New NZ Sotheby’s International Realty team launch in Arrowtown

by Sponsored Content - Aug 07, 2023

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Crux has entered into a commercial partnership with Sarah Lichtenstein and Libby Jarvis, NZ Sotheby’s International Realty’s new real estate team based in the Arrowtown office.

We’ve spent time with Sarah and Libby, got to know them and understand their values. Our view is that healthy competition makes the world go round and that both of these highly experienced women will bring extra energy, empathy and choice to the complex Queenstown Lakes property market.  Now working as a team alongside NZ Sotheby’s International Realty and with property in their veins they enjoy building strong, trusted relationships, are highly organised and along with their extensive client database this team will ensure your experience is a successful pleasure.

You’ll be seeing a lot of Sarah and Libby on Crux over the next few weeks and months – that’s our way of celebrating what they bring to the local market and their way of supporting Crux. We hope you’ll consider them when buying or selling a property!  Plus – watch out for some special promotions from Sarah and Libby that will be launched exclusively to Crux readers.

See below how you can win one of two all-inclusive Luxury Escapes to the iconic Matakauri Lodge or Boutique Hulbert House.

Here’s Sarah and Libby’s introduction to the Crux audience – in their own words, also and perhaps more importantly in the words of their associates and previous clients.

“We are proud to have 30 years of friendship and 15 years of Real Estate…Our values align perfectly – we consistently put people first, by being respectful, actively listening and understanding client’s needs, therefore providing exceptional communication and service every step of the way. 

Individually we have spent many years in corporate roles; property sales, management and investment, together bringing a strength of character and natural ease to the industry with our unique mix of high-level objectivity and down-to-earth positivity.  To achieve lasting success, we believe it is the small gestures that make the difference.  We focus on the practical outcome - creating opportunities to deliver dreams.

Libby Jarvis - building strong, trusted relationships

Our belief is that buying and selling a house is one of the most exciting and stressful processes in life. Our commitment to you is to maximise the value of your property through exceptional service and superior performance.   Having the unparalleled strength of New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty team on board both amplifies that excitement and reduces the stress”.

Libby has been selling Real Estate for 15 years and has been involved in numerous residential and business projects in Auckland, Waikato, Coromandel and Otago at all levels of investment.  Sarah has been involved for many years across residential and commercial investments, rental and sales from a personal and management aspect, with a strong career in sales. 

Well-connected nationally and being involved in the local community for years, we’ve chosen to make the Wakatipu Basin our home and are fully invested in staying in the region. Libby lives in Kelvin Heights and Sarah in Arrowtown.   Between us we have a wide range of family, business and social connections, as well as having interests in various properties in the Southern Lakes for over 40 years.  Libby’s family are 4th generation Southlanders.  


“Opening and closing doors, by matching people with property”. 

Libby has successfully worked in a team environment with the same agent based in Auckland for over 12 years, and now collaborates with Sarah Lichtenstein creating an energetic duo in Queenstown. The ambition of this dynamic duo is to deliver aspirations and outcomes to each and every vendor and purchaser.

Real Estate is in Libby’s genes -  she has finessed decades of property sales, negotiations and renovations.  Clients speak highly of Libby’s work ethic, her ability to deliver exceptional results, and her genuine warm personality.  She is easy to communicate with and works tirelessly on her campaigns to achieve client’s objectives.

Libby is committed to delivering optimum results consistently for all her vendors and buyers through positive relationship building, collaboration, consideration and an aura of enthusiasm. She enjoys supporting local communities and initiatives, loves living close to Lake Wakatipu and Ski Resorts and has a passion for all things outdoors.


“Opening and closing doors, by simply matching people with property”. 

Sarah Lichtenstein - exceptional service and superior performance

Sarah has been involved for many years across residential sales and commercial investments with a strong career in sales. She has huge history and connections in the Southern Lakes community, so it’s no surprise Sarah and her husband Nev have returned to live in Arrowtown and make the Southern Lakes region their home. Between them they have had family, business, and social connections, as well as interests in various properties in the Queenstown area for over 40 years. They also love hosting friends and family, and sharing in these beautiful surroundings. 

Sarah is an experienced sales and Customer Experience Expert consistently putting people’s needs first, by being respectful, actively listening and understanding her clients’ expectations.  Having spent many years in corporate roles, Sarah has teamed up with highly experienced Libby Jarvis to work as a team. Together they bring a strength of character and natural ease to the industry with their unique mix of high-level objectivity and down-to-earth positivity. 

Sarah loves adventure and fun and keeps her personal life full and well balanced.  She has a passion for sport, in particular skiing, biking, and the gym.  With a degree in interior design and a passion for the arts, this makes it easy for Sarah to visualise and translate these details into matching the right people with the right property.

Like many Kiwis we have a little difficulty blowing our own trumpet at full strength, so we thought we’d share the words of some of our previous clients/associates – and let them do the trumpeting!

But first - please do get in touch with us - even to just say “Hi” and introduce yourself….  Sarah 021 665 892    Libby 027 4854 151 or 03 442 0121       

“It has been my pleasure to know and work alongside Sarah for many years. She is well-known for her ability to network and connect with people and her compassionate spirit and tenacity give her a leading edge as a business professional. Sarah has a passion for customer service, building strong, long lasting working relationships.   She keeps calm even under pressure and will work hard to achieve the best outcome for her clients at that time. I have no doubt that she will be absolutely committed to serving the real estate needs of the Wakatipu and surrounding regions that she now calls home”.

Mark Rose, Chief Executive, The Rees Hotel, Queenstown

“After interviewing several companies when we were looking to list our home, Libby had that special something which set her apart from her very worthy competition. Time and again over the short time we were on the market, her positivity, integrity, and authenticity reinforced for us why she was such a perfect choice. We always felt that she was focused on helping us, her clients first and foremost but equally impressed by the empathy shown toward potential buyers. My husband and I value the human values shown as highly as the commercial ones, so thank you again... you are the best!”

Cari & Craig, home owners, Auckland

“Sarah is a proven performer, a person who works hard for her clients, who has a deep understanding of the market and who gets results. She combines a very strong work ethic with a level of honesty and integrity rarely found in agency. She also has an ability to connect with her clients, to explore all options and to shepherd them through the sales process to reach an optimal conclusion. We commend her to you without hesitation.”

Ross and Josephine Green, land owners Dalefield

“Libby Jarvis came highly recommended to us as someone who had excellent marketing skills. We were impressed from the start by her professional approach and, throughout the process of selling the house, by her excellent suggestions regarding presentation of the house and section for maximum effect and by her regular communication of progress reports relating to viewings and open homes. Libby was thorough, easy to work with, helpful, pleasant, friendly, honest and reliable. She followed through with everything she said she would do. As well, she accommodated us as “out-of-town” Vendors in both paperwork and involvement in the Live Auction. The marketing of the house through photographs and printed matter was excellent. We greatly appreciated the efforts of both Libby and her business partner Karen in making the sale as stress free and as successful as possible for us and we would have no hesitation in recommending them to other Vendors. Many thanks”

Florence & Elsie, home owners, Auckland

“In the years I have known Sarah she has applied herself to all her endeavours with honesty, integrity and determination. She is very well organised, has a fabulous way with people and an extensive network of contacts. These important characteristics have enabled her to consistently achieve impressive business results. I am delighted to recommend Sarah in both a personal and professional capacity.”

Grant and Melissa Broadbent, Stella Consulting and Arrowtown residents

“We recently purchased a property from Libby Jarvis and found her so helpful and easy to deal with. She was extremely efficient, and nothing was too much trouble for her. Any queries we had she was only too happy to follow up on and always responded in a very timely manner. Libby went beyond the call of duty both before and after the purchase. She is a gem!”

Ava and Dimitri, home owners, Auckland

Please follow this link to find out how you can win one of two all-inclusive Luxury Escapes to the iconic Matakauri Lodge or Boutique Hulbert House 

You can phone Sarah on 021 665 892 or Libby on 027 4854 151 or email: [email protected]






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