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!


Jul 22 2013

JUNE MEDIA STATEMENT

                                  Auckland Property Prices Hold Steady In June

For the third consecutive month the average Auckland house price showed little movement, with June’s average price reaching $649,945, an increase of a little over $5000 on the average price during May.

“This is less than a 1 percent increase on May’s average price, and since March the average price has risen by only $4017,” said Peter Thomson, Managing Director of Barfoot & Thompson.

“While the average sales price points to relative stability, the median selling price has shown a modest increase, which at $590,000 for June is $20,000 higher than in May and is $10,000 higher than in March.

“While house values are moving in a tight band at present, the number of properties on the market has shrunk to an all-time low.

“Demand for properties is unprecedented and competition is intense with homes selling within a tighter time frame than at any time in the last decade

“However, this competition for properties has so far not led to prices breaking through the price ceiling established in March.

 “In June we listed only 1189 properties, while our sales for the month numbered 1059.

“This is the closest we have come to selling the same number of properties as we have listed in a month in the past 11 years.

 “At the end of June we had only 2873 properties on our books, the first time our end of month listings have dipped below 3000 properties in the past 11 years.

 “Listings in June were 5.3 percent lower than the number of listings in May, and 29.5 percent lower than in June last year.”

During June Barfoot & Thompson sold 380 homes for less than $500,000, and a further 373 for between $500,000 and $750,000.

A total of 144 homes sold for in excess of $1 million, the same number as in May. 

Property sales at 1059 for June was the fourth consecutive month that sales were in excess of 1000 for the month. The last time sales were this consistently high was 9 years ago in the first half of 2004.  

via: Peter Thompson


Jul 22 2013

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Our new ‘Around & About’ brochure is out and there are some awesome upgrades for those who start their advertising campaign with us between the months of July & August. We are a friendly, professional team so if you have any questions or would like to list with us, give us a call so we can help make the sale of your home successful and effective! 
Barfoot & Thompson Greenlane
255A Great South Road, Greenlane 1051
09 523 1189

Our new ‘Around & About’ brochure is out and there are some awesome upgrades for those who start their advertising campaign with us between the months of July & August. We are a friendly, professional team so if you have any questions or would like to list with us, give us a call so we can help make the sale of your home successful and effective! 

Barfoot & Thompson Greenlane

255A Great South Road, Greenlane 1051

09 523 1189


Jul 18 2013

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This awesome view was taken at one of Wendy Sadd’s new listings in Grafton. “The Perfect City Pad” apartment located in the Bridgeside Complex. Take a look at the listing HERE, it is a superb little property.

This awesome view was taken at one of Wendy Sadd’s new listings in Grafton. “The Perfect City Pad” apartment located in the Bridgeside Complex. Take a look at the listing HERE, it is a superb little property.


Jul 15 2013
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Did anyone catch the Blues vs Chiefs at Eden Park over the weekend? Hard luck to the Auckland Blues who were defeated 26-16. Heads up and we look forward to supporting the team during the next home game! 

Did anyone catch the Blues vs Chiefs at Eden Park over the weekend? Hard luck to the Auckland Blues who were defeated 26-16. Heads up and we look forward to supporting the team during the next home game! 


Jun 18 2013

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We are looking pretty good! Don’t you think?

We are looking pretty good! Don’t you think?


Jun 06 2013

May Media Statement

                    Auckland house prices static for second consecutive month

For the second consecutive month, Auckland house prices have remained steady.

“The average sales price in May was $644,737, up less than $2000 on the figure for April and down less than $1500 on March’s all-time record average price,” said Peter Thompson, Managing Director of Barfoot & Thompson.

“The upward price momentum that started in October 2012 has stalled.

“While realistically priced properties still continue to sell almost as soon as they come on the market, there is resistance to going above current values.

“Buyers can see value in the prices at which properties are currently changing hands, but they are not adopting a “buy at any price” attitude.

“Rather than experiencing runaway prices, the Auckland property market has come out of the other side of a period of price rebalancing caused by five years of modest price growth.

“May’s average price is 10.7 percent ahead of the average price in May last year. While some properties sell well above their CVs, they are the exception and there are often valid reasons for the price differential.

“The median sales price in May of $570,000 confirms the same trend shown in the average sales price.

“In May the median price was $4000 above that for April and $10,000 below that for March.

“What did not change in May was the number of properties being sold, and the speed at which they were sold.

“In May we sold 1284 properties, 20.9 percent more than in April and 10.2 percent more than in May last year.

“New listings at 1315 were our lowest for four months, and down 14.2 percent on those for April.

“At the end of May we had 3034 properties on our books, our lowest number in more than a decade. At current sales levels that represents only 8 to 9 weeks of stock.

“Auckland remains a market where there are too many people chasing too few properties, and until there is an increase in the number of properties buyers will remain frustrated at the limited choice available.”

During May 144 properties sold for in excess of $1 million. A further 519 properties sold for less than $500,000.

via: Peter Thompson


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