New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty introduces Athena Wang, who’s joined the Takapuna office, and asks her a few questions…
Tell us about your background and experience.
I grew up in the Chinese city of Harbin and have been living in New Zealand for about 18 years. I studied accounting and finance at Massey University and moved into real estate five years ago.
What motivated you to move into real estate?
It was actually a well-known North Shore auctioneer who approached me at a Toastmaster club we were both attending. He heard my ice-breaker speech and told me I should work in real estate due to my outgoing personality.So I did, and the rest is history!
What special or added services do you offer to buyers and sellers?
I like to work closely and one-on-one with my clients to deliver exceptional service and that personal touch. Everyone has different needs so it’s important to be a really good listener and build a good rapport with my clients.
Which areas do you specialise in and why?
I speak Chinese and English fluently so I mainly deal with people from Asia, which is a huge advantage for me personally. This is my niche market for the North Shore as my clients feel at ease when they contact me. I know a lot of people from Asia looking for luxury properties, so I add value by being able to understand what they want and who to talk to.
What’s the best piece of real estate advice you give your clients?
There is never a wrong time to purchase your home.
What feedback do you receive from your clients?
That I’m really friendly and easy to talk to.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Spending time with my two-year-old daughter who keeps me on my toes. I also like to visit Australia. and try to get there at least once a year.
Athena Wang, Sales Associate
09 358 4142 or 022 157 0920
159 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna