#5 Sales Partnership, South Auckland Region, to end March 2021
#10 Individual Salesperson, South Auckland Region, to end March 2017
#6 Individual Salesperson, South Auckland Region, to end March 2016
I have always had a very keen interest in property. For more than eight years now, as a member of the rural sales team at Barfoot & Thompson Pukekohe, I’ve been doing what I love. Selling homes, lifestyle blocks and rural land!
I have an extensive business background. First in finance as a chartered accountant, and then later in corporate New Zealand for 20 years. This provided me with a sound backdrop for a successful career in real estate.
I started my own successful sales and distribution business which, after 10 years, I sold as a going concern. Several independent directorships of private companies followed the sale, though they were both interesting and rewarding, I decided I’d rather be out on the land.
I developed a 50-acre lifestyle property in Ramarama from scratch. This gave me first-hand experience with local councils, consent processes, building and practical knowledge of caring for land and livestock. I now happily pass on this first-hand experience to my clients.
Together with Barfoot & Thompson's professional lifestyle/ rural team, I harness my knowledge, enthusiasm and experience for this enthralling business. The best possible outcome for all of my clients is my ultimate goal.
If you are looking for land, a lifestyle block or a home in a beautiful country town, give me a call at Barfoot & Thompson Pukekohe.
We listed our rural property with Neil and Craig during particularly uncertain times of the Covid19 pandemic. Both salespeople were great but we dealt predominantly with Neil. The level of professionalism, honesty and unbiased advice we received was incredible, especially given the stressful and ever changing climate we were going through.
We always felt as though our best interests were at heart and never felt under pressure. We were incredibly grateful to eventually reach our desired outcome, which ended up a bit of a roller coaster ride due to the nature of the pandemic response and it's implications for our situation.
We would especially like to thank Neil for his unwavering patience and support. We would not hesitate to use them again and recommend them highly.Fleur & Julian Cutfield
Craig and Neil were Awesome!
To us, it was a ‘no-brainer’ to employ the services of Craig and Neil to help sell our home. They are local, have been working and living with lifestyle and rural properties for quite a number of years, and their knowledge of this, our area, and the Franklin district in general, is confidence inspiring.
Their diligence, professionalism and enthusiasm are second-to-none and they went above-and-beyond our expectations throughout the entire sale process, providing us with sound advice at each and every stage of the campaign.
Their knowledge and calm, mature manner inspired us with total confidence that they would always be working to provide the best possible outcome for us. How right we were. We were absolutely thrilled with the results achieved in a particularly challenging market and would highly recommend Craig and Neil to anyone who is seeking genuine, hardworking, and successful agents. They really are that good!Natalie & Trewren
We decided to list our property at very short notice, and we did not hesitate to enlist the expertise of Craig Ashby from Barfoot & Thompson Pukekohe. We had used Craig to sell our last home. Craig has a vast amount of knowledge about the land and properties around our area, a real bonus when selling. He also knows many of our neighbours and this is beneficial when talking to potential buyers.
Right from the onset, Craig was professional, friendly, and helpful. He guided us, gave great advice, and let us make decisions based on the information he gave us. He was always supportive of our discussions.
Our campaign ran very successfully, we had loads of interest and Craig was very busy with potential buyers. Craig kept us in the loop at every turn and communication was key to us feeling in control with how the campaign was progressing. We went to the Auction confident that we were going to sell.
This was one of the most wonderful experiences selling a home we have had. Craig took care of everything and kept us in the loop every step of the way. We highly recommend Craig to sell your property. He is knowledgeable, experienced, and so easy to work with.
Thank you, Craig, Neil and I are over the moon to be moving on to our next adventure.Sarajane
We had lived happily and comfortably on our lifestyle block for 30 years and had failed to notice the years whizzing by. Although we were now both retired, my husband and I had arrived at a time in our lives where a tension had developed between the demands of our lifestyle block and our ability to meet the needs of the land. After several years of denial we reluctantly made the decision to sell.
Craig Ashby was recommended by neighbours, and when contacted, came around promptly to guide us through the process of selling. We had heard that selling was an extremely stressful process, but with Craig’s experienced and expert advice, there was never an unsolvable problem. We sailed through the open home period with hordes of interested viewers, thanks to the way that the property had been marketed by Craig and his skilful team. At the end of the sale there were excited buyers and we felt that the best price for the property had been realised.
So, a huge thank you to Craig and his team. We now look forward with confidence to our next property venture.Janet & Ron Davis
To us, it was a no-brainer to employ the services of Craig to help sell our home. Craig is local and has been dealing in rural real estate for nearly 10 years. His extensive knowledge of the district and surrounding area is second-to-none. His honesty throughout the whole process helped us to de-stress and Craig kept us constantly informed on interest expressed in our property. Craig is a true professional and was always available to take a call or meet. We couldn’t be happier with the end result and highly recommend Craig if you are looking to sell your property.Lisa Jones & Mike Turner
Feeling at Ease
Craig has been very professional in selling our house. He has excellent knowledge of the area and the market. He has been great to work with, helping us to make the necessary decisions.
After a bad experience with another local agency, I then had the great good fortune to meet Craig Ashby of Barfoot & Thompson in Pukekohe. Listing and subsequently selling our property with Craig and Barfoot & Thompson was an easy and excellent experience from start to finish.Tania Stevens
As soon as we met Craig we knew he was the agent for us! His extensive knowledge of both the history of the local area and new and upcoming developments were of huge benefit in marketing our property to potential buyers. Craig's tenacity, passion and enthusiasm are second to none and he went above and beyond our expectations throughout the entire sale process. He provided us with sound advice at each and every stage of the campaign and we had total confidence that he was always working to provide the best possible outcome for us. We were absolutely thrilled with the result he achieved in a particularly challenging market and would highly recommend Craig to anyone who is seeking a genuine, hardworking and successful agent, he really is that good!Jayden & Kylie
I would like to commend Craig Ashby for his professionalism in the sale of our home. Craig was always pleasant, helpful and sincere. I was happy with the valuation and the quick sale, due to Craig's good work. He wasted no time with the photography, advertising and bringing prospective buyers through our home. This ensured the successful sale of our property. We appreciate all the hard work and wouldn't hesitate in recommending Craig to anyone wishing to sell their property.Darren & Ngaire Rollinson
I recently listed my lifestyle property in Glenbrook with Craig. He was very thorough in discussing how best to present and market the property and explained the sale process in detail . At all times he made sure that I was comfortable with the process and happy with the progress.
The photography and overall marketing was of an extremely high standard and the resulting level of interest in the property reflected this. The open homes were very successful and Craig kept me up to date with the number and level of interest from potential purchasers.
Craig is very professional and for me was an exceptional sales agent, at all times very supportive and easy to deal with and I would most certainly recommend him to anyone thinking of selling their property.
We knew we had a difficult rural property to sell as we had attempted to sell it years earlier, without success. Our neighbours had the same problem until they changed their agent to Craig Ashby from Barfoot and Thompson. We then decided to list our property also with Craig. We found Craig extremely easy to deal with, mainly due to his calm, friendly personality and professional manner. We are delighted to say Craig has sold our house, and for a price close to the value we placed on the property. Whilst we are over the moon to now be able to move ahead with our retirement plans we will miss the interaction we had with Craig during his visits. We highly recommend any potential Vendors to enlist the services of Craig Ashby. You won't be disappointed.Tony and Michele Ormrod
We first contacted Craig several months before listing our home, and he looked after us from that moment on. His support, humour and friendly advice have been constant throughout.
Craig is a true gentleman and very easy to talk to. Thanks to his calm and knowledgeable handling of the process our sale was simple, stress free and actually fun.
His help with the preparation and marketing of our home went way beyond our expectations. He kept us focused and kindly shared his wonderful contacts to help with everything from gardening to legal advice.
His assessment of price was realistic and very accurate - we are thrilled with the result. We felt that we were in safe hands with Craig and the advice he gave us was always in our best interests. Our trust in him was well placed and we have no hesitation recommending him to others.
Our agent acted in a professional manner and we always felt he worked for us.Pam Morris
Our farm had not even been on the market for one week with Barfoot & Thompson, and we received an offer! - an example of Craig and Ian's outstanding work ethic, positivity and drive to get things done. Their excellent communication skills, support and encouragement made for a very stress-free experience and we will be recommending them both, as well as Barfoot & Thompson, Pukekohe to anyone who needs to buy/sell in the area.R J Pedersen & L D Pedersen
Craig's professional business approach helped solve some difficult issues resulting in a happy win win situation. I enjoyed working with Craig who was always enthusiastic and positive, and kept me well informed at all times. From my experience with Craig you would not be disappointed in appointing him to sell your property.Mark Wheeler
If you're looking for an agent who listens , can understand your view as well as being straight up front on issues, then Craig is your man - his years of experience in business make him the type of person that buyers and sellers both can relate to. His integrity as well as his ability, is second to none. It's not often I recommend real estate agents, but I have no hesitation in recommending Craig - he will not let you down and nor will you be disappointed with your decision to appoint him your salesperson.Graham Harford
Craig is 100 trustworthy and his word and handshake are of old school values and to be admired and believed.Mr Browne
Craig is an excellent agent who's integrity is above reproach, I would not hesitate to recommend him to other buyers and sellers.George and Rosie Wheeler
Just a note to thank you so much for selling our " run off block ". We where not expecting the sale to be so easy and straight forward. I had it in mind that it could take some time ( years ) to sell, but it took Craig only months.
Just shows how important it is to employ a astute local agent with good contacts.
Craig kept us so well informed which was very reassuring and his communication skills are very good.
Both Maree and I would have no hesitation in recommending Craig Ashby to anyone thinking of selling their property.
"For the last six months or so Barfoot & Thompson have marketed our property here at 165 Mill Rd Bombay. We are delighted to say that two weekends ago we signed a conditional agreement to sell. The lead agent on our property was Craig Ashby. Craig simply has been superb right from the start - thorough in his presentation, professional in his approach to marketing our property and a real gentleman in his approach to us. From the start to the end, he maintained regular contact with us, weekly updates as to what was happening and called in often for a cuppa and a chat to discuss what we could perhaps do next to move our property. We simply want to acknowledge the great work done by your salespeople."Brian Trye
"Our last experience in both selling and buying in the real estate market was horrific and very stressful. The marketing behaviour of the various people involved was unpleasant, to word it mildly.
Therefore we approached the sale of our current home with some trepidation. We discussed this previous experience with Craig Ashby when signing up with them to market our home.
The majority of our day to day dealings on the selling of our home have been with Craig.
We have developed a trust and friendship with Craig, due to the advice, honesty and enthusiasm he has exhibited with the sale of our much loved home. We then extended this relationship to involving him with all our viewing of potential replacement properties. Craig has very much gone the extra mile for us ensuring we found just the property we were looking for. Because of him, we have been very fortunate in achieving both our desired selling and buying prices, without any of the previously experienced unpleasantness. We would recommend both Craig for all your real estate needs."
"We enjoyed Craig's professional enthusiastic approach to marketing and selling our house. Craig's understanding of lifestyle properties meant that he quickly understood the value of the infrastructure above and below ground which was extremely helpful for people who were first time land owners and greatly assisted the selling process. We would certainly use Craig again for our real estate requirements."Des and Nina Barnes
"We felt we were working in partnership with Craig who kept us fully informed throughout the process, was very honest and professional and we would have no hesitation in recommending him or using his services again."George and Rosie Wheeler
"Craig has recently sold my rural lifestyle property in Pukekohe East. He worked diligently to produce the best possible sale price. At all times I felt confident that he was working for me to obtain the best possible outcome. Craig has excellent people skills and is a very astute negotiator."Judy Donovan