John Bateman Harcourt, head of one of Wellington New Zealands first families, establishes real estate and auctioneering company, Harcourt and Co.
Following negotiations with Stephen Collins from Christchurch-based Collins Real Estate a joint venture company, Harcourts Real Estate Ltd, is formed to operate the residential and rural side of the business.
The first Harcourts Bluebook is published.
Franchising begins with Harcourts franchising its 60 offices New Zealand wide.
Harcourts launches the first New Zealand searchable property database on the internet.
Harcourts expands its operation into Australia, opening six offices in Queensland.
Harcourts opens 200th office and achieves sales in excess of $5 billion for the year.
Harcourts launches The Academy, a training academy providing courses for sales, management and administration.
Harcourts expands its Australian operation into New South Wales.
Harcourts takes ownership of the Roy Weston Group of 50 Offices in Western Australia and 15 offices in Indonesia.
Harcourts forms joint ventures with leading independent Tasmanian company M&M Real Estate and Brock Real Estate in South Australia.
Harcourts announces a joint venture with the MPRE group of 21 offices in Victoria, Australia to create MPRE Harcourts. Harcourts now has offices in every state in Australia.
Harcourts expands into China, partnering with a major Shanghai developer, and opens in Shanghai.
Harcourts enter into a Joint venture with top South African real estate group, Homenet. 135 offices in South Africa, Botswana and Zambia join and rebrand to Harcourts.
Harcourts International launches its own charitable foundation – The Harcourts Foundation.
Harcourts enters Joint Venture partnership with USA company Altera to operate in California.
In Australasia Harcourts from joint venture with NAI Global to form new Commercial real estate company NAI Harcourts.
Harcourts enters Joint Venture with Landmark in Australia to form Landmark Harcourts, Australia's leading regional and rural real estate brand with over 130 real estate branches nationwide.
(Last Updated Feb 2012)