One of Queenstown’s most experienced registered valuers has crossed over into real estate

Doug Reid (pictured), who’s been a valuer in the local market for 28 years, latterly with Colliers, is now a commercial broker and lifestyle property sales consultant with the same company.

The 51-year-old, who was raised on a Glenorchy farm, says changes to the valuation  industry, reducing the level of client contact, had made it less enjoyable.

Throwing away a steady income to become an agent comes with ‘‘a few nerves’’, however Reid says he believes he offers a lot of skills and product knowledge others in his field don’t have, having valued everything from development blocks and childcare centres to luxury lodges and high country stations.

The latter role, including ‘‘the odd two-and-a half hour helicopter ride’’, was most  enjoyable, he says.

Reid originally worked for Colliers colleague Barry Robertson’s valuation company in ’93, set up his own business in ’98, then joined MAC Property Services, which morphed into
Colliers, in 2000.

As a father of four, he says his new role should also allow him more flexibility to follow his kids’ sports.