Post Quake Christchurch : How has this Affected Our Real Estate Market?

Thinking of Buying or Selling Property in Christchurch, Post Quake
Frank Dowle, Harcourts Four Seasons Realty Hornby Christchurch

Frank Dowle, Harcourts Four Seasons Realty

I would like to share with you some of the challenges that are affecting businesses in Christchurch, New Zealand, post Earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.  So here is the first of my interviews with a customer whom I’ve known and worked with for a number of years.

It is my pleasure to introduce to you Frank Dowle, a Real Estate Agent who works with Harcourts Four Seasons, Hornby, Christchurch.

Diane:  How long have you been working in real estate and why did you get started in it?  What did you do before this work?  What qualities do you feel are important in your line of work?

Frank:  After 18 years in NZ Police and then operating and selling a tourism business I made the transition into Real Estate in 2006.  I was looking for a career that involved lots of people contact and that I could put to use some of the skills I had picked up during my time in the police.  Policing taught me how to deal with people from all backgrounds and that was good training for real estate.

Diane:  If you’re thinking of selling, what sorts of things help to make this as smooth a process as possible especially after the earthquake?

Frank:  Selling real estate in Christchurch has never been more challenging than since the earthquakes.  Real Estate agents have had to learn new skills and deliver extra services that were unheard of prior to the earthquakes.  This includes dealing with the complex earthquakes and insurance issues effecting many properties in Canterbury.  It is fair to say that many home owners recognize the value of an experienced real estate agent backed by a well resourced and company.

Diane:  Which properties do you find easier to sell – a small town house or a lifestyle property? What circumstances make this easier? What is your preference?

Frank:  I don’t believe there is such a thing as an “easy” sale in Canterbury.  What’s more is that an agent should be adding value to the transaction so our clients receive value for money from engaging a licensed sales consultant.

Diane:  Do you find many people refer their family and friends to you or keep coming back to you with more business?  Why do you think that they do this?

Frank Dowle, Real Estate Agent

33 Leeston Rd, Springston

Frank:  The vast majority of my business comes from referrals and repeat business from past clients.  This is the best complement I can receive because I know that when a person recommends you their reputation is also at stake.  I have several clients whom I have been involved in buying and selling up to four or five times.

Diane:  Do you reward people for selling with you, referring people to you or buying through you?

Frank:  Some people don’t wish to be rewarded and just want to put their friends or family members in safe hands.

Diane:  Thanks Frank for your very honest and interesting update on the property market here in Christchurch and Canterbury.  If you or a family member is looking to buy or sell a property here in Christchurch then I would have no hesitation in recommending Frank to assist you in this area, as this can be particularly stressful if you don’t happen to live in the area or even live overseas.


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