PHOTO: From Hibbs to Hibbett: Outgoing Harcourts Property Management Queenstown owner Keith Hibbs, left, with new business manager Paul Hibbett

One of Queenstown’s most well-known property managers has exited the business.

Keith Hibbs started Harcourts Property Management Queenstown, originally Executive Accommodation, 18 years ago. He’s sold to Highland Real Estate Group, which operates the Harcourts franchise in six Otago centres, including Queenstown.

Hibbs, who formerly operated a local dairy with his wife Glenys, was one of the resort’s first property managers.

He recalls prospective tenants lining up at his door with cash in hand before the company had Eftpos.

As the business grew rapidly, he brought Glenys on board, while their daughter Kimberly still works there today as a property manager.