Shane Cortese takes up real es­tate at Sotheby’s

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For­mer Short­land Street star Shane Cortese is tak­ing up real es­tate.

He has passed the ex­ams to be­come a li­censed real es­tate agent and has signed on with NZ Sotheby’s In­ter­na­tional Re­alty (NZSIR) to fo­cus on the af­flu­ent Auck­land sub­urbs of Taka­puna and Herne Bay.

There’s no cause for fans to panic though as the move doesn’t spell the end of his act­ing ca­reer.

‘‘I’m also very com­mit­ted to NZ drama and would very much like to re­main film­ing here in NZ,’’ Cortese said.

‘‘How­ever, that comes with re­stric­tions based on the amount ac­tors make, so I need other in­ter­ests.

‘‘Sell­ing a prop­erty for some­one will be in­cred­i­bly re­ward­ing; of­ten it’s an in­vest­ment peo­ple will make only a few times in their lives.

‘‘I have an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for dis­cre­tion and pri­vacy – I per­son­ally know the im­por­tance of it and have val­ued my own pri­vacy over the past few years – and I will be bring­ing that ap­pre­ci­a­tion into my work,’’ Cortese said.

Auck­lan­der Sally Ridge was the most re­cent high pro­file celebrity to join the prop­erty pro­fes­sion, join­ing Bay­leys Real Es­tate late last year.

LAWRENCE SMITH/ FAIRFAX NZ

Ac­tor Shance Cortese is tak­ing up real es­tate

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