RE/MAX Warkworth has moved its office to the old BNZ Bank building in Neville Street, and directors Ben and Nola Kloppers have been worked hard to make the location as warm and friendly as possible.
The couple plans to install a small terrace outside where passers-by can enjoy a coffee and free WiFi, whether they happen to be doing business with RE/MAX or not.
It is all part of the community ethos of the Kloppers who are known for their support of community causes such as the Breast Cancer Foundation, Mahurangi Rugby, Rodney Rams cricket, Variety children’s charity and many others.
Inside the refurbished BNZ, the couple have strived to move away from the typical, clinical real estate office feel to something more relaxed and in keeping with the heritage of the building.
“Real estate can be intimidating for clients if it’s not something they are involved with every day. We wanted an environment which is relaxed and open, where people can come in and feel comfortable to talk and discuss their ideas,” Nola says.
In the main office, a large “brainstorming table” will be available for the team to discuss strategies, continually striving to find ways to do things better for their clients.
A smaller, comfortable meeting room and a more formal boardroom – both of which feature TV screens – are there to discuss all things real estate.
The Kloppers made the switch to “RE/MAX House” after outgrowing their premises on Baxter Street.
They are looking forward to growing their business under the RE/MAX umbrella, with new agents already approaching them to join.
Ben says this is partly due to being part of the world’s largest real estate company, where the RE/MAX philosophy is to provide their agents with all the tools necessary to make them as successful as they possibly can be.
“Ultimately, that helps the customer because the agent is put in the best possible position to assist them,” Ben says.