Five Ways A West Auckland Real Estate Agent Can Help Sell Your Home

Good Real Estate Agents Do Make A Difference In Selling Your Home

Real estate agents are always seen around the suburbs of West Auckland with their big smiles, letter-box drops, and signboards posted outside properties they have listed. People often consider what exactly a real estate agent does to earn their commission. Given the fees involved, wonder if they could sell their home on their own – For Sale By Owner.

The Three Biggest Problems With Selling a Home Yourself
1 Marketing the property

This includes not just listing the home on sites like TradeMe but taking photographs that will attract potential buyers, deciding who to target and then handling the promotion of the home. You also need to organise open homes and viewings which takes much more time than people generally believe. For example, you need to remind people that there will be an open home, then you must show people around, and finally, you should follow-up after the showing.

Titirangi real estate agent
You can buy kits that help you with the process such as Homesell which is the most prominent self-sale option in NZ. This looks an attractive option but it is not easy. It takes a lot of time and effort on the property owner’s part to make this work. At the time of writing, only 12,899 people have even bought the sale kit so most people understand the difficulties involved.

2 A long sales process
It can also take a long time to sell a home yourself. The biggest problem is getting your marketing in front of the right potential buyers in sufficient numbers to create an incentive to act before someone else does. Most people think that they can simply list a property and people will come flooding in to look at it. This is generally not the case.

3 Negotiating the price
If you have got all the preceding components working together and you finally have at least one potential buyer, the next task is to negotiate the price. The vast majority of people would rather crawl away into a cave than handle a significant price negotiation. People in general hate having to talk about money so if you are trying to sell some real estate on your own, you are likely to settle for a much lower price than you could actually get.

Turning to a real estate agent for help
Given these three major problems, it’s not surprising that homeowners generally turn to a real estate agent in west Auckland for help to sell their property. But many wonder if the real estate agent really does help with the sales process or are they just a way to save time? Below are five ways a real estate agent can help sell your property.

1) Ground work before listing your home for sale
The first thing a good real estate agent is going to do with the house is make sure great photographs are taken for you. The old saying that a picture paints a thousand words is absolutely the case in selling real estate. Good photographs will attract the attention of the right potential market.

Often, a successful west Auckland real estate agent will have worked out the best property photographers and will employ them for their listings to present them in the best possible light. Why not take advantage of this as a property owner? Ask potential agents about their photographers before you sing a contract with them.

2) Market the property to likely targets
Real estate agent Glen EdenMany agents will simply list a property on their company’s website and TradeMe, then hope that potential buyers see it. That is a shotgun approach which is rarely successful. If it does achieve a sale, it is likely to be well below the price that a targeted buyer wold have paid.

The best real estate agents in west Auckland know how to find and target good potential buyers. In fact, the best real estate agents have databases of buyers who are waiting for certain types of property o come on the market. When a good agent sees your home, they will be able to go into their database and contact those people directly, describing how the property meets their preferences, and inviting them to an open home. A private individual is very unlikely to have such a valuable marketing asset as this database.

It makes sense to take advantage of a good agent’s network of buyers to get a good price or a faster sale.

3) Staging your home for sale
Years ago, people simply put their home on the market and hoped for the best. These days, selling a home is more sophisticated than that, especially if you want to get top dollar for your property.

The first stage is to clear away your personal belongings, things like photographs of the family as these distract viewers. They need to be able to see themselves in the property, not your family. Of course, you must tidy up the house and clean it throughout. This is especially so for the kitchen and bathrooms. No-one wants to buy a dirty bathroom.

It also pays to remove much of your clutter. While you might think your collection of 1980s McDonald’s toys is cool, it fills up the rooms and makes them look smaller.

4) Setup Open Houses
Clearly one or more open homes are essential to show prospective buyers around your property. Few people are going to buy a house unseen. However, many people will declare an interest in buying a property but that is as far as they get. Few actually follow through and even go to see an open home. Often, it is “interested” neighbours who will come for a look and to get an idea of the value of their own home rather than having any real intention of buying your property.

So, for a successful open home, the real estate agent will have created a list of potential buyers and invited then to a viewing. But the pro-active real estate agents will then call those people to remind them of the viewing and explain why they need to be there.

This not only gets your property in front of people but, the viewers can see that there are others who are interested in the property and must therefore be active if they are to ultimately buy your house. Do not under-estimate the power of a “crowd” compared to a small number of home viewers.

The day after the viewing, the best real estate agents will follow-up with everyone who attended to gauge their level of interest. It’s almost as important to dis-qualify people as it is to get people interested in the first place.

5) Negotiating the sale price
Unless you are selling your home at an auction, as mentioned above, this is probably the most valuable part of the process that an agent can offer. Very few people like to discuss money with other people. They will generally give in to the first offer that comes along rather than negotiating a price that they deserve and can easily achieve for their home.

An experienced real estate agent in west Auckland will know the right price for each property based on their knowledge and hard-earned experience of selling homes in the area. They will know if the buyer’s offer is too low or if it is one that you ought to consider. They can also act as go-between so you do not actually have to face the other party which again is something many people simply do not like.

Summing up how a real estate agent can help sell your home
36-croppedThere are in fact many ways in which a good real estate agent can help sell your home. However, the five discussed above are the biggest reasons that people benefit from hiring an experienced agent who knows the local property market.

Real estate agents have so much value to bring, and good ones are going to work hard for you from start to finish.

My record speaks for itself with a high house price for rental property in New Lynn, property sales all around the area, and the highest house price in west Auckland. So, if you are thinking of selling your home, give me a call on 020 4005 2167 and I will give you an honest appraisal and the prospects of selling your property.


David Whitley

Top Ten Things to Look for in a Good West Auckland Real Estate Agent

How to Choose a Good West Auckland Real Estate Agent

It is very hard to find a good real estate agent, especially if you don’t know what to look for. You may be a first-time buyer or have not bought or sold a house for a long time. If you are looking for a good real estate agent, then you need to learn how to pick the right one. Below are ten traits to look for that will help you pick the right agent. Buying or investing in real estate is an important investment, so you need to be careful when you are choosing a real estate agent.

1: Communication

It is very hard to deal with a real estate agent who is not a great communicator. The West Auckland real estate market is sensitive, so you should choose a real estate agent who will tell you everything you need to know about real estate in the area. For example, which suburbs are giving better value, which are rising faster, and important information about local facilities like schools. You have to know the current market situation to help you make the right decision.

Pick a real estate agent who will communicate with you properly. Your agent should be in contact with you all the time. Avoid the ones who don’t know how to communicate properly. Look for comments from previous clients about the communication record of potential real estate agents.

2. They are Proactive

Good real estate agents should act proactively in all aspects of the process. This means they should call their potential customers and buyers, communicate with their existing clients, can recommend good marketing methods, and chase new leads constantly. They must follow up all leads to see what level of interest there is. They must also be active in bringing viewers to open homes. This means they must be able to target the most likely buyers rather than a horde of tyre-kickers. Agents who are proactive also keep their client informed about each stage – see point 1 above.

3: They Listen

You should be wary of real estate agents who talk too much. They are supposed to be working for you so until they listen to what you want, how can they possibly find the right home for you or the best type of buyer to target. You might want the best price or the quickest sale. Both of those situations will suit different buyers. Also, if they continually talk to you, they will probably do the same with potential buyers and if the buyer feels they are not being understood, they are less likely to buy the property. Make sure that your agent understands your needs and special requests.

4: Client Motivated

Good real estate agents are client motivated. After all the seller is paying the real estate agents commission but all too often, agents want to take the easy option. Good agents want to make sure that their clients are going to get a good deal. Buying and selling properties or houses is stressful, so it is important for the real estate agent to make sure that their clients feel supported and happy.

5: Can Adapt Easily

Good real estate agents adapt to the needs of their clients and the market. The best estate agents should be able to “read” their customers. Some customers like to communicate via email, others prefer phone calls, and yet other prefer a quick text message. It is the responsibility of the agent to know the preferred communication method of their clients. They do this to ensure that their clients do not feel ignored by silence. Also, with such a fast changing property market in West Auckland, the agent must be able to work quickly to new situations or respond to feedback from viewers.

6: Understand their Clients

A good real estate agent knows what their customers want. This might be understanding their time-frame. For example, is the customer in a hurry to buy or sell, alternatively, are they looking for a longer settlement period? What is the client going to do after the sale? Do they have a house they have already bought and therefore need to sell quicker? These situations, and many more, will determine the strategy of marketing the house.

7: Knows Customer’s Selling Motivation

The best real estate agents know the reasons why their customers are selling or buying. A good real estate agent knows if the customer is selling to buy, if it is an investment property, or if the customer will live in the house he or she is buying. Does the seller have a commitment or time by which they have to move for example starting a new job in a different town or area? Sometimes a family might be willing to separate for a time while they wait to get eh best price for their house. Other times, a family will want to stay together and therefore need to sell the house faster. Again, the marketing of the house will be different depending on these different circumstances.

8: References

A good real estate agent is not afraid of giving you a list of previous clients for you to contact as references. Ask the real estate agents you want to hire to show you their testimonials or they may have some already published on their website. You will know a lot about a real estate agent just by talking to their past clients.

9: Licensing

It is important to check the licensing of the real estate agent you want to hire. In New Zealand all real estate agents have to be licensed by the government agency, NZ Real Estate Agents Authority. Check the prospective real estate agent is licensed. Also, check if the agent has complaints or disciplinary actions because sadly, a few individuals do act improperly so be sure to check references – see point 8 above.

10: Experience in the West Auckland Property Market

Find out how long the agent has been in West Auckland real estate business. Their NZREAA license will tell you the regulatory time but that does not tell you about their experience selling real estate in West Auckland. You can even ask the agent to tell you how long he or she has been working in the area You should only hire a West Auckland real estate agent who has been selling properties for several years. This means they get to know the different hotspots and factors which influence property prices in the many small areas of the west Auckland real estate market.

The ten points above are common sense but very few real estate agents in west Auckland can meet all those different criteria. Don’t just pick the first west Auckland real estate agent you find. Be sure to do some thorough research before choosing a real estate agent. You want to make sure that you are picking an agent who is highly qualified and who can help you pick the right property or is able to sell your existing home to meet your personal requirements.

If you would like a free appraisal on your home or if you want to buy a property in west Auckland, please call me on 020 4005 2167 and I will be happy to show you how I can meet all of the above points so you get the best deal possible.


David Whitley
West Auckland real estate agent.

Great price for investment property by New Lynn real estate agent

12% Above Vendors’ Expectation For New Lynn Home Sale

I was recently referred to a young couple who are emigrating. They wanted to sell their New Lynn home but they had a few additional requirements.

Firstly, they were in the very late stages of pregnancy so they wanted things to be a stress-free as possible. In addition, they also wanted a lengthy settlement period to save them having to move twice especially as they wold have the new baby to get used to caring for. So it wasn’t the easiest property to market.

My Process for Marketing This New Lynn Home
I visited the young couple and talked them through my marketing methods. We discussed different angles we could follow and how I anticipated promoting their house. They also met other real estate agents but fortunately, they selected me based on the initial referral and also the marketing plan I had proposed.

We decided to go to auction too as I firmly believe this is the best way to get the top price for my vendors.

Best Presentation of the Home
I am a strong believer in making the home look as good as possible. With that in mind, even though they had recently decorated the living room and dining area, and also made a start on the kitchen, my first suggestion, a very strong suggestion I might add, was to get in a handyman to finish off the kitchen. The downstairs toilet also needed a small amount of work doing too.

The result – the house looked fantastic. One I was proud to be offering to the market.

Next we brought in one of the best real estate photographers I know to take some knock-out photos of the home. As they say, a picture paints a thousand words, and good pictures are the initial trigger for prospective buyers.

Marketing Plan
New Lynn investment propertyKnowing the New Lynn property market as deeply as I do, I knew that the way to get the best price was to target a particular group of potential buyers. My database which I have built over the years is mainly buyers, not browsers. Some real estate agents will talk about their database but many of the people on those lists are tyre-kickers or people who just like to look around open homes. Not mine.

I knew I had some serious buyers I could target with their property which has so much potential.

I emailed my list to show them the pictures and explain the benefits of buying the house to them. Then I followed-up with a phone call. I make all my own sales calls; I don’t believe in having an assistant do them. It’s important for me to find out how the potential purchaser feels about the particular house and to answer their questions directly. An assistant can’t do that, no matter how good they are.

We arranged open homes and very quickly I could see that my plan was going to work as there was a surprising number of keen viewers. On my follow-up calls after the open homes, I could sense how keen a number of the visitors were.

The Auction Day
I set out my auction day signs around the neighbourhood so people could see where the sales was taking place. Actually, there were two open homes right next door and the sign for one of the had fallen down in the strong wind. Many real estate agents would have thought, “Fantastic, less competition” and left the sign on the ground but that’s not my way of thinking. The other guys are trying to make a living and help their clients so I put their sign back up.

As the time for the auction neared, the room was filling up including some late interested parties.

As the auction got underway, bidding was strong and went up in big jumps as people were keen to buy and we soon went past the reserve price. In the end, two people were left bidding but finally one finished. We ended with a very happy buyer and a delighted couple.

I am delighted to say that they finished their exciting week with the birth of their first child, a girl.

My Promise For Selling Your House
New Lynn real estate agentI can’t promise such great results every time but one thing I will promise you is that I will give each and every house seller in New Lynn, the same attention to detail and personal service.

If you have a house you are thinking of selling, call me on 02040052167 and I will be very happy to come and give you an honest appraisal of what I will do to sell it for you.



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High-end real estate agent West Auckland

High-end houses for sale in West Auckland

Appraisal, Proposal, Marketing, Negotiations, Auction Day – SOLD!

27 Seacrest Drive, West Harbour.

High-end house in west AucklandWhat a campaign! This property was fun to work on, albeit a challenging one. The spectacular views, features, amazing chattels and architectural layout of this property took more than one visit to figure out a potential market value. Even then we were unsure of what we could expect, being such an elite home on auction day.

To achieve the vendor’s expectations, and bring out every buyer we could find who may indeed buy such an extravagant home, we took on very special marketing campaign; in the vendor’s own words, “I believe the marketing of my property was exceptional”. Pulling in favours we achieved a Sunday Star Times Feature and Western Homes Editorial on top of the already $8,000 + spent on marketing. This package would have been $12,000 without discounts and freebies. The photographer was quoted on social media saying “Shot of the day…. 27 Seacrest Drive West Harbour, Auckland after sunset. Shot from my Phantom 3 drone flying at only 20 metres altitude. So pleased open2view went through the lengthy process of gaining NZ Civil Aviation Authority Part 102 clearances to fly (and photograph) after sunset.”

Marketing high-end West Auckland homes for sale

High-end real estate agent West AucklandDue to this campaign which targeted every outlet available to us, we had 4 very busy weekends. Those looking for indulgence, ready to move in and unpack the boxes, saw the headline “Pure luxury in West Harbour” and came along to an open home. Wandering throughout the spacious 3 levels had them day dreaming as to where their furniture would go. After conferring with lawyers and councilmen, we provided answers as to how high a fence could be built for some extra privacy behind the pool and the height allowance for the property being built next door. Two-year-old building plans were on display at all times up until auction day. Not only did the extravagant property attract buyers, we also had those on the hunt for ideas to build their own homes or carry out renovations.

Top price for high-end homes

After 4 tremendous weekends of open homes, auction day arrived and it was crunch time. Could we achieve the price the vendor had his heart set on? After a lot of nail biting, and negotiations between auctioneer, colleague, buyers & vendor – a price of $2.8m was achieved. The event was almost surreal, with the vendor visually present via Skype from Cuba, and the Purchaser a telephone bidder from Peking. This is currently the highest priced property sold in Waitakere within the previous 12 months.

If you would like help selling your high-end home, call me on 02040052167

Choosing a Real Estate Agent in Glen Eden or Green Bay

Choosing a Real Estate Agent to Buy a Property in Titirangi or Green Bay

Research shows that up to 80% of all people looking to buy a property begin their hunt by searching online. Increasingly people are turning to the Internet to find new properties, especially when they are not located near to the houses.

Why you need a local Titirangi or Green Bay real estate agent

While looking at the Internet gives you a general feel for areas and property prices you do not learn what makes the price of a piece of real estate so at some point you will need to involve a real estate agent. On the other hand, a successful local real estate agent must know their area. This includes not just the current house prices, and getting listings but they must also have a deep understanding of other important aspects such as pending building plans, schools, commercial development etc.

Much of this information is available from a lot of sources including all the local schools, the Council offices and property developers but it takes a long time to find it. A good real estate agent has access to this type of information which they can use to help people sell their home or to find new homes to buy.

Being familiar with using the Internet can certainly give you a good, fast start in locating Titirangi or Green Bay properties for sale from your home but unless you have access to a lot of information sources, you are still in the dark about buying or selling Titirangi or Green Bay real estate at the right price.

How to choose a real estate agent

1) Most real estate agents rely on their profile page from the agency they work for. They do not take action to promote themselves. They rely on buyers or sellers coming to them. However, a good real estate agent will have their own website so they can promote themselves better. And if they are actively promoting themselves, they are more likely to promote your house or get listings to sell.

2) Check on the number of sales that the agent has recorded in the last year. Some agents will give their sales for the last two or three months but it is better to see how they have performed over a longer period.

3) Do they mind if you check on a couple of the ‘sold’ house owners and see how their references check out?

4) How good are their negotiating skills? A key skill in negotiating is to listen to the client so ask yourself, “Does this agent actually listen to what I am saying?” You can ask how they achieved the selling prices for their recent sales. How was the sales price compared to the registered CV? Ideally, you want to feel really comfortable with the fact that the real estate agent seems a person that will understand your choices and wishes.

If you want to save time, money and frustration, take the time to find a real estate agent in Titirangi or Green Bay that knows the area and the true value of properties in the vicinity

For more information about real estate in the Titirangi or Green Bay area, call David Whitley on 020 4005 2167.

Glen Eden or Green Bay Real Estate Investing

Getting Started in Titirangi or Green Bay Real Estate Investing

Titirangi or Green Bay real estate investing is the best opportunity that you can have in order to be a millionaire entrepreneur. With the aid of proper education, knowledge, information, and training, you can be successful even if it is your first time.

With lots of options in Titirangi or Green Bay real estate, you can definitely find motivated sellers that will give you fat check and can give you the best deal you want. But before that, you need to be packed with valuable information, tips, secret, advice, methods, strategies that can help you out in Titirangi or Green Bay real estate investing.

There are plenty of ways in order to gain all of these and to be armed as you enter Titirangi or Green Bay real estate investing. You can enroll yourself in university that offers real estate investing. You can read plenty of books about real estate investing. Checking out some websites that provides tips, strategies and testimonials of successful investors can be done to learn as well.

It is a good idea to find a mentor that can help you with the basics. Let others guide you first until it will come to the point that you can guide yourself. You can attend some seminars about real estate investing and sign up for real estate investor forums so you can interact with successful investors, indeed, you can learn through their experiences.

Yes, there are lots of ways to prepare in Titirangi or Green Bay real estate investing. You need to be well-equipped as you enter this venture in order to see great results and not just waste your money with nothing.

Definitely, the main reason why you want to enter Titirangi or Green Bay real estate investing is to earn lot of profits like those successful investors who gain millions in investing. But those successful investors educate themselves first before they enter this venture, so you need to learn first as well.

In entering with new venture, you have to start with a business plan that includes marketing, advertising, continuing education, and strategies.

As soon as you gain the proper education and training that you need, you can now go on and enter the market and look for properties that you want. Actually, there are lots of types of investing, so you need to decide which one you can do best and focus to that type, this can help you gain success.

Hiring real estate agent can help you will your quest, he or she can assist you in finding the property or properties that you want and he or she can also help you out in selling it, if this is the type of investing you want. But you have to make sure to hire the right real estate agent, the one that has the proper expertise and experience regarding Titirangi or Green Bay real estate investing.

Your agent will assist and guide you with your Titirangi or Green Bay real estate investing. Actually, this venture needs lot of work so you have to hire persons that can help you out to have the best deals. You have to look for persons that are familiar with Titirangi or Green Bay real estate market.

Call David on 02040052167 for advice on real estate investment in Titirangi or Green Bay .

Better to use a real estate agent to sell your house

Is Selling your House Without a Real Estate Agent a Good Idea?

Those of you who are thinking about selling your home might be considering the possibility of doing it yourself, without the help of a real estate agent. You’re thinking you can save some money by doing it this way. You will save money, but is it worth it?

First, you put up the sign on your front lawn. At this point you are only advertising to those that drive through your street or by word of mouth. Your property won’t get the needed exposure to the wide variety of prospective buyers that are out there. You might be thinking, “I’ll just put my house on one of those websites that allow people to sell their property without an agent.” This brings me to my second point.

You’re pretty much on your own when it comes to who enters your home wanting to see the property. Putting your house on some website basically tells all the psychos out there: “hey, my house is open to whoever wants to come in. All you have to do is tell me that you want to see the house. I’ll probably be home with my kids and maybe my spouse. Welcome!” Do you see my point? You don’t know the kind of people that you will attract. A real estate agent will take care of showing your property for you and finding people who really are interested in the property and not dangerous individuals who are interested in doing harm to you and your family. The real estate agent can schedule open houses and individual appointments to show your property when you are not available.

So let’s say you decided to sell your house on your own and you did find someone who is interested and is now ready to buy. You are probably not aware of all of your rights when it comes to negotiating and closing the deal. A real estate agent knows all the required documents that you will need to ensure your sale goes smoothly. For example, all the disclosures that need to be signed and all the legally binding contracts that enter parties into an agreement.

Wouldn’t you rather have someone that can take care of this whole process for you and make it as stress-free as possible? Someone that can let you just focus on your move, which is an ordeal in itself? Remember, a real estate agent works for you and it is in their best interest to make the process of selling your property as smooth as possible. They’re very familiar with all the problems that may arise, something that can make your life a lot easier. Your real estate agent will work hard to make sure your deal does not fall through, because if it does he or she will not get paid.

Some would rather take the whole task upon themselves just to save a few extra bucks. Take my advice, hire a real estate agent unless you have all the time in the world and you don’t care how long it takes to sell your house, and you don’t care whether your deal falls through or not or if something goes wrong due to lack of knowledge on your part.

Find the Right Agent in West Auckland

Find the Right Agent for Your Titirangi or Green Bay Real Estate

Whether you are buying a home or searching for Titirangi or Green Bay real estate investments, hiring a successful real estate agent can make a big difference. A real estate agent can not only help you in finding the right home at the right price but the real estate agent can help you make the buying process run smoothly and easily.

But of course, you need to have the right real estate agent. In order for you to have the right real estate agent, you have to spend some of your time doing some research and asking several questions that you need. As soon as you found the right real estate agent, you will be very glad that you need that time in finding that person.

Before you actually get started in looking for home in Titirangi or Green Bay real estate, as a home buyer you need to educate yourself first. You need to know everything about the buying process. It is advisable not to depend all of these things to your real estate agent. You have to take time in finding out about the market and knowing some strategies that can aid you in your quest. This can help you found out for yourself how reliable, trustworthy, competent and honest your real estate agent is. The more you know the better it is. But of course, having a real estate agent is still a good way in making the process run smoothly since there are things that the real estate agent knows that you do not. Actually, a real estate agent can get combinations and keys for viewing properties quickly than you do.

In your search for real estate agent, you have to make sure that he or she is very much familiar with Titirangi or Green Bay real estate market. The real estate agent should know the area and community that you wish to purchase a home or property. It is advantageous that you hire a real estate agent that has a huge knowledge about the area and as well as the current market value. The right real estate agent can aid you find the best property and can make you save thousands of dollars.

In finding a real estate agent, you can ask for recommendations from family and friends or look for their testimonials like the ones here. Then you have to contact few real estate agents and schedule them for interview. In their interviews, you have to take time in asking few questions. You have to ask and know how long they have been in real estate. If they work full time and how familiar they are about the market. You also have to ask about their experiences in real estate. Asking questions such as how many sales have they worked with last year, the price range of those homes they sell, how often they have worked with a buyer or a seller and so on.

You have to find and have a real estate agent that is communicative, honest, trustworthy, and well-educated. Finding the right real estate agent can aid you in finding the best property in Titirangi or Green Bay real estate and can give you a smooth and perfect real estate experience. Shop around for the right real estate.