New agent’s building knowhow

A new Queenstown real estate agent believes her intimate knowledge of construction should help vendors secure a better price for well-built homes.

Justine Burke’s joined New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty after local sales experience with Landmark Homes and, more latterly, David Reid Homes.

‘‘I’ve been working for the past 10 years selling high-end luxury builds,’’ she says.

She’s helped clients throughout the build process, even finding sections for some of them.

‘‘Part of my role, with every single build I did, was to check the architectural plans and tell the architect what he was missing.

‘‘I understand the bones of a house — if it’s got 140mm framing, if it’s thermally-broken joinery, all the bells and whistles you can’t see when you walk into a house.’’

Burke says the high-end properties NZ Sotheby’s International Realty typically sell ‘‘align with what I was working with in construction, and I was already working with a lot of Sotheby’s clientele’’.

As a result, she notes it’s been ‘‘a good fit’’ moving to sell for them.

Having also worked at Jack’s Point for the past 10 years, she knows this area, in particular, very well, and brokered her first sale there.

‘‘I got over the appraisal price because it was so well architecturally designed, the construction was amazing, and I could educate people about it.’’

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