Jul 23 2014

B&T Named Agency Of The Year

On behalf of the Directors I extend to all the above winners our heartiest congratulations on their success in each of those categories. 
Having Salesperson of the Year and also Rising Star of the Year shows what outstanding salespeople we have in our company. Dedication, loyalty, and outstanding service has been shown by each of these winners and in Yvonne’s case I know she would attribute some of her success to her associates.
I would also like to thank Jason Woodyard (Pukekohe - Commercial) and Ian Croft (Pukekohe - Rural) for allowing the company to put their names forward for both the Commercial and Rural categories and although we did not win an award in these categories, the results produced by these two salespeople were significant and the Directors recognise their outstanding efforts over the past financial year.
Similarly Beachlands office was nominated for Small Residential Office of the Year and again although we did not win an award in this category, we are very proud of the team at Beachlands for the amasing results they attain year after year
Finally, to each and every one of you, the company could not have won the Agency of the Year, unless we had dedicated and professional people that worked for us and on behalf of Garth & Kiri, together with the Barfoot & Thompson families, can I thank each of you for the wonderful work you do. 
Whether a salesperson specialising in residential, rural or commercial; whether an associate of one of these salespeople; whether a member of one of our property management teams; whether one of our frontline personnel; whether you are one of the support team at Head Office; or whether you are one of our Managers; this award is for each one of you for the role that you perform and you should be proud of it.
CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE!

Jul 03 2014

JUNE MEDIA STATEMENT

Winter slows Auckland home sales numbers, but values edge up

The onset of winter had its traditional impact on the Auckland property market in terms of sales numbers and new property listings during June. However, prices continued to edge up during the month.

“The average sales price during June was $714,054, which was up 1.6 percent on May’s average price, and the second highest average price on record,” said Wendy Alexander, Chief Executive Officer of Barfoot & Thompson.

“While the number of sales at 1037 for the month was lower by 6.5 percent on those for May, and right in line with those for May last year, the demand for higher value properties from prospective buyers saw the average sales price increase by $11,000 over that for May.

“The average sales price has now risen by 9.9 percent over what it was in June 2013.

“During the month we sold 179 homes for in excess of $1 million, which represents 17.3 percent of all the homes sold, and 35.9 percent of the total sales value of all homes sold.

“Even six months ago, sales of this number of high value homes would have been exceptional.

“What this underlines is that while supply continues to lag behind demand, values for high end homes will climb.

“With close to a third of all June properties selling for less than $500,000, the median sales price for the month edged down by 2.9 percent on that for May to $626,500.

“The median price tends to be more volatile than the average price, but at $626,500 it is 8.2 percent higher than the median price for the 2013 year.

“The number of new listings in June was 1149, our lowest number this year and down 12.8 percent on those for May. While a fall in new listing is a trend commonly seen at the start of winter, it will add pressure to lack of choice in coming months.

“At month end we had 3274 properties listed, our lowest number for 5 months.  Compared to the number of properties available at this time of year over the past 10 years, choice remains very limited.”

Barfoot & Thompson knows Auckland best.  It is the city’s leading real estate company, selling around one in three Auckland residential homes, significantly ahead of all other competitor brands.


Jun 30 2014

OUR PARTY PICS!

Happy Monday to all. Those who attended last Friday would know we had a Branch Party to celebrate our new renovations and also Michael Becks retirement. Our social media (self proclaimed) guru, Jordan Brown whizzed around and took some great snaps of everyone enjoying their night. We had Uke Juice preforming while Cook handled the decorations & catering to make sure all were satisfied. Take a look at the team!

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Jun 24 2014

MAY MEDIA STATEMENT

Auckland Property Market Decelerates as Winter Approaches 

The Auckland residential property market continued to slow down throughout May.

“The average sales price during May was $702,966, down less than one percent or $6,000 on April’s figure”, said Peter Thompson, Managing Director of Barfoot & Thompson.

“House prices have remained static throughout May, but the market itself has been very active in comparison to April sales.  We sold 1,109 properties throughout the month, which is a 37 percent increase on the previous month.   However, sales were down 14 percent when compared to the same month last year.  

“New listings at 1,318 were the lowest in three months, and down 19 percent on those in April. At the end of May we had 3,498 properties on our books, the second lowest number in May for more than 10 years.

“It is by now a well-worn story; Auckland remains a city with a greater number of people chasing fewer properties.  Those properties that are priced sensibly to meet the market are selling quickly. 

“Vendors are still choosing auction as their preferred method to go to market.  The success rate at auction is around 80 percent within a seven day period.  This is because we are experiencing a trend towards properties that are passed in at auction either selling later the same day or within seven days of the auction. 

“Overall the market is in line with seasonal activity, and we are likely to see further cooling with average and median sales prices falling back slightly over the winter months,” said Mr Thompson.

The median sales price for May was $645,000, an increase of four percent above that for April.

During the month Barfoot & Thompson sold 188 properties over $1 million, and at the other end of the spectrum, 343 sold for less than $500,000.


Jun 16 2014

What’s Happening In Our Branch.

So now that we have finally settled into our new building, I thought it was time to catch up on some neglected social media posting. A few things have been happening at the Greenlane Branch. 

1) Sending all our love to Maria Lau who has taken an extended break. We miss your presence second Mum so come on back soon!

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2) We have successfully moved, renovated and moved back into our new office in a time frame of about 5 and a bit months. 3 months downstairs and roughly 2 upstairs. I whizzed around the office and took a few panoramas of the new building to show you what’s going on in the Branch right now. As you can see, there are a few boxes that still need homes. 

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3) Michael Beck, Greenlane Sales Manager and Team Leader is throwing in the towel after 10 long years to an enjoyable retirement. Wishing you all the very best and a terrific trip to Europe. Thank you for all your support. All your efforts have been well recognised and greatly appreciated.

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AND OF COURSE..

4) We have our other important Team Leader, Marie Lee back! You have been missed! - And soon, she is off to Spain in August/September to watch the FIFA World Basketball Cup. She will be over there to support New Zealand take on the United States of America! (Lucky for some!) 

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Jun 13 2014

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN JUNE?

Greetings friends! *waves* 

HAPPY FRIDAY!

This is our first blog post for the year (We have been a bit slack, I know.) and want to make it a good one so why not make it all about what we know best, Auckland. We are so lucky to be given some awesome events and opportunities so if you’re up for a bit of fun, get out there and enjoy them! The weather has been a little gloomy but weather reports show this..

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via: nzherald

.. so chuck your woolly on and get amongst it. There is always something happening in the neighbourhood and thought we’d let you in on our top picks for this weekend. Check it out.

1) WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Displaying some of the worlds best images. I’ll be checking this one out. Special Exhibitions Hall, Auckland Museum. 

2) MY COUNTRY - Fantastic work that the Auckland Art gallery is fortunate to have. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island artists. Fascinating…. 

3) ANNIE - “Tomorrow.. tomorrow.. the weekend’s.. tomorrow” Seriously though, who doesn’t love a cute redhead? 

4) FIVE MAORI PAINTERS - Last chance to check it out! Ends this weekend. 

5) AOTEA SQUARE ICE RINK - The Skating Rink is back for another round only a few days ago. You are never too old to ice skate. 

via: heartofthecity


Sep 17 2013

K.LOWE AROUND THE GLOBE…

"The trip has been a race across Europe so far, after 24 hours of flying we landed in London on Thursday (we gained a day due to the international dateline). Jumped onto the underground from Heathrow and surfaced at Glocester Road Station which is exactly where our Hotel is, The Bailey in South Kensington. I recommend it if you are ever thinking of staying in London. On check in, we decided to head straight to Leicester Square to China town and the hub of the show district. We managed to get tickets to Bodyguard, a newish show. Grabbed a quick meal and into the show. It’s about the time the jet lag started to hit us all (I’m travelling with friends) and we all took turns to cat nap during the show. No reflection on the show or performers, we were just dog tired and our bodies telling us to sleep. Next day we got up early and headed to Nottinghill. The markets were absolutely packed with visitors. Great if you want antiques or just knick knacks or to window shop. It’s the location for the movie Nottinghill. I think most of you will know starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. My favourite place to be on a Saturday in London.
 
We tried to get more show tickets for Saturday night but the shows we wanted to see were sold out. I was going for a record 8th time to Phantom but to no availabilities. In the end we had early dinner and crashed into bed for the next day. Not without securing tickets to Let It Be, a new show featuring all the old Beatles songs, we got them for the next day.
 
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Up at the crack of dawn we walked into Knightsbridge and first stop was to be Harrods however after many other stops at shops we finally arrived. Harrods is like a flash Smith & Caughey. We did the High Tea at the Top floor and hob nobed it with nobody particularly famous but there did seem to be a distinct whiff of money in the air. Lots of very wealthy looking Americans and Arabs. Kiwi’s kinda take a back seat.
 
Following Harrods we headed to Canary Wharf, Greenwich and the O2 Centre for a look about, not much happening and after a time it began to rain so we headed into town again for our show, Let It Be at the Savoy Theatre. I didn’t realise that the Theatre was part of the Savoy Hotel. I recall seeing a TV program abut how they closed the world famous Savoy for about two years to completely refurbish. I digress, the show was fantastic. Even although we were still suffering from jet lag we really enjoyed the music and would be happy to see it again if the chance arose.   
 
After the show we headed home cause next day we had  to get up early to go to St Pancras station to catch the TGV to Paris and then switch to another train to get to Avignon in the south of France. All this went pretty smoothly having travelled by train in Europe several times before and having had tickets etc organised by our great travel agent (ask me when I get home if you want an agent cause I recommend her!) We were greeted at Avignon rail station by our driver holding up the Mr Lowe sign and driven into Avignon to our hotel which was in the heart of the walled city. Avignon is on the list of protected historic places, think they call it a World Heritage site. It was our base whilst we were in the Provence region. Provence according to our driver and guide is the food bowl of France. Has great weather and water, therefore grows and abundance of fruit, vegetables and more than it’s fair share of wine and olive oil is produced there. 
 
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We were lucky enough to have a guide to drive us throughout the region to as many towns and villages and general points of interest as would like. Jean Baptist was his name and he was also a food and wine specialist, J.B as he preferred we refer to him as was really good and showed us all the varieties of fruit and vegetables that were grown as we drove along. There were too many things to tell you about in an email but in short we went to St Remy, Les Baux, Gorde, Pont Gord and a number of villages I forget right now. The highlight had to be a typical French homestead he took us to, grand mother 92 greeted us as did her daughter and grand daughter. We got to see their cherry trees, olive trees, grapes vines as well as bee hives, pigeons, turtles and rabbits. Really nice folk, they didn’t speak any English and suffice to say we didn’t speak any French but we managed to get along very well.
 
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Our two days in Avignon passed by quickly and we were driven to Nice where I am now via St Tropez. We packed a picnic lunch, J.B helped select the cheeses and meats and bread from the St Remmy markets and we stopped at st Tropez tp eat our modest picnic next to the super yachts of the rich and famous. That day I think we ate equally as well. Especially the deserts which were purchased at J.B’s favourite patisserie. H shouted us to one item each and the young shop assistant tried in her best English to describe each item that they had lovingly baked.
 
We are now at the end of day two in Nice, I’ve spent the entire day on the beach sleeping! I think I’m finally recovering some energy!
 
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Hope all is well at home, excuse all the typo’s cause I’m sending this email in a hurry as we’re about to head to dinner. I fancy either a Spaghetti Vongele or my favourite Spanish dish and Paella Marinere.”
 
Au revior my friends
 
Kevin   
 
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Sep 11 2013

AUGUST MEDIA STATEMENT

Auckland housing activity increases but prices remain stable

The average price for an Auckland home has barely changed over the past five months. 

Barfoot & Thompson’s average sales price in August was $647,647, more than $6700 lower than in July and more than $2200 lower than in June. 

“For the past five months the average sales price for Auckland houses has remained constant,” said Peter Thompson, Managing Director of Barfoot & Thompson. 

“After a rapid increase in the first quarter of the year, prices have settled down, and there has been no upward pressure on prices for the past two months. 

“This is confirmed by August’s median house price, which at $561,500 is down 4 percent on the median price for July, and down 4.8 percent on June’s median price. 

“August’s median price is right in line with that for November last year, suggesting prices have remained stable for nine months. 

“What did change in August was that there was greater choice for buyers than there has been for some months. 

“New listings in August at 1710 were excellent, and were up 4.5 percent on those for July. 

“August’s new listings were the second highest in a month so far this year, and were 20.7 percent higher than at the same time last year. 

“Sales in August were also strong, and at 1200 were up 5.9 percent on those for July and 18.1 percent higher than in August last year. 

“It added up to an extremely active market, but with prices restrained. 

“At month’s end we had 2999 properties on our books. While this is relatively low, it was the highest number for three months.” 

A feature of August’s trading was a drop in the number of homes that sold for in excess of $1 million. 

“We sold 118 homes for more than a million during the month, well down from July’s 152 and the 144 in both May and June. 

“There was a far greater focus on the under $500,000 market, with 523, or 43.6percent of all sales, being in this segment.” 


Sep 11 2013

THANK YOU BNT GREENLANE!

The Carlton Black under 12 restricted team won the Auckland Championship against Pakuranga 14 to nil. We had 575 points for and 57 points against. We won all 13 games this season with no losses.

The team wore their track suits with pride and made sure to have them on when receiving their first place medals and cup from the Auckland Junior Rugby representative. A lot of people commented on the Barfoot & Thompson logo and your name definitely got out there!!

We are off to Taupo on the 21st of September to try and win the tournament down there. Thank you for your generous donation that ensured all our team could travel down there. Without your donation a few boys would have to be left behind so your help was appreciated very much!

We would like to thank Barfoot and Thompson Greenlane for all your support during our season.

We will keep you updated on our progress in Taupo

Thank you once again

Ange and Pete Fitzgerald
Coach Carlton Black under 12 restricted rugby 


Aug 23 2013

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PRE AUCTION TODAY for Glenn Flinkenberg’s listing at 19A Walpole Street, Ellerslie @ 5:00pm. Held at our Greenlane Office. (255a Great South Road, Greenlane)

PRE AUCTION TODAY for Glenn Flinkenberg’s listing at 19A Walpole Street, Ellerslie @ 5:00pm. Held at our Greenlane Office. (255a Great South Road, Greenlane)


Aug 14 2013

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Thank you to our friends at The Rock FM for stopping by with some treats! 

Thank you to our friends at The Rock FM for stopping by with some treats! 


Aug 05 2013

JULY MEDIA STATEMENT

July sees an increase in new listings 

The Auckland property market saw an increase in new listings in July, while the average house price held steady at $654,379, an increase of a little over $4,000 on June’s average price.

“July was a good month for new listings,” said Peter Thomson, Managing Director of Barfoot & Thompson.

“During July we saw a 37 percent increase in the number of new listings onto the market.  This represents the second best month for new listings in 2013.

“While new listings have increased, house prices have remained constant in Auckland since March which suggests a steady and consistent market.

“Competition for properties in Auckland remains strong, but the sales figures indicate that buyers have a keen sense of a property’s value and are keeping a level head when it comes to prices. 

“In fact, the median selling price for July has shown a slight decrease at $585,000, which is $5,000 lower that in June.

“Demand for property was strong throughout July and our sales for the month were 1133, an increase of nearly 7 percent on June and a 13.5 percent increase on the same month last year.  The last time we sold a similar number of properties during July was in 2005.

“By the end of July we had 2837 properties on our books, which represents 29 percent fewer listings than July last year and, in fact, an all-time low for available listings.”

During July Barfoot & Thompson sold 439 homes for less than $500,000, and a further 356 for between $500,000 and $750,000.  152 homes sold for in excess of $1 million, eight more than were sold in June.

For the fifth consecutive month sales were in excess of 1000 for the month, and sales have not been this consistently high since the first of half 2004.

 

via: Peter Thompson


Aug 02 2013

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4 PRE AUCTIONS HAPPENING NOW! 
- 71 Wheturangi Road, Greenlane- 8 Pohutukawa Place, Ellerslie- 6/6 Lonsdale Street, Ellerslie- 5 Clarke Road, Royal Oak
Good luck to all bidders!

4 PRE AUCTIONS HAPPENING NOW! 


- 71 Wheturangi Road, Greenlane
- 8 Pohutukawa Place, Ellerslie
- 6/6 Lonsdale Street, Ellerslie
- 5 Clarke Road, Royal Oak


Good luck to all bidders!


Aug 01 2013

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"A special momento - last night our founding members (Val Barfoot & Maurice Thompson) were inducted into the NZ Business Hall of Fame. Pictured here: Kiri Barfoot (director, granddaughter), Henry Barfoot (grandson), Garth Barfoot (director and son), The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, Peter Thompson (Managing Direcotr and grandson), Helen O’Sullivan (CEO of REINZ), Wendy Alexander(our CEO) and Chris Dobbie (our CFO)"
 
via the Barfoot & Thompson Facebook Page

"A special momento - last night our founding members (Val Barfoot & Maurice Thompson) were inducted into the NZ Business Hall of Fame. Pictured here: Kiri Barfoot (director, granddaughter), Henry Barfoot (grandson), Garth Barfoot (director and son), The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, Peter Thompson (Managing Direcotr and grandson), Helen O’Sullivan (CEO of REINZ), Wendy Alexander(our CEO) and Chris Dobbie (our CFO)"

 

via the Barfoot & Thompson Facebook Page


Jul 31 2013

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Our very bubbly office temp Betty Parker received a special delivery in the office this morning! A BIG beautiful bouquet for her 1st wedding anniversary!

All the best Betty & enjoy!

Our very bubbly office temp Betty Parker received a special delivery in the office this morning! A BIG beautiful bouquet for her 1st wedding anniversary!

All the best Betty & enjoy!


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