Are you 21 and feeling like you’ve achieved heaps? Meet the 21 year old who owns a real estate agency.
Liam Collett owns a business selling houses (though he doesn’t own a house himself).
On August 1, at the age of 20, he opened Century 21 More Property Realty on Barrys Point Rd in Takapuna. About three weeks later he turned 21. He is believed to be the youngest sole owner and director of a Century 21 franchise internationally, according to Geoff Barnett, the New Zealand head of the company.
Property is Collett’s heritage – four generations of his family have been in the industry.
“It runs through the blood and I just love the industry. I love helping people most of all,” he said.
“You get to see families grow and overall it’s just a really, really fun experience getting to know people and getting to help people in some really different situations.”
Collett started working in property management at his dad’s business – Ray White Glenfield – at 17, but always wanted to start his own company and was a licensed agent.
“There was a little bit of perception in my old workplace that everything was just given to me, which I really, really didn’t like,” Collett said.
“That’s actually part of the reason why I wanted to open up my own franchise – so that people can see that I’ve worked hard for what I’m doing and with a lot of hard work and dedication you get results.”
He employs six staff, aged 25 to 52, and although he’d like to see more young people working in real estate, Collett said he valued trustworthiness above age and previous work experience.
“Honestly, your core values are the only thing you can stick by – and your word.”