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Flying the Property Flag

Cam Reed and Bas Smith have been flying the Queenstown property market flag at the helm of Ray White Queenstown for the past ten years and as business partners have developed complementary skillsets and demonstrated success, drive and an exceptional service standard.

Both moved to Queenstown in the early 1990s after graduating from university and say they fell hard for the town, the people and the mountains.

“Everyone knew everyone back then, it was a magic time,” says Bas.

While Bas and Cam move in different circles, which ensures they have their nger on the pulse of business opportunities and contacts across the board, family and community are the basis of the strong ties they have to the resort town.

“This place gets in your blood. We both made the conscious decision to make Queenstown our home and make a life for ourselves and our families,” says Cam. “Our children have been born and raised here and we have special pride in that.”

“The Ray White story is one of a budding entrepreneur who set up a real estate company that’s grown to become the largest real estate brand in the Southern Hemisphere, with the third and fourth generations working in the business today,” says Bas.

“Here in Queenstown our ‘business family’ has grown from just the two of us to a 15-strong team that includes some of the best agents in
the market. We’ve always prided ourselves on operating with respect and honesty at the heart of everything we do, whether it’s selling a cabin in the campground, a commercial building, lifestyle blocks or project marketing a major development.”

Cam says the Ray White brand is in growth mode, with over 1,000 of offices in Australia and 160-plus in New Zealand.

“The company has of offices in Queenstown, Arrowtown and Wanaka and nationally we sell one in five of all residential properties in the country.”

“Recent changes to legislation mean Australian, New Zealand and Singaporean citizens are exempt with regards to changes to overseas investment rules,” he says, “so it’s to our huge advantage that we have access to the largest group of potential investors in that market.”