Craig And Jo Scott, Ray White Arrowtown

Success a sweet song for Arrowtown business

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    Craig, Jo and Adin Scott love living and working in Arrowtown.

If the name Craig Scott sounds familiar, there’s good reason. A Kiwi pop idol, Craig sang his way through the late 1960s and early 1970s, making appearances on Happen Inn and singing a string of hits including Smiley, Star Crossed Lovers and When Jojo Runs.

Craig says being a former pop star has helped in his real estate business. “It’s a natural introduction for people and immediately establishes familiarity – in the real estate business that’s worked very well for us.”

Craig and Jo live in Arrowtown and work together selling homes under the Ray White Real Estate banner. Originally from Dunedin, the Scotts have been living in Arrowtown for the past nine years, returning to the south after years of residing and working in Auckland.

“We moved to Auckland in 1970 and lived there until 2000. In 1978, we started a promotions company managing music acts and representing international touring shows. From there I established New Zealand’s first movie video manufacturing company representing several private film companies and in 1985, joined Warner Bros video as its managing director,” says Craig.

The Scotts moved back to Dunedin in 2000. For the following five years, Craig and Jo renovated homes through their Scott and Scott Design company. The couple would buy, renovate and sell two or three homes each year, with Jo doing all of the interior design work. Real estate was a natural next step.

“Both of us have always loved real estate and about eight years ago we decided it would be good to do our real estate exams. We then joined Ray White in Arrowtown and have been here ever since.”

Craig says it was an easy decision to move from Dunedin to Arrowtown. “We spent a lot of time travelling to Central Otago and so knew it well. We loved Arrowtown and Wakatipu with their great seasons, lovely people and cosmopolitan feel. The landscape is stunning and has significant historical value. It’s a beautiful place to live – we consider ourselves very lucky.

“Arrowtown is very expensive, with prices similar to Auckland. The average sale price is over $1 million so it’s harder for young people to get into the market. There are no major subdivisions nor plans to extend the Arrowtown boundries so there is limited housing stock.”

Recently son Adin joined his parents in the business after spending seven years in real estate marketing before getting his real estate agent qualification.

“We have built up a good business and it was time to bring someone else on board. “Our family has always worked well together, so with Adin joining the team it also became a succession plan,” explains Craig.

In 2001, Craig and Jo were referred to Markhams Otago (formerly Clarke Craw), where they met director Denise Gow. “We had a chat and it went from there. It’s a great relationship – she’s one of the most obliging people and we are very happy to be working with her.”

While “not a huge business”, the Scotts require monthly GST returns to be done along with wage and salary work.

“Denise has a very good understanding of our business; where it’s been, where it is now and where it’s going. We don’t have to worry about an awful lot – Denise looks after our whole family and gives good advice.”

Craig adds that the Markhams Otago team is great. “You can always ring them, they’ll always get back to you and will always do what they say they’ll do. It’s a very good service.”

Published spring 2017

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