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Logan Crawford on Real Estate, Music & Peace of Mind | Perth to Tauranga
27 July 2016
Logan Crawford on Real Estate, Music & Peace of Mind | Perth to Tauranga

After living in Perth for the best part of a decade, Te Puke native, Logan Crawford, made the decision to listen to his heart rather than his head. On Christmas Day, 2015, he bravely left the life he had established in Australia and returned home to the Bay of Plenty. The 27-year-old hasn’t looked back since, leaving a promising management position and taking a chance on a completely different career opportunity in Tauranga.

This is his story.

Logan, tell us what were you doing career wise in Perth?

I arrived in Perth in 2008 as a 19-year-old and with support from my older brother I established myself in the local surf retail scene meeting many close friends along the way. After the financial crisis tore shreds through the retail sector, I was let go from my dream job as the junior regional sales manager at Rip Curl and had to rethink my next step.

Between the years of 2009-2015 I worked in many different job sectors. I was an excavator operator, plumbing apprentice, small drinks delivery business manager, fitter/welder apprentice, semi-pro football player and head service technician for the coffee industry – to name but a few!

How long had you been thinking about making the move home Tauranga?

It may seem cliché, but ever since I left. It took nearly ten years to make the tough choice to head home. I had established myself in Perth with my closest of friends and a community of people I felt comfortable with. You can’t beat New Zealand though and the Bay of Plenty is truly my favourite place to be.

How did you know it was time to come to New Zealand?

The heart knows these things better than the mind. I chose to listen to it this time and once that was set in motion, it was only a matter of time before I made the move.

What did you gain from your time living overseas?

Life experience. When I left I was a teenage boy with a lot to learn. Having experienced so much overseas, I like to think I’ve returned with a stronger head and a stronger understanding of what drives me. I still have a lot to learn and will never stop learning, but the change in me brought about by being away from home for ten years has been substantial. 

What has happened for you career wise in Tauranga?

I found myself drawn to the unique philosophy that Tall Poppy Real Estate had built itself on in its home town of Wellington. I decided that I wanted to bring this company to the Bay of Plenty as I could see some inherent flaws in an outdated industry. Having been involved with real estate transactions and having many friends in the profession it was an easy enough transition into formalising my licence and therefore entering the industry here in New Zealand.

Real Estate Agents were the third most distrusted profession in the western world in 2015, so to say this was going to be an ‘easy’ task was naïve. I don’t fit the mould of a traditional agent and that’s a good thing. I would like to think my character and past endeavours put me in good standing with my clients. Trust is everything when working on behalf of someone, you only get given it once and it’s the most important part of building a strong business in a tight knit community. Keep an eye out for me and say hello!

What do you enjoying about living here - what do you do for fun?

Adventure and being active! The region hosts an incredible number of outdoor activities and community groups. I endeavour to explore every aspect of the outdoors during all months of the year. I play football for Tauranga City United in the Northern Premier League, which sees much of my spare time taken up. If I do get a moment it’s a relief to know I’m never far from the beach, the lakes, rivers, the mountains and socialising at The Mount or Tauranga café strips. I can’t wait to include some local music gigs in my list of things to do for fun, but at the moment my work has taken preference.

 

Can you tell us about your musical adventures in Australia?

Not many people knew about my musical interest growing up. I would spend most of my spare time locked away in my room with my Mum’s old classical nylon-stringed guitar. 

Perth was a turning point in my musical life. I became a regular on stage at music venues across the state and met and jammed with some of the most prominent musical talents in the area. I released my first EP entitled, ‘Breathe’ on 30 November 2014. I still play and write and have a new EP planned but won’t start recording until I’m ready.

 

 

What has surprised you about Tauranga?

The biggest surprise has been the economic growth in the area since I left all those years ago. It is no longer 'Ten Dollar Tauranga' as it was once known. Instead, whole industries are seeing the opportunity the area presents and are moving in. With that comes a strong influx of families and people who want to join the movement and enjoy the sunshine. It’s an exciting time to be in the Bay!

 

What has moving to Tauranga meant for your wellbeing?

Peace of mind. Having been gone so long it was easy to fantasize about how incredible a place the Bay is to live and how much I missed the area. It has been reassuring to know this was actually a reality and my move has put me in a better place, both mentally and physically. I’m closer to my family, who I hold as the most important people in my life and that’s what really matters to me in the end.

 

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