I've finally got time to write a big thank you for the recent sale through the auction of my home in Remuera. So glad that Skype worked in Vietnam. Throughout the whole process you were positive, sincere, totally available and supportive. As I was living and traveling overseas at the time of getting the house ready to put on the market, marketing and at the time of auction, you communicated well and kept me updated through phone calls and follow up emails,. Nothing was ever too much trouble for you. From organising workman to communicating with the tenant. You always replied promptly to all my questions and concerns. During the auction, which was a little stressful for me as I was in Vietnam you were calm, supportive and kept me informed. I never felt under pressure. The final result was great as the house sold under auction on the day. Thank you for all your hard work, efficiency, positive attitude and professionalism and thanks to the Barfoot & Thompson team. Aileen
We wish to express our grateful thanks and gratitude for your kindness, patience, professionalism and help, that at times was beyond the call of duty - we were impressed by you working for us even during your holiday. At no time did we feel pressured. You always gave us a variety of choices and let us make our own decisions. Your knowledge and experience made it much less stressful for us and in our view, led to a speedy sale.
We wish you all the best and look forward to you achieving "Top Salesperson of the Year" !!!George & Bobi Ngaei
We chose Alex to sell our house after we saw how he worked during an open home in our neighbourhood. Alex is very effective in the way he interacts with people, with his approach and the level of detail evident in his preparation, in his reporting of feedback and also with his timely follow through with sales leads. We also found that he was very honest with his advice and diligent in a time when the market was showing signs of change. He worked hard and we are pleased with the success he achieved on our behalf. It was a pleasure dealing with him.Kaye & Bill Deverall
Dorothy and I would like to record our appreciation and sincere thanks for your guidance, support and management of the sale of our home. Having originally purchased the property when you were marketing it some twenty years ago I was quickly aware of a connection that you felt for my home and your understanding of its unique features and how much we have enjoyed living here. You greatly helped us with your advice on value and expected ease of sale during the time we were looking for our next home. Your confident appraisal encouraged us to push forward in Auckland's challenging market.
The marketing process was all that we could expect - well produced marketing support documentation, all delivered to time and as agreed and with a lyrical touch to the property description. Your attention to marketing details resulted in an amazing attendance at property viewings. We appreciated your regular feedback and the way we were kept appraised of the process and response of potential purchasers.
The auction outcome we achieved - sale within 20 days of first listing on the internet and at a price that exceeded our expectations - reflects the combination of skills that you bought to the process. Good properties in good locations should sell well but the involvement of an experienced, caring and supportive agent can lead to outstanding results and we feel most grateful that we have had your support in achieving these.
Once again, our grateful thanks and we are confident you will continue to achieve on going success in your real estate career.Kevin and Dorothy Kemeys
They say selling your house is right up there with divorce in the stress ratings, but my experience with you was anything but. The professionalism from all your office, the quality of the photography and the thoroughness of the entire process is to be commended.
Thank you so much for the relaxed, encouraging and endlessly positive attitude you showed me and of course for the excellent result we achieved!To: Carolyn Vernon (Manager Remuera)
I really appreciate the time you took yesterday at the auction to ensure I was comfortable with the proceedings. It was not required, but reflects the efficiency and professionalism I have received from your office since I first contacted Alex.
I have no hesitation in recommending Remuera Barfoots should the occasion arise.Joanne Jennings
This letter is to say thank you to Barfoot and Thompson for their excellent service in achieving the recent speedy sale of our apartment in Victoria Avenue and in particular the agent we chose, Alex Baker. At all times Alex was a pleasure to deal with, his courtesy and total availability was very helpful to us during an anxious time (as all real estate transactions can be). Alex is ever enthusiastic and positive, but never 'over promised and/or under delivered'. He remained cool, calm and collected when we were feeling the pressure. The final result was very pleasing to us, and once again Alex was totally supportive through the entire campaign; he is both knowledgeable and a very good communicator, every step of the way.
We would not hesitate to recommend him to other couples contemplating that 'big move', likewise the efficient team at Barfoot and Thompson, RemueraBrian and Sally Kilonback
I wish to place on record the highly professional, energetic and successful service I have received from Mr Alex Baker LL.B in respect of sale of two properties in the Eastern Suburbs of Auckland. I had some brief dealings with Alex while he was in practice as a Lawyer, I recall being impressed with his energy and attention to detail at that stage. As a consequence when some ten or so years later, I wished to sell a property in Speight Road, Kohimarama, I engaged Alex as my agent. He had by then switched occupations to a Real Estate Agent - I do not recall the firm he was with at that time, but it was not Barfoot and Thompson.
Another decade or two later I wished to sell another property in Melanesia Road, Kohimarama. By then my impression was that Alex had further honed his skills and with years of experience behind him, was at the top of his game. He knew practically all there was to know about the market in Auckland. He gave advice on the sale succinctly, promptly and in such a way that I was persuaded to proceed as he recommended. The outcome was a successful sale, (at the reserve price) at Auckland at Barfoot and Thompsons well appointed facility in Shortland Street, on Wednesday the second of March 2016.
I recommend Alex Baker LL.B of Barfoot and Thompsons Remuera Branch with complete confidence.The Honourable Robert Smellie CNZM QC
Alex is an excellent agent who is adaptable and meets the needs of his clients. He is realistic, enthusiastic and a pleasure to be working with. Could not have been more straightforward with such a good result.Dr Sylvia Rosevear
We first met Alex 15 years ago when he was the agent for the vendors of a house we bought and still live in. We remembered him when it recently became necessary for our elderly parents to sell their Remuera home of 20 years and buy a smaller retirement apartment. It was a difficult time for them and they worried that they would not achieve a good enough price to be able to live in comfort.
But Alex was very reassuring. His calm and patient manner made the process very smooth for our parents and gave them great peace of mind. From our own point of view, his professionalism certainly instilled confidence. He did not over-promise but he certainly over-delivered when it came to the marketing plan, the photography and the feedback and advice on how the marketing was progressing and what a realistic reserve should be.
The price achieved at auction was more than we had hoped for. Our parents now live in a nice retirement apartment and have more spare funds than they dreamed of. When it comes time to sell our own home in Kohimarama we will certainly be using Alex.Sally Hughes & John Milligan
Alex is undoubtedly one of the most experienced and capable Real Estate Agents in Auckland. His marketing and selling skills and his knowledge of the market cannot be bettered. He's a really great guy and a meticulous professional...I can't think of anything he omitted to do or could have done better. He's a credit to his industry and to his company. Thanks Alex.Neil Stevenson
Alex is thoroughly recommended for his professionalism, regular feedback and written reports, also his enthusiasm and appreciation of the customer's efforts to present a desirable property. Alistair and I were stunned by the price and felt it was achieved by an outstanding and sustained effort by Alex.Elizabeth Owens
I have pleasure in providing a reference for Mr Alex Baker from Barfoot & Thompson, Remuera. I have known Alex since 1988. Alex was a well-respected lawyer prior to his transition to the real estate industry. Put simply, Alex is honest, competent, professional, personable and extremely successful. He brings enthusiasm and effort to every job, properly represents his vendor at all times and thinks laterally to find solutions. Without reservation, I recommend Alex to any prospective vendor.Chris Gill - Gill, Coutts & Co
Alex Baker has been selling and buying property for my wife and I over a number of years and most recently in the last two months. I cannot speak more highly about how well he looks after his clients.
His appraisals were spot on value wise, he gave excellent communication and was actively working the potential buyers on the vendors behalf. I have always found Alex scrupulously honest and reliable to deal with and simply could not recommend him more highly. Alex is pleasant to deal with, knowledgeable and listens to his vendor. I would not deal with anyone else. A big fan!!!Mr & Mrs T Burnet
We never questioned who we wanted to sell our property, as we had had previous overwhelming success with Alex selling my parents' home in Epsom 7 years ago and my auntie's home in Remuera 2005...Alex worked tirelessly to bring new interest during a time when the market was changing from a sellers' market to a buyers' market. Alex was always realistic about marketing the property & very honest with his approach...(resulting) in another successful sale for which we are grateful.Margot and Barry Griffiths
In recent years we have dealt with Alex as buyers and then most recently as vendors. Alex is the consummate professional. He is extremely proactive & can be relied upon to follow up in a timely manner. We recently sold our house by auction. Alex managed the process brilliantly. We received several offers & sold the house prior to the auction date. Alex achieved a fantastic result for us & we are delighted to provide him with our highest recommendation.Murray and Sarah Hern
Throughout the entire process, you demonstrated the highest degree of professionalism, coupled with friendliness and approachability...From the outset, we all felt we were in safe hands. Your knowledge and experience of the sales environment was obvious but you were always careful to listen to us, as vendors...Your communication skills are second to none. We always received properly written reports at regular intervals about the level of interest from prospective purchasers. They were honest and straightforward, setting realistic expectations, but also upbeat and in tune with what was happening in the market...I would be delighted, Alex to recommend you and your team to anyone thinking of buying or selling a property. Indeed I already have and I understand you achieved an outstanding result for them, as you did for us.Lindsay Spedding