The Business Owners of Harcourts in Hamilton

Meet our Business Owners:

Monarch Real Estate Ltd – A member of the Harcourts Group. Leading the Hamilton franchise company are Davinder Singh, Brian King, Trent Finlay and Campbell Scott. All have extensive experience in the local market and a real focus on the company’s performance and service standards. Below are brief profiles of the owners.

Davinder Singh - Davinder has worked in Hamilton’s real estate market for over 29 years. He has a background in farming and finance, followed by eight years as a restaurant owner.
Davinder Singh AREINZ – Managing Director

Davinder Singh

Davinder has worked in Hamilton’s real estate market for over 29 years. He has a background in farming and finance, followed by eight
years as a restaurant owner.

In 1984 Davinder joined Brunton Patton Real Estate and for the first two years, he worked in the area of business and motel sales before switching to residential property sales. Over the next three years, he completed his real estate examinations and also became sales manager of the residential sales team.

Davinder then moved to Harcourts in June 1989 when he was offered a branch manager’s position. This was also the year that Harcourts Group decided to accelerate the company’s growth through franchising its branches nationwide; and the Hamilton offices were soon to become available.

By late 1990 Davinder reached an agreement with Harcourts for the purchase and franchise of the five Hamilton offices, initially as a partner but then on to sole ownership.

Over the next few years, Harcourts Hamilton became not only the major player in the local real estate market, but was also recognised as one of Harcourts most successful franchises.

Since 1991 the company has won more awards for office and individual sales performances than any other Harcourts franchise. In 2004, Davinder decided to sell a 50% share of the company to his good friend and “right hand man” Brian King, who now oversees the day to day operations of the company.

In 2005 Davinder became the 7th person to be inducted into the prestigious Harcourts Hall of Fame, which recognises individuals’ long standing and significant contribution to the
Harcourts Group.

Trent Finlay Branch Manager | Rototuna | Harcourts Hamilton
Trent Finlay AREINZ – Branch Manager

Trent Finlay

Born and raised on the family dairy farm north of Hamilton and being an old boy of Hamilton Boys’ High School, Trent is proud to call the Waikato home.

In 2003 after a decade in the consumer electronics industry working for the likes of Philips and Sony; Trent returned from living overseas, made a career change and specialised in residential sales with a Hamilton real estate company.

After a successful start to his selling career he quickly moved into branch management as a selling manager in 2004. After six hectic years in the business, in 2009, Trent decided to pause his real estate career and moved into the dairy / agribusiness sector.

This ‘sabbatical’ meant he spent five years in corporate senior leadership roles in the agriculture industry which involved large contract negotiations, technical projects, brand integrations and strategic planning, providing Trent some valuable experiences and a good opportunity to gain some perspective on the real estate business.

In 2014 an opportunity presented itself for Trent to join Harcourts Hamilton to specialise in rural and lifestyle sales and to manage the new Rototuna office which opened later that year.

A few months later in 2015, Trent became a shareholder in the Harcourts Hamilton franchise and now manages the Rototuna branch and rural/lifestyle team full time. An experienced marketer and negotiator he still loves getting out in the field with the team, meeting with clients as well as developing the Harcourts Hamilton business.

Trent is passionate about real estate and is actively involved with his colleagues supporting a number of charities and fund raising projects as well as giving his time to Trustee roles.

Brian is very passionate about the auction sales system and he continues to call the majority of the company’s auctions.
Brian King – General Manager

Brian King

Arriving from Auckland in 1979, Brian, along with two business partners established the very successful Gainsborough House Restaurant.

In 1990 after 16 years in hospitality, Brian made a career change, joining a real estate company that specialised in the sale of hotels and motels. Then in 1991 he started with Harcourts in Hamilton both as a sales consultant and sales manager of the Central City Office residential team. The next six years saw Brian become a very successful sales consultant. He received numerous awards including Harcourts Top National Sales Consultant for three consecutive years, and also the Real Estate Institute Top Sales Consultant for this region, again for three consecutive years.

Also during this time Brian became a very competent auctioneer. In 1997 Brian moved on from selling to take up a role as manager of the company’s residential division. He also took over the role as head auctioneer and now leads a very successful auction team. Brian is very passionate about the auction sales system and he continues to call the majority of the company’s auctions.

In 2004 Brian accepted an opportunity to buy a 50% shareholding in the local franchise company and take up the position of General Manager. While his major role is to oversee all of our branch offices, Brian still enjoys being out in the field with the sales team, face to face with the Company’s clients. In 2009, in recognition of his contribution to the Harcourts Brand, Brian was inducted into the Harcourts Hall of Fame. Commenting on his induction Brian says he is both proud and humbled to have joined this esteemed group.

On a daily basis, Brian thoroughly enjoys his work and thrives on the challenges this industry brings. He is very proud of the company’s history and confident of its future success.

Campbell Scott AREINZ – Branch Manager

Campbell Scott

Having started his real estate career in the early 1990’s at the age of 20, Campbell returned to further his passion for real estate in 2002, from his role as Auckland Sales Manager with an international hospitality brand. In 2007 he was appointed manager of a newly opened residential office in Hamilton’s rapidly growing north-east suburbs and is now branch manager of Harcourts’ high profile Central City Office. Campbell is also one of Harcourts’ auctioneers and in 2015 he purchased a shareholding in Harcourts Hamilton.

Recognised as the Waikato’s leader for the sale of multi-unit investment properties and awarded for outstanding sales performance each year since 2003, Campbell’s personal passion for investment property coupled with working alongside some of New Zealand’s most astute investors lead to him acquiring a wealth of knowledge that enables him to provide valuable advice to people wanting to invest in the healthy Waikato real estate market.

Voted the REINZ’s District Forum Leader for the Waikato by his industry peers Campbell stood down in late 2015 to focus on his contribution to the Institute’s Auction Sector Group. AREINZ qualified, he is an entertaining registered auctioneer who regularly donates his time to Hamilton charities.

A strong advocate for continually improving professionalism in the industry, Campbell is passionate about real estate and strives to execute and enhance "best practice" conduct.

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