A Warkworth real estate agency has punched above its weight to win the top Property Management Investment Award for the entire Harveys & LJ Hooker groups in New Zealand.
Harveys Warkworth was recognised for its business retention, rental properties let and acquisition of new properties to manage at last month’s annual conference. Property manager Sonya Lewis, who joined the company just a year ago, accepted the award. She described the win as “amazing”.
“I felt like I was doing a good job, but to have it confirmed at a national level by my colleagues was really something special,” she says. “It’s made me even more determined to grow the Harveys portfolio and retain our title.”
Sonya put her success down to her years of experience as a legal executive, as well as attention to detail, good communication and good note taking and follow-up.
The Harveys Warkworth office is owned by Greg Allen-Baines and Amanda Wynne-Baines
“Amanda has been in property management for over 10 years and operates the financial side of the operation, which leaves me free to deal with the tenants, owners and property viewings,” Sonya says.
“My favourite part of this role is meeting new and interesting people, particularly those of different cultures and nationalities. I recently spoke to Pasifika women at the Women’s Centre about their rights as tenants and how landlords expect their houses to be treated, and they were very grateful for the advice. One of my worst experiences so far has been a dog attack, but I managed to come out of that unscathed.”