Our Timeline

Take a step back in time to look at some milestones in our history starting in 1888



From Humble beginnings


John Bateman Harcourt, head of one of Wellington's first families, establishes real estate and auctioneering company, Harcourt and Co. Two of his sons, Gordon and Stanton later join him and by early 1900s it boasts five trading divisions.



Harcourt and Co publish first edition of the Register and Property Investors Guide.

Harcourts witnesses potentially its most dramatic Auction in history when a woman attempts to murder a builder attending an auction by shooting him with a revolver.


Early 1900s


Stanton Harcourt joins the family business and goes into Partnership with his father JB Harcourt.

Harcourt and Co moves to prominent premises on the corner of Lambton Quay and Panama Street.


Gordon Harcourt joins the family business after returning from the war.


JB Harcourt passes away, one month after being made a life member of the Chamber of Commerce.


After many years of working together, Stanton and Gordon's clashing personalities cause Gordon Harcourt to go out on his own to create Gordon Harcourt Ltd.


Stanton Harcourt goes into partnership with employee, Hec Fisher. Upon Stanton's retirement Hec takes sole charge.


Late 1900s


Hec Fisher's son, Robert becomes manager of Harcourt and Co. with partner, Roger Whyte.


Harcourt and Co. makes its first major move outside of Wellington by establishing an Auckland valuation practice.

Harcourts becomes a publicly listed company.


Harcourt and Co opens a commercial sales office in Auckland, followed by a property management and a consultancy practice.


Following negotiations with Stephen Collins from Christchurch-based Collins Real Estate a joint venture company, Harcourts Real Estate Ltd, is formed to operate the residential and rural side of the business.

Harcourts Edward Rushton, the valuation department of Harcourts is introduced.


Stephen Collins assumes chief executive role of Harcourts Real Estate Ltd. A commitment is made to become a nationwide property services company which begins a period of vigorous expansion throughout the North Island.


Real estate companies in Palmerston north and Auckland are purchased and a south Auckland company follows soon after the share float.

The first Harcourts full-colour Property Magazine, known as the Bluebook, is launched in Christchurch featuring more than 150 local properties listed with the firm.

Harcourts breaks the 1,000 sales a month barrier, with 1,017 sales worth $128,391,000.


Harcourts celebrates 100 years of business.

Harcourts first Annual Conference is held at Huka Village, Taupo.

The purchase of a large shareholding by the National Bank of New Zealand allows the introduction of a mortgage finance package for Harcourts clients.

Harcourts introduces the Harcourts Real Estate Annual Scholarship. The first scholarship was awarded to Ms Brigette Leckie who is currently the Director, Intermediary Relationships for AllianceBernstein in Sydney.

Harcourts begins franchising its 60 offices nationwide, with the first in the North Island being Wairarapa and then Nelson in the South Island.


Tower Corporation buys shares in Harcourts Real Estate from National Bank of New Zealand.


Harcourts has doubled in size and now has 110 franchised offices nationwide.

Stephen Collins and Co-directors Paul Wright, Jo-Anne Clifford and Bob Cooper lead a management buy-out of Harcourts from Tower Corporation to form Harcourts Group.

Harcourts, in partnership with the New Zealand Police, launches the National Crime Prevention Programme.


Paul Wright is appointed as the General Manager of the Harcourts Group.

Harcourts sells more than $3Billion in property sales for the first time.


Harcourts launches the first national public searchable property database on the internet. The website attracts 600 visitors for 3,000 properties viewed on the first weekend.

Harcourts launches partnership with the New Zealand Fire Service.


Headed by former Harcourts Franchise owner Mike Green, Harcourts expands its operation into Australia, opening six offices in Queensland and a State Office in Brisbane.

Harcourts launches its Intranet, an online resource library.

Harcourts and National Mutual form joint venture company, Mortgage Express NZ Ltd, to offer mortgage products and other financial services.


Harcourts Property System, an on-line web based listing and client management software programme is launched.

Harcourts breaks the $4 billion in sales per year barrier.

Harcourts has 170 offices in New Zealand and Australia.

Harcourts launches its Australian website.


Executive Chairman, Stephen Collins, hands over the reins to current Managing Director Mike Green, and Chairman, Paul Wright.

Harcourts Legal Services is launched in Queensland, providing conveyancing to clients.

The franchising business system, The Harcourts Way, is launched on-line.




A Harcourts Credit Card is launched in New Zealand - a first for real estate in New Zealand.

Harcourts launches support for Heart Foundation in New Zealand.

Harcourts Hall of Fame is launched to recognise those who have made a significant contribution to the brand.


Harcourts focuses on growing its rural market-share, and strengthening its presence in Auckland by opening 11 new offices.

Harcourts launches support for Australian Heart Foundation.

Harcourts launches client services programme, The Harcourts Promise.

Harcourts opens 200th office and achieves sales in excess of $5 billion for the year.

Harcourts achieves 100,000 visitors per month to its New Zealand website.


Harcourts launches The Academy, a training academy providing courses for sales, management and administration to develop skills and to assist those wanting a career in real estate.

Stephen Collins sells his shareholding and controlling interest in Harcourts International to Mike Green and Paul Wright.

Harcourts achieves 150,000 visitors per month to its New Zealand and Australian websites.

Harcourts completes more than 30,000 sales contracts valued in excess of $7 billion.

Harcourts expands its Australian operation into New South Wales, purchasing a franchise group of 19 offices in Sydney.


Harcourts now has a total of 250 offices in the South Pacific and close to 2500 sales consultants.

Harcourts manage the sale of over 1,000 properties in a single week, and over 4,000 in a single month.

Harcourts International manages the sale of over 44,000 properties recording $11.5 billion in sales up 48 percent on the previous year.

Harcourts expand into Fiji with its first office opened in Suva.

Mike Green, Managing Director of Harcourts International Ltd, invited to join leading business organisation, the New Zealand Business Roundtable.

Harcourts becomes exclusive South Pacific member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a worldwide network of real estate companies with more than 700 companies and over 3,500 offices across the globe.


Harcourts takes ownership of the Roy Weston Group of 50 Offices in Western Australia and 15 offices in Indonesia.

Harcourts forms joint ventures with leading independent Tasmanian company M&M Real Estate and Brock Real Estate in South Australia.


Harcourts International records best month ever in its 117 year history writing $1.4 billion of sales in February alone.

Harcourts New Zealand website www.harcourts.co.nz is ranked the number one Company website with over 150,000 unique visitors per month.

Harcourts starts successful relationship with the Disney Institute Programme.


Harcourts introduces Luxury Portfolio - an exclusive global marketing programme for $1m+ properties.

Harcourts has 431 offices across Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Fiji.

Harcourts offices achieve a new annual record of $17.5 billion in property sales.

Harcourts opens its first 'virtual office' in Second Life (www.secondlife.com) making it the first known major real estate group with a virtual office.

Harcourts launches another Australasian first by including Google Mapping system on its public websites.

Harcourts announces full ownership of the mortgage broking company it was instrumental in setting up in 1997, Mortgage Express Ltd.

Harcourts Academy achieves RTO status (Registered Training Organisation) allowing industry licensing to those attending Academy programmes.


Harcourts announces a joint venture with the MPRE group of 21 offices in Victoria, Australia to create MPRE Harcourts. Harcourts now has offices in every state in Australia.

Harcourts expands into Singapore.


Harcourts expands into China, partnering with a major Shanghai developer, and opens in Shanghai.

Harcourts enter into a Joint venture with top South African real estate group, Homenet. 135 offices in South Africa, Botswana and Zambia join and rebrand to Harcourts.

Harcourts International launches its own charitable foundation - The Harcourts Foundation 'to provide support that helps, grows, and enriches communities'.


Harcourts wins international award for best property marketing products at Leading Real Estate Companies of the World annual conference.

Donations to the Harcourts Foundation reach $500,000.

Harcourts has over 615 offices, operating in 9 countries and completing in excess of $22 billion in written sales.


Harcourts enters Joint Venture partnership with USA Company Altera to operate in California.

In Australasia Harcourts forms joint venture with NAI Global to form new Commercial real estate company NAI Harcourts.


Harcourts enters Joint Venture partnership with Landmark to form Landmark Harcourts, Australia's leading regional and rural real estate brand with over 130 real estate branches nationwide.

Donations to the Harcourts Foundation exceed $1,000,000.

Harcourts expands to Hong Kong.

Harcourts wins big at the International Real Estate Conference receiving the award for "Best New Media" recognising the company's iPad and iPhone Applications, media centre, eBluebooks, Harcourts Answers website, social media and company blogs.


Harcourts launches premium marketing brand Luxury Property Selection.

Mortgage Express has its biggest month in July, settling $79,556,297.

Harcourts Complete, a free service offered to all Harcourts clients providing all the relevant real estate services required before, during or after a transaction is launched.


Harcourts celebrates 125 years since founder, JB Harcourts first started the company, then called Harcourt & Co. Over the past 125 years, Harcourts experienced astronomical growth, from becoming the largest and most recognised real estate brand in New Zealand to ranking amongst the top three real estate companies in Australia. 

By 2013, Harcourts had expanded across New Zealand, Australia, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, South Africa and the USA.


Harcourts New Zealand are voted New Zealand’s Most Trusted Real Estate Brand for the second year running. 

Harcourts USA launches auction platform for the first time as Harcourts footprint grows across the USA, Indonesia and for 
NAI Harcourts.


Harcourts New Zealand is yet again voted New Zealand’s most trusted real estate agent by Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands survey. This makes it three years running! Harcourts expands to Dubai.

Harcourts mobile apps have been recognised by Apple as the best in the real estate industry internationally. We are world leading!


Harcourts launches its refreshed group of brand out in to the marketing place across all countries.

Harcourts expands into Canada opening its first office in Vancouver.

Harcourts Inspirational Women launched to give female Harcourts team members the opportunity to speak at events, conferences and tell their unique stories.


The Harcourts Foundation reaches a fantastic $5m raised.

Mortgage Express helps over 5,000 clients buy homes worth $2.3B

Harcourts Group Australia celebrates its 20th year of business and achieves #3 real estate brand in Australia.

Harcourts Auctions USA launches its accreditation program.

Harcourts New Zealand awarded Reader's Digest Most Trusted Real Estate Brand for the 5th year in a row.

Harcourts App Store launched and Harcourts wins Real Estate Business Australia award 'Game Changer - Innovation'


Harcourts becomes one of the first real estate brands globally to use Workplace by Facebook, furthering a commitment to embracing leading edge tech and innovation.

Global launch of the Harcourts Client Experience Program.

Harcourts New Zealand awarded Reader's Digest Most Trusted Real Estate Brand for the 6th year in a row.

Harcourts Australia granted Gold Quality Service Award by Reader's Digest.

Harcourts Pacific USA record best month of sales $205m




We are just getting started. Check back early 2020 for an update.

We are absolutely committed to providing exceptional personal service to our clients. We don't just pay lip service to our internal mission statement: 'To create clients for life through the finest service'. It is Harcourts heart and soul, and is fundamental to the positive attitude and success of our people.
Mike Green
Mike Green
Managing Director - Harcourts International

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