Company Profile

Here's our story...

Steve and Penny Leigh formed Hawkes Bay Property Management Limited in November 2005 after Steve, who had been a Property Manager, was contacted by a former overseas Landlord client who owned a property that Steve had once managed, in a rental capacity, whilst working for another local real estate company. The Landlord was dissatisfied with the service he was receiving from the other company and asked Steve whether he would consider managing his property once again.

At the time Steve was a Real Estate Salesperson for Harveys Real Estate and although having had an extensive career in rental management, he had no intention of getting back into Property Management as he was enjoying the success of being a Real Estate Salesperson. After some consideration, Steve and Penny decided to start a Property Management company that Penny could operate, that dealt with "nice landlords, nice properties and nice tenants"....they agreed to take on the management of that particular property in Brookvale Road, Havelock North and from there, the rest is history.

That Landlord contact led to a series of other Landlord referrals, and this, along with hard work and a desire to offer their clients the best, eventually saw Penny's rent roll grow substantially. Steve continued to sell real estate for another local real estate firm whilst working alongside Penny in Hawkes Bay Property Management Limited.

Ironically, in 2007 the owners of the Brookvale Road property approached Steve about selling their investment property...the property was sold and the new owners engaged Hawkes Bay Property Management Limited to manage the property yet again. (This is what we call the Real Estate Roundabout!)

In 2012 Steve and Penny decided it was time for a change. They changed the name of their business to Hawkes Bay Residential Limited, they licensed the business as a Real Estate office and rebranded as First National Real Estate Hawkes Bay - which opened another exciting chapter in their vibrant careers.

Steve has over 20 years experience in the property industry and Penny has 14 - together with their team of Real Estate and Property Management Professionals, they offer personal service and a wealth of experience and knowledge - they are able to cater to their clients' needs in all aspects of Real Estate.

At First National Real Estate Hawkes Bay you are not just a number, you are a client, and "We Put You First!"