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About James Symes

I joined LJ Hooker in 2018 and I am absolutely loving it.  Prior to real estate, I worked in the building industry for 23 years, successfully running my own business for 12 of those years. I believe my building history and experience is a huge asset in my real estate career, having been recognised as one of the top Salespersons in the LJ Hooker Harvey Group as a LJ Hooker Captain since 2019 and joining the Multi-Million Dollar Chapter of the Captains Club in December 2020.


Raised in North Otago, I have an effective combination of local awareness and mainland humour.  I am a keen outdoorsman and enjoy getting out on the Waitaki Lakes and going hunting as much as possible.  I have also played many sports locally, and most recently, been a rugby referee.


I am married to Paula and we have two teenage children who attend the local high schools.  Paula has recently joined my real estate team, after 10 years as the Sports Co-ordinator at Waitaki Boys’ High School. 


As an award winning real estate professional, I recognise and value the trust my clients have in me and I strive every day to exceed their expectations.  I enjoy helping people and I want to help you succeed too.  I am well known for my extensive market knowledge and my success is almost solely based on positive referrals, having earnt the respect of clients, by working tirelessly on their behalf and always offering candid advice.



  • Hayden & Saskia Meikle

    “James was a pleasure to work with throughout the sale process. We were delighted to have his guidance, and he got a great price for us. He knows his stuff and he gets results.”

  • Joanna Hay

    “James exhibited a high level of communication throughout the whole process. We really appreciated his honest approach. He is a man of his word who lives and breathes integrity and really does do exactly what he says he will, even post settlement. ...”

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