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The team

Unlike most agencies the internal ethos of Habitat is one of cooperation and support, we believe that this results in better service for our clientele (and a happier team). Our consultants are carefully selected and have personal experience of the challenges of relocation to a new city.


All have an in depth knowledge of the mysterious world of Hong Kong real estate and share a total of over 160 years experience of surviving day to day life here – so you can ask them pretty much anything.
And, you should be able to find an answer in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, German, Dutch, Italian or Spanish, as many of our well-travelled team are multi-lingual.

 
Victoria Allan - Managing Director   Victoria Allan

Victoria Allan started Habitat Property in 2001 after leaving her position as director of commercial leasing at Colliers Jardine Hong Kong.  After qualifying as a valuer she entered the fields of residential and commercial real estate in Australia, then moving on to Canada and the US gaining comprehensive experience in the fields of valuation, planning, development, leasing and corporate relocation.

Often quoted in the international media, Victoria is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable commentators on the high-end Hong Kong residential real estate market. She provides advice to commercial developers in the region and is involved in a number of development projects in the city. A committed propertyaholic she can be found browsing international real estate websites at any hour of the night or day, that’s when not reading The Secret Agent in the Weekend FT.

 

 

Sophie Agostini - Consultant  

Sophie left Australia over fifteen years ago and has since become a passionate and committed Hong Konger.  She joined Habitat in 2007 and now shares her knowledge and enthusiasm with a broad portfolio of clients.

With the tenacity of a terrier Sophie is always upbeat and leaves no stone unturned.

 
 

 

Jessica Grady - Senior Consultant  

Originally from the US Jessica knows Asia well having subsequently lived in Tokyo, Bangkok and Seoul. Coming from the world of advertising she has extensive experience of account and project management that has in turn been enhanced by stints in international relocation whilst living in Asia.

With a keen nose for a curry and good levels of general knowledge, Jessica has MVP status at The Chapel quiz night.

 

 

Karie-Ann Grout - Consultant  

K-A hails originally from Canada having left the blue skies of Whistler for Hong Kong to work for a luxury hotel and property group.  With over ten years of sales and marketing experience, this combined with an excellent knowledge of Asia and a truly international outlook makes her a great asset to Habitat.

Karie-Ann has firsthand experience of the purchase and renovation process in Hong Kong having successfully completed a number of apartments herself.

 

 

Pascale Litmaath - Senior Consultant  

Pascale was raised and educated in Hong Kong before heading abroad to read Law at university.  Working in tax and finance fields prior to moving into real estate and joining Habitat almost ten years ago, she brings to her clients a wealth of personal experience in art of living, working, schooling and navigating property options here in Hong Kong. 

Pascale, a parent-of-four, who speaks English, Dutch and French and who knows Hong Kong like the back of her hand, has a knack for making the process of communicating, searching for, negotiating and then moving into a new home, as exciting and as stress-free as possible

 

 

Tish Hayward - Senior Consultant  

Born in Hong Kong, a childhood as a military brat, Tish is now on her fourth tour of duty here.  Dedicated to the property industry throughout, she has worked at a number of the top firms in the region and possesses an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Hong Kong real estate landscape.

When not in the Habitat trenches, Tish is one of the team’s most social butterflies.

 

 

Myriam Gazal - Senior Consultant  

Myriam arrived in Hong Kong 17 years ago and fell in love with the city.  From a childhood spent in Nigeria, she studied finance, accounting and marketing in France, working in Paris until her first trip to Asia sparked her curiosity.  Upon moving here she entered the world of fashion, looking after marketing for a number of designers until she moved into real estate with Savills in 2007.

Her love of Hong Kong makes her the perfect host for any newcomers to the city (particularly if you are French or Spanish as she speak both languages), and her appreciation of food and wine makes her a reliable source of restaurant recommendations.

 

 

Tanya Hough - Consultant  

Having arrived in Hong Kong as a child in the early 70’s Tanya’s Sino Anglo parentage and HK schooling has given her a comprehensive grounding in all things Hong Kong’ese.   A subsequent 20-year career in the island property market combines to make her a terrific source of local knowledge.

She has recently returned from stints in Paris and Bangkok and is back under the skin of Hong Kong life.

 

 

Kady Buchanan - Consultant  

In a city where finance and property are so tightly intertwined, US import Kady Buchanan is truly bilingual.  With a background in equity sales for UBS in both New York and London, she arrived in Hong Kong to pursue her finance career only to be tempted away by the world of residential real estate.

After growing up in Connecticut she attended Brown where she caught the rowing bug, and these days Kady can still be found afloat most weekends, sailing Hong Kong's inshore waters with her husband, two little boys and rescue dog Chopstick as crew.

 

 

Jill Samelson - Consultant  

Jill Samelson is from North Carolina and has lived in Asia for 27 years. Jill started her career in Hong Kong Real Estate in 1994 but took a break in 2003 to start The Children’s Institute of Hong Kong and The Harbour School. Once both schools were off and running she resumed her career in Real Estate and Relocations. With 2 children born and educated in Hong Kong, Jill brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge about raising a family in Hong Kong - particularly with children who have special needs.

Jill is very passionate about her love for Hong Kong and her enthusiasm is contagious!

 

 

Anagha Parekh - Consultant  

Anagha entered the world of real estate with Savills in 2007. She has worked in the airline and travel industry in India, Singapore and Hong Kong prior to that. She has travelled extensively worldwide and has always felt at home in Hong Kong. With both her kids born in Hong Kong, she understands the joys and challenges of raising children in this city. Her love for spicy food and positive attitude in life might explain why she is always energetic and willing to go the extra mile!  

 

 

Ashley Smith - Consultant  

Hailing originally from the Bluegrass state of Kentucky, Ashley arrived with her family in Hong Kong in 2011 and joined Habitat in 2014.  Although fresh to the property industry, her extensive training in Social Work and Therapy concentrated in the complex areas of transition and the adaption to change, both factors that come to bear on families and individuals who are relocating to a new part of the world.  

A very keen runner, and an active member of the Hong Kong International School community, she’s got the benefit of a fresh pair of eyes on the city and its surroundings.

 

 

Charlie Slater - Consultant  

Charlie is forward-focused and loves the thrill of finding a property that's truly "the one" for his diverse client base. 

Australian born-and-bred, Charlie studied International Relations at Brisbane's Griffith University and joined Habitat in 2016, bringing a youthful vibe and plenty of humour to the talent pool. 

Charlie believes real estate constantly about what's happening next and he takes immense satisfaction in knowing clients love their home. 

 

 

Christine Zibilich - Consultant  

Christine arrived in Hong Kong, seven years ago with her family, and instantly fell in love. Born and raised in the New York area, she appreciates the fast paced life Hong Kong offers.

Christine’s analytical skills were developed during her years with Goldman Sachs Fixed Income in New York. She went on to further hone her interpersonal skills building successful Pilates and Training practices in the US and Hong Kong, she continues to maintain her strong commitment to excellence working in Real Estate.  Christine is refreshingly candid and in touch with how things work in the SAR. As a Property Agent her priority is to make any Real Estate transaction a smooth and enjoyable experience.

Christine lives on the south side with her husband and three daughters. Outside of work Christine is an active member of the HKIS community. She enjoys yoga, hiking, Pilates, and anything to do with water. 

 

 

Jessica Lonergan - Consultant  

Jessica relocated from California to Hong Kong in 2013 to help her husband start a wine and spirits distribution business.  Diving head first into the restaurant and bar scene in Asia instantly anchored Jessica’s love of Hong Kong and enthusiasm for life as an expat in Asia which naturally lead her to the real-estate business.   

Before moving to Hong Kong, Jessica was involved in  arts and culture related event production and creative direction through her art gallery, Spur Projects and a contemporary arts and social club in the Silicon Valley, Spur Happenings.  

The combination of Jessica’s passion for the Asian food and beverage scene, as well as her participation in the Hong Kong contemporary art market allow her to offer clients a true peak into the pulse of life in Hong Kong.  Her two teenaged daughters also provide a fun perspective on growing up on the Island and have helped fine tune Jessica’s negotiation skills.



 

 

Chelsea Hammerschmidt - Social Media Marketing Manager & Consultant  

Ambitious, creative and loving being part of the team, Hong Kong-born, mostly US-bred Chelsea started at Habitat as an intern before moving into marketing and now as an agent. 

Chelsea graduated with a political science degree from Santa Clara University in California before taking up her position at Habitat in 2017. .

Her colleague's diverse backgrounds and ongoing mentorship have cemented Chelsea's dedication to following in her mother's estate agency footsteps. Her advice to Hong Kong's newcomers? Have no expections, but the city will surprise at every turn. 

 

 

Nelson Chan - Consultant  

Former Hong Kong Athlete of the year (three times over) Nelson has an infectious enthusiasm for the cosmopolitan nature of his birth place. 

Super fit and energetic, Nelson was a long jump champion who represented Hong Kong at the Commonwelth Games in 1986 and 1982. He was the national long jump record holder from 1985-2013, has dabbled in modelling work, track coaching and more recently, was the general manager for an international fashion brand. 

He joined the property industry as a sales agent in 2016 and went on to manage private interior design projects before making his mark at Habitat in 2018. 

Nelson brings the understanding and love of design to all his clients when identifying the perfect home to buy or rent. 

 

 

Sarah Neven - Consultant  

A lifetime property enthusiast, Sarah prides herself on a consistent approach alongside offering the best customer service possible. 

Sarah was surrounded by the building and property developemt industry by her family's business growing up in New Zealand and later studied for a Bachelor of Arts at Auckland University. After a career in sales, advertising and marketing in Australia and Hong Kong, she most recently worked in as a successful Cayman Island realtor for seven years. 

Back in Hong Kong, Sarah joined Habitat in 2020 where she dedicates herself to finding clients exactly what they want in a competitive market. 

 

 

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