It is not only New Zealand's second largest city, it is Arizto's second home, and the location of one the best teams in the country's fastest growing real estate company.Read more
When Savita Waitere tells prospective buyers that they will love living in the Waikato – it is the truth of her own experience.
Arizto's latest Regional Support Manager arrived in Mooloo country just over a month ago with her husband, moving into the beautiful seaside town of Raglan.
Famed as a surfing mecca and for its scenic black sand coastline, Waitere is so glad to be back in what she will tell you is one of the best locations to ply your trade.
"It's the climate and the seaviews, and the laid back, relaxing environment.
"Just a stone throw to where the business gets done. When you have to race up, you're there in 40 minutes."
Waitere has also set herself up with a more centralised work location in Hamilton's suburb of Frankton, perfect for allowing her to engage with a group of 21 individual agents and one team, which covers not only New Zealand's fourth most populous city but a very expansive area from the Coromandel to Tokoroa and Taupo.
So she understands how they all have to really get out there and cover some kilometres to secure listings and work with buyers – just as she did successfully under her married name of Savita Robinson in Wellington.
"I show them what to do, [getting to] know them personally. We never forget the personal side of real estate.
"I'll never ask them to do something I'd never do myself.
"They're not in it alone. Real estate can be lonely, so why not have a team of people with you?"
In fact, Waitere has always understood the internal motivation required for a sales career – having spent 13 years in real estate and seven years prior working for the likes of Avon, where again she rose to become a district manager.
"Very good at sharing my skills with others.
"I was so used to settling small ticket items, why not sell big ticket items?"
And so to real estate, which became a family affair as her husband, who had worked for 20 years as a roofer, suffered an injury and so came into the profession with her for 8 years, Savita also trained her sister to have a real estate career.
With Harcourts, Waitere won the Rising Star award, and reached the Top 10 of salespeople for Wellington – proving equally adept working solo or as part of a team.
While her husband has been able to return to his original trade, Waitere saw an opportunity to come back up the North Island, a decision that was no doubt helped by the fact that when she planned to make the move, she heard from vendors she had bought and sold with that they were also coming to the area and wanted to stick with her.
"I could follow my clients, which is what's great about Arizto. We build clients for life.
"When you have that history with a client, it's never forgotten.
"It's just to be back in the Waikato and share my ideas, and get our vendors some great sales prices."
Looks like the Waikato and the Arizto team got an early Christmas present.
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