Meth contamination of property – P Labs etc

Well worth listening to this meth testing podcast

Quite alarming statistics in many parts of New Zealand.

June 10 2016 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Real Estate Apprentice required

No it’s not with Donald Trump!


Real Estate Apprentice Position Available – Central Auckland
· Amazing Culture
· City Fringe Location amongst NZ’s highest value suburbs
· Fantastic learning environment with maximum support

Are you currently sitting your real estate papers, or are in your first year of real estate, have become a little disappointed in your experience to date, and frustrated at the culture within your office?

We have a position available as a sales apprentice/cadet to join our top performing team of 3 sales people. You will be offered a retainer to support the team and learn from the best. You will be provided a career development path that will see you joining our unique 3 person sales team, once you’ve attained the knowledge and confidence required to operate at a high level.
So what is unique about us you ask; well for a start we operate as a team of 3 out of one office. That’s right we don’t cram our offices full of sales people nor do we run a typical churn and burn operation.

The team consistently achieve the top gross commission per salesperson in NZ, for the group they belong to.

Our team is a real team, they work together, and they share their commissions. Every sale is always a team effort.

Our sales people get a day off at weekends, every week! We know the value of sustained performance and what it takes to operate at that level and the balance you need in order to stay at the top of your game.

Our team has a ‘real’ sales manager who is available for real support, not having to sell as well. Real sales management and support is a full time role so you won’t need to compete against your boss.

So we will provide an outstanding culture and work environment, giving you the support and professional development required to succeed in this rewarding industry.

You need to bring the right attitude, one where you want to work hard, have a thirst to learn and the courage to work hard.

If you think this might be the right opportunity for you, then flick Gary your CV with a cover letter outlining the 3 reasons why you believe you are the right person for this opportunity. All enquiries will be held in the strictest of confidence.



May 23 2016 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Takapuna real estate SOLD!

Our team normally handle sales in the Ponsonby to Pt Chevalier area but this week we have had to cross the Harbour bridge to market a spectacular property at 1d Hart Rd, Hauraki which is approximately 400 metres to Takapuna Beach and easy access by bus to the City. Open Sat 1.15-2.00pm.

1d Hart Rd 1

This sunny and spacious home has been completely transformed and redecorated since 2013. There’s approximately 160m2 of floor area which includes open plan living/dining/kitchen, 3 bedrooms, a large home office or kitchenette, great storage throughout and an internal access double garage. The kitchen is modern and bright with a feature tile wall, stone bench tops and a huge walk in pantry.

There is excellent indoor outdoor flow from multiple rooms with sliding double glazed joinery. All of the bedrooms and the living area face North so you’ll enjoy all day sun and warmth. The backyard has been cleverly landscaped for privacy and sun. Views towards Takapuna and West + a peep of the sea to the East

Other features include – north facing windows double glazed, insulation, heat pump, quality carpet, high speed fibre internet, ceiling speakers, LED lighting and outdoor lighting (on dimmers), keyless entry front door, alarm system, spa pool. A very secure home with wonderful owner occupier neighbours. Originally built in the 1970’s.

1d Hart Rd 3The house is on a FREEHOLD title/section that is perfectly positioned for serious all day sun and stunning sunsets. The location is one of the main selling points – it’s close to all of the Hauraki Corner shops and cafes, walking distance to the middle of Takapuna and approx 400m to the beach!

Live and enjoy the Takapuna lifestyle here, you won’t be disappointed.

View full details at 

April 15 2016 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Greedy bankers should pass on the entire 25 point OCR cut

New Zealand’s major banks remain among the most profitable in the developed world yet they are in no rush to pass on the full OCR cut. Standard & Poor’s recently noted the “oligopolistic nature of the (NZ) system.” The banks need to be taken to task – they were very quick to increase when rates were going the other way!

Gareth Vaughan has an interesting article related to the greedy bankers published at 

If you currently bank with any of the banks who have not passed on the full OCR cut then it may be time to put some pressure on by  looking to move elsewhere!

March 12 2016 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

New Zealand Housing Market ranked 8th in the world

Some interesting material in Brian Gaynors article “Bank pours fuel on the real estate fire” including the following:

The International Monetary Fund has launched a new Global Housing Watch website covering the worlds housing markets.
NZ ranked eighth of 64 countries in terms of house price appreciation over the last 12 months.

They talk of NZ housing being over valued however as interest rates fall affordability will improve – 2016 will be a very interesting year gjven record net migration, record low interest rates and not enough new construction to keep up with demand.

March 12 2016 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Pt Chevalier real estate market strong throughout the holiday season

We completed sales throughout the holiday period with two concluded within 48 hours of Christmas Day and offers received between Christmas and New Year. Now, earlier than usual for January, we start the year with a fantastic selection of hot new listings in Pt Chevalier. They can all be viewed at


Boscawen 04

10 Boscawen St

Oliver 02

5-23 Oliver St

Montrose 01

15a Montrose St





























January 08 2016 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Professionals Real Estate #1 in Pt Chevalier 2015

Once again the Professionals team achieved the number one position in Pt Chevalier, with almost three times the value of sales in 2015, compared with the second placed company. Other achievements during 2015 included the award for Professionals NZ #1 sales team, for the third year in a row and also #1 sales team for Professionals Australasia – this was the first time we achieved this international award and we will do our best to do it again in 2016.

Of course we could always do with more homes to sell so please call us now on 098468996 or email and find out how you can benefit from our unique team selling approach. We need homes now in Pt Chevalier, Westmere, Waterview, Avondale and Mt Albert.

Click the chart below for a higher resolution image:

2015 Pt Chevalier Sales Volume

January 08 2016 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Holiday selling season

In the last 3 years we have sold houses right up to Christmas Eve, between Christmas and New Year and January has always started off strong. 2015 is proving similar with the team at Professionals Pt Chevalier selling two homes on the 23rd of December, both receiving multiple offers. We need more homes now due to strong buyer demand in the Pt Chevalier, Westmere, Waterview and Avondale areas. Call our duty agents Derek von Sturmer 0275337357 or Lawrence von Sturmer 0272279294. See our current stock at

December 24 2015 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Grey Lynn villa do up ready for renovation

If you are looking for a Grey Lynn villa project you couldn’t go too far wrong with this amazing villa. A good place to start would be to take it back in time to it’s original appearance, as seen in this photo from many decades ago.
106 Williamson Ave oldHere is how it looks today with it’s mint chocolate exterior and we are sure you will agree that the street appeal would be enhanced if the original appearance were recreated.
106 Williamson Ave - 1You can see the property online here and make a time to view at your convenience by calling the team on 09 3602335.


November 12 2015 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Disclosed Reserve Auction in Pt Chevalier

We are offering a home in Pt Chevalier for auction with the $940,000 reserve price disclosed right from the commencement of marketing.

When placing a home on the market, real estate agents must provide sellers with an appraisal of the expected sale price, including a list of recent local sales, to justify their appraisal. In very rare instances where there are no comparable sales available the agents must explain this.

42 Walmer Rd 1

“The Professionals sales team provided us with a very comprehensive market appraisal. Based on their appraisal range and comparable sales in the area we were able to determine what we think is a very realistic reserve sale price that will generate plenty of interest.”
Owners of 42 Walmer Rd

Disclosing the reserve price of $940,000 has benefits that will help create greater transparency and trust for everyone involved in the auction process, which is sometimes frustrating (for buyers) and stressful (for owners). The owners know that the buyers visiting the home will have the right budget and when the house sells at the auction they have achieved a fair price. This allows them to plan any future purchase. If it sells for more than the reserve then they know they have achieved market value (ie what the buyers are prepared to pay to pay for the house).

Buyers all too often say they spend significant time & money preparing for an auction, only to find the reserve is actually set well beyond their financial ceiling.

Buyers will also avoid confusion caused by the random nature of the Council Valuations. The agents will spend their time working with buyers that can afford the home and they are aware up front that the owners are willing to accept fair market value for their home as the reserve was disclosed.

To set a reserve price early in the process, real estate agents must be experts in their local market and need to be confident that the house will attract multiple buyers at the reserve level. They also need to be able to answer any questions (or find the answers), handle any objections and solve any issues that might arise during the sale.

Using an experienced real estate agent has real advantages, trusting that they put your interests first, achieving better outcomes and a less stressful sales process are just a few of these advantages.



March 27 2015 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

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