Jannette Highsted | Colliers International | Queenstown

Jannette Highsted

Sales Consultant

License # 10015221 | Licensed under the REAA 2008

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Professional Summary

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.



"Jannette  recently sold our property in Kingston in these difficult times. Jannette  was  great to deal with extremely professional making the whole process easy. She is a very hard worker day and night answering questions and emails. She kept us up to date at all times of viewings  and offers on the property. Jannette is a very proactive agent and knows how to present and market a property. We are very happy to recommend her as a agent for selling or buying a property". John and Sheree

"Jannette was the most professional, over my experience with other sales consultants." Kathryn

"I appointed Colliers residential and more importantly Jannette Highsted to market and sell my Queenstown Apartment. Her recommended marketing generated significant interest in the property, and subsequently a buyer was found. The eventual sale price was in the range that was at the top of my expectation, and the sale was concluded professionally and promptly. I give credit to Jannette for being extremely diligent and thorough in all matters pertaining to legalities, documents, and details. Our buyer was extremely thorough in his due diligence, and Jannette had an answer for everything. I highly recommend Jannette for the utmost in professionalism and enthusiasm for your next real estate transaction." Grant

“Jannette has been a top real estate professional who has kept us up to date with the Queenstown (and Pounamu) market over the 10 years that we owned our apartment there. Her knowledge, dedication and skill resulted in matching the perfect buyer for our unit in record time - less than 1 week!! We highly recommend Jannette.” Werner & Teresa

"Jannette Highsted marketed and sold our house in Kingston making the whole process as easy and enjoyable as possible. Jannette was great to deal with offering expert local experience and advice to combine for a very rapid sale - just the way it should be! Throughout the process, we were kept advised of progress, and Jannette’s open and approachable manner made the sale less stressful for all concerned. I do not hesitate to recommend Jannette for the sale (or purchase) of your property. A true professional salesperson." G.A. and J.C.

“We were really pleased to sell our house in Kingston. Our real estate agent Jannette was exceptionally good with all communication and kept us informed at all times. She had endless trips to Kingston showing off our property, and even collected clients from the Queenstown airport and travelled with them to Kingston.  Nothing was too difficult for her. I have no hesitation in recommending Jannette to sell Kingston property in the future.” Christine

"Jannette has been great to deal with through the sales process. We can see she has worked extremely hard to achieve a positive outcome and we appreciate her efforts." Scott and Annette 

"We found Jannette to be proactive, with attention to detail as well as maintaining good communication with us. She has a strong understanding of the Swiss-Bel Pounamu relationship." Felicity 

"We had purchased another property through Jannette and were very very impressed by her so went to her when we wanted another apartment. Jannette was very responsive and answered questions promptly and obtained further information for us very quickly. We would definitely choose Jannette again if we were looking at purchasing another property in Queenstown."  Sari & Neil

"You were absolutely awesome to deal with so a big thanks. Doing everything from Canada I was expecting some big challenges but you took care of everything for me and made it all super smooth... even with a hole in the roof lol. Thanks again." Brett

"Jannette, we would like to say it was a pleasure having you as our representative in the selling of our apartment. You kept us on our toes making sure you got all the documents you required. You even used your charm to sweet talk our tenants to ensure the property looked at its best for the advertising material. All your efforts were realised with the quick sale of the property. We have never sold a property so quickly – listed one afternoon and sold the following afternoon. Well done, you are a credit to Colliers International." Sylvia & David

"You did such an amazing job selling our apartment at a time when the market was very slow. Your energy and professional approach is unquestionable.  As in the past if I get the opportunity to recommend an agent in Queenstown it will be you without hesitation." Emile

"Jannette just sold my apartment for me just like I bought it from her some years ago. It was a very pleasant experience. She is the most responsible and thoughtful agent I have ever encountered.  From the first time I contacted her to the settlement day, she took every detail into account and took care of it - responded quickly and promptly to the problems that arose.  I'm very satisfied with the whole process. I wish her continued success and would recommend her to all looking to sell a property in Queenstown." Zhen

"We were very fortunate to have Jannette Highsted as our agent in Queenstown.  Jannette went above and beyond to assist with the listing of our investment property and handled everything for us in a timely and professional way. Her communication was prompt and efficient, which made the whole process easier especially as we were overseas. Our property sold quickly and we were very happy with the whole process - highly recommend Jannette." Vicki

"Jannette, you are as good a realtor if not the best we have worked with. Owning a property to sell from overseas presented a real challenge but you handled the whole transaction confidently. Not for a moment did you make my husband and I feel that this deal is not going through. You always kept us abreast as to what is going on and marketed the properly so well that it was literally “grabbed” in a week’s time. It would have been really hard if we did not get hold of you. And the most important thing is you were able to sell the property at a very good price." Varsilisa & Mario

"Jannette did a great job. She knew just how to pitch our property which was challenging given it was still under construction. She has great energy and drive and is meticulous in keeping her client informed throughout. We wouldn't hesitate to use her again." John

"Jannette has fulfilled all our expectations that we had when we contacted her to sell our home. She advised us on the amount that she thought our house was worth and was very positive on achieving success and at all times kept us up to date on progress. We would not hesitate in recommending Jannette when selling your home." Wilma & Roger

"My wife and I were very impressed with Jannette Highsted as a real estate agent. She kept us regularly informed about what was happening in the area. Jannette knew we were eventually going to sell due to ill health, but never pressured us to list with her. Once we listed, Jannette really started the ball rolling and within days the house was sold. We would recommend this very efficient lady to buyers and sellers alike." Wayne & Carolyn

"Thank you Jannette for your enthusiastic and diligent approach to selling our little property." Trish

“On short notice my wife and I decided that we would sell our studio suite in Queenstown. We believe that sales “happen” more readily, with the right agent. We signed with Jannette Highsted and within 4 weeks our suite was sold - done and dusted - with a significant return to us. We highly recommend Jannette in Queenstown to sell your property.” The Canivets

"I have bought and now sold a house with Jannette. It has been a pleasure, she is clearly passionate about the real estate industry and this shows in the results she achieves. Easy to talk to, honest, prompt in dealing to matters. I am delighted with the results in my recent sale and I would certainly recommend her to others." Pip

"We recently sold our Queenstown unit through Jannette, who we found to be very efficient and always on the job (even when she was on holiday!) This was our only time of being involved in the real estate business and Jannette made it a simple process for us, in spite of our leaky home building making it more complicated. She was excellent at following up on the small, but important details and we certainly felt that she was working in our best interests. Nothing was a problem to her and we very much enjoyed our contact with her and felt she had gone the extra mile." Ron & Gay

"We were very happy with the way Jannette managed the sale of our apartment. We met Jannette a number of years ago and always thought if we ever did want to sell she would be the first person we'd contact. Jannette thoroughly understood our property and provided excellent communication and reporting throughout the sale process. We achieved a good result thanks to Jannette's efforts." Tim

"We recently sold a property through Jannette Highsted. Jannette was very thorough and professional, made the process easy for us and followed up on everything needed to ensure a swift and successful sale. We would recommend Jannette if selling property in the Queenstown Lakes area." Anne & Malcolm

"Jannette is probably the best agent I have encountered in 50 years for customer service and all round capability." Neville

"We wish to acknowledge the expert attention we were given by Jannette Highsted when deciding to sell our property. From the first introduction we were impressed with her expertise, communication skills, knowledge of the area and the advice she gave us - and the result - the property sold within a week, proving her professional work is outstanding. We have no hesitation in recommending Jannette." Barbara & Pat

"Working with Jannette has been a positive experience. Selling the apartment at Pounamu could have turned into a minefield, but information required was either acquired or requested in a systematic way. Tasks within the office were handed around and handled efficiently by any of Jannette's colleagues with a high level of competence and continuance. Potential purchasers were quickly located and the transaction completed in a very short time and to the satisfaction of all parties. Our lawyer suggested to us that this had been one of the more honest and straightforward exchanges that she had processed." John

“I am relieved that the trauma of selling our house is now over, after only two months in your hands. We have admired your expertise and energy in progressing matters which were necessary for an “out of season” sale; the Listing Contract was clearly and rapidly produced, and the photographic presentation was excellent.  We wish you well in your future property sales.” Pat & Peter

“Having had our house on the market for approximately six months with a sole agent with little success, Jannette Highsted approached us to see if she could have a go. We found her enthusiastic, honest and prepared to work for us the Vendor, not just for the commission. After dealing with other agents we found Jannette prepared to do the job we expected and the house was successfully sold. We have no hesitation in recommending Jannette to any other Vendors.” Lorraine

“I would like to thank you very much for all the effort you put into selling my property. I was very impressed with your friendly, professional service and the regular feedback you gave after prospective buyers viewed it. I would have no hesitation in recommending you to prospective buyers and vendors. It was a pleasure working with you.” A Smith

“Sometimes we have to make a decision that is difficult to make when we sell a property. Often made because of financial gain or physical limitations, in my case the latter was the driving force. To sell my Kiwi Cottage and associated land was a decision that I agonized over for many weeks. Would I sell and how would I organize the procedure. Who could I ask for assistance?  By chance I visited an Open Home as the design of the dwelling interested me for I had spent all my life associated with the building trade and spoke to the real estate agent. I invited the Lady to assess my property, my introduction to Jannette Highsted.  We came to an agreement and it was all on. My theory was that, the sale notice would not cost me a cent sitting out in front of my property no matter how long it rested there. I underestimated Jannette who worked very efficiently and as time progressed suggested some plan changes in our approach to our sale plans. I was in a position to be flexible as the new approach that was agreed on was different to the original plan of sale. I was impressed with the communication, hearing from Jannette once a week to keep me informed. Any question I asked the answer came back the same day, refreshingly different from some people one deals with.  I had to be patient over one part of the transaction as there were two properties involved but as I was in a position to do so, the end result was satisfactory to me. My dealings with Jannette were very satisfactory and I thank her for making what I thought would be a difficult time, trouble free.” A McDonald

“We worked with Jannette Highsted who we found to be very hard working and efficient.” R Brabazon

“We were very happy with your performance regards the sale of our house. Your attitude, energy, professionalism and commitment to the sale did not go unnoticed. You have some very good systems in place eg. phone and email and marketing. We would have no hesitation in passing your name to others. We wish to thank you sincerely and wish you all the best for the future.” Shirley & Nev

“Jannette has just sold our property for us, and we found her to be very professional, always friendly, keeping in touch with us throughout the selling period and suggesting different ways of marketing the property. I would recommend Jannette as an agent and would certainly enlist her services in the future.” Faye, Ross & Shane

“We had been trying to buy an apartment in Queenstown for about 7 months when Jannette Highsted came to our rescue. We found Jannette to be ever cheerful and patient answering our many detailed queries. She was not only very prompt but also very professional. We changed our mind quite suddenly at one point and followed an option that we were initially disinterested in, and Jannette more than happily continued to supply us with her good service and humour – this is a stage where previously many other agents had turned sour and given up on us. In short we are now the happy owners of Queenstown real estate and Jannette not only made that possible but she was our one point of contact in the process who was ever reliable helping us solve issues where ever they arose.” Vicki & Graham

“Set for a new life in another town it was difficult to choose who I should list my house with. The first agency I chose totally overpriced my apartment and most of the contact I had with them was purely with me instigating it first - seems like they had lost interest and placed the listing in the too hard basket. After 5 months enough was enough. I had taken a brochure with me that was the result of a letter box drop from a proactive agent - Jannette Highsted. Jannette devised excellent advertising and worked alongside her other colleagues to finally get the result I not only wanted but needed. Not once did she lose interest always staying very positive and optimistic, even though it had been listed for 7 months before my property sold. I only have good words and admiration for Jannette. Thank you so much.” Jan

“I had contacted Jannette for an appraisal of my property, after she had left a calendar in my mailbox. Even though she did not agree with the price I was wanting for the property she went ahead and advertised it without a price. 10 out of 10 to her for not pressurising me to drop my price at that early stage. The marketing was excellent, her market knowledge outstanding and I was very satisfied with the feedback from buyers and communication during the brief process. And she achieved the price I wanted within 2 weeks!  I would recommend her to anyone buying or selling.” Kay

“Jannette is a human dynamo, my property signed up for sale within 8 days!! I appreciated her friendly efficiency and excellent communications with me and her team. I wish her continued success.” Jenny

“I asked Jannette for an appraisal of my property. She came back to me with this quickly, efficiently and thoroughly, which I appreciated.  While the appraised price was slightly less than I wanted at the time, I was still considering proceeding as I was aware of the current state of the market and had enjoyed Jannette’s honesty and fresh approach to the sales process. In the meantime she approached me saying they had a buyer that they thought would be the perfect match for my property and so I naturally invited them to view it, and asked them to quote slightly higher than the appraised price. The outcome was that the buyers bought it at that price and I was delighted with the result. I would highly recommend Jannette to anyone considering selling their property – she is an absolute professional, very thorough, communicative and committed to her vendors and I was very surprised to find the process so simple. Thanks Jannette, I’ll certainly be using your services again for buying and selling property.” Bevan

“I would like to than you Jannette for doing a great job in selling my Queenstown property. Your attention to detail, clear info, great marketing campaign was what sold the property. Would recommend you to all looking to sell a property in Queenstown.” Chris

“Thank you for your professionalism and securing a quick sale for us. I was impressed by all the phone calls and emails to both Alan and myself to update us. I liked the “Southern warmth and friendliness” of your approach especially when you called to say we actually knew the buyers!! I would not hesitate to recommend you as a hard working friendly agent who gets the job done in a very timely manner.” Dinah

“Just wanted to say thank you for all your help and thanks so much for the hamper that was waiting for us, so lovely and welcoming! Appreciate all your help and sure we will see you around town.” Kylie & Justin

“Just a quick note to thank you Jannette for all the great work you did on the sale of our property, after having little success with other real estate agents you got the job done with both parties more than happy with the outcome. Thanks once again.” Alan & Debbie

“Just wanted to say a big thank you for handling the sale of our new home.  Also thanks for the lovely surprise basket we discovered on our doorstep. It was a pleasure to deal with you, and your friendliness and cheerful manner really made the purchase far less stressful.” Shawn

“Thanks for all your help and guidance with the purchase of our apartment. The people you put me in touch with have been wonderful to deal with, and very helpful. A bit of old fashioned service goes a long way, and I really appreciate yours and their help. We won’t be over for a few months now but I will let you know in advance so we can catch up.  Many thanks once again.” Tim

“I would like to thank you for your amazing effort selling my wonderful home in Queenstown while I had to be out of the country. Your professionalism and innovation in the sale of my home at one of the most stressful times of my life was sensitive and appreciated. You went beyond in your sales approach and agreeing to try the tender process. I was always kept in the loop and reported to in a timely and honest manner. I will recommend you and use you in the purchase of my next home when I return. You rock!” Pam

“Thanks for the quick sale of our Queenstown property and making the process as painless as possible and we would recommend Jannette to anyone wanting to sell their property.” Neven & Alice

“Having recently sold my property in Queenstown, I highly recommend Jannette Highsted based on her expert advice and her intimate knowledge of the market. Jannette picked up on an unforeseen problem to do with the title to my property and provided great support and guidance in helping to successfully resolve the issue which I regard as going beyond "the call of duty". I also found her level of reporting to be excellent and I felt fully informed throughout the whole process which I found to be in keeping with her open and friendly manner.  Many thanks Jannette!” Pete

“We chose Jannette Highsted to market our properties in Queenstown. Jannette came highly recommended to us and we can certainly see why. Right from our first meeting until a successful sale outcome Jannette at all times kept us informed of how her sales strategy was progressing. We had constant contact throughout the sales process which made what could have been a test of endurance a relatively easy journey. For anyone contemplating buying or selling real-estate in the Wakatipu / Queenstown Lakes District you will do well to engage Jannette Highsted whom we know to be perfection personified in her chosen field of real estate.” Graeme & Yvonne

“Very happy! Thank you very much for working with us... and finally getting a sale!” Dianna & Simon

“We have had the pleasure of dealing with Jannette Highsted as our real estate agent when selling our property. We have found her great to deal with, always keeping us in touch with the real estate market, sending us regular information on how our property had been going, and options on how to advertise our property. We would definitely recommend Jannette to sell any property, and wish her well for the future.” Sue & Grey Russell

“I found Jannette’s market knowledge, communication and negotiation skills to be excellent. Jannette was always available and always returned missed calls. I was mostly ringing from Australia and even when I called or text outside normal working hours, I always got a reply. I will use you again in the future if buying or selling. Thanks Jannette.” Ian

“We have been delighted with the service you have given us, everything was dealt with immediately. All the stress was taken out of selling our house and we would recommend you unreservedly to anyone. Thank you for all you have done.” Muriel & John

“Thank you Jannette, your quality and professionalism has indeed been excellent. You were proactive in turning the initial interest from the purchaser into a firm offer and then managed a rather involved situation regarding the condition of the unit with the body corporate with great diligence within a tight timeframe.” James

“Jannette is an extremely good agent. Very positive and proactive and communicates well.” Brook

“Our house was on the market from January 2014 until it sold this month, December 2014. During that time Jannette never wavered or lost the enthusiasm or drive to persevere, and we never lost faith in her capabilities. She has a very good understanding of the market, and market values, and gave us sound advice about both along the way, always keeping us up to date with all developments and answering our questions and emails promptly. In the end her tenacity paid off and we are very pleased with the resulting sale of our property and purchase of another nearby also managed by Jannette. Thanks :-)” Alan & Vicki

“My reason to provide exclusivity to Jannette for the sale of our Queenstown property was due the professional and prompt communication to any and all queries I had when first buying the property 5 years ago, as well as the casual but informative communication of what was happening in the Queenstown property market whilst we owned the property. When it came time to sell, Jannette was on the case and in fact had the three offers on the table within the first few days of having it listed. Following this Jannette went over and above what I would say is typical for a sales agent, to ensure both the seller and the purchaser were able to execute at the agreed value and without stress, so for this I am thankful. I would certainly recommend Jannette to any prospective buyer or seller of a property.” Dan

“Jannette has done an amazing job of selling our property. She is very professional and realistic with excellent communication. She had two offers for us within a week of listing our property. I would highly recommend her to prospective vendors.” Annemaree 

“A short note to let you know how pleased we are with all the work you put in to sell our property and bring it to a satisfactory conclusion. It was a rather long and arduous journey but your perseverance brought success.” Ron & Marion

“I’m based in the UK so it was important for me to work with an agent that I knew and trusted, and so it made sense to work with Jannette who I had bought the house through a few years ago.  Jannette helped me not just in selling the property but in the processes around the sale, often taking calls or emails late in the evening to tally up time-zone differences!  The weekly progress updates from the team kept me informed and with the work that was put in, my property was sold well within my required my timeframe.  Thanks Jannette!” Susie

“Thank you so much for all the effort and hard work you have put into the sale of the Alpine Village property for Jenny and I. We certainly appreciate your professionalism and the service you have afforded us during the entire process. The experience we have in the purchase and sale of properties throughout both Australia and New Zealand has seen us interacting with many real estate sales agencies and we can honestly say it has been an absolute pleasure to have you working for us on this sale. Our thanks to both yourself and your back of house team for all your efforts for us.” Craig & Jenny

“We have just sold our Jacks Point home through the efforts of Jannette. The process is always stressful but Jannette smoothed the way and everything fell into place. She knows this particular market well and achieved results through this knowledge and her professionalism. It was a pleasure working with her.” Rob

“Why did not I ask Jannette to sell my property from the beginning? That was the first question which came to my mind after Jannette took over the very disappointing and unsuccessful sales campaign and auction result by the other agent. She was efficient and effective, and is clearly a high achiever. This was apparent from the beginning to after the sale. The other agent could only obtain an offer to buy below my bottom reserve price after so many weeks of campaign. On the other hand, Jannette was successful in obtaining a much higher offer, followed by two back up offers within a matter of a few weeks! I personally like checking my work or private emails very often, and I like to work with people who respond to me very quickly. Jannette was one of those people who I did not have to call at all from overseas. She gave me very detailed marketing report on a regular basis. She was always ahead of me! I invest in properties in four countries and I wish I had many more Jannettes in each market to make my life easier! She will definitely be the first person to call in Queenstown if I have any real estate investment or sales needs again in the future.” Tak

“Jannette’s customer service and after sales is second to none. She has gone out of her way to follow up on a number of issues that arose after the Settlement was complete. Issues she really had no obligation to help with. For that we are very grateful and applaud her work.” Richard & Lauren

“I just wanted to say how god damn pleased I was to have you on the job selling our property earlier this year. Without your focus I’m not sure we would have had a sale in this testing economic climate. Sure, we did get seriously real on the price and our expectations. I’m also reassured in hindsight that you got the best deal you could and you stuck with the potential buyers and followed through. Thank you for your professional commitment to selling our property and all the best for the future.” Sal



Service Lines
Residential Investment Sales, Investment Sales, Property Marketing, Residential Investment Sales, Residential Projects, Residential Real Estate, Site Sales
Property Type
Multifamily-Apartment, Apartment, Home & Income, House, Land, Lifestyle Bare Land, Studio, Townhouse, Unit

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