as the banks take a cautious approach around the historically low-interest rates provided. Our auction results continue to be pleasing with clearance rates up and those with their finance in place, securing excellent results within our rooms.
Days on market has increased by 1 day to 40 days, indicating our marketing method timeframes are lengthening due to the vendor and buyer price expectations out of alignment. Whilst many take a conservative approach during the colder months, those who like to purchase property without the summer competition are securing great properties.
Driving through our great city, it’s exciting to see new buildings completed or near completion. Our residential sales teams are listing more and more properties within the four avenues and businesses are starting to return to the CBD. Accommodation projects are taking shape, and the hustle and bustle is returning. Like anything starting again, our hospitality sector as well as retail needs your help to get going. They rely on us to visit the CBD, to explore our heart and enjoy what’s being created.
Please remember, property listings are the lifeblood of any Real Estate business and the volume of listings coming into Harcourts across the city continues to track well. Harcourts continues to be the preferred company across the city with close to every second new property to the market being listed by your city’s favourite company, Harcourts.
We are proud to support Pegasus Toy Library Incorporated with a donation through the Harcourts Foundation, which will provide education to the children.
We are also proud to support the Hornby Rugby Club with a donation through the Harcourts Foundation, which will provide sporting equipment to the club.
No matter what the cause, the Harcourts Foundation provides support to hundreds of organisations, enriching the lives of thousands of people in our communities.
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Harcourts Four Seasons has nearly 90 sales staff, including more than 20 who specialise in rural and lifestyle properties.
Franchise’s co-owner Greg Roberts says the economies of scale inherent in being part of the country’s leading real estate brand have important benefits for clients, as agents are equipped with the latest data, first-class training and a massive network for marketing.
But just as important for Harcourts Four Seasons’ consistently above-market results has been the customer-centric approach of their team, he says.
In Waimakariri District, the average lifestyle property sold by Harcourts Four Seasons goes for 9 per cent above the market average. In Hurunui, it's 14 per cent.
Stable conditions suggest sales this winter should match those of recent years, Greg says.
“Given the improvements to the roading network into and out of Christchurch, we’re confident in the continued popularity of North Canterbury.”
The personal touch at the heart of the franchise’s success can be traced to their deep roots in North Canterbury.
“Our rural/lifestyle agents have all owned, lived or worked on lifestyle properties or farms, and they're all active in their local communities,” Greg explains. “It’s what we’re all about.”
* Harcourts Four Seasons has offices in Hanmer Springs, Kaiapoi, Rangiora, Belfast, The Palms, Hornby, Lincoln and Rolleston. To get in touch, phone 0800 789 1011, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit them online at harcourtsfourseasons.co.nz.
Four Seasons won all three awards at the recent Canterbury Awards, with Richard & Sue Woerlee coming first, Mitchell Roberts & Mana Tai second, and Sue & Gemma Roberts third.
We have our Winter edition of the popular “We Sell Rural Lifestyle booklet” due out early June. Our team of Rural Lifestyle agents can help secure your spot in this now and are happy to undertake a free no obligation appraisal of your rural lifestyle property.
Harcourts is the leading company nationally for lifestyle and rural listings. This shows real credibility in using our team of Lifestyle and Rural experts to help you buy or sell your next property. Phone 0800 789 1011.
Buying or selling a home is a life-changing decision - so naturally, you'd want the very best team by your side to guide you through the process.
For many Canterbury homeowners who've employed its services, Harcourts Four Seasons needs no introduction. Operating out of eight offices spread from Hanmer Springs to Lincoln, this family-owned company has helped connect sellers to buyers since Day 1 and consistently delivers exceptional results.
Recently throwing their company awards at the Tait Technology Centre, the evening was a chance to celebrate Four Season's success, with its Top 10 Sales Consultants of 2018/2019 honoured for their incredible efforts. With some of these top salespeople gaining regional recognition within Harcourts, it was an outstanding achievement for the team.
Boasting such a dedicated and successful team, Harcourts Four Seasons is ready to help with all your real estate needs in 2019, offering a range of services from residential to rural, lifestyle and commercial sales, plus leasing to Property Management.
Operating in the same communities where its salespeople live, the team employs a unique method where all Harcourts salespeople can access the properties - meaning you are not just employing one salesperson but gaining access to the entire Harcourts network.
With so many eyes looking for new listings,
Well-trained, passionate and driven to succeed, each local salesperson is determined to get you more for your home and is proud to support the community which supports them. Through the Harcourts Foundation, Four Seasons has given over $160,000 in the past five years to 60+ schools and charities around Selwyn, Waimakariri and Hurunui.
Looking for a home or wanting to sell? Talk to the experts at Harcourts Four Seasons Realty, with offices in Belfast, Hornby, The Palms, Hanmer Springs, Kaiapoi, Lincoln, Rangiora and Rolleston.
Phone 0800 789 1011, email email@example.com or visit harcourtsfourseasons.co.nz for more information.
Reader’s Digest has announced its Most Trusted brands for 2019, and Harcourts, New Zealand’s largest real estate brand, has come out on top once again.
For the seventh consecutive year, New Zealanders have voted Harcourts their Most Trusted real estate brand, making Harcourts the only real estate brand to achieve this honour since the award’s inception in 2013.
Harcourts Managing Director Bryan Thomson says the ongoing endorsement of New Zealanders is what keeps the entire team at Harcourts striving to remain at the top. “We are incredibly proud of our teams across the country, and we want to thank every New Zealander who has worked with us and voted us number one.”
Thomson continues, “Trust is an important element of any relationship, but it’s particularly vital for our clients who trust us to sell what is likely to be their largest asset.”
“We know that real estate clients want to deal with consultants that have knowledge, expertise, honesty and integrity, and who are committed to achieving the best possible result for them,” says Thomson. “Above all, they want to deal with people they can count on - that's why we put absolute focus on creating a relationship of trust and respect with all our clients.”
“Our challenge is to keep earning that respect year after year by constantly finding new ways to deliver exceptional service and by building life-long relationships with our clients. We also continue to foster strong relationships with communities around the country through the work our people do by way of The Harcourts Foundation and the many other charities our team contribute to.”
“To be named the Most Trusted real estate brand for seven years in a row is an outstanding achievement and affirms that Harcourts truly has earned the trust of New Zealanders.
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