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Written by Penny Simpson

As the Wānaka property market continues on an upward trend First National Wānaka is working hard behind the scenes to meet the needs of clients.

Owner Quentin Landreath says his team’s collective approach to selling real estate across the region is well recognised.

“ We are lucky enough to have an amazing team of professional agents representing our company. There are 20 of us and we all have varied backgrounds. Sometimes it feels like the United Nations in our office. One of our team members was previously a sales manager for KFC in Germany before coming to New Zealand, another of our agents used to sell oil rigs internationally and our youngest team member Brooke Woodrow is at the age of 23 rated number three agent on Trade Me for Wanaka.”

Quentin is a born and bred local attending secondary school Wānaka before completing a five-year stone masonry apprenticeship.

“ Then I became a jack of all trades spending three years ski guiding, later owning a take away joint called The Foul House in Luggate before gaining my stock and station diploma. I then started a local tiling company which kept me busy for 13-odd years before going into farming – which by the way sent me broke.”

“My real estate career started ten years ago in 2011 as I had always wanted to get into sales. There is something unique about assisting people with the sale and transfer of property and it suits my personality.”

In 2019 Quentin bought the First National Wānaka franchise outright.

“ I like being in control of my own destiny and really enjoy the people aspect of this business and giving back to those who support us. Our success has come from developing strong relationships and being 100 per cent transparent when working out deals to suit our clients.”

“ The Wānaka market is increasing by around 25 per cent per annum.  With low interest rates and high demand from expats, Aucklanders and other New Zealanders I think Wānaka real estate is going to stay strong for a good while yet.” 

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Penny Simpson