Harcourts South Africa growth defies market decline

Apr 18, 2019 9:20:54 PM Share this:

Despite the industry experiencing a decline in year on year sales, March 2019 was Harcourts South Africa's best month since Harcourts started in South Africa in 2009. Boasting 10% growth on the same month last year. In addition, Harcourts South Africa's first quarter was up 11% on the same period in 2018.


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Topics: Richard Gray, Harcourts International, Real Estate Agents, Harcourts Growth, Harcourts Real Estate

Rob Forde appointed as Harcourts Chief Operating Officer International

Nov 15, 2018 10:08:20 PM Share this:

Harcourts International has named Rob Forde as Chief Operating Officer International. Mr Forde will be responsible for leading operations and driving growth in six Harcourts territories – USA, China, Hong Kong, Canada, South Africa and Indonesia – as well as taking responsibility for Harcourts’ financial services business, Mortgage Express.

Mr Forde takes on this new role and joins the international leadership team, with tertiary qualifications in Business/International Business and leadership experience with Harcourts in both Australia and the US. Since 2015, Mr Forde has been based in the US as Regional Director of Harcourts Pacific; California, Nevada and Hawaii.


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Topics: Richard Gray, Harcourts International, Press relese, Harcourts Real Estate, CEO

Harcourts South Africa Partners with The Global Challenge

Sep 20, 2018 10:34:54 PM Share this:

Harcourts South Africa has partnered with The Global Challenge, an international professional women’s golf team event – where nine players selected to represent the Northern Hemisphere will be teeing up against their counterparts from the Southern Hemisphere. The event is set to be hosted for the second time from 9-11 November in Hermanus, South Africa. 


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Topics: Richard Gray, Harcourts South Africa, Harcourts International, Charity, Community, Press relese

Harcourts Shows Tremendous Growth in the USA

Jun 6, 2018 6:50:33 PM Share this:

Harcourts USA, an Australian based international real estate company, has seen tremendous recent growth in the US. They have acquired two new offices in Southern California, innovated their Harcourts Academy trainings, and continue to grow their non-distressed auction platform. Overall , agent numbers have drastically increased this past year as well.


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Topics: Harcourts International, News, Harcourts Academy, Auction, Growth, Harcourts USA

Harcourts International’s Todd Cassie named to CIO100 list

May 2, 2018 6:30:30 PM Share this:
Todd Cassie, Harcourts International’s Head of Technology, has been featured by CIO magazine as a member of the CIO100 list. The list annually honours the most innovative technology leaders across all industries who are at the forefront of decision-making and strategic change.

Mr Cassie said that it was an honour to be included in the list and credited the recognition to the team members at Harcourts for their dedication to excellence and unrelenting focus on leading the way in the industry.

“It’s always great to be recognised for the work you do, but it’s a team effort,” he said. “For Harcourts it’s recognition as a potential place to work for those that are considering a change and recognition that we have a dedicated tech function that is reasonably large and is working hard to deliver great customer outcomes.”

"The success of Harcourts International's technology projects greatly influence the South African business prerogatives. Technology development and the evolution of the real estate market to include modern technological feats is of utmost importance to us. Our key strategic departments work non-stop researching ways to greatly improve client experience, product delivery to target markets and office/agent communication. Mr Cassie has certainly been a pillar of leadership in these advancements,"  said Harcourts South Africa CEO, Richard Gray.

Harcourts International Managing Director Mike Green said, “Starting with examining how Harcourts delivers technology throughout the business to its internal team, the business owners, sales consultants, property managers and leadership, Todd’s vision has seen tremendous strides over the past year.”

Since joining Harcourts one year ago, Mr Cassie has led the process of change in the way the Tech Team operates, with team members in Australia and New Zealand, noting that efficiencies and capabilities were enhanced and streamlined.

“For me the greatest accomplishment this past year has been the Tech Team accepting the need for change and getting on with it. Our greatest challenge now is to keep up the momentum as we continue to make changes because it’s not always evident without an instant return for your efforts.

“Harcourts has a proud history of using technology to deliver innovations to the industry that dates to the late 90s,” said Mr Cassie, noting that Harcourts was the first real estate brand to launch a website in New Zealand in 1997.

“Although that concept seems obvious, at the time it was revolutionary, and you can imagine the difference in the technology 20 years ago.

“Our focus is and continues to be on our clients. By maintaining this focus, we have a perfect yardstick to measure ourselves against as we continue our development lifecycle.”

Mr Cassie has worked in technology for over 20 years across a broad range of industries in New Zealand, Australia, the UK & Canada, and is a member of ISACA and Deloitte CIO Roundtable. Most recently he spent the 12 years working with the Christchurch International Airport where, in 2016, he was named to the CIO100 list.

It was the draw of working with New Zealand’s #1 real estate franchise network that brought him to Harcourts, where he now oversees robust technology team servicing 10 countries across over 900 offices and 10,000 team members.

He noted that Harcourts was one of the first real estate brands worldwide to partner with Facebook and launch its enterprise employee engagement application Workplace by Facebook. By supporting initiatives and involving outside developers, the company has seen success in the early stages of the project.

“Finding new and unique ways to do things that gives us a competitive advantage, especially ones that other real estate brands aren’t doing and being first to the market is a different way of thinking,” said Mr Cassie.
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Topics: Technology, Harcourts South Africa, Harcourts International, CIO100 list, Innovative technology