‘Rookie of the year’ agent

Having been involved in 11 sales in 2023, Queenstown- and Central Otago-based New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty sales associate Justine Burke (pictured) has won the nationwide firm’s ‘rookie of the year’ award.

Burke, who was just one sale off her target, is aiming to double her sales this year and is already about a third of the way towards her goal.

She says her sales last year included some at Queenstown’s high-end Jack’s Point, where she sourced the buyer for the then-record $1.18 million sale of a section which her colleagues Gerard Bligh and Hadley van Schaik had listed.

She also sold a Jack’s Point house which was only 137.8 square metres, including the garage, for $1.82m — ‘‘everyone was, like, you’ll only get $1.5m’’.

Burke believes her new career’s been helped by the knowledge she gained about house construction during 10 years working for high-end home building companies.

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