By PHILIP CHANDLER
Harcourts Queenstown’s new sales manager says her priority’s to support staff in the way she was supported when she joined almost 10 years ago.
Priscilla Uhrle, who now leads a team of 23, takes over from Warwick Osborne, managing director of the Harcourts Highland Group, who’ll now focus on growth opportunities for the company, which has six Otago offices.
He assumed the Queenstown role during the first lockdown when Covid created market uncertainties.
Uhrle joined Harcourts when Osborne’s wife, Marie, then Queenstown sales manager, awarded her a scholarship.
He’s ‘‘delighted’’ at her promotion — ‘‘Priscilla’s background, family focus and values will be a great base for her on going success’’.
Te Anau-raised Uhrle, whose children are now 13 and six, says ‘‘Harcourts has been so supportive over the years because they understand that family commitments are a priority, and an agent can’t be successful without that support’’.
‘‘In the same way that Harcourts helped me, I now want to bring more people into the business and help them grow and achieve their goals.
‘‘Real estate is a career that is limitless, depending on how hard you want to work.’’
When she joined, she juggled her new career with being mother to a three-year-old.
After five years of consistent growth, she was grateful when her hubby, Feleki, left the police to team up with her and continue that growth while she also had another baby.
Uhrle’s a big believer in agents delivering a client-centric experience — she and Feleki two years ago won the Harcourts Otago ‘client experience’ award.
She’s proud the Queenstown office recently won the Harcourts client experience award for the whole South Island.
‘‘One of the hardest parts of taking on the sales manager role is not being as directly involved in helping clients to sell their homes and supporting them through that process, but I know Feleki and his team will continue to deliver to the team’s high standards.’’