Real estate has always been in the cross hairs for Erica. After joining Colliers for a brief spell as an intern over a decade ago, we catch up with our latest senior recruit as she opens up on why now is the right time to join the investment team and how she firmly has her sights set on performance and establishing a leading role.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My career has always been focused on real estate. I studied it at university and then jumped into a couple of internships which included Colliers. After starting my career over 10 years ago, the timing felt right to come full circle and go back to where I started to really thrive and propel my career to the next level. I also feel there is an opportunity to engage with those early starters who are in the same position I was in when I first started, allowing me to work with Colliers’ young talent and shape myself as a mentor.
What attracted you to work for Colliers?
The opportunity to join the Colliers Investment team. I was attracted to the vision and ambition that was shared by Tony (Head of Capital Markets and Investment Services) and how collaboration is key and a totally different working style to the other environments I’ve experienced. This is important to me, I’m highly self-motivated and need a culture and leadership that accelerates my success, and with the other skilled colleagues in the business, I’ve found a position that really excites me.
There’s also something special about what we do. I love architecture, the role a building can play in a community and the story it tells. From Tong Lau to newly built high-rise buildings, they are all unique and have their own character; I thrive on learning about the buildings’ purpose and history, and even more so when you see the results of before and after property is developed.
Can you explain your career and highlights to date?
I focus on en bloc transactions, particularly hotels, serviced apartments. Interestingly, my latest transaction was a hotel in Sheung Wan, which is an area of focus for Colliers. I’ve had the opportunity to work on a heritage building and school which has offered a different approach completely and is now of great interest to me.
What advice do you have for the market as we start to approach year-end?
Trust in your own expertise and maintain your relationships with clients. The investment market in Hong Kong has been slow but there are signs of increased activity, especially from Mainland China. Upcoming activity from international investors, local stakeholders together with the city’s rebound from COVID’s third wave will create an interesting and maybe even an adapted market, of operation. In short, remain focused and keep working hard and it will be rewarded.