The inspiring women of Harcourts real estate

The Harcourts Optimize Group is made up of a team of incredible, hard-working men and women all of whom deserve so many accolades. However, today we are proud to be paying tribute to the many inspiring women in our team who have all forged their own career paths through hard work, and enjoyed great success. While we can’t share everyone’s story, we can share the stories of a few. So enjoy learning a little bit more about the women of Harcourts.

 

Debbie Beazley, Co-Owner of the Harcourts Optimize Group & Head of the Property Management division

How did you become involved in real estate?
I became involved in real estate after Mike did got into it.  I got my licence to enable me to help him on weekends with open homes. I couldn't see myself doing anything else now. 

What has been your biggest challenge?
Biggest challenge - we start Optimize in 2008 alongside the Global Financial Crisis.  It was an incredibly tough time. 

What are you most proud of along your real estate journey?
Most proud of - building our business to where it is today. We have an amazing team and moving into our new office last year was a real highlight

What have you enjoyed most?
Most enjoyed - I love homes (and gardens) and I love meeting people. It's a great combination in this industry. I love pulling up at a home and feeling excited about what I'm about to see. Helping people buy and sell real estate is incredibly rewarding.

What advice or wisdom can you share with other women thinking about choosing a career in real estate?
Advice - you need to be passionate about the industry. It can be incredibly rewarding but also can be very tough and very demoralising. Be prepared to work very hard, be very disciplined and deliver a great experience for your clients. It can be a rollercoaster ride but it is a very addictive and rewarding one.

 

Susie Purton, Harcourts Whangarei Salesperson

How did you become involved in real estate? 
After working in administration for a real estate office, I was given the opportunity to do my real estate papers, which I optimistically took. Over a decade later and I am a proud member of the Harcourts Optimize Realty Team.

What has been the biggest challenge for you along your real estate journey? 
Having to have incredible self-discipline in working hard and being accountable to yourself.

What are you most proud of along your real estate journey? 
In 2011 and 2012 I was rewarded for my hard work by winning the Top Agent Award for the business in both years. However, another major highlight has been working alongside wonderful people who start as real estate rookies and being able to share the things I have learnt with them - almost like paying it forward.

What have you enjoyed most about your real estate journey? 
I have enjoyed being able to solve problems for my clients. If you think about a seller’s position, they are either find their house too big, too small, in the wrong location or not on the right land. By selling their home and helping them to find a new one, I feel like I’m providing a solution to a problem and it’s something I really enjoy about working in real estate.

What advice do you have for any other women thinking of a career in real estate? 
This is the hardest job I have ever done except for Motherhood. So be prepared to work very hard, because it’s not a walk in the park!

 

Shontelle Goodhew, Harcourts Whangarei Salesperson

How did you become involved in real estate? 
Mike and Debbie Beazley, the owners of the Harcourts Optimize Group gave me an opportunity to do my papers with the Harcourts Scholarship. I was looking for a new career at the time so I gladly took it!

What has been the biggest challenge for you along your real estate journey? 
Sometimes the wavering loyalty of clients and other industry friends can be disappointing, but other than that having to adjust without a steady income is the only major challenge.

What are you most proud of along your real estate journey? 
The testimonials from clients have really made me proud because I understand I’m not just helping them with finding or selling a house, I’m helping them to make some big decisions and change their life in a positive way. The relationships I have developed along the way have also been fantastic.

What have you enjoyed most about your real estate journey? 
Really feeling like I’m helping and looking after others.

What advice do you have for any other women thinking of a career in real estate? 
Don’t give up, keep going. Find a way to keep motivated. 

 

Rachel Rogers, Harcourts Bream Bay Salesperson

How did you become involved in real estate? 
I purchased my first unit at the age of 19yrs old (because I needed to spend my savings on something positive) then progressed from there. Continued to purchase sections or property and manage my own tenants. Became a legal salesperson in 2009 when we moved up north from Auckland and chose then to make it my profession. 

What has been the biggest challenge for you along your real estate journey?
The biggest challenge I’ve experienced has been working around my young children. The privilege we have in helping people take the next step in their real estate dreams (while flexibility is wonderful) it can be a real juggling act. 

What are you most proud of along your real estate journey? 
I’m certainly proud of my Property management level 4 certificates gained while working in realestate - gives our partnership a well rounded perspective to helping vendors and purchasers, and subsequent awards in sales. Perhaps the proudest achievement has been becoming a sole income source for our family and working with my partner in life and work. 

What have you enjoyed most about your real estate journey? 
Easy! Helping people find that perfect first/next step in their Property journey. Getting results that really move them. 

What advice do you have for any other women thinking of a career in real estate? 
Listen, listen, listen. Don’t overthink what’s in front of you (or ahead of you). Be honest, be upbeat, be real and be creative... anyone can sell stuff - however if you are passionate you will be selling the dream! Enjoy what you do because if you don’t other people will be able to see that. 

 

Renee Wilkinson, Harcourts Just Rentals Business Development Manager

How did you become involved in real estate? 
After purchasing my first investment property in Auckland in 2013 it inspired me to pursue a career Real Estate the following year. I started out as a receptionist in a boutique Sydney office and quickly outgrew the role that I was employed to do. They offered me the role of Business Development Manager for the Rental division which I eagerly took. I spent the following year doing this role in Sydney and then we re-located to Whangarei in 2016 where I have been with Harcourts ever since doing the same role. 

What has been the biggest challenge for you along your real estate journey? 
The biggest struggle for me is my work, life balance. Work tends to take over.

What are you most proud of along your real estate journey? 
I am most proud of getting out of my comfort zone as I am usually a behind the scenes person however this role gets me out of my comfort zone.

What have you enjoyed most about your real estate journey? 
I love that no day is ever the same, I love meeting new people and helping people achieve their dreams of becoming property investors.

What advice do you have for any other women thinking of a career in real estate? 
The advice I have for other woman thinking of getting into realestate is be prepared to work hard and long hours but once your well established the work finds you.