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James' and Charlotte's Journey to Business Ownership with Harcourts


In 2009, Charlotte and James Marshall were high performing sales consultants working 7 days a week for another real estate company and looking for the next step in their real estate careers. “We were ready to make the move into business ownership, but we didn’t really know where to begin,” said James, “so we shopped around and looked at all our options.”

Harcourts offered the Marshalls the technology, processes and people to bridge the gap between sales consultant and business owner.

“Harcourts had the complete package – everything we needed to go from top sales consultants to successful business owners,” said James. “It was like being given the playbook and Harcourts’ people were always there to help. They made the transition easy.”

Charlotte and James love a challenge, so they started their business at the tail end of the Global Financial Crisis. “I can still remember it,” said Charlotte. “We leased our office in Epsom and there were just three people in it, the two of us and our PA.”

It was a big step and there were challenges, but the Marshalls have never looked back. “We’ve built a hugely successful business that now employs 40 people and we haven’t worked weekends in years. But it’s not just about our success – it’s also been incredibly rewarding to create an environment where other people can succeed.”

2019 marks 10 years since the Marshalls opened the doors to Harcourts Charlton Realty in Auckland – with busy offices in both Epsom and Mt Eden. “It’s quite a milestone,” said James, “and an opportunity to look back with real satisfaction at what we’ve achieved. Harcourts has been a big part of that success. They’ve been with us the all the way.”

Police have rolled out a new non-emergency number



Police have introduced a new phone number people can call for non-emergency incidents they want to report to the authorities. Kiwis can call 105 for issues that aren't emergencies, but still want to report them to police. For example, if someone discovers their car is missing, they would be encouraged to call 105 instead of 111. Likewise, if someone finds a broken window, or some new graffiti, from now on they should call 105.

The 111 number will still be in service - but police are asking for it to be reserved for instances where there is immediate danger. The new number aims to take the pressure off the 111 phone number and to help provide better services for the public. Police receive more than 2 million calls a year, according to Police Minister Stuart Nash. Almost 900,000 calls are made to the 111 service. There are around 1.2 million non-emergency calls to other police numbers.

"Just 20 per cent of 111 calls result in an emergency response, known as priority one," Nash said. He said another 20 per cent are priority two."This means at least 60 per cent of calls to the 111 number could be better dealt with on other channels." Nash said some calls involve complaints about parking, noise - or even cheeky children. "Calls to 111 should be limited to cases where an emergency is happening now or just happened and there's a threat to life or property. If it's already happened and there's no immediate danger, call 105." Nash said he hoped the introduction of the new number would make it easier for callers to get in touch with the right part of the police service for the right reasons.

"There are many other ways people can get help with community safety and crime prevention. The *555 number is for urgent road issues. There are online forms, the anonymous Crimestoppers 0800 line and the 1737 mental health support line. "The new non-emergency number 'ten-five' now makes it so much easier to get the right help from these extra Police," Nash said.


When to call 105 (ten-five)

  • Your bike has been stolen from the park
  • Someone has graffitied your wall
  • You've lost your wallet or phone
  • Your handbag was stolen at the library
  • Someone broke your car window
  • If you are a retailer and someone has shoplifted
  • If someone has done a petrol drive off
  • If you want to add information to your existing Police report
  • You see someone acting suspiciously
  • Your car has been stolen
  • You suspect a scam
  • You suspect drug dealing
  • Your shop has been broken into
  • Your house has been burgled (if you think the burglar may still
    be in your home, do not go inside - contact Police
    immediately by calling 111)

When to call 111

  • There is a fire of any sort
  • You need an ambulance because someone is seriously hurt
  • Someone is breaking into your house right now
  • There is a car accident where people might be hurt, or cars are blocking the road
  • Someone has been assaulted and the offender is still there
  • You are afraid for your safety and or for those around you
  • You need an emergency Police response

When to call *555 (mobile phone only)

  • For urgent but not life-threatening traffic matters that don't need an emergency police response
  • Continuous poor driving
  • Traffic congestion, breakdowns and obstructions on the highway



What we know about 277!


Start saving your pennies - our retail juggernaut beckons with the long-anticipated wait for our beloved 277 opening on the very near horizon. First to open is Farmers which will be over two levels followed by the Aussie behemoth, David Jones. And new to NZ will be the global brands including Camila and Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq. Other iconic Kiwi brands include Rebel Sport, Torpedo 7, Kathmandu and Noel Leeming. Speculation is that Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Canada Goose, and H&M are expected to grace Newmarket.  

There is going to be two personal shopping suites, upgraded interactive fitting rooms, and a beauty hall. Retail floorspace is leasing for an average $2000m2, although rates vary across the site, depending on store size and location. The mall will also house Auckland’s first rooftop premium dining with city views, a lifestyle area with a water feature running through the middle of restaurants and bars including White and Wong’s and Bird on a Wire. Countdown supermarket and Asian grocery store Tai Ping as well as, Events Cinemas have all been announced in the 4.5-hectare site that will be connected by a sky bridge. The 230 shops and the 2800 carpark (above and underneath) is said to be fully completed by Christmas.



















A three minute read on the history of Mt Eden


Mt Eden (Maungawhau) is a suburb in Auckland with the mountain being a mark on the skyline for many parts of the Auckland isthmus. Mt Eden consists of three cones and is 196 meters above sea level. The mountain archaeological sites bear testimony to the occupation of the mountain by Maori and the mountain remains a focal point for the residents of the suburb. In 1986 a road was built to drive up the summit and at the same time in order to protect the cone, 27 hectares of the Mt Eden domain was set aside as crown land.

The climate, plenty of food, fertile volcanic soil and essay access to the harbours was a great advantage life in Mt Eden for the Maori’s. It as thought to be as early as 1200 Chief Titahi taught the people how to develop terraced gardens on the side of the mountain, he also taught them how to make stone walls to provide protection and defensive against the enemy. In the 1700s when the Europeans came to the area, they cleared the land of the scoria rocks and made fences with them to distinguish the property boundaries. During the 1840s the land was divided into small farms and then most of the land was subdivided into large suburban plots in 1870 and the principal roads were formed by the Crown. The first school, Mt Eden Normal was opened in 1877 on the corner of Mt Eden and Valley Road.


The development of Auckland was dependent on the availability of land, transport the desire of the middle class to move of the    crowded inner city. The population of Auckland had increased by around 25% from 1874 to 1881. However, more dramatic increases were soon following with the population of Auckland Borough doubling from 1881 to reach 33,161 people in 1886.



At the height of development around this time, these centers provided most of the everyday services, supplies, and  entertainment needed by the surrounding suburb. The shopping precincts located on the earliest roads in the area, developed in  conjunction with the rapidly increasing population and improvements in public transport particularly the tramlines, with a significant period of built development in the 1920s and 1930s.

Estate agents touted the lifestyle benefits of living away from the city and the social prestige a suburban address enamored. Suburban life offered the fresh and open space that was missing from the small allotments and narrow lanes of the inner city. Allotments in subdivisions in Mt Eden, Morningside and Kingsland found buyers amongst settlers and speculators alike.

At the dawn of the twentieth-century, housing had largely replaced the farms, which had graced Mt Eden, Balmoral, and Sandringham. The increase in the residential population was accompanied by the development of roads, public transport, churches, schools, and early business and industry.

Volcanic stone was used extensively for early road building, as well as walls and fences and remains an important characteristic of the area. Allotment sizes demonstrate a pattern of more substantial suburban development and the area retains its early housing stock to a large degree, including large one and two-storied timber villas. The villa including its architecture, decoration, and surroundings form a lasting expression of the Victorian middle class in NZ, reflecting a love of home and comfort, spacious interiors, decoration, and display.




Events you shouldn't miss this March



The Red Hot Chili Peppers

Touching down in the City of Sails for two shows, this iconic band is proving one of the hottest tickets of the year so far. Despite both shows selling out in record time, we haven’t lost hope in the resales — so we’re keeping our eyes peeled and our fingers crossed. This is certainly one not to miss.




Sculpture On The Golf 

New Zealand’s preeminent outdoor sculpture exhibition returns in 2019 with a stellar line-up of established and emerging local artists. Spend a day on Waiheke, exploring the 28 works selected for the sculpture trail against the beautiful, wild backdrop of the Island.

Dates: Friday 1st March until Sunday the 24th March. 



The Heinekn Urban Polo

As the name promises, this urban answer to classic, country polo has reliably drawn crowds over the last few years, and this year, its

looking to be better than ever before! Tickets on sale now, so drab your glad rags and head to Ellerslie Racecourse on Saturday the 16th of March.



Arctic Monkeys 

The acclaimed indie-pop group from the UK is landing at Auckland’s Spark Arena for one show only, set to serenade audiences with songs from their fascinating new album Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino (alongside a few of the favourites we’re sure).Date: Wednesday 6th March 



Auckland Art Festival 

From the 7th until the 24th of March, Auckland will be overrun by various cultural events as part of its highly-anticipated Arts Festival. Highlights for this year includes the classic operatic masterpiece, The Magic Flute, performed by internationally-acclaimed Komische Oper Berlin; Blanc de Blanc — an incredible, burlesque cabaret from the acclaimed creators behind Madonna’s Rebel Heart tour that is set to be an evening of glamour and wonder; and the hair-raising circus that is Backbone, where performers will test the laws of gravity and undertake breathtaking acrobatic feats. Head to https://www.aucklandfestival.co.nz/ for more info. 




Our Top 5 NZ Getaways This Summer!

There’s nothing like making the most of the Summer season with family or friends in some of New Zealand’s best sandy sanctuaries. With the hot season quickly approaching we’ve put together our favourite beaches throughout the country, so pack up the car, take some summer brollys and enjoy soaking up the sun!

Mermaid Pools
If you’re yet to see the mermaid pools in Matapouri Bay then what are you waiting for? Make sure you take some walking shoes because this one is a bit of a hike, but it’s definitely worth the walk! Once you’re over the hills you come across the beautiful water holes also known as the mermaid pools. It’s a bit of a rocky spot so maybe a deck chair would be handy, but definitely well worth it for the sights.

New Chums – Coromandel
New Chums is voted as one of the world’s top 10 beaches! The hidden secret is only accessible via foot or boat. The beach is protected, there are no buildings, roads or any kind of infrastructure. To Access the beautiful untouched New Chums, you head to the car park at the north end of Whangapoua beach. After crossing the stream, you walk across the rocky boulders and follow the path over the saddle into the Nikau Palm grove taking about 30 minutes. New Chums is a must do this summer!

Goat Island Marine Reserve
Goat Island was New Zealand’s first marine reserve. Jumping the water at Goat Island you will be surrounded by over 100 species of fish, large ones and small ones, and sometimes you will see dolphins and orcas. Getting to Goat island is about an hour and a half drive from Auckland about 25Km out of Warkworth. You can snorkel, kayak and there is a glass bottom boat tours. Goat Island will make a great day trip this summer!

Onetangi Beach
Onetangi Beach is on Waiheke Island which overlooks Great Barrier, with its clear waters, golden sand, and cafes, Onetangi is a fantastic beach to visit this summer. Just a half an hour ferry ride to discover the spectacular island.

Cathedral Cove
If you have not visited Cathedral Cove yet this Coromandel destination is one for the bucket list this summer. Cathedral Cove is only accessible by boat or foot, the walk is 2.5km taking around 1 hour and 30-minute return trip. There are kayak tours, or you can drive or snorkel gorgeous walks and a viewing platform. The sand, the waves and the famous landscape make for a great Instagram picture!



Nail The Neighbourhood

Our How To's On Choosing A Great Neighbourhood

Moving to a new town or city can be overwhelming, particularly if you're trying to choose a neighbourhood to buy a home in. While it’s true that what a great neighbourhood looks like can differ person to person, all great neighbourhoods do share some common factors that are universally appealing. Here we explore 10 signs the neighbourhood you live in (or would you like to live in) is a good one.

Great schools
Even if you don’t have children now, buying a property within an area renowned for great schools has a very positive affect on property prices. In most places, you generally need to live within a public school’s catchment area in order to send your child to that particular school, and some parents are willing to pay top dollar to ensure they live in the catchment area of a great public school.

Low crime rates
This is a pretty universal sign of a good neighbourhood. We all want to live in an area where we feel safe and secure and savvy property buyers will do their research and look at crime rates when it comes to moving to a new area, with this information readily available online.

Lifestyle options
A well-rounded neighbourhood is one that offers different things to different people. This could mean they’re plenty of nearby cafes and bars for foodies, walking and hiking trails for active locals, or even local clubs and leagues for engaged community members.

Outdoor activities
Living in an area where residents don’t have to travel too far to get out and about and enjoy the great outdoors makes an area more appealing. Think of parks, playgrounds, golf courses, tennis courts, public pools and even nearby lakes and rivers.

Well-presented homes
Not only does a neighbourhood look amazing when each house is well presented, but it also shows that your neighbours take a lot of pride in their home, a good sign for any prospective property buyer or seller. This doesn’t have to mean you live in a street of luxury properties either, great presentation starts with a mowed lawn, neat and tidy yard, freshly painted facade and clean, well-maintained footpaths.

Leafy and well established
Even in inner-city areas, a leafy main road, with well-established older buildings and homes can look really inviting. It shows the area has a bit of heritage given the age of the trees that line most streets and the age of the buildings which have been maintained over time.

Family friendly
Aside from great schools lots of factors play a part in making an area appeal to families. Funnily enough, most are listed above. In addition to these an area which has larger homes on potentially larger blocks is probably going to appeal more to families than say the heart of the city, where units run significantly smaller, with little to no outdoor spaces available.

Public transport and walkability
In larger areas being close to public transport is a must with a huge number of commuters relying on buses, rail and ferries to get them to work every day. Walkability is also a big factor though, being able to leave the car at home to get to nearby attractions like markets, shops and cafes makes an area really desirable.

Not everyone loves the idea of travelling into an inner city to have dinner, see a movie or catch-up for drinks, so residential areas that also boast great local cafes, bars or theatres are always popular. As are those with great family entertainment options such as playgrounds, sports grounds, libraries and cinemas.

Being close to the shops is not just convenient it can be a drawcard that gets people to visit a neighbourhood. Weekend markets are popular neighbourhood attractions, as are large-scale shopping centres, supermarkets, and unique local boutiques.

This weekend, why not look around your local neighbourhood and see what makes your area special. It’s great to be aware of the major selling points in your location, and if you’re interested in buying in a particular area, why not see how it stacks up in the desirability stakes?

If you're looking to buy in an area completely new to you we have a good knowledge of the local area and will be able to answer questions about a neighbourhood.

Look What's Coming To Newmarket


The $790 million redevelopment of the Newmarket shopping Centre is well and truly underway… and you’ll be excited on what’s for come! Forecasted to open in the last quarter of 2019 the redevelopments are taking place at 277 & 309 Broadway. The talk is, these two sites will be linked via an airbridge over Mortimer Pass & Smith Crane.

So what’s to come?

Start saving and be ready to empty your pockets. The Newmarket shopping Centre will be the home to Auckland’s first ever David Jones!

Also… a new format Farmers department store, Countdown supermarket and more than 230 new specialty stores. Westfield Newmarket will showcase New Zealand’s best fashion, with a compelling mix of local and international designers, new-to-market brands and some of the most well-known retailers from New Zealand and Australia. Newmarket’s future shopping Centre will also be the home of many of some of the country’s finest restaurants with beautifully designed outdoor areas. A rooftop lifestyle will also be available and will include a new state-of-the-art Event Cinema Complex which will offer V-Max and Gold Class.

Upon completion Newmarket will be known for its premium food, fashion, technology, lifestyle and entertainment experience. We’re very excited for such a wide range of food and shopping options to be up and running just down the road from our Epsom branch.

Come on 2019!

Source: https://newmarket.co.nz/westfield-announce-david-jones-coming-newmarket/


Bring Those Bills Down

Bring Those Bills Down

Easy Ways To Save Money On Electricity & Water

Is your monthly electricity bill looking a little steep lately? Then do we have the tips for you! Although it can be hard with the children taking 20-minute showers and leaving the lights on in rooms around the house that aren’t being used... here are out top tips on bringing those bills down.

Use the Barbecue 
Why not use the Barbecue every so often to cook your family meals? This can take significant amount off that monthly electricity bill. I know what you’re thinking… we’re still using gas. However, research shows that using the gas barbecue still works out to be cheaper than using ranges and ovens, so why not give it a go!

Keep the Lid on the Pots
This is such an easy trick to saving electricity! When cooking on the stove top keep the lid on to keep the heat In. This means your pot will heat up faster which saves you time and money... what more could you want.

Washing Machine
There are so many ways you can reduce your power and water bill through the way you do your washing. First things first, make sure you are doing a full load of washing! This saves you using your washing machine more than you need to. A cold wash also saves a significant amount of dollars so make sure this is set. Only have a few items of lightweight clothing that need washing? Hand wash! The list goes on.

Clothes Dryer
If you’re trying to reduce your power bill we recommend you don’t use the dryer at all and hand dry as much as possible! However, on the rare occasion, if this needs to be used we have the ways to save. Firstly, make sure your dryer is not overloaded. Research shows, placing a dry towel in the dryer along with your washing helps your clothes dry quicker, so try this out.

It’s an obvious, but important tip. Nothing wastes electricity as much as those ceiling lights that are left on all day and forgotten about, so make sure these are off during the day. For night time, if you want to save that little bit extra on lighting, why not switch to more table and floor lamps, or go the extra mile and use candles!

There are so many easy ways to save money throughout your home on electricity and water, what are your tips? We would love to hear them! Email us below.

Published by Harcourts Charlton Realty LTD


Say Farewell To Family Frantics

Say Farewell To Family Frantics

Simple Ways To Keep You And Your Family More Organised

Do you hear yourself saying “Hurry up” a lot lately? When you think of the ‘morning in your household’ what are the first words that come to mind? Rushed, hectic, stressful? If this is you then keep reading! Turn those negative words to positives with these ideas to keep you and your family so organised that other families envy your amazing stress-free life.  

The Basket Colour Coding Method
This method is your new best friend! Say you have four people in your home – Blue, Green, Orange & Red. Have a basket somewhere in the house identifying these colours. These then will be filled with anything lying around the house that shouldn't be. Then, whenever anyone misplaces anything, it will be in their basket, as simple as that!  Another Tip for the long run – Label any games, toys or anything that could start an argument of whose is whose with this colour.

Time for a Timetable
Depending on the age of your little ones, using words and pictures to help your children follow daily routines can be a huge success! Set a schedule with the times of; breakfast, brush teeth, get dressed, shoes on and so on. Accompany this schedule with pictures of the item to help make mornings a little more fun for them. The more mornings this is used, the more likely it is to turn into a well-structured routine.

Cleaning Rewards
If there is a reward involved… the kids will become more motivated. Sit down with them, lay down a list of jobs you would want them to do and let them write what they would like as a reward down on a piece of paper. They don’t have to be expensive! Rewards can include; extra TV Time, Staying up a little past bedtime and so so on. However, these jobs should be done without being asked, get them into a routine of wanting to do the dishes, or wanting to pick up their toys once they’ve finished because they get something in return. As time goes on who knows, this could become more of a habit than a chore.

Managing your Menu
It’s now time to plan ahead. If you don’t already, set up a menu for your family meals. Start this process with dinners and plan them out weekly. Once you start to get more in the flow of this then add on breakfast and kids’ lunches (Save a lot of stress by preparing these the night before).  Also, to make sure you avoid the phrase ‘I don’t want that for lunch’ Keep a list of tasty snack ideas for kids lunches and allow them to pick two they would like for lunch each day (or even 3 as a cleaning reward).