We engaged Tony to sell our home in the Sunderland Precinct at Hobsonville Point after reviewing other local agents. We chose him because of his strong local knowledge, consistently good sale prices in the premium end of the local market and in particular within the Sunderland Precinct.
Tonys' cool, calm and collected manner was reassuring during a stressful time for us. The market had dropped and getting genuine buyers was proving difficult. Tony's methodical processes around follow-ups, buyer conversations and most of all vendor conversations were impeccable. Tony was a confident negotiator and we genuinely felt he was working for us to get the best price possible given the market conditions. He never once put pressure on us to drop our expectations but gave good advice and worked with us to get a result. Throughout the campaign we refreshed the marketing and tried different tactics to put us in the best position possible to get a sale. Tony is definitely not one of those "set and forget" agents who is just going through the motions. His passion for Hobsonville Point and the neighbouring suburbs is genuine and we enjoyed working with him.
We couldn't recommend Tony highly enough!Angela & Alan Jepsen
Tony has recently assisted us in selling our Hobsonville Point home. We found him to be thoroughly professional and his positive approach was much appreciated in achieving a quick sale. We would thoroughly recommend Tony if you are thinking of selling or purchasing a new home. Helen & Hamish Neal, Hobsonville Point
Tony is a professional, personable and hard working real estate agent and we would highly recommend his services to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. Everything he does he works to deliver the best possible results for his clients. From the start to the end Tony was there guiding us every step of the way.
Tony developed a quality marketing campaign that represented our home in its best light. From the write up to the photos and the video, the house looked so good we were beginning to wonder why we were moving. Tony is genuine and trustworthy. From the outset he presented an appraisal that was realistic and based on his sound understanding of real estate, not one that was to entice us and then fail to meet our expectations. We never once felt that Tony had any alternate agenda, he was always working hard to reach the best results for us.
Tony established a good understanding of our property and when potential buyers had questions he was able to respond with confidence and clarity. He kept us informed throughout the process, giving us detailed updates and meeting with us when necessary. When decisions needed to be made Tony was there to give expert advice, but we never felt pressured, he always made it clear that ultimatelythe decision was ours. He persistently followed up on all potential buyers, not letting anyone slip through the cracks.
We have been thrilled with the service Tony has provided and we look forward to working with him again in the future. A huge thank you to Tony for helping make our dreams become a reality.Kris and Amy Jackson
When it came time to put our Hobsonville Point home on the market, we were already living in another city and as such, our choice of real estate agent was critical. We knew we needed a safe and reliable pair of hands who could act as our trusted representative "on the ground" and go the extra mile on our behalf if required. Tony Buckwell, Barfoot & Thompson Hobsonville delivered all of that and much, much more. At the outset, he assured us that he would do his utmost to achieve the best result possible and not once did he disappoint. He was courteous, warm and engaging - exactly the type of person you want talking to prospective buyers at open homes. His communication was always clear and timely, and he brought a wealth of knowledge to the process to help us navigate the various decisions that needed to be made. Tony projects a sense of calm and confidence, turning what might otherwise have been a stressful experience into a most impressive one that far exceeded our expectations. He brings genuine passion, professionalism, dedication, integrity and expertise to his work, and his suggested sales strategies, all of which he clearly explained and rationalized, helped us achieve that all-important outstanding result, about which we are utterly delighted. He's not merely a good or even a great real estate agent - he is in an absolute league of his own. The results he delivers, coupled with the level of service he provides, are second to none and you simply will not find a better agent to assist you in selling your property. Wholehearted thanks to you Tony.Katie & Steven Berry - Harvard Street, Hobsonville Point
Thanks to Tony, my family and I were able to sell our house quick smart! One of the problems we faced when we first looked for an agent in the Hobsonville area was that we were currently situated in Wellington. Tony was able to give us a prompt reply with an appraisal and from there he was more than happy to take charge and make the arrangements for us such as the cleaning and gardening maintenance to prepare the property for sale. He was very clear and honest with his communication to me through phone calls, text and emails.
The marketing plan Tony proposed was very robust and sound and ended up being very successful! The property came up looking stunning in the photos and video he had created, and it showed with the interest he generated instantly. He showed a high level of professionalism with selling our home and this made it much easier going through the selling process for me. With being far away, I felt comfortable with Tony as he worked tirelessly to make sure every detail had been covered and that we would get the best possible result.
Thank you Tony for your hard work, enthusiasm and commitment to getting our home sold quickly and stress-free. I would highly recommend him as a salesperson who you can trust to sell your home.Jordan McDermott - Saltmarsh Road, Hobsonville
My husband and I truly felt we had the best team selling our home (Tony Buckwell & Yan Xu). In a very short time (and flat market I might add) we were presented with two offers! The entire process from start to finish was easy. Tony and Yan were not only friendly but incredible professional. They returned phone calls very quickly and believe me I found this amazing as I was in the market to purchase a home and real estate agents from other companies didn't ring me back, despite my interest in purchasing their listing! They follow up everything and give honest feedback, even if at times it is things you may not want to hear. We are settled in nicely with our new home now, but when we are ready to sell again I will not hesitate to ring Tony and Yan to list the house. They do not disappoint.
Thanks again for everything.Shay & Darrin
Prior to selling our properties, we have always 'checked and researched potential agents'. So, we did the same research once we had decided to sell 9 Rosetti Rise in West Harbour.
Tony not only met our expectations, he exceeded them in every way:
- His focus and energy never wavered.
- His market knowledge and perception are top of the range.
- His commercial acumen is unprecedented.
- His explanations of the process and follow up are clear and frequent. Nothing was too much trouble.
- Tony listened and absorbed what we were saying. Listening without interrupting are rare skills in a sales person; this is a talent Tony possesses. This said, he would ask questions if what we said was not clear.
We just hope Tony becomes available in The Hawke's Bay when we decide to sell our new home here.Mike Roche and Helen Cambell
Tony worked tirelessly to achieve the outstanding result of our home selling in a short time and for the amount we were optimistically hoping for. This proved to us that we had made the best decision choosing Tony to market our home. We were impressed with his professionalism and knowledge of the current market in our area and the marketing strategy he chose accordingly. He also gave us invaluable tips on how to present our house and garden to their best. Tony guided us through the whole process, keeping us informed every step of the way. He is very organised, punctual and his attention to detail is second to none. Tony is courteous, easy to talk to and it shows that he genuinely enjoys his work and helping his clients to get the very best outcome.
The Barfoot & Thompson network was also a huge benefit attracting many more potential buyers to view our home.
Tony, we wish you all the very best for the future in your personal life and your chosen career. Lynne & Russell Dickson, Hobsonville Point
We had the pleasure of working with Tony on the sale of our Hobsonville Point home this winter -and couldn't be happier. His professionalism throughout the sale process was exemplary with a real attention to detail on the unique selling points of our property. His suggestion of a marketing video and its execution was superb and we felt really highlighted the positives of our house. He put in the hard yards at the outset and spent a good deal of time with us explaining how the sale process would eventuate. He was always punctual, professional and courteous. As a result, and in a relatively quiet time of year, thanks to Tony and the network of professionals within Barfoot & Thompson we had the sale we were aiming for inside 3 weeks! We wouldn't hesitate to use both Tony and the Barfoot & Thompson team again. ThanksMatthew and Faith Faulk
We met Tony at one of his open homes in Hobby Point and his attitude stood out, so when we decided to sell I gave him a ring. He came to our home and we discussed about the pros and cons of selling and the best marketing plan. From day one we found he had superb energy, professionalism and knowledge in real state. His honesty and clear communication made the selling process a lot easier for me and my husband. In this current tough market you need a sales person who you can rely on and Tony has this attribute.
Thank you Tony for your hard work and we will work with you again when the time comes for us to sell in the future.Joselito and Josie Crisostomo, Hobsonville Point
I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank you for selling my property in West Harbour.
From the get go I felt confident that you would sell the property and through this stressful time you remained calm and supported me as a vendor reassuring me at times when needed.
Your professionalism and honesty which at times was not what I wanted to hear but turned out to be true was appreciated and can't be faulted.
Throughout the marketing process you went way beyond what should be expected of an agent. I won't go into what you did as I don't expect you to do the same on every property you list but I can say your eye for presentation on open home days was reinforced by your handy man skills.
I wish you well in your career and would be happy for you to use my comments as a show of my appreciation for a job well done.Graeme Quensell
Tony did a house and property walk through with me well before it went to market, and gave great advice on what to do to help achieve the best price, without ultimatums and with consideration to my budget. I used his website tips on property preparation (especially the de-clutter one!) as a guide to keep me focused through the next months.
No-one can make your house sell, but I believe that Tony treated the marketing and sale process with such commitment and professionalism that the house stayed on the radar of a multitude of completely different buyers, ultimately achieving a sale result at auction that we were both very happy with. His honesty and genuine wish to do his best by me, and his others clients, is really evident at all times.
I have known Tony all my life and did expect him to be good, but he actually exceeded my expectations and I felt genuinely proud of him through the process. He comes with 5 gold stars from me, and I highly recommend him and Barfoot & Thompson to anyone who wants a great team to represent them through the hugely important process of marketing & selling their home.Christine Hodges
Tony was referred to us as we considered selling our home in West Harbour. This was our first home we had owned, and right from the start Tony's approach, communication and information put us at ease. We were always advised of options, and opportunities and Tony never set unrealistic expectations. The delivery of information was detailed when relevant, so we never felt over whelmed by everything. We were very nervous sellers, and as a result Tony put in extra effort via phone and in person to put our minds at ease.
If we were not moving to the South Island, I would be engaging him for the next house purchase. Tony is a great and honest real estate agent, who I would recommend to anyone buying or selling.Mark Warbrick & Jacqui Hague
In mid-2015 we decided the time was right to sell our large waterfront property in Te Atatu South, Waitakere.
After meeting with a number of local agents, we eventually took the house to auction with one of these, who had promised us a quick and easy sell. What transpired were offers well short of our anticipated price (and of the price range promoted by the agents) which left us frustrated and very disappointed.
Within weeks we were contacted by another local agency with promises of interested developers and buyers in the area. This experience also fell well short of our expectations, and the contract ended with no success.
By chance we happened to run into old family friends who told us that their son was an agent working with Barfoot and Thompson - West Harbour, and offered to introduce us.
After our initial meeting with Tony, we came away pleasantly surprised to meet an agent who admitted that due to the unique size and nature of our property he was unable to find anything similar to use for a price comparison. With this in mind Tony put together a sales plan and marketing package that exceeded our expectations, and eventually resulted in a sale at auction which left us more than pleased with the result.
We cannot recommend Tony and his dedicated service highly enough. He is a friendly and professional agent, who won't muck you around. For us, he succeeded when many had fallen short and we do not doubt that he will do the same for you.Jim & Dragica Behrent.
It has not only been a pleasure dealing with Tony, it has also resulted in an outstanding result with the sale of our house. At no point did we have to worry about the process as he left no stone unturned. We could not have wished for a better agent or result. Absolute professional.Kiri & Craig Hider.
We really enjoyed working with Tony during the process selling our home. His efficient and warm manner made it easy for us to feel at ease during what can be a very stressful time. His communication was exemplary, always quick to answer our queries either via text, email and phone and knowledgeable about the market. His tips to make our home more presentable and appealing were very useful and helped us to achieve a great result at auction. We had a large number of interested buyers, many of whom came to the house using the extensive Barfoot network from all over Auckland. All the information we needed was presented in a timely manner and we appreciated the advice that Tony gave us when it came to making key decisions regarding our marketing and sales campaign.
Basically Tony made the process easy, quick and stress-free. We'd happily work with Tony again and highly recommend him for any real estate matter.Georgi de Stigter
We engaged Tony Buckwell to assist with the recent sale of our property. Right from our first meeting, Tony was extremely easy to deal with; I found him easy to talk to, knowledgeable, positive and responsive. Throughout the process, he made us aware of options and opportunities, but let us make up our minds on key decisions, only revisiting issues when he felt that he wanted us to be sure that we had weighed up the different factors. The communication flow was excellent - I always felt I knew what was going on, often ahead of time, and had access to the information I needed. In our case our property was tenanted, and so a crucial issue was working with the tenants to ensure their rights and privacy expectations were respected. Tony did an outstanding job of this. The marketing campaign was highly successful and attracted a good number of genuinely interested buyers - not just tyre-kickers. The extensive Barfoots agent network ensured that a wide range of potential buyers were introduced to the property. As a result of all this, we had a highly successful auction with several active bidders, ultimately realising a sale price that significantly exceeded our expectations. If anyone is worried about the slightly higher cost of sale through Barfoots, in my opinion the greater sale price we secured by using Tony and Barfoots produced a far better net outcome for us. From our experience, I have no hesitation in recommending Tony Buckwell to help with the sale of your property. John & Jeanne Williams
Tony has just sold our house for us. We were impressed with the professionalism, honesty and the energy he gave to working with us. He was prepared to go the extra mile in doing things like getting the fireplace going for viewers, and made himself very available to help in every way. We found that what Tony said about the Barfoot & Thompson network was correct, and we had agents from other parts of Auckland bringing potential buyers to our home. We are so pleased with our decision to select Tony as our agent. Olivia Murton & Junior Atau Tavai
Our Family had the pleasure of working with Tony in the sale of our Home.
He made a very stressful time a whole lot easier with his professionalism and communication skills which kept us informed every step of the way.
I think Tony's marketing skill's were top notch and the video part of the marketing was the Bee's Knee's, which I think was a pivotal part of selling our home.
We would not hesitate to recommend Tony in the sale or the purchase of your home.
Thanks again Tony for all your help.Brett and Lynelle Southey
Working with Tony was a real treat. We were 'first time sellers', so being completely new to the process of selling a home Tony always took the time to answer the many many questions we had (no matter how basic!!), and helped us with each decision to take away any guess work.
Tony's real strength was in the high level of professionalism and communication that he brought to selling our home - he worked hard to always make sure we were informed and consulted with at every step of the process, to the point where it felt more like a team effort rather than simply getting a specialist in to sell your home for you. We were also impressed with how Tony tirelessly following up with every possible lead in the hunt to find people willing to buy our home - we couldn't have done it better ourselves. It was due to Tony's enthusiasm and approach though that kept our motivation high throughout.
The results spoke for themselves - right up to auction and until the Sold sticker was on the sign, Tony was completely dedicated. If you are ever selling your home, Tony would be the exact person you would want to work with.Jamie and Jini
"Selling a home of 22 years is not an easy decision to make and the sale process itself can be daunting. We wanted to work with an agent and company that would give us confidence that we would achieve the best possible result with the least amount of added stress. Tony Buckwell has a high profile in our area and having worked with him during the marketing and successful sale of our home we now consider that well earned. Tony sets exemplary standards for himself and showed great empathy and listening skills when working with us to develop our marketing plan. He provided constant and open feedback throughout and we felt well informed and confident going into the auction. We would have no hesitation recommending Tony to anyone looking for a professional real estate agent." Robert & Margaret Tubb
Throughout the marketing process of our home Tony was always professional, reliable and hardworking. No phone call or question went unanswered and we were always comfortable to approach Tony about anything. He worked tirelessly until a successful result was achieved and we were very grateful for this. Jo and Erwin
Tony was outstanding in everything he did. He was professional, enthusiastic, hard working & went the extra mile & was a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend Tony to anyone wanting to buy or sell a home & believe he is a great asset to Barfoot & Thompson.
If every Agent had Tony's passion, drive & enthusiasm selling or buying a home would be a positive experience for all. Tony is so good, that he should look at coaching other Agents on how to be the best Agent ever. We highly recommend Tony.Derek McKinstry.
had been looking to buy a house in the Auckland area for some time but, being from overseas, kept coming up against all sorts of difficulties regarding legalities of buying by negotiation and more especially by auction.
I first spoke to Tony Buckwell when he was helping me find a house of my requirements and he e-mailed me the details of many houses among which was a house which had possibilities. I returned to Auckland and looked at the house a few days after arriving. Even though the auction was to be held the following day he gave me the confidence to follow it through. He arranged for a solicitor (at 1600hrs on a Friday afternoon) to look over the LIM report and gave us phone numbers of building inspectors. He also arranged to meet me before the auction in order to ask the vendors for conditions to be approved and signed off (which were successful), but more importantly offered to do the bidding for me for which I will be eternally grateful. I was successful with the bidding and now own a lovely home in West Harbour. Without Tony's help I have no doubt that I would not have had the confidence or the know-how to proceed with the process and certainly not the confidence to bid.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Tony Buckwell to any prospective buyer.Judy Lee
After meeting and working with multiple residential and commercial real estate agents in Auckland, Hong Kong and Portland, Oregon, Tony is by far the best agent. He was extremely helpful and never stopped looking for the house we wanted for over 4 months. He consistently checked in with us, sent us new listings and was very efficient and quick to respond to phone calls and emails. We purchased our house at an auction - it was very nerve wracking to say the least, but Tony kept us calm, was very supportive and never pushed us to bid more than what we wanted to. As it was our first auction, he explained the process thoroughly and even put the bids in for us (as we were too nervous to say anything louder than a whisper). Tony is very friendly, professional and extremely efficient. Buying a house is never easy, but Tony made the process a lot easier. I would never go with another real estate agent as long as Tony is around!Jackie Mathews
If you are looking to sell your home, give the job to Tony!
Tony has a very professional attitude which demonstrates in his enthusiasm, dedication and reliability.
It was such a pleasure to work with Tony.Margaret and Ron Treneary
Tony was always very professional in his approach and kept us informed and up to date at all times. He made sure that he explained everything we needed to know and his feedback on progress throughout was fantastic. He is a genuine and caring person who is a great ambassador for your company. I would have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone looking to buy or sell a house.
Tony did everything he could to make the experience of selling as easy for us as possible.Mike & Julie Light
Tony was always very professional, reliable, well groomed and polite. We were well informed of all aspects for marketing our property for sale and then it was left for us to decide what action
to take. We never felt at all pressured and his advice proved invaluable. He kept us very well informed during the weeks of marketing. He went the "extra mile" to find out about our area (other properties
recently sold, schools, public transport, shops, etc.), all things important to prospective buyers. We have no hesitation in recommending him to any other future vendors.Annette & John Cook.
"It was a great pleasure working with Tony. Tony is very positive, driven, professional and friendly. Thanks
to him, we not only sold our home for an outstanding price but also bought one above what I expected to be able to
afford. Tony's positive outlook has really made this experience all positive, even when I had my doubts, Tony always
encouraged me and made me believe that anything is possible. I highly recommend Tony to others, and
welcome others to contact me for a reference. I know Tony will continue to do well in his career, and I definitely will not
hesitate to contact him in the future. We enjoyed working with him and think he is a great person."Thank you for believing in us and giving so much of your time. We wish Tony the very best and look forward for the opportunity of working together again."John & Isolina.
"Tony Buckwell proved to be exceptionally professional and thorough. He communicated clearly and
ensured that we were well informed throughout the process. Tony demonstrates excellent attention to
detail and he is clearly passionate about real estate. He was very well prepared for all open homes,
arriving early and ensuring that the property was ready to receive potential purchasers. I highly
recommend Tony to others looking for an honest and enthusiastic agent to help sell their home.
Tony exceeded our expectations."Sarah & Sheldon Hynds.