Manu Nahna is in his 26th year at Lodge Real Estate, and can’t imagine a better place to be.
“I love work in real estate and I love the people I meet through my work,” says Manu, who is based at the Dinsdale Lodge office.
Helping first home buyers into a new home is one of the joys of the job.
“It’s a real privilege to help people get their first home, and be part of that important milestone moment,” says Manu, who joined Lodge in 1992.
Manu is one of Lodge’s most successful and well-liked salespeople. He was awarded Lodge’s Number One Salesperson in 1998, 2003 and 2004 and has consistently been among the top ten salespeople for the company.
He has received numerous company awards, including a recent Manager’s Choice Award at the recent Lodge Awards on April 14. Manu has also been recognized in the Waikato Bay of Plenty Real Estate Awards.
Lodge managing director Jeremy O’Rourke says that Manu embodies many of the company’s core values.
“Manu is hard-working and dedicated to clients, always going above and beyond to help meet the needs of buyers and sellers,” says Jeremy. “He values relationships and people – which is part of the reason he’s been so successful over many years in real estate. We know he gets a lot of referrals and repeat business, and that speaks to the trust people put in him. He has strong connections to his community, and we are very proud that he is part of the Lodge team.”
Manu was born in Gujarat, a province on the west coast of India, in 1945. He came to New Zealand as a four-year-old with his parents and three siblings, settling in Te Kuiti. He was introduced to the real estate industry by friend Rex Kirby, who he used to play squash with. “At the time I was working at Housing New Zealand, and Rex said that I seemed to know people everywhere I went and working in real estate would be a good fit for me,” says Manu.
He was in his mid-40s at the time, and a change of careers was “a scary prospect” but he found that he enjoyed it and hasn’t looked back.
“I’ve only ever worked at Lodge, and to me it’s the best real estate company around.”
“I am also extremely grateful for all the support I have received from family, friends and acquaintances during my career in real estate,” says Manu. “This in turn has meant that I have been able to return something back to the community in the way of numerous sponsorships and donations over many years.”
Manu began working in the St Andrews Lodge office, before leaving to start the company’s Dinsdale office. “I like Dinsdale, it’s a friendly supportive community. We list properties all over the city but there are many well-priced options here in western Hamilton.”
Over the past quarter century, Manu has seen many changes in the housing market in Hamilton. “I’ve seen hot markets, and cool markets, and there have been lots of changes over the years,” says Manu. “It is getting harder for young people to get into their own house, and we are increasingly seeing that some cannot do it without assistance from parents.”
Manu has also noticed the trend towards larger homes on smaller sections. “When I was starting out there were more older homes such as state houses, many of them on traditional quarter-acre sections and without garages. Now people are wanting three-car garaging and there is a trend to wanting larger homes on smaller sections. In some of the new subdivisions houses are on 500sqm or 600sqm sections, with the house taking up most of that space.”