Family onboard: Mae Young and her son, James Ramsay, second left, with Ray White Queenstown directors Cam Reed, left, and Bas Smith, right


Fifteen years after selling her Queenstown real estate business, prominent realtor Mae
Young’s back on the scene.

Last week she joined Ray White’s local office as a licensee salesperson, at the same time as
her 23-year-old son, newly-qualified salesman, James Ramsay.

In another interesting twist, Young’s also the Church Street business’ landlord.

In 2005, she sold her Century 21 business to Ray White New Zealand big boss Carey Smith.

He then on-sold it to Bas Smith and Cam Reed two years later.

Bas Smith: ‘‘We’ve got a really good long-term relationship with Mae.

‘‘We also respect her history — I was really impressed with her as a young person in the industry.

‘‘Mae made a real mark for herself in a sort of male-dominated commercial scene.’’

Having Young as their landlord, Smith says they kept in touch.

‘‘I always joked, ‘Mae, you need to come back and work with us’.

‘‘[I] never thought this would happen, because she’s been successful overseas as well, but it’s just fantastic she is back.’’

Young first sold local real estate in ‘92, and notched up major commercial sales like the
CBD’s Remarkable Values and Plaza Arcade buildings.

She’s been back in her native Hong Kong for some time, returning to the resort in
February after nursing her late mother for many years.

Young then suggested her son join her in real estate.

He’d been in the construction sector after graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce, ‘‘I thought, ‘I’ll give it a shot’,’’ Ramsay says.

‘‘I just wanted a bit of a change, and I don’t have to wake up so early now, which is very

Young thinks they’ll make a good team.

‘‘It will be my knowledge and history and James’ energy and technical knowledge’’.