What’s So Special About Harcourts and Seven Stones?

By Terje Nilsen and Andrzej Barski

Some of you may have noticed Seven Stones real estate has officially joined Harcourts; one of the most recognized and reputable brands in Australia and New Zealand with 130 years of experience.

Why do that?

People ask this because they know who we are and they know before we created Seven Stones we’d been involved with real estate in Bali with other brands. At one time this translated into being the number one office in the country with one of the largest real estate companies in Indonesia.

But brands can be funny things.

The right ones offer great opportunities to be successful. The wrong ones don’t. In fact, they do the opposite and can stifle growth and even kill your original business philosophy and vision.

We set our philosophy early at Seven Stones as to WHY we are in in this business in the first place. From the get-go we’ve shouted from the rooftops “we want to change the face of real estate in Indonesia!”

We believe the way brokerage is done today can be improved. It doesn’t tap into the massive potential Indonesia has with its human resources, eager to learn, grow and enjoy lives with great value. For us, focusing on training, motivating, inspiring and getting people’s minds set correctly within a government managed standard is key.

This needs to be embraced by the entire industry and things will change quickly and change for the better.

We also believe in doing business with like-minded souls.

We’ve looked high and low. We’ve looked at brands worth looking at in the United States, Australia and elsewhere. We’ve looked at brands that embrace our belief systems, brands that embrace change and brands that train. But more than anything brands that believe in people and personal values and growth.

To support this vision Seven Stones is currently developing listing engines and sophisticated content marketing pages with an Australian group by the name of SCHWARTZWILLIAMS who have a presence over the entire Australasian and Middle Eastern region.

You can check out our Bali-based platform and links to the entire network at Gapura Bali.

This will be the next generation of how a listing engine serves clients, vendors, agents and agencies. It’s a perfect fit for Seven Stones!

Seven Stones also has a strategic partnership with HVS, the world’s leading Hospitality Intelligence Company. We’re big supporters of their THINC conference initiative, which is the largest tourism and resort conference in Indonesia. Another perfect fit for Seven Stones!

On a more local level, Seven Stones also works very closely with several well-known local brands such as Exotiq Property Seminyak, Exotiq Property Jimbaran and Xclusive Property. Our intention is to foster collaboration to better serve our client base. To be honest at times this creates the sense of us being one company with one vision. It’s radical, but again a perfect fit for Seven Stones!

So let’s get back to WHY Harcourts?

You may have guessed that we like the number 7, so here are 7 of our top reason why we have decided to embrace Harcourts:

  1. There are over 850 Harcourts offices in 10 countries around the world including New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Fiji, China, Hong Kong, Canada, United Arab Emirates, South Africa and the USA. Naturally being a part of this    group gives us greater exposure and opportunities to target a larger international audience.

  2. In Bali this is important because most clients will be domestic and/or international visitors.

  3. Led by CEO Pak Nandar Gunawan, Harcourts Indonesia also has a very strong presence in the local market. It’s a growing business and at the time of writing there are more than 33 Harcourts offices across the country with more to come. We want to be part of that expansion and growth.

  4. Harcourts has great systems on how to market yourself, how to get listings and in general how to develop your market share.

  5. One of their major pillars are well-structured training programmes, probably the best of their kind in this region. This is very much needed in Indonesia.

  6. As an added bonus Harcourts is also owned by the Panin Group, one of Indonesia’s most prominent Banking and Financial organizations with a massive interest into real estate projects and finance. This is one of Seven Stones’ primary interests and a huge motivation for us is to be able to tap into some of the greatest minds in Indonesian business and in particular real estate.

  7. But more than anything, the one thing, the WHY is this. Harcourts themselves say it’s not about the brand, our brand or any brand, its about YOU! If you and your partners are well, we are all well. All their training sessions, systems, and workshops are focused on YOU and the results are impressive!

And there you have yet another perfect fit for Seven Stones set on a mission to change the face of real estate in Indonesia.


Andy writes on a variety of topics related to property, real estate, the customer experience, mindset training and local/international trends for Seven Stones Indonesia. You can read some of his blogs here.

Seven Stones Indonesia is a property company headquartered in Bali, Indonesia, with a mission to help people who are interested in buying and selling residential and commercial real estate.

If you’re thinking about property, ROI, capital gains or lifestyle investments in Bali, Jakarta, Surabaya, and Indonesian’s Eastern Islands and need some friendly advice and guidance then why not email hello@sevenstonesindonesia.com or check out Seven Stones Website | Seven Stones Linkedin | Seven Stones Facebook

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Andrzej Barski

Director of Seven Stones Indonesia

Andrzej is Co-owner/ Founder and Director of Seven Stones Indonesia. He was born in the UK to Polish parents and has been living in Indonesia for more than 33-years. He is a skilled writer, trainer and marketer with a deep understanding of Indonesia and its many cultures after spending many years travelling across the archipelago from North Sumatra to Irian Jaya.

His experience covers Marketing, Branding, Advertising, Publishing, Real Estate and Training for 5-Star Hotels and Resorts in Bali and Jakarta, which has given him a passion for the customer experience. He’s a published author and a regular contributor to local and regional publications. His interests include conservation, eco-conscious initiatives, spirituality and motorcycles. Andrzej speaks English and Indonesian.

Terje H. Nilsen

Director of Seven Stones Indonesia

Terje is from Norway and has been living in Indonesia for over 20-years. He first came to Indonesia as a child and after earning his degree in Business Administration from the University of Agder in Norway, he moved to Indonesia in 1993, where he has worked in leading positions in education and the fitness/ wellness industries all over Indonesia including Jakarta, Banjarmasin, Medan and Bali.

He was Co-owner and CEO of the Paradise Property Group for 10-years and led the company to great success. He is now Co-owner/ Founder and Director of Seven Stones Indonesia offering market entry services for foreign investors, legal advice, sourcing of investments and in particular real estate investments. He has a soft spot for eco-friendly and socially sustainable projects and investments, while his personal business strengths are in property law, tourism trends, macroeconomics, Indonesian government and regulations. His personal interests are in sport, adventure, history and spiritual experiences.

Terje’s leadership, drive and knowledge are recognised across many industries and his unrivalled network of high level contacts in government and business spans the globe. He believes you do good and do well but always in that order. Terje speaks English, Indonesian and Norwegian.

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Ridwan Jasin Zachrie

CFO of Seven Stones Indonesia, Jakarta

Ridwan is one of Indonesia’s top executives with a long and illustrious career in the financial world. He holds several professional certifications including being a Certified Business Valuer (CBV) issued by the Australian Academy of Finance and Management; Broker-Dealer Representative (WPPE); and The Directorship Certification for Directors and Commissioners, issued by the Indonesian Institute of Commissioners and Directors.

His experience includes being the Managing Director at one of the top investment banking groups in the region, the Recapital Group, the CFO at State-owned enterprises in fishery industry and the CEO at Tanri Abeng & Son Holding. He’s also been an Independent Commissioner in several Financial Service companies and on the Audit and Risk Committee at Bank BTPN Tbk, Berau Coal Energy Tbk, Aetra Air Jakarta as well as working for Citibank, Bank Mandiri and HSBC. His last position was as CFO at PT Citra Putra Mandiri – OSO Group.

Ridwan has won a number of prestigious awards including the Best CFO Awards 2019 (Institute of Certified Management Accountant Australia-Indonesia); Asia Pacific Young Business Leader awarded by Asia 21 Network New York USA (Tokyo 2008); UK Alumni Business Awards 2008 awarded by the British Council; and The Most Inspiring Human Resources Practitioners’ version of Human Capital Magazine 2010.

He’s a member of the Board of Trustees of the Alumni Association of the Faculty of Law, Trisakti University, Co-Founder of the Paramadina Public Policy Institute and actively writes books, publications and articles in the mass media. He co-authored “Korupsi Mengorupsi Indonesia” in 2009, which helps those with an interest in understanding governance in Indonesia and the critical issue of corruption. Ridwan speaks Indonesian and English.

Per Fredrik Ecker

Managing Director of Seven Stones Indonesia, Jakarta

Per is the Managing Director of the Seven Stones Indonesia (SSI) Jakarta office and has more than 25-years’ experience in Indonesia, China, and Western Europe. He previously worked in senior management positions with Q-Free ASA, Siemens AG, and other companies in the telecom sector. Over the last six years, he has been the Chairman of the Indonesia-Norway Business Council (INBC) and recently become elected to be on the board of EuroCham Indonesia.

His most recent experience is within Intelligent Transport Solutions (ITS), Telecom, and other sectors within the Indonesian market. He is today through his position in SSI and by representing Norway Connect, promoting Nordic and European companies that would like to explore business opportunities in the Indonesian market. He’s also playing an active role to help create the Nordic House concept in Jakarta that will provide an excellent platform for Nordic companies entering Indonesia, where they’ll find a community that can offer support with trusted information and affordable services to enter this market.