Residential Real Estate and Project Marketing
Market-leading residential real estate services
A wealth of experience in the Queenstown property market positions Colliers as the go-to team for residential sales. An understanding of the unique factors underpinning the economy of the resort town positions clients to receive unparalleled insight into residential investment. Lakeside homes, investment apartments, building lots, alpine retreats and rented units are just a selection of the broad range of Queenstown property opportunities. Talk to our experts about your property priorities.
For developer clients, our track record across off-plan sales is unrivalled. Multi-lot subdivisions and apartment blocks are an increasing feature on the Queenstown investment landscape, and Colliers are at the forefront of sales. Working across the entire property services business and utilising our extended networks, our offering takes clients from conception, through demand analysis and feasibility, to marketing and subsequently full sell-down off-plan.
Director | Residential Sales
Decades spent managing Queenstown businesses have positioned Fred Bramwell as an industry leader. Clear vision and strong decision-making are the bywords of Fred’s leadership style, allowing him to develop and execute company strategy whilst always keeping the big picture in mind.
An understanding of the skills needed at every level of the business mean Fred has an appreciation for every team member in every department. Compliance with real estate law and codes of conduct are all part of the job, and an area in which Fred thrives with his uncanny ability to see every side and implement ideas and concepts to identify issues before they arise, and negotiate smart solutions when necessary.
A Queenstown local for more than 28 years, Fred’s business acumen in the early days led him to start a successful white-water rafting business, a company that made him a major player on the region's booming tourism stage. A move into real estate was the obvious progression for performance-driven Fred. Fred’s business acumen and drive to succeed helped his former real estate agency, hoamz, go from rank outsiders to Queenstown’s leading real estate agency in just a few short years. Alongside residential and commercial sales, Fred specialised in the burgeoning apartment market, correctly identifying the niche as the ‘next big thing’ in real estate.
A lifelong interest in the property market, has seen Fred involved in residential, rural and commercial investing. "It's a fascinating business and Queenstown is unique in its investment opportunities. It has been for years, it still is, and I don't see anything changing that for some time to come," says Fred.
A family man with a love for the great outdoors, Fred’s always on hand and takes the time to make a personal connection with property sellers.
Managing Director | Sales Consultant
James has over 16 years experience in real estate and has held senior management positions with real estate organisations in Australia, the United States, the Middle East and New Zealand.
James began his real estate career with Colliers International where he held the position of project marketing manager in the Brisbane office of PRD’s nationwide Residential Project Marketing division where he was responsible for sales & marketing of high density, mixed use and master planned community development projects.
He has significant experience in design, development management, marketing, sales and asset management and has worked across the full spectrum of real estate asset classes including real estate private equity in New York.
James has been actively involved in the Queenstown market for the last decade as an owner, investor and developer of real estate. He previously held the position of General Manager of Projects with Remarkables Park Limited and re-joined Colliers International in 2017.
James holds a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University New York, a Graduate Diploma in Property Economics and a Bachelor of Business both conferred from the Queensland University of Technology.
Director | Sales Consultant
The name ‘Quilly’ has become synonymous with real estate in Queenstown – and with good reason. An epic career spanning more than a decade has cemented Brendan Quill’s position as the go-to-guy for results. Prior to his leap into real estate (anyone who knows Quilly will confirm he’s more of a leaper than a stroller), prominent positions in Queenstown tourism had already placed him firmly on everyone’s radar as a good kiwi bloke with a top sales pedigree and a personality that can brighten up a dull day..
Results speak for themselves in real estate, and Quilly’s talk louder than most. Word of mouth recommendations ensure Brendan’s phone rings – a lot. Local charitable works as MC, commentator and of course auctioneer mean he’s a busy man. Sought-after for his ability to entertain a crowd, the family man can extract every last dollar from an auction room, be it corporate, charitable or real estate, with a seasoned mixture of acumen, negotiation and pure cheek. His list of satisfied customers reads like a phone book, and everyone comes back for more.
Finely-tuned negotiation techniques and an ‘outside the box’ approach mean he has the skills to bring deals together in a quick timeframe.
Director | Sales Consultant
Three decades of experience in the real estate industry mean Stephen Hebbend brings to his clients the benefit of having listed and sold property in every kind of market and economic scenario. With thousands of successful sales and satisfied customers, his work ethic, knowledge and ability to find solutions set Stephen apart.
From a young age, Stephen realised that the only way to succeed in the industry was to apply genuine commitment in every aspect of his work. "I've always endeavoured to do the right thing by my clients," he says. The formula paid off, developing many long term business relationships and allowing his career to thrive.
By 2002 he was an associate of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand and his career had propelled him to the highest echelons of the industry in the Southern region. Leading from the front as an agency principal and director, Stephen’s been in key advisory roles to staff throughout his career. Working as one of the most experienced sales consultants in the Colliers International Otago team, he says “With the extremely efficient, high tech systems in place to assist with the running of the office, I'm able to do what I enjoy the most; listing and selling property".
A keen sportsman - Stephen's completed a number of half-marathons and fundraising long-distance cycle rides - he recognised a similar appeal in real estate; the chance to train hard to become the best.
A philosophy firmly rooted in results has established Jannette Highsted in a secure position among Queenstown’s top real estate agents. Being able to count among your achievements record prices for properties is no small feat in the competitive Queenstown market place.
But it’s not all about the numbers. Jannette’s integrity and attention to detail have made her the agent of choice for countless buyers and sellers, especially investors. Her own successful forays into property investment have created a wealth of knowledge that’s priceless to her buyers and sellers – the advantage of personal experience can’t be over-rated in this business. Vendors give glowing reports about the Southland-born agent’s complete dedication to their all-important sale. On top of all that, this switched-on lady has achieved the pinnacle of real estate qualifications, achieving the letters AREINZ after her name in 2009, giving her the in-depth knowledge needed to ensure your peace of mind.
Sheer determination to achieve the optimum result for both buyer and vendor has seen Maria’s real estate career go from strength to strength since entering the industry in 2003. Her commitment to always going the extra mile for her clients means repeat business forms the backbone of this busy lady’s workday – an accolade she’s rightly proud of. Alongside achieving some record prices for vendors through her finely-tuned negotiation skills, Maria counts maintaining a pool of happy buyers and sellers as among her greatest real estate achievements.
Maria’s always believed real estate was for her, and being surrounded by the knowhow, experience and positive energy of the team has assisted Maria onto the road to becoming a legend in her own right! Maria and builder husband Bruce have had a good deal of property experience over the years - combining their joint skill sets of building and interior design, the couple produced and sold numerous homes, which gave them invaluable insight into the property industry.
"I think it's fair to say we learned by experience what should be expected by vendors and buyers alike. We know the procedure, we know which consultants stood out and which were left in the shade, so right from the start I understood what my customers needed from me” says Maria of her real estate career.
Whether it’s her infectious enthusiasm and bubbly personality at a listing appointment, her knowledge and skills at a serious buyer negotiation or her genuine love of helping people into their dream home, there’s never a dull moment when Maria’s around!
Sophie brings a knowledge-based approach to selling and investing in the dynamic Queenstown residential market and a genuine passion for the industry. Working across multiple sectors in the property sphere since 2012, she now specialises in residential sales.
With a marketing degree from the University of Otago, Sophie has a dynamic approach to buying and selling. She has excelled as a commercial leasing broker and in residential sales, building a track record of successful negotiations throughout Otago.
Sophie has built strong relationships with vendors and purchasers through her honest and approachable style and prides herself on going the extra mile for her clients and achieving top results.
Over a decade of experience working in the wider Queenstown and Glenorchy markets, Rowan has developed and honed his skill set needed to ensure a professional, friendly and very effective service to all those looking to buy or sell property in this area.
With a Queenstown-based adventure tourism background with some of the country's best known tourism businesses dating back to the early 1990’s, Rowan knows the area and its opportunities well, plus a good number of the local population who call the area home too. Successful tourism sales and marketing roles in Australia, Fiji and Queenstown have added to a well-rounded background ideal for the real estate industry.
With a long list of happy customers and clients who have appreciated his straightforward approach to buying and selling, Rowan is an easy choice to help you with your property needs as well. For a smart-thinking approach to making your real estate outcomes a reality, touch base with him today.
With a track record of sales stretching as long as his list of happy customers, bringing people and places together comes naturally to Richie Heap. Skilled at listening and finding solutions for his customers, Richie brings serious energy and passion to every transaction – with truly outstanding results. One of Queenstown’s real estate leaders since 2012, Richie’s trusted, established and is a committed professional who builds on his success with every year.
Securing industry awards and national recognition have come naturally to Richie – long hours and a commitment to maintaining high-level service have allowed him to expand his expertise into the specialist off-plan sales sphere. Working with developers to create a vision that benefits the town, the end user and the seller, his innate business acumen has seen his clients’ sales results grow exponentially. Put him to work and benefit from his outside-the-box thinking, clever negotiation skills and grasp of innovation to put your property at the forefront of the real estate market.
Richie’s built a high-performing team around him to ensure his clients receive service above and beyond expectations. Listing with Richie means taking advantage of his vast networks, wide knowledge base and no-stone-unturned approach to sales.
Auctioneering is yet another string to Richie's bow, with many evenings spent calling out the numbers at charity fundraisers in addition to providing a professional yet entertaining approach to property auctions. Richie’s a long-time Queenstowner with a refreshing commitment to lending a helping hand in the community.
Inextricably woven into the rich tapestry of the Queenstown business world, Hugh Clark has been on the Queenstown corporate scene for over 20 years, including a decade in real estate. Hugh has an enviable network of contacts across a diverse suite of businesses, generating an extensive database that’s been an essential element of his success in the property field.
Exemplary IT and web experience has positioned Hugh as a skilled marketer in the online sphere. He’s unafraid to utilise new and innovative media to keep his clients’ properties at the forefront of potential purchasers’ minds. Bringing an analytical approach to sales, he’s able to provide a detailed breakdown of the market to make the numbers work for clients. Fully aware that buyers are regularly looking for a mixed-use property in this international destination, Hugh has made sure he understands the growth markets of ever-evolving online shopping for apartment living and residential real estate in the area.
Whilst working across the full range of residential property, Hugh specialises in the investment, managed apartment and off-plan environment. Clients can expect exemplary communication, skilled negotiation and a genuine understanding of the market from any interaction with Hugh. Outside of the office, Hugh’s a homeowner in the Shotover Country subdivision, with two energetic young sons to keep him busy.
Take the effort out of selling or buying a property by enlisting the help of a born organiser, who takes a thoroughly practical approach to both business and life. Nicole Bell prides herself on her highly motivated and exceptionally diligent approach to the sales process. Working in sales and marketing since 1993, originally in the world of media prior to her move into a real estate career in 2014, shaped Otago-born Nicole into the go-to person for friends, family and customers who want a systems-based approach. An advocate of the ‘do what you say you’ll do, when you say you’ll do it’ philosophy, Nicole is hard-working, reliable, honest and has infectious enthusiasm to get the job done right.
A natural listener, Nicole’s empathy and ability to problem solve have seen her establish life-long relationships with her customers – many of her repeat clients are as a result of the trust which her friends and subsequently their friends have in her abilities. Negotiation comes as second nature, and she’s always working with the best interests of her clients at heart.
A lady who loves Queenstown and embraces all that our diverse community and beautiful surroundings have to offer, Nicole, along with retired retailer husband Ian, enjoy travelling, but are big believers that there’s no place like home. Active in the community as a member of the Arthur’s Point Residents Association and working with everyone from international investors to local families, she’s proud to show others how they can make Queenstown home too. Thinking of buying or selling? Then it’s time to put this organiser to work.
Life-loving, positive and driven to succeed, Jesse Johnston’s had an appreciation for property investing since a young age. It’s a long-standing interest which was always going to result in a real-estate-based career for this high-energy Queenstowner. Jesse’s built the foundations of a salesperson vocation on solid ground, having already worked within the industry in customer service, PA and marketing and rental roles. These experiences mean a wide knowledge base that’s indispensable to property buyers and sellers, with a special understanding of rental investments from both sides of the coin.
Willing to innovate and embrace the ever-changing, merging landscapes of property sales and technology, Jesse’s outside-the-box approach to marketing and generating enquiry mean no stone is left unturned in the pursuit of a sale. Problem-solving comes as naturally as Jesse’s easy-flowing communication, ensuring that vendors are always aware of how their sale is progressing and are comfortable it’s in safe hands. When asked about his motivation for working in this dynamic industry, Jesse’s answer is simple – ‘I want to help people make transitions in their life. People perceive it can be hard to make Queenstown home, and I want to show them how it can be straightforward’.
Brimming with both passion for property and energy for life, when he’s not working with clients, Jesse can be found taking advantage of the Queenstown lifestyle as an avid snowboarder.
Local connections mean so much in real estate, making Emma Lups perfectly positioned for success. A natural people person, Emma’s real estate career has seen her delight buyers and sellers with her ability to listen and understand their needs, combined with an instinct for matching buyers to listings.
Previous experience in owning investment properties stands Emma in good stead when working with property buyers. Understanding the priorities of investing combined with an eye for long-term gains means Emma’s the go-to person when looking at maximum returns with minimum stress. Communication and honesty are Emma’s focus, offering her clients a promise that they’ll always know exactly what’s happening in the sale and purchase process.
A Christchurch native, Emma and husband Paul moved to Queenstown in 2013 and never looked back. Having lived for years in Shotover Country and now Hanley’s Farm, she’s established roots within the local community and embraces everything that life in the Southern Lakes has to offer.
With a broad skillset and relevant experience base, Raylene brings a textbook background to her role as sales consultant. Passionate about architecture and qualified in interior design, her eye for property layout and design bring a layer of value to her vendors that few agents can offer. For buyers she can think outside the square and provide a new vision for a potential purchase.
Super organised and a natural multi-tasker, Raylene prioritises communication above all else, appreciating the importance of customers being comfortable at every step of the sales and purchasing process. Amiable and friendly by nature, clients enjoy her upfront honesty whilst appreciating the negotiation skills and outside-the-box approach to bringing deals together which set her apart.
Having worked within the property industry since 2015 and prior to that in marketing roles, her finely-honed administrative skills and efficient approach give her more time out in the market talking to potential purchasers. Recently building a home in Jack’s Point, she’s well-versed on the buying process and has insight into what constitutes a quality property that’s suited to our unique environment. A long-term local with a love of the mountains and a young daughter to introduce to everything Queenstown has to offer, Raylene thrives on being busy.
A man on a mission to go above and beyond client expectations, Damien Yorg brings to every listing unrivalled commitment and a drive for results. Understanding the value of hard work and salesmanship in assisting clients to achieve their goals, Damien’s marketing background and years in events management have given him an appreciation for a clear process. Listening to client priorities right from the start, he uses that information to construct a timeline with measurable success markers, leading to the ultimate objective of a great sale.
Understanding the importance of market knowledge, Damien focuses on an analytical approach, with stats and sales figures always at his fingertips. Whether as a casual chat or in appraising a property, he’ll always be on hand to present the most-up-to-date information and explain how it relates to your asset.
His approach to sales is one of authenticity; Damien’s down-to-earth nature means potential sellers and purchasers are given realistic expectations to ensure everyone’s on the same page. A Perth native, a 2014 visit to the Southern Lakes saw Damien embark on a new chapter in the mountains. Real estate was a natural progression for the high-energy outdoorsman, working alongside the Colliers International team to leave no stone unturned in his quest to make every property transaction a successful one for all parties.