We talk to Yolande King about what it’s like working with her husband Paddy, and sister-in-law Tara as a super team at EVES Real Estate. These guys really love where they live, and it shows!

PHOTOS BRYDIE THOMPSON

HOW DID YOU ALL COME TO BE WORKING TOGETHER?

Pad­dy and I were pass­ing through on a hol­i­day, try­ing to work out where to set­tle. We sat on the beach and Pad­dy said, “Look at this place, Yols. We have to give it a go.” Our imme­di­ate con­nec­tion to The Mount was amaz­ing. So we start­ed sep­a­rate careers, Pad­dy in chem­istry and me in real estate. The first years were incred­i­bly busy so Pad­dy joined me. Boom! It worked beau­ti­ful­ly! Then Tara moved from Christchurch and we ham­mered her to join us. She gave in to stop us nag­ging, I think.

WHAT SKILLS DO EACH OF YOU BRING TO THE BUSINESS?

Work­ing with Pad­dy and Tara is the eas­i­est thing in the world! We wrote very speci­fic job descrip­tions for each per­son. I think that’s a big part of our suc­cess. I’m a high­ly organ­ised ‘lists’ per­son and keep the big pic­ture per­spec­tive, work­ing on our busi­ness devel­op­ment and keep­ing our team con­nect­ed. Tara nev­er miss­es a detail. She should wear a super­hero cape. The work­load on the admin side is just mas­sive. If Pad­dy is head­ing out to an appoint­ment, he doesn’t have to dou­ble check any paper­work that Tara has put togeth­er. Any­one who knows Pad­dy is famil­iar with his relaxed man­ner, and in this indus­try I think that goes a long way. You can trust that he’s going to look after you as a buy­er or ven­dor. He hates get­ting stuck in the office, so Tara and I keep him out there doing what he loves — hang­ing out and con­nect­ing with peo­ple. There’s 100% trust between all of us. We’re now on the hunt for the next team mem­ber to help us look after our buy­ers.

Ear­ly morn­ing cof­fee at Tay Street.

HOW HAS THE REAL ESTATE BUSINESS CHANGED OVER THE YEARS?

Since I start­ed in 2006, so much has changed. Con­tin­u­ous train­ing is a must if you want to keep your licence and stay up to date with all the Real Estate Agents Author­i­ty leg­is­la­tion. It’s good to see so many more peo­ple in the busi­ness treat­ing the job with the nec­es­sary impor­tance and urgen­cy. It’s not a hob­by, it’s a career, and we are help­ing peo­ple through a huge trans­ac­tion that needs all of our atten­tion. The dig­i­tal side of adver­tis­ing is huge now and a job in itself. I look after that for us and it’s a con­stant learn­ing curve. Keep up or get left behind!

We strong­ly believe that when it comes to choos­ing your agent the­se days, a team isn’t a plus, it’s a must. Noth­ing falls through the cracks, you’re kept 100% informed and involved. And with us, you get ener­gy, cre­ativ­i­ty and com­mit­ment.

HOW DO YOU FIT IN FAMILY TIME WITH SUCH A BUSY JOB?

It’s some­thing we guard pre­cious­ly. Dur­ing the week, we have break­fast and din­ner togeth­er as a fam­i­ly and don’t book any­thing that will inter­fere with that. So we start and end the day with the kids. Of course, Sun­days are super busy with open home, so we try to build that fam­i­ly time in else­where, like tak­ing the chil­dren out surf­ing or going to the night mar­kets in Papamoa or The Mount. Just read­ing sto­ries in the ham­mock with the kids slows things down pret­ty quick­ly, too!

WHAT’S IT LIKE BEING SO CONNECTED TO THE COMMUNITY WITH YOUR JOB?

We make con­nec­tions every­where we go, from kindy drop-offs to Pad­dy being out on the water wait­ing for the next wave. It’s part of every­day life, the nature of the busi­ness and it’s great; we feel we’re able to help and bring val­ue. This job is about peo­ple and their homes, which involves their fam­i­lies. We feel real­ly priv­i­leged to take peo­ple through this process and de-stress it as much as pos­si­ble, all the way through.

WHAT’S BEEN YOUR BIGGEST LEARNING CURVE?

When work­ing in a team you have got to stay con­nect­ed. The left hand needs to know what the right hand is doing. Rules, the law, the dig­i­tal space: everything’s con­stant­ly chang­ing. We like it. Keeps us on our toes!

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR DOWNTIME?

We just love liv­ing here! We’re sur­round­ed by lots of friends, so impromp­tu catch-ups are easy. We’re lucky to have so many out­door options for fam­i­lies right on our doorstep, and go out on the bikes, head to a beach or park. Our mums are great gar­den­ers. I’m far from a expert, but we’re try­ing to grow more and the kids just love it. Exer­cise is at 6 am so I can be sure it actu­al­ly hap­pens, and if it’s with a friend then that’s great! I’ve always got a book on the go, too. Then, of course, there’s fin­ish­ing our ren­o­va­tion. When we bought our home it was a lit­tle two bed­room 1955 orig­i­nal, and today it’s a much-loved four bed­room fam­i­ly home. We’ve learnt so much and enjoyed the process immense­ly, but the very impor­tant fin­ish­ing touch­es are keep­ing us busy. There’s always the next detail to plan and exe­cute.

We feel a great respon­si­bil­i­ty to help keep our coast beau­ti­ful, as well. There are so many alarm­ing envi­ron­men­tal issues, and we want to start here at home and make a dif­fer­ence. We want our chil­dren to enjoy this beau­ty.

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