Graham Browne - Ray White
Hello. I became involved with the real estate industry in 1999 when I decided I needed a fresh challenge in a new field. A friend of mine was one of the partners in Villa Real Estate based in Porirua, Wellington, which was a large local real estate agency trading under the “Leaders” franchise. He persuaded me to join his company and see how I liked selling real estate.
I qualified as a licenced salesperson and started work at their Whitby office in 2000. Having owned and managed a number of companies over the previous 45 years, selling was almost second nature to me and I found real estate to be extremely challenging and rewarding.
Within 2 years I was offered the position of branch manager for two of the company’s five branch offices and this lead to an offer to become involved in the ownership and management of their large office on the Kapiti Coast.
In 2003 I took over as manager of the Paraparaumu Beach office and since that time I have expanded the business to the extent that it is now the predominant agency on the Kapiti Coast.
In 2012 I took over full ownership of this office and a 50% shareholding of the parent company, Villa Real Estate Ltd. For a short period I was involved as a silent partner with the Porirua area offices, until in 2015 the company was divided into two separate identities.
I took over full ownership of Villa Real Estate with its Paraparaumu office in late 2015.
Recently we rebranded under the “Ray White” franchise, which presents a new opportunity and challenge. The existing Paraparaumu “Ray White” office merged with mine in early 2017, thus increasing agents numbers significantly.
I’m an Associate member of the Real Estate Institute of NZ and I act as the licensee for my company. While mainly involved in management work these days, I have always enjoyed meeting new people and helping them achieve their property ownership ambitions.
I’m extremely proud of the calibre of my salespeople and invite anyone who is looking to sell or buy property on the Kapiti Coast to contact my office on 04 2966900, whereupon you will be looked after in a very friendly and thoroughly professional manner!