Harcourts undeterred by job losses

A Dunedin real-estate firm is advertising for staff just days after media reports nearly 4000 real-estate agents had lost their jobs because of the recession.

Harcourts business owner Chris Kennedy said he was advertising for staff who could be properly trained.

"Some people have had no formal training . . . and therefore you come into a market like this and of course people struggle. They don't know what they are doing."

Mr Kennedy said he wanted another three or four staff to add to the 20 in Dunedin but recruitment was ongoing.

He said it could be several months before a real-estate agent became qualified to work in the industry.

- mark.price@odt.co.nz


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