Gael Van Hattum - Harcourts
I was brought up on a large Southland farm, 20kms from Invercargill. My career started with my nursing training at Southland hospital. I then ventured to Wellington where I continued nursing until I was approached by Kempthorne Medical Supplies to come on board as a drug sales rep - the selling bug began.
Selling in the lower North Island and down to Canterbury base, was a great life style for a single Girl. I then meet a boy, and went back South to live in Queenstown. For 10 years, I owned and operated Queenstowns first beauty therapy salon - in fact, it was the first beauty salon south of Christchurch. This was a wonderful education, and another version of when caring for people began.
I then got another great job selling New Zealand’s first ever time share resort - Turner Heights.
Life Changed and again bought me back to Wellington. With five children now, and wishing to be active in the community, I was approached by the manager of Harcourts in Kilbirnie, and asked to join their team - the best thing I ever did. This gave me an opportunity to see if real estate was something I would enjoy doing as my next career, it was, and here I am still loving moving people into homes.
My job is extremely demanding but I love every minute of it - it’s a job that can change with a phone call in the morning, so each day is never the same.
Like one Friday afternoon, when I was busy cleaning our apartment for Guests who were coming to stay for the rugby. I stopped to take a call… the gentleman on the end of the phone said ‘Gael, I hear you sell houses in Kelburn”. I replied “I certainly do like too”. He replied “Fabulous, I have 14 houses belonging to Victoria University I would like you to sell”. I then went on to sell these properties and achieved the highest residential sale in Central Wellington. What a fabulous finish to that week… and the All Blacks won so a great weekend was enjoyed!!!
My clients are just fabulous and most of them are referrals or repeat business, some of which are now selling or buying for the 2nd, 3rd or 4th time! I have worked hard and achieved excellent results as one of Wellington’s top 10% of salespeople, I am also part of the Gold Club 2005, Platinum Club 2006 and been awarded Hall of Fame 2007.
With me you will get tenacity, honesty, and my desire to achieve the best results for you through the best service. Please feel free to call or email me to discuss your property requirements, buying or selling, now or in the future.