Allen wins big

Best seller: Jimmy Allen, second from left, with his prize at the Bayleys national awards evening, flanked by, from left, executive director David Bayley, chairman John Bayley and managing director Mike Bayley

It’s been a big couple of weeks for Bayleys Queenstown sales guru Jimmy Allen, picking up a swag of real estate awards.

On August 22, Allen beat all-comers from all agencies across the nation to win two Real Estate Institute of New Zealand awards for individual residential salesperson of the year and residential salesperson with the highest sales volume, at a glittering black-tie event at Auckland’s Cordis Hotel.

Allen didn’t attend that one, but did don the tux the Friday before to pick up two gongs at the Bayleys national awards at the Aotea Centre, also in Auckland, crowned national residential salesperson of the year, and winning the most completed deals for a medium-sized franchise

The Queenstown branch also won the office auction award for medium franchises at the Bayleys nationals.

‘‘Not bad for a boy from Tuatapere to win a few national awards,’’ Allen tells Mountain Scene.

‘‘It was a bit of a surprise and nice to take it away from some of those other franchises and agents in Auckland that are generally selling bigger numbers.’’

He puts the success down to ‘‘massive support’’ from the Bayleys franchise, his sales and admin team and his vendors.

‘‘Especially RCL Group, the developers for Hanley’s Farm and all the other vendors that, you know, trusted me and my sales team to sell their properties.’’

He says it’s important to strike the balance between ensuring both sellers and the buyers — who might be looking for a first home — get the best deal.

Bayleys Queenstown branch manager Stacy Coburn says it was a ‘‘rock-star performance’’ from Allen.

‘‘He’s done incredibly well … he’s a great agent with a great team.’’

The awards are testament to a big year from Allen, and there could be another beckoning, ‘‘knowing he’s got some great projects in the pipeline’’, Coburn says.

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