Wat­son’s foray into Feild­ing a suc­cess


When talk­ing to the staff at Wat­son In­tegrity in Feild­ing, there’s a re­cur­ring theme from each mem­ber and that’s the team fac­tor.

Michael Ford is a ma­jor part of the team with a ca­reer that has spanned 38 years in real es­tate, 33 of those in Feild­ing. Michael ran his own business be­fore sell­ing to Wat­sons six years ago.

‘‘I chose Wat­sons to sell the business to and was very pleased they said yes. It used to be my lit­tle business and be­fore that it was my fa­ther’s business.’’

Michael says he is proud to be part of the Wat­son team and very much con­grat­u­lates them on their 20 years in business.

‘‘I have known Ken for about 30 years and I knew that Wat­sons had a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing very eth­i­cal, and had a fam­ily-based business. I ad­mired their eth­i­cal stance.’’

Af­ter chair­ing dis­putes and com­plaints com­mit­tees in Palmer­ston North and Welling­ton, the ethics of the business is very im­por­tant to him, Michael says.

‘‘So when I made the de­ci­sion to sell it was im­por­tant to me to find some­one with strong eth­i­cal val­ues.’’

Michael says there’s a re­laxed, friendly at­mos­phere in the Feild­ing of­fice with good­hu­moured ban­ter the norm.

‘‘But in say­ing that, when it comes to do­ing the best for our clients we don’t act as in­di­vid­u­als, we act as a team.’’

Michael says even af­ter 38 years in the in­dus­try he still loves his job.

‘‘Every day is dif­fer­ent, I’m still learn­ing and I love work­ing in this com­mu­nity.’’

Michael says he is ex­tremely en­thu­si­as­tic about re­vi­tal­is­ing Feild­ing and has been a part of Feild­ing Pro­mo­tion for 23 years, 20 of those as chair­man, and a Man­feild Park Trustee for 11 years.

‘‘It’s about mak­ing the town a suc­cess and mak­ing it grow. I still have am­bi­tion to help the town. I al­ways think about mak­ing Feild­ing the best town of its type in the world.’’

Michael cov­ers a large range of property types - res­i­den­tial, life­style, sec­tions, de­vel­op­ment, com­mer­cial, in­dus­trial and busi­nesses. He of­fers an im­proved ser­vice to clients by work­ing with Ta­nia Os­borne in a res­i­den­tial and life­style part­ner­ship.

Ta­nia has been with Wat­son In­tegrity for nine years and says it’s a good fit for her. No two days are the same.

‘‘I like work­ing for my­self. I can ar­range to work around time with my fam­ily and that is im­por­tant to me.’’

Ta­nia says she en­joys the va­ri­ety of work that goes with the job and the va­ri­ety of peo­ple she en­coun­ters.

‘‘What I re­ally en­joy about the job is deal­ing with first home buy­ers. The sat­is­fac­tion of the sale go­ing through and the buy­ers own­ing their first home is very re­ward­ing.’’

She en­joys work­ing for Wat­sons as she says they op­er­ate on a more per­sonal level.

‘‘It’s a very fam­ily-ori­en­tated business. Their more per­sonal ap­proach rather than a corporate ap­proach fits well.’’

Ta­nia is a staunch ad­vo­cate of Feild­ing which of­fers a va­ri­ety of ex­cel­lent school­ing, day care and great fa­cil­i­ties for fam­i­lies.

Ta­nia works in part­ner­ship with Michael which she says is ex­cel­lent in terms of the level of ser­vice they can pro­vide to their clients.

John Cox has been with Wat­sons for six years and as an in­de­pen­dent con­trac­tor en­joys work­ing for him­self, but he says he is very much a part of the team.

‘‘This is def­i­nitely an of­fice that works very well as a team.’’

John says that while list­ings in Feild­ing are a bit short at the mo­ment, things are tick­ing along re­ally well. ‘‘Feild­ing is a good pro­gres­sive town.’’ For John the team fac­tor ex­tends be­yond his work sell­ing res­i­den­tial and life­style prop­er­ties. He has been in­volved in var­i­ous sport­ing codes for many years and is a staunch sup­porter and spon­sor of sports teams, as is Wat­son In­tegrity.

John has been a player and coach of the Feild­ing Rugby Club for many years and is cur­rently spon­sor­ing the Feild­ing Rugby Club’s Mighty Midgets grade.

‘‘I’ve pretty much played rugby all my life and have been in­volved in rugby for over 50 years.’’

He’s also been in­volved in tennis and squash and praised the sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties avail­able in Feild­ing.

When it comes to Wat­son In­tegrity, John says it’s a very good en­vi­ron­ment to work in.

‘‘It’s not a corporate style of­fice and that’s one of the rea­sons I like it. It’s a well sup­ported of­fice.’’

New­est mem­ber of the team is Joanna Beat­tie who joined the staff two years ago.

‘‘We’re very much a team which is some­thing that I feel can be hard to find when you are all in­di­vid­ual con­trac­tors, but we ac­tu­ally work re­ally well to­gether.’’

Joanna says she was drawn to work at Wat­son In­tegrity be­cause she shares the same val­ues and be­liefs as the com­pany.

Prior to mov­ing to Wat­son In­tegrity Joanna was area man­ager for a mer­chan­dis­ing com­pany look­ing af­ter var­i­ous clients and run­ning the mer­chan­dis­ing team. It was a job that in­volved a lot of trav­el­ling and she didn’t re­ally like spend­ing too much time away from her fam­ily.

‘‘Work­ing at Wat­son In­tegrity seemed a log­i­cal pro­gres­sion.’’

Joanna stud­ied for her real es­tate qual­i­fi­ca­tion for two years through poly­tech while work­ing full­time.

‘‘Once I had passed I spoke to three real es­tate com­pa­nies in Feild­ing then made the de­ci­sion that I wanted to work at Wat­son In­tegrity. What ap­pealed to me most is that they are a fam­ily business and I felt it was a good fit. The Wat­sons are gen­uine, hard­work­ing peo­ple.’’

En­ter­ing a new ca­reer has not been with­out its chal­lenges for Joanna who is work­ing hard to get her name out into the mar­ket which she says is one of the most dif­fi­cult things she has had to do.

‘‘It might be time for me to start cre­at­ing a bit of a ruckus around town. But to put it into per­spec­tive, peo­ple don’t gen­er­ally know who is who among real es­tate peo­ple un­til they come to need one.’’

What Joanna does en­joy about the job is that she is al­ways learn­ing and there is never a dull mo­ment, which she en­joys.

‘‘A sit­u­a­tion will arise that you haven’t struck be­fore so we all get to­gether and talk about it in the of­fice, that way we all learn from it.’’

Bob Weaver is an in­te­gral part of the Feild­ing team and is re­spon­si­ble for the Property Man­age­ment side in Feild­ing and sur­round­ing ar­eas. Bob has dou­bled the property man­age­ment port­fo­lio in Feild­ing since mov­ing over from sales. He was a sales agent for 16 years and a branch man­ager 12 years.

‘‘ I joined the Wat­son team be­cause I liked the fam­ily en­vi­ron­ment and was im­pressed by the ethics por­trayed by the owners and staff,’’ says Bob.

‘‘As a Property Man­ager I try to de­velop a rap­port with both owners and ten­ants and this helps me to do the job pro­fes­sion­ally.’’

In ad­di­tion to hav­ing a port­fo­lio of prop­er­ties to man­age Bob is also a Business De­vel­op­ment Man­ager be­ing re­spon­si­ble for bring­ing in new business and spread­ing the word of the value of us­ing a Property Man­ager.

Out­side of work Bob’s main in­ter­est is in the dog world and he can be seen round the coun­try showing Bor­der Ter­ri­ers. He is pres­i­dent of Wan­ganui Gun­dog Society and trea­surer of the Hawke’s Bay Ter­rier Club. Bob is also pas­sion­ate about the game of cricket which was a big fo­cus be­fore he moved from the UK.

The friendly team from Wat­son In­tegrity Feild­ing, from left, Property Man­age­ment Business De­vel­op­ment Man­ager Bob Weaver, sales con­sul­tants Joanna Beat­tie, Ta­nia Os­borne, Michael Ford and John Cox.

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