292 Clyde Road
Bryndwr, Christchurch 8053

Seizing Opportunities without Hesitation

Colin Zhai holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics & Astronomy – a testament to his hard work and dedication. He is driven by an insatiable curiosity for understanding how things work and a passion for problem-solving. With his unique blend of modern technology and timeless etiquette, Colin embodies true professionalism, continuously learning and evolving to meet the needs of his clients.

Refusing to be average, Colin leverages his rich science and engineering background to approach real estate with a distinctive perspective. His decisive actions reflect his understanding that time is one’s greatest asset, always seizing opportunities without hesitation.

Raised in New Zealand, Colin embraces a diverse cultural heritage that includes Chinese, Filipino and Indian influences. This unique upbringing, combined with a love for classical music and old-school etiquette, defines Colin as having an old soul while being part of the new generation. He will take challenges in his stride and aim for the best solutions for his clients.

Contact Colin today and learn more about what he can do for you.

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I prioritise my client’s experience to ensure a seamless and enjoyable real estate transaction.
– Sam Bowen

Collaboration and Transparency

Sam brings a dynamic, sincere and energetic approach to serving his clients in the real estate arena. With over a decade of experience in technology sales, Sam’s adept negotiation skills and comfort in navigating various situations ensure a smooth process for his clients.

Consistently surpassing expectations and challenging traditional property marketing methods, Sam seamlessly transitioned into the real estate industry.

Being a property owner and investor himself, Sam intimately understands the journey of entering and expanding one’s property portfolio. Drawing from his Certificate in New Zealand Financial Services, he prioritizes ensuring that each client’s experience is not only seamless and stress-free but also enjoyable.

“Real estate dynamics are evolving rapidly, and effective marketing is now more crucial than ever. Leveraging technology, I outpace my vendors’ competition, ensuring heightened visibility and a competitive edge, ultimately leading to premium results for my clients.”

“I strongly emphasize communication, ensuring my vendors feel fully engaged in the process rather than mere spectators. Collaboration and transparency are key pillars of my approach.”

Contact Sam now to learn more.

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Passionate, Driven & Sincere

A desire to be close to her family has brought Benita back to Christchurch.

Benita comes with over 8 years’ experience in Residential Sales, is a Top Performing Agent with Harcourts with over $100 million in settled sales. As a true professional in the industry, she is held in high regard by her peers and has been the recipient of many awards acknowledging her efforts over the years.

The combination of dynamic energy, industry knowledge and innovative ideas has proven to be a winning formula for Benita. She has the experience, expertise and results that demonstrate her successful approach to business.

Benita values honesty, integrity and professionalism, and has a sound knowledge of all aspects of property transactions. She approaches everything with energy and enthusiasm, and has an eye for detail.  She is approachable, hardworking, and resourceful.

Benita sees her Sales Manager role as an opportunity to support and inspire her team to be successful and achieve their goals and to ensure our customers receive exceptional service and results.

Benita’s hobbies include spending time with family, dining out, entertaining, gardening and shopping.

Passionate and committed to each and every client.

“Heart is what drives us and determines our fate” – Isabel Allende.

With an experience of more than 18 years in Education, Katharine understands the importance of looking after the ones you love.

Originally from Santiago, Chile. Katharine landed in Christchurch early in 2018 and has worked closely with many families in the ECE setting, demonstrating great work ethics and commitment to teaching the little ones.

Katharine puts her heart into every endeavor and finds delight in engaging with people from different cultural backgrounds.

As a true Latin American, Katharine enjoys social gatherings, good music, and good food. She has found a real sense of purpose while helping people achieve their goals either by selling or buying Real Estate.

Don’t hesitate to contact her via email or phone if you want her professional approach to selling or buying a property.

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“Achieving consistent results in real estate, requires unwavering commitment.”
– Lisa Wong

Respect, Reputation & Building Relationships

If, as they say, a face can launch a thousand ships, then Lisa Wong’s infectious smile could sell a thousand houses and, indeed, she has been involved with many, many successful real estate transactions since her real estate career began in 2004.

Armed with an effervescent, intoxicating personality and coming from the background of teaching and mass media, it is not surprising that Lisa has such excellent interpersonal skills. This is reflected in the strong reputation she has earned in the industry and the mutual respect she enjoys among the people working with her. International investors and immigrants form a vital group of buyers in the New Zealand housing market – something Lisa is acutely aware of.

Fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin, Lisa is passionate about promoting Christchurch and, incredibly comfortable dealing with people from all walks of life and from different ethnic backgrounds, knows how to make the buying/selling process as straightforward and stress-free as possible.

Lisa genuinely cares about her clients’ needs and prides herself on having their best interests at heart.

Contact Lisa today!

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I want Christchurch to be known as a city where everyone can be housed and housed well.
– Shar Davis

Helping people live their best life

He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata.

Shar wholeheartedly agrees with this Māori proverb: people are the most important thing in the world, and this underpins her approach to life and real estate.

Shar’s experience across cultures and sectors of society, alongside her qualifications in communication and journalism add depth to what she can offer to you. A passionate Cantabrian, Shar recognises and values the trust her clients place in her to make their dreams come true, and she thrives on helping people live their best life.

Shar believes you need to be able to connect with people from all walks of life, and genuinely enjoy people. This has formed the foundation for Shar’s approach to real estate, and her desire to help change people’s lives for the better—whether it’s an accessible home, stability, creating a family legacy, investing in your future, being able to begin a new chapter after challenge or heartbreak—there are so many ways that real estate can be a catalyst for growth.

“No matter who you are, there is a place that you can call home, where you can feel connected and planted and thrive. I love the idea that I can be a part of that”.
Shar will work tirelessly on your behalf with integrity, creativity and devotion. Call Shar today to start your next real estate journey.

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“Whether you think you can, or you can’t, you’re right”
– Henry Ford

Conscientious, Passionate, Friendly, Helpful

Designing his services on a foundation of transparency and trust, Alan Skehill is a respected real estate agent who aims to help others unlock the full potential of their property and land. As a dedicated professional since 2019, Alan features an extensive background within this industry and has cultivated a deep understanding of the local buying, selling, investing, and marketing processes that guarantee a positive experience for every one of his clients.

Native to Ireland and later relocating to New Zealand in 2016, Alan has always been an altruistic person who enjoys helping others succeed both personally and professionally. This, along with his instilled resilience, work ethic, and innovative nature, became the catalyst for him to obtain a BEng in Agricultural Engineering. Now intertwining his engineering background and passion for personal finance, Alan has leveraged his collective dynamic skills to become the renowned agent he is today. To date, Alan has worked with numerous clients, developers, investors, and house renovators and has earned several recognitions, including multiple Holmwood Sales Consulting awards, the Gold Sales Status, and the Client Experience Excellence Award in 2021.

As a professional fueled by fueling others, nothing makes Alan happier than being able to put buyers into their dream homes and obtaining top dollar for every seller listing. He has a genuine passion for his career, values integrity, and is known for empowering his clients with in-depth support so they can make the best decision for themselves and their futures. This, in conjunction with his strong technical knowledge of properties and commitment towards always putting his clients first, can solidify your confidence that your real estate journey will be nothing but a successful one.

Alan loves what he does and continuously stays updated with the current market trends to give his clients the concierge representation they deserve. Alan’s passion and dedication as an agent also bleeds into his free time, as he spends off-hours capitalizing on his industry strengths and networking with other like-minded professionals.

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“Passion, Energy & Determination.
– Reubyn Bisschops

A Fresh Approach to Real Estate

Reubyn is leading the new generation of real estate agent, with her friendly, down-to-earth, yet un-relenting and determined approach.

After earning her Bachelor of Sports & Recreational Management with a Major in Marketing, Reubyn began working in numerous sporting and corporate event management roles, all whilst competing on the world stage for triathlon.
Reubyn has recently taken her passion for marketing and management along with her competitive nature and motivation to succeed and successfully applied these to real estate.

Reubyn strongly believes in setting a new benchmark for customer service by working hard to ensure a smooth and rewarding process for her clients.

Through her own personal real estate ventures Reubyn has recognised the need for a fresh, customer-focused approach to the industry. Her down-to-earth and bubbly personality will be a welcomed change to the real estate industry.

This coupled with her ‘never give up’ mind-set and desire to achieve will ensure she exceeds all your highest expectations.


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“Straightening the curves, flattening the hills.
– Corina Grey

Passionate About All Things Real Estate…

With a passion and clear understanding of interiors, architecture and the way people live, Corina Grey is an asset to any real estate venture.

Corina loves property because it changes people’s lives. This is what drives her in Real Estate and makes her work hard every day. People are at the heart of everything she does, and she truly believes her team make a positive difference in people’s lives. This makes every day special.

Well and truly immersed in the local real estate market, Corina is no stranger to hard work and challenges; tirelessly working to ensure client needs are not only being met, but exceeded, every time. Be it buying or selling, Corina brings an enthusiastic, personable and helpful approach to every task.

Having been described as honest, trustworthy and full of integrity, Corina is a delight to work with. Offering a perfect balance of experience, laughter and local market knowledge Corina is ready, and able, to help you turn your dream into a reality.

Contact her today.

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“Constant excitement and new challenges ensure there is no better business than Real Estate”
– Simon Hollander

Brilliance In Balance

Experience isn’t something you get overnight. It comes from working through a myriad of different situations so when the time comes for action, you can do so quickly and confidently.

For Simon Hollander, experience is something he’s gained with a successful selling career before entering real estate management and ownership.  Devoted to the industry since 1998, with a carefully developed progression of nous and skill, he now directs a tightly knit team of consultants, buyers agents and support staff as Holmwood’s Ilam Office Business Owner and Branch Manager.

The mindset that Simon first established in a civil engineering career has been crucial to this ongoing success. Numerous clients, multi-faceted projects and careful planning were dominant factors then – and they’re vitally important now.

Not one to sit still, for a decade Simon’s dedicated hobby has been to run cycling events in Canterbury. For 6 of those, he hosted the marquee event on New Zealand’s cycling calendar, the Elite National Road Championships here in Christchurch.

Modern real estate also demands innovation. You need to stay on the cutting edge, constantly adapting and evolving. At times such a fast moving lifestyle can be stressful so it pays to have someone who can install a sense of lightheartedness in the office. Quite simply, Simon knows what having a laugh means for the bigger picture. He manages with a quick-to-shine smile, a timely word of advice and a no-nonsense approach.

If this sounds like you, and you are looking for a change in career, give me a call to find out how we can help.

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