REINZ Accreditation for Harcourts Marlborough Property Management

REINZ Accreditation for Harcourts Marlborough Property Management

Harcourts Marlborough - Blog Image - Lavina - FacebookHarcourts Marlborough manager of property management, Lavina Diamanti, has gained REINZ Accreditation, an acknowledgement of more than a decade in the industry.

In order to gain accreditation, Lavina had to compile her existing qualifications, experiences and references for assessment by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand.

“Basically it is like proving that I have a high degree of knowledge in the industry,” Lavina says.

“It was quite a process to go through and it took quite a long time to go through it; everything gets sent to a panel who assess all the info and come back to me with questions; and then approve [the qualification].”

Lavina says property management was a career she ‘fell into’, after working with Harcourts Marlborough co-owner Mark Davis in a previous role, and later coming to work with him at Harcourts on what was originally meant to be a short-term project.

“It just sort of evolved,” she says.

Since then, Lavina has had twelve years in two stints at Harcourts Marlborough, and says a lot has changed in property management during that time.

“There’s always different changes, it’s never boring. There’s always something new, like new legislation and challenges.

“Probably the biggest change has been technology, and digital phones, iPhones, they have changed the way we do business; gone are the days where we would manually write tenancy agreements, or a condition report was a few ticks on a form,” Lavina says.

During her time at Harcourts, Lavina’s role as evolved into a management position, providing support and guidance for the property management team.

She says having a recognised qualification for property managers is a good way of helping both landlords and tenants to identify professionals with a strong knowledge of the industry.

“Property managers used to have to be licenced sales agents but REAA came in in 2008 and property managers were excluded from that requirement,” Lavina says.

“That has changed it up for property managers to come into the industry who are not trained.”

Over the years, Lavina has prided herself on her commitment to staying up to date with regulations and ensuring landlords and tenants are aware of their rights and responsibilities.

“If I’m going to do something, I want to do it properly; I have a thirst for knowledge,” she says.

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