Matt O'Rourke works in partnership with Ryan Harding and together, Matt and Ryan have sold in excess of 250 properties, valued at over $300M since 2012.
Top Salesperson, Grey Lynn Branch, to end March 2020
#2 Individual Salesperson, Central Auckland Region, to end March 2020
#3 Individual Salesperson, Central Auckland Region, 6 months ending Sep 2019
#1 Salesperson, Grey Lynn Branch, 2019
#1 Salesperson, Grey Lynn Branch, 2016 & 2018
The simple fact is, working with Matt and Ryan gets you more money. They achieve this by offering more.... more service, more exposure, more marketing platforms, more relationships with more buyers, more impact and more buyer engagement at open homes. Working with two salespeople, costs you no more.
Matt and Ryan met whilst doing their real estate papers. They formed a strong friendship and decided to work as a team from the get-go. At open homes, one is on the door on the iPad taking names and numbers and the other is circulating the home talking to buyers. Working as a duo allows them to form relationships and trust with more buyer types. Having trust from buyers is very important come crunch time.
"They were straight up and really changed my opinion of typical real estate salespeople."
Matt and Ryan joined Barfoot & Thompson because of the family history of the company. The non-franchised business model was also a driving factor behind their decision; this gives them another string to their bow when achieving premium results for clients, because after all, that's what they are there for.
Matt and Ryan's clients can feel at ease with their relaxed 'no-pressure' approach, but equally appreciate the enthusiasm and drive for amazing results. They are real "go getters" who offer a very efficient and personalised service that sets them apart.
"The dynamic duo delivered a comprehensive and effective marketing plan."
Working in partnership provides clients with a comprehensive service at all times. Matt and Ryan also invest in their team with a dedicated personal assistant to enhance their commitment to client satisfaction.
"We are genuinely grateful to Matt and Ryan for their hard work, absolute professionalism and ultimately, delivering the goods, and would recommend them to anyone selling their home."
"Matt and Ryan, Ryan and Matt .... whichever way you put it the outcome is the same; a positive, rewarding and successful experience as a buyer with Matt O’ Rourke and Ryan Harding of Barfoot & Thompson Grey Lynn office.
Matt and Ryan were on and tuned in to our needs from our first open home interaction. Gently, with warm and friendly communication they walked alongside us encouraging our interest and responding to our concerns and queries with clarity and a deep understanding of the market, especially in relation to the home we were interested in.
It seems for them, it’s not only sales that are the goal but building relationships and identifying the link between vendor, purchaser and property.
Alongside Matt and Ryan is PA Sarah Ashurst. Sarah was a delight to deal with, finessing the finer details with a genuine warmth and excitement for success that was uplifting in what is usually a stressful process. Efficient, professional, understanding and enthusiastic in her work she really is an invaluable part of Matt and Ryan’s team .
In short Matt, Ryan and Sarah are everything you don’t know you need when buying a house. Years of experience, a real team approach, genuine warmth and enthusiasm for helping you achieve the goal of purchasing your next home.
From Open Home number 1 through to auction then settlement, we felt that everything we needed was managed professionally and in a way that left little to worry about.
Matt , Ryan and Sarah are your real estate dream team. Don’t look any further than them."
Thank you so much for all the effort you and your team put into the selling of our home - we are delighted with the outcome of a successful sale at auction at a price we were happy with. Throughout the marketing period we were very impressed with the honest and wise advice you provided at all times. We felt you were acting in our best interests. You prepared us well for what might happen on auction day and as a result the experience was a lot less stressful for us than it might have been. We wish you every success in the future and would not hesitate to recommend your services and those of the Barfoot & Thompson Grey Lynn team, to anyone looking to buy or sell a property.Justin & Megan - Greenlane
“I can’t praise Matt and Ryan too highly for the job they did. I’d just put my house on the market when Lockdown hit – the most uncertain time in living memory.
Even when they couldn’t meet buyers Matt and Ryan never stopped working for me – checking in, thinking creatively, following up leads and reassuring me throughout the process. I felt really well looked after. They shooed away the bargain hunters, and sold my house for a price I was happy with.
Matt and Ryan took the time to really think about how to sell my house, they put 100% effort in, and are lovely blokes to deal with. I’m hugely grateful, and will definitely use them again.”Miranda, Grey Lynn
Matt and Ryan aren't legends in Grey Lynn for nothing. Two very smart, professional, and very likeable blokes, with top-notch communication skills.
It's clear they know their market, and they were great offering guidance to us, which took a lot of stress out of making some of the big decisions we needed to make pre-sale (we did a major renovation, which would have made me a little nervous under most circumstances). Nothing was too much trouble, they took the time to understand what our situation was, they were honest when they thought I might be making a questionable call on some aspects of the sale.
Our story ended with a brilliant result, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend or work with them again.Stuart & Jane - Grey Lynn
Matt & Ryan
Thanks to you both on the successful sale!
It was great dealing with you guys, I appreciated the professional approach! Everything was always dealt with quickly and efficiently. It was great seeing the Barfoot & Thompson approach work, like clockwork!
Highly recommend you both and have no hesitation in using you guys again.Tim - Pt Chevalier
Matt and Ryan were an absolute pleasure to deal with when selling our first home with them. Very professional but easy-going at the same time, the entire process was organised, efficient, and delivered results.
We were provided with great advice throughout the process, but they also listened to our feedback along the way and adjusted as needed.
The fact they had the Barfoot & Thompson network behind them was a great benefit, bringing in a range of other salespeople into the process.
To have over 240 groups through the open homes and 30 registered bidders in the room was a testament to their approach, personability, and all-round professionalism. We would happily recommend them to anyone thinking of selling their home.Grace & Andy - Sandringham
Having had an amazing experience selling with Matt and Ryan in Westmere five years ago, it was only natural that they were the team I trusted to sell my Point Chevalier home now. In a suburb where the incumbent agency tends to follow a "by negotiation" format for properties like mine, Matt and Ryan convinced me a short, sharp auction campaign would be the key to our success. And they were bang on the money! We achieved an outstanding result at auction I hadn't dreamed was possible.Their genial, easy-going manner is backed by an astute professionalism, timely and thorough feedback, and a solid read on the market conditions and the buyers. I wouldn't sell in Central Auckland with anyone else!Anna - Pt Chevalier
Thank you so much Matt and Ryan for the very successful marketing campaign you ran on the property. We were so impressed with your incredibly knowledgeable and professional approach. Thanks for giving us such great advice throughout the journey and for taking the stress out of the process particularly given our situation of having a baby and two other young kids. We would highly recommend you both to any friends/family/colleagues looking at selling a property. The Barfoot & Thompson approach which allows for other agents to introduce buyers to the property absolutely made sense to us and I think 22 registered bidders in the room says it all. Thank you!!!Aimee & Jack
We were so lucky to buy our first home from Matt and Ryan. They were quick to help with any requests, open and honest with us and supported us throughout the whole process. We only found the property a week before it went to auction and truly wouldn’t have got our approval in time without all of their help getting everything we needed for the bank. We couldn’t recommend them more highly!Emily & Anthony
We were happy to deal with Matt and Ryan who were professional, helpful and engaged when marketing a property we were interested in purchasing. There was no sales pressure and good communication. Matt and Ryan also gave us some invaluable advice and support during the auction process, which was much appreciated. We’d be happy to recommend them to our friends and family.Darryl & Rachel
Matt & Ryan were amazing to deal with every step of the way.
Right from the beginning, their no pressure sales approach resonated very well with us and they certainly continued to deliver with great communication, 'nothing is a problem' attitude and a second to none promotion of our house!Being transparent with us throughout the whole process certainly set us at ease and allowed us to let Matt & Ryan do what they do best and that’s exactly what they did with a sale under the hammer!We have no hesitation to recommend their services and to work with Matt & Ryan again on our future projects.Michael & Michelle
Matt and Ryan were recommended to us by a friend and there was an instant click with them in terms of their personality and their approach to what is always quite an emotional event-selling your first family home. They were professional at all times, understood our needs with regard to selling our property and never exerted any pressure-even when this meant a sale might not eventuate. In the event it did and we were delighted with the outcome. We have no hesitation in recommending Matt and Ryan and will work with them again on an upcoming project of ours which will require their services in the New Year.Tim & Karen
We bought our beautiful Grey Lynn home through Matt and Ryan and couldn't have been more delighted with their service. Easy going attitudes, honesty, efficiency and professionalism are the first words that spring to mind when describing these two. We've been in our home for two months now and have been so impressed with the continued high level of service from the team. When a couple of issues arose in our new home, Ryan quickly contacted the previous owners and the problem was resolved without fuss or worry. Without a doubt, we will work with Matt and Ryan again, whether it's to sell or buy a home.
Thanks again, guys, you're truly the best!
Thank you Matt and Ryan for your advice and support for the past few months. You have made the selling of our home and the purchase of our new home a seamless process. We appreciate the lengths you went to get both deals across the line.Mike & Saij
I like efficiency, and Matt and Ryan delivered just that. Two weekends of open homes, followed by an auction, and the job was done. It was all down to a great web presentation, experience, a pleasant and professional manner, and the assistance of the wider Barfoot & Thompson network. I thoroughly recommend them and their company.Tony & Gail
"We chose Matt and Ryan based on their experience, professionalism and straight-up attitude. Their advice has been honest and with our best interests at heart. They have secured us a sale in a challenging market by working hard and smart, I would definitely use them again and recommend them to anyone I know who wants a house sold."Gwyn & Mandy
Matt and Ryan are a good team. Each brought complementary skills to the task of selling my property and together they were exceptionally productive. Individually, both Matt and Ryan were supportive and enthusiastic.
At the outset, they could see the advantages of the property and their marketing encapsulated those ideas. The photography was outstanding and the copy succinctly communicated their vision. The video not only showcased the house and area but Matt and Ryan elucidated on the copy with their personal touch. The whole package was very professional and effective. They know how to get noticed.
It is not surprising that Matt and Ryan are a successful team; they work extremely hard, they research and plan carefully and are sociable and friendly. Most of all they are creative and proactive. I have no hesitation in recommending Matt and Ryan and Barfoot & Thompson.
Selling our house with the assistance of Matt and Ryan worked out really well for us. We felt that they were really working 'for us'. As it turned out there were many contacts, follow-ups, and discussions during the negotiation period and they were responsive 24/7, always professional, patient and polite. We were confident that they had a very good knowledge of the market and for Grey Lynn in particular. That knowledge and the work they did with potential buyers created a momentum for our property that led to a prompt sale in the range we wanted. Well done guys.Ian & Gail
Matt and Ryan's reputation preceded them when we decided to engage them to sell our property. Throughout the entire process we felt completely appraised of the progress with regard to the open homes, as well as a number of other social/electronic media platforms that they used. Due to the current market as well as other unexpected influences the property took longer than we had anticipated to sell, not once did the boys falter in their continued support and enthusiasm which we found encouraging. We appreciated their honesty and integrity, and friendship throughout this process and we would have no hesitation in recommending their representation of ours or any of our friends and family who may wish to sell a property.Lindy and Marko
Once again, Matt & Ryan made one of our properties the stand-out auction of the day! Despite their being a lessened appetite for buying at auction, Matt & Ryan were still able to draw in so many potential buyers and create an absolute bidding frenzy. Our sales process began with top advice on how we should present the property. And the outcome was a record price for an apartment in this Grey Lynn building".Shane Melton & Phyllis Wong
"Matt and Ryan just sold our Grey Lynn villa and we are thrilled with the result. They were great to deal with throughout the entire process. Both are such lovely guys, great sense of humours and incredibly hard working. I cannot recommend them highly enough".S Dunn - Baildon Rd, Grey Lynn
"Ryan and Matt - what can I say! These two easy going guys are a great team who provided an amazing result! Their advice was honest and genuine from start to finish. Everything worked like a clock, and I never had to question their decisions in any aspect of the campaign. I totally relied upon them to guide me along. The result was testament to their passion for their job and clients they work with. Awesome campaign Ryan, Matt - couldn't have done it without you. A big thank you also to Jules for all her hard work in the background. Love to you all"Sandy D - Grey Lynn
"I cannot begin to recommend both Matt and Ryan highly enough for their astuteness, attention to detail, professionalism and courteousness when selling 2 of our houses in short succession during 2015. Any mug could have sold both my homes, but only Matt and Ryan could I entrust to achieve "top dollar". Their ability to create a market swell of interest on auction day is remarkable. They form an outstanding team and bring an entirely modern approach to the selling of property and really raise the bar for the industry. An outstanding result selling two of our precious homes ! Thank you Matt and Thank you Ryan"Shane Melton & Phyllis Wong, Pt Chevalier, Auckland (soon to be North Otago)
"Dear Matt and Ryan, We are very happy with today's result. This is the best outcome we could have hoped to achieve. Frank and I considered several different outcomes which might of happened during the auction and it ended extremely well. Well done, Matt and Ryan! You did an awesome job. We found your marketing plan to be organised and efficient. Nice photos, beautiful staging, perfect video (like a short movie telling a story of the property), all of these were of a high standard and lead to the desired result. I asked many questions and you always answered me straight away. I felt that you are approachable, experience and professional. Actually we didn't feel all that nervous during the auction (me at least!) because you kept us fully informed. Today is one of those moments we will remember for the rest of our life. We had a special dinner out to celebrate. We will not hesitate to recommend you to all our friends. Thanks again for a job well done."Lucy and Frank - (Offshore vendors)
"I canvassed a few real estate agents when considering selling my investment property - a two-bedroom Grey Lynn apartment that my daughter had been living in. I decided to trust Ryan and Matt after they presented a really professional document, outlining what needed to be done. This was my first time selling a property and we had a tight timeframe to get it ready for auction. They presented good, solid advice and I appreciated the extra interest the Barfoot model generates with other agents also showing prospective buyers through the apartment. We attracted some good interest from solid buyers and they gave good advice on pricing for the auction, which despite being a nerve-wracking process, delivered the outcome we were all looking for. Good result from a professional team."Fiona Rotherham - Grey Lynn
Matt and Ryan helped us find a new home last December and we had really enjoyed dealing with them so they were the obvious choice when it came to choosing a team to market our Onehunga bungalow. We hadn't sold a property before, but Matt and Ryan talked us through each step of the process, and also explained how well the Barfoot & Thompson model works for vendors, with the entire Auckland network able to sell a home, not just the listing agents.
The marketing plan and campaign Matt & Ryan devised kicked off with the desired results, generating huge interest in open homes and viewings for our property. This was then adapted and tweaked to ensure the campaign resonated with a couple of key targeted groups of buyers. Matt and Ryan provided timely and realistic feedback throughout the marketing period. One of their key strengths is developing really strong understandings of and relationships with the buyers who were most interested in our property - just as they had with us as buyers back in December. This was very evident on auction day, when over 100 people turned up to the auction and we sold under the hammer for a price we were really happy with.
A great team of guys who will leverage their strong people skills to make the sale process so much easier, and get you the best possible price for your property. Thanks again!
"Just want to say a big thank you to Matt & Ryan for the sale of my home. It was a big decision to sell my home after 33 years and the whole process was handled with great understanding and professionalism by Matt and the Barfoot & Thompson team. Matt has a friendly, courteous manner and he was great in explaining the auction process to an inexperienced seller.
He was also very realistic in what he could achieve for the house sale, not over promising high prices that other agents seem to do to get a listing. That was a refreshing approach.
The marketing Matt recommended was spot on and the tight timeline for getting the house on the market was delivered with no stress. We found the advice that Matt gave on getting the house ready for sale very helpful.
All this and a fantastic result on auction day mean I have no reservations in recommending the services of Matt O'Rourke & Ryan Harding."
"Selling my 100 year old house was a daunting prospect. I've lived, renovated, and loved it for 30 years. But both of us were getting a bit tired. I didn't want to spend more money on the house, but the house was my most valuable asset. I wanted to cash up and retire.
I interviewed three real estate firms, promising nothing but the prospect of one of them getting my business. So why Barfoot & Thompson?
They'd been in business 90 years. To me that indicates good business practice and integrity. They had the network. I was listing through the Grey Lynn office, but all of Auckland was selling for me. My team, Matt O'Rourke and Ryan Harding seemed pretty good guys. I felt I could trust them.
Throughout the campaign, Matt and Ryan delivered. They planned in detail, answered my questions, and were always available for advice. More impressive was their delivery of the sales campaign. There was no hype, no pressure, and the feedback from open homes and advertising was timely and factual. I was given facts, not false hopes. All of this done in a friendly and supportive manner.
The result? The house sold for $100K above the range we'd expected. Obviously I'm delighted, but these guys have been a pleasure to deal with. I have no hesitation in recommending Matt and Ryan and the Barfoot & Thompson team."
"The key point of difference and what sets Matt and Ryan apart from other salespeople I have experienced is that they are both "genuine". They clearly work well together and you have the added value with two motivated individuals working on your behalf during open homes. Both have a solid understanding and knowledge of the local market and both were committed to and met timeframes - their follow up was faultless. They think outside the square in terms of marketing and have embraced social media as a tool, working to great effect. Both have a sense of humour and I've observed an ability to communicate well with a diverse client base. I have been nothing but impressed with their level of care and communication provided throughout what can often be a described as a stressful process."Lynda McIntosh
"We were more than happy with Matt and Ryan right from the first time we met them. We did lose some faith in real estate salespeople from a previous bad experience, but Matt and Ryan have restored this faith. We got an amazing end result & we are extremely happy with it. Well done gentlemen, and thank you for your hard work."Karen Smith
"Matt and Ryan marketed my property and sold it within three weeks. I was extremely impressed with the overall marketing strategy which was professional, clear, and produced results. The photographs of my property and the presentation of the advertising were of an extremely high standard and just looked brilliant. Matt and Ryan were proactive in presenting the property and kept me fully informed throughout the process. They were helpful, positive, and always available when I needed help with making decisions and guidance through the auction process. I have found Matt and Ryan to be honest, reliable, approachable, and professional. Their approach meant that the selling of my property was relatively stress free and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Barfoot & Thompson and in particular, Matt and Ryan, to anyone going through the same process."Sarah Cockerton
"To The Manager of Barfoot & Thomson Grey Lynn, and especially to Matt, Ryan and Jo,
Matt, Ryan and Jo, I can't thank you enough for the untiring effort you took in finding my daughter Simone, a home. You just never stopped. And quite importantly you were wonderfully patient with me and all my emails, phone calls and viewings. I cannot speak highly enough of your services, professionalism and friendliness. And to top it all off, you always made me and Simone feel like we were the only customer who had your undivided time and energy. Many many thanks."
"The decision to sell my family home was a tough one; also tough was the decision with which agents to list. I went with Matt and Ryan because they were enthusiastic, energetic, and were easy to deal with. They came up with a great plan of action, but at all times kept me feeling comfortable about the pace, and in control of the decisions, which was particularly important to me in making such a sentimental sale. In the end the price they achieved was well above my expectations, and I couldn't be happier with the whole process! So it's two huge thumbs up and my heartiest recommendations to the A team: Matt and Ryan, and indeed the whole gang at Barfoot & Thompson!"Gabriel Wilmshurst
"We initially didn't want to use an agent to sell our property, then we met Matt & Ryan at an open home while looking to buy - they were straight up, genuine and all-round 'good guys'. They've been available whenever we've needed them, and clearly communicated every step, which made a potentially stressful time surprisingly easy and enjoyable! They build a great repore with the people that come through their open homes, and working in a team has the benefit of talking to and engaging more people.
We also liked the extra reach the Barfoot & Thomspon network gave us, not limiting us to just one branch. We're confident that using the boys & the Barfoot & Thompson team got us absolute top dollar on our property. Would highly recommend them to anyone if buying or selling."
"Jennifer and I would like to express our appreciation for the effort Ryan, Matt and Bruce put into selling 40 Western Springs Road.
We'd appreciate your passing our thanks on to Andrew, it was nice to know that management was taking an active interest, and to Marian who did such a sterling job at auction.
It's always difficult to decide which company to use when selling property. Promises are easy to come by, delivery is quite another matter. So it was gratifying to work with a team that kept looking for ways to go the extra mile. You promised us 6 Open Homes I believe you delivered 9, or was it 10? You didn't promise to secure half page editorial features in Look magazine and the Herald but you delivered them anyway. You promised to stay in touch during the campaign and you did... every single day. Quite honestly I can't think of a single stone the Barfoot & Thompson Grey Lynn team left unturned to achieve this sale. Awesome job, great result!
"I have been involved with Matthew O'Rourke in the recent purchase of an apartment, through his Company Barfoot and Thompson, Grey Lynn. I could not have done without his guidance and unassuming support throughout the purchase process. Anyone planning to sell a property could go no better than to contact this outstanding sales person. My wife also joins me in wishing Matt continuing success in real estate."Robyn and Garry Larsen
"Matt was recomended to me by your office. I met with Matt and told him of my time constraints due to being very busy. Matt understood this immediately and took on all aspects of the sale including writing to and talking with the tenants of the property. This made the process incredibly seamless and was a pleasure to be part of. I would thoroughly recomend him."Andrew Clapham
"Matt took over selling our house when we were left in the lurch with no sale at auction and our previous agent leaving to go on holiday. We had just purchased another property and were worried about the process to follow. Matt was enthusiastic and created a new buzz around the open homes and contacts that he made. He had a good knowlegde of the unusual cladding on our house as an ex builder. We appreciated his feedback on a daily basis. He then managed to have three offers sorted for us in a short period of time. Both my husband and I couldnt help but feel that we should have had him from the beginning!! Our house went unconditional and settled quickly from there. We felt very confident with his ability to sell our house and would recommend him to others in the future."Rosanne and Neil Tucker
"Buying a first home can be quite scary so I'd like to thank Matt for being so patient and helpful throughout the whole process. He answered my (many!) questions promptly and organised an independent valuer and a rental appraisal for the property. His experience as a former builder meant he could make suggestions on how to improve the house and add value, which helped me feel more confident about buying the place. When I had to sign paperwork he was happy to bring it to me, often outside normal working hours.
It was a pleasure dealing with Matt, I'm especially grateful for his patience with my parents who were very involved with the purchase and had lots of questions of their own! "