Latinas in New Zealand's Real Estate Business

Updated: Sep 24

On this blog, we are bringing the stories of two amazing and hard-working women that arrived in New Zealand and that have done nothing but success on these kiwi lands. They both are working in the business of Real Estate and we got to ask them some questions about her careers and their life in Colombia, here's what they told us:


Kellys Osorio - Barfoot & Thompson

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First up we Kellys Osorio, a "paisa" woman original from Medellín that carries Colombia with love in her heart and an indisputably Arepa lover who majored in Industrial Engineer at the National University of Colombia. Kellys lives in Auckland with her husband Fernando and their two children Sara and Samuel. After 10 years working as an Engineer in NZ, she followed her passion for people and property and became a Real Estate Agent with Barfoot & Thompson in 2017.


How long have you lived in NZ and what brought you to this country?

After finishing university and working for a couple of years in Colombia, my husband and I decided to move to NZ in 2006 looking for new opportunities. We already had family established here, which was a great support. After a couple of months of 24/7 job hunting, IELTS preparation and casual jobs, we were able to find jobs as Engineers. We can say that we probably applied to every engineering position available in NZ at the time! Thanks to this we were able to settle and start a new life in NZ. Right from the beginning, we fell in love with NZ, and we now feel extremely blessed to live and enjoy this beautiful country with our family.


What do you do in NZ?
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I’m a Real Estate agent working with Barfoot & Thompson since 2017. I became very passionate about property since buying our first property in Auckland in 2010. We quickly learned the financial gains that can be achieved through property ownership. I always encourage people to buy their first home or start investing in property as soon as they can; it is not easy, but it is worth it!


I have an in-depth understanding of the Auckland property market after assisting my clients to sell/buy more than 100 properties. Selling and buying a property can be a life-changing event and I understand the pressures that go with such a significant event. From experience, I understand and relate to my client’s needs, no matter what stage of property ownership they are at.

What is the Colombian food that you missed the most? Arepas! No question. We used to have arepa for breakfast every day.

What snack of the Latino Foods Store is the one you like the most?

My favourite snack is Platanitos (Plantain chips), they are delicious!


If you are interested in buying or selling Real Estate in NZ to a fellow Latino, you can contact Kellys and she will be more than happy to help you with your real estate needs! Here is her contact info:

Email: k.osorio@barfoot.co.nz

Mobile: 021985448

Don't Forget to Follow her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/kellysrealestateagent/


Kellys Osorio Barfoot & Thompson

Jessica Choner - Ray White


Let's learn about Jessica Choner, a social communicator and journalist from Bogotá that have worked in radio, film companies and marketing agencies. 8 years ago she started to work in sales and she just loved it! Let's see what she told us about her time working in Real Estate and how she accomplished to be where she is now:

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For a long time I have dreamt of becoming a real estate agent and that dream came true in New Zealand. I have the amazing opportunity to represent people in selling their biggest assets and/or finding their dream homes.

In my free time, I love spending time with my partner, family and friends . I like playing board games (my latest obsession is risk) I love small pleasures, jazz is my soul and food is the way to my heart.


How long have you lived in NZ and what brought you to this country?

I have lived in NZ for 5 years. I came to travel for a year, I met my partner and I fell in love with this country. Then, I didn't want to leave.


What do you do in NZ?

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I'm a real estate agent. I work for Ray White ( Australasia's largest Real Estate group) and I can't wait to represent and be the agent for all Latinos in New Zealand.


The first thing people notice about me is my passion and positive attitude, always giving my absolute best to achieve the best result for my clients. With more than 8 years of successful experience in sales, I have worked as a senior business consultant, sales specialist, customer service and marketing manager. I am passionate about every aspect of the real estate industry including representing both sellers and buyers to find or sell your dream home, perfect investment or even your family estate. I love taking care of my clients and customers and will provide you with the expertise and support you need to get the job done whether you are a seasoned professional or just starting out on your property journey.

As an English and Spanish speaker, I am able to break down language and cultural barriers when dealing with clients from diverse backgrounds.


What is the Latin food that you miss the most?


I miss my Colombian food so much. I dream about lechona ( stuffed pork) all the time. I'm so happy I can find all the products in Latino Foods. I have been able to make ajiaco (chicken and potatoes soup) and arepas for breakfast. My mouth is watering right now.



If you are thinking of selling, buying or just curious about any real estate topic, you can contact Jessica at jessica.choner@raywhite.com or 0226195631.

Let's meet and chat over a coffee, Jessica's shout!

Jessica Choner Ray White

Also, don't forget to follow her:

On Instagram as @Jessicachoner_nz

And on Facebook as @JessicaChonerRealEstate



Do you know more latin@s in Real Estate? Let us know! let's add them to the list!


Thanks for Reading! :D Latino Foods Team