Principal Officer/ Licensed Business Owner
From an early age James had real estate and Harcourts in his blood. Father, Geoffrey Twiss, was an early pioneer of the brand, being instrumental to its initial and continued success. Stepping into his footsteps was a natural progression for James, and at 28 he was overseeing Twiss-Keir Realty, one of the region’s largest real estate franchises at the time. Harcourts Twiss-Keir Realty has since joined forces and rebranded after the acquisition of the Harcourts Four Seasons offices, transforming it into a nationally significant real estate business, housing almost 150 salespeople and staff, across eight offices throughout Canterbury. James is proud to lead Harcourts Four Seasons Realty (as it is known today) and offer Canterbury a professional, friendly and caring entity that is part of the communities it services.
But times were not always easy for James…
Prior to his calling to real estate, James had other plans. Learning was a focus, and following his three years at university, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. Sport was of equal importance to him. Time spent in UK honed his leadership skills further, and upon returning home he took up a corporate role that saw him move swiftly through the ranks into senior management.
With the early passing of his father, James saw the chance to continue his father’s legacy and moved into real estate sales, firstly with Harcourts Grenadier and eventually into his own business at Twiss-Keir Realty. Real estate sales became a passion, and success came easily. When the opportunity came to run his own business, with support from all those involved at the time, James took what most probably thought was a huge risk and took up the role of licensee of the business.
Those times were sometimes tough, as the real estate markets had not reached the heights of 2006-2007 and the challenges were many. By surrounding himself with trusted advisors, James navigated the company into one of the region’s leading real estate businesses as we know it today.
James has proven himself a dedicated and determined driver of the business having consistently built on the strong foundations he took over in those early years. Creating jobs, offering advice, trusted support and spending time with people has been a benchmark of these years, and has led to a leading business. By choosing great people internally, our loyal clients can rely on us to get the job done well.
There have been many accolades over the years but beyond these, for James, the biggest reward is in helping people realise their dreams, whether they are home owners buying or selling property, or sales consultants navigating a demanding industry.