Debbie Donovan

Debbie Donovan

Salesperson & Business Development
Whangaparaoa Branch
Mobile  021 610 697
This was our first time selling a home in New Zealand, and from first contact with Lucy and Debbie, their communication ...
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Debbie Donovan

Salesperson & Business Development
Whangaparaoa Branch
Mobile  021 610 697

About Debbie Donovan

#3 Individual Salesperson, Rodney, to end March 2021
#9 Individual Salesperson, Rodney, 6 months ending September 2020
#6 Individual Salesperson, Rodney, to end March 2020
#10 Individual Salesperson, Rodney, 6 months ending September 2019
#5 Individual Salesperson, Rodney, 6 months ending September 2018
#3 Individual Salesperson, Rodney, end March 2018
#5 Individual Salesperson, Rodney, 6 months ending September 2017
#8 Individual Salesperson, Rodney, end March 2017
#10 Individual Salesperson, Rodney, 6 months ending September 2016
#10 Individual Salesperson, Rodney, end March 2016

When you are selling what is likely one of your most valuable assets, you want to choose a salesperson who can deliver the best possible result for you. I have a proven track record of success in marketing and selling real estate and a wealth of experience that enables me to deliver great results for my clients.

My goal is to listen and understand your needs and then, through dedication and perseverance, work as hard as possible to reach the best outcome for you.

Having the opportunity to help people achieve their property goals is what I enjoy about real estate as a career. Success in real estate comes down to five key areas. As your dedicated salesperson, I offer to:

1. Provide you with the right advice before listing, to ensure your property is presented to the market at its best.
2. Put in place a sales process to ensure we secure top dollar for you from the marketplace.
3. Use a combination of online and offline marketing platforms to ensure your property stands out against the competition.
4. Build trust and rapport with your potential buyers to best engage them with your property.
5. Focus on communication and service to make the experience as enjoyable as possible.

My enthusiasm and market knowledge allows me to deliver you a level of service second-to-none.

I look forward to meeting with you to discuss how I can help you achieve your real estate goals.

Debbie's properties

What my clients say

This was our first time selling a home in New Zealand, and from first contact with Lucy and Debbie, their communication was clear, professional, friendly and accurate. We especially appreciated the constant updates and feedback after each open home, and I believe this all attributed to us getting a very good price for our home.

Ernie & Bernie Coetzer

“Thank you for helping us sell our home. We very much appreciated Debbie’s guidance through the whole process. Debbie was always friendly, helpful and responsive to our questions and requests. We appreciated her guiding us through an online auction, something we had never done before. 

With her professionalism and friendly manner we would recommend Debbie to anyone wishing to sell their property on the Whangaparaoa.

Helen & Martin Chisholm

We would definitely recommend Debbie Donovan to sell your home. She gave excellent advice on preparation for our sale, and put forward an excellent publicity plan. With her attention to detail we had a hassle-free, stress-free sale with an excellent result 👍

John & Margaret

"Over the years we have dealt with many real estate salespeople. We found that Debbie is by far superior than any others. She is very organised, professional and hardworking. An absolute pleasure to deal with. We could not ask for any better. We recommend her to anyone who wishes to sell their property."

Thank you Debbie

Henk & Ria Kamerbeek

It was our plan to travel from Nelson to Whangaparaoa to do the cleaning and maintenance required to get our property ready for sale. Unfortunately the COVID 19 Lockdown prevented us from doing that. Debbie and Nicky assured us that they could identify the work required and then organise and co-ordinate the tradespeople to have all the work completed in three weeks.. They were right and they did a fantastic job of making sure that everything was completed on time. Nothing was too much trouble. During the process they both checked in with us by phone and email every few days to make sure we were happy with progress. We couldn’t have asked for better service than we got from this Barfoot & Thompson team. They earned their money, and got us ours!

Rae & Lloyd

Thanks for doing a great job on our Wade River Rd property. Your service has been fantastic and we're so appreciative of the time and effort put into open homes and the full sales process.

Although taking longer than anticipated, you got it across the line and then provided us with the possibility of two buyers in the end which was a great finale. A special house needs special buyers and you understood this well, achieving not just the sale but bringing in new owners who clearly love the house as much as we have…a result we desired!

A great outcome and thanks again.

Kerry & Ann Pearson

Debbie and Harvey, what a team. Hard working and very professional. Our rental house proved difficult to sell, but they always managed to have buyers with agreements lined up. Many thanks to you both.

Joan & Geoff Woodward

This email is to say how absolutely thrilled Gus and I were that our house took only two weeks to sell from the time of listing it with both of you through Barfoot & Thompson. We decided this time round, to have you as you are locals. You took into consideration our concerns and comments on the advantages of our property as we have two addresses and were concerned that the property be marketed with the 77 The Esplanade address as it is well known for the Art Show we have run for 34 years.
Your attention to detail in all aspects of our listing plus the finer workings of negotiation and all the extra assistance you put in was greatly appreciated.
We have no hesitation in recommending you both to anyone else wanting to sell their home, as honest caring agents who only want the best outcome for their clients.
Thank you so very much, once again

Lesley & Gus Gager

"My agent Debbie was upfront, reliable and very approachable. What she said happened, and she was always positive but very honest about the process of selling'

Theresa Binning

This is the second property that Debbie has sold for us. We really appreciated her efficiency and liked her friendly and approachable manner. Debbie is an excellent communicator - always keeping in touch with us about viewings, interest (or not) and what was happening through the process. She also gave us feedback and suggestions, on details we could improve on or didn't need. We would definitely use Debbie's services again and willingly recommend her to others.

Steve and Helene - May 2019

"Since Dad became very ill over the last couple of years, it became obvious to us that it was time for him to move out of his beloved home and into care. That transition is such a delicate, personal and emotional thing to go through - not only for Dad, but for his family too. Debbie has known Dad for many years, and when he finally decided it was time to move on, I knew it was Debbie I wanted to guide me through the marketing and sale of Dad's place.

Debbie has been excellent throughout this whole process. She has worked hard to get us a good result, and has always offered realistic, reliable, and useful advice. I trust Debbie completely, and have felt very supported and informed throughout the whole process. I will highly recommend Debbie to anyone needing a trusted advisor to assist with selling their home"
Kind regards

Jo Stevenson

We enlisted the help of Debbie Donovan and Vi Davidson from Barfoots, to sell our home in Kaukapakapa in March 2017.

Debbie and Vi were friendly, straight forward and very easy to deal with during the list and sell process, keeping us informed right the way through.

Debbie and Vi were both away at one point and they sent Barbara Beaumont in to assist them with selling the house. Barbara was a pleasure to deal with and was really good at keeping in touch with us, informing us who had been through the open homes and comments they had!

It was a tough market, having just come off a boom to a quieter market, but the girls managed to get the house sold for us while managing our expectations- which was no easy feat!! The end result made us pretty happy! They secured a great price and the whole process was pretty stress free!

We can highly recommend all the ladies and wish them well in the future!

We are happy to provide a verbal reference if needed.

Kind Regards,

Natasha Matthews and Brendan Smith

Debbie Donovan was recommended to me as an honest, trustworthy agent to use for the sale of my property in Stanmore Bay. She was given the task of selling my home using the three week Auction process. Debbie was brilliant, her marketing and open homes were professional and handled with expertise. Always in touch and advising me on the progress and comments received from the open homes, Debbie achieved a very satisfactory outcome and my home sold at Auction. Debbie's hard work, professional manner, genuine interest in both myself as the seller and the successful purchaser puts Debbie in the category of few. Debbie has earned my respect and my unqualified recommendation as the agent to use to sell or purchase a home!

W London

Debbie Donovan is friendly and professional. You can tell she has the interests of both sellers and buyers in mind when working with you. Her knowledge of the market is accurate, and Debbie's advice about marketing the property was helpful too. Barfoot has a great marketing package and we felt that our exposure through Barfoot was the best possible. We highly recommend Debbie Donovan and a big thank you to her!

Rebecca and Joe Nowak

"I can heartily recommend Debbie Donovan to anyone seeking a real estate agent to assist with the sale of their property. Debbie knew the market in her area of operation and quickly defined the range of people to who this house would be of real interest.
It was not just the satisfactory outcome that impressed us, but the care and consideration that Debbie showed throughout the process. Debbie has our unqualified recommendation"

B Gunning

'When we looked for an agent to sell our family home, Debbie stood out from the crowd. Her manner was professional and friendly and it was immediately apparent that she had done her own initial research on the property which meant that right from our first meeting she had some well-considered suggestions on how best to market our family home.
Along with being both proactive and efficient, Debbie is a great communicator and kept us up to date with all developments during what most people concede is a very stressful time. Our family home was successfully sold at auction.
Heartfelt thanks for seeing us through the process Debbie - you were superb.'

Sonia & Gill, Stanmore Bay

Debbie has recently sold our property at 830 Whangaparaoa Road, Manly and we would like to express our gratitude to Debbie and Barfoot & Thompson for the friendly, professional way in which you handled our sale.
Debbie was lovely to deal with and being our first time selling a property it was a great to have such a helpful, patient agent to step us through the process.
For us, there were two things that stood out for us; one of them was the fact that we did not have to compromise on the price that we had in mind for our property. Debbie didn't question it or try to persuade us otherwise and in the end her persistence with the buyers got us a price that we were extremely happy with.
Secondly her cheerful friendly manner made it very easy sailing for us, she kept us in the loop at all times and we were not left wondering or in the dark at any point in the process.
In addition to the sale of our home, Debbie has been fantastic in the aide of our own house hunting, we have now decided to build our own home as we have too many things on our 'wish list' and there are not many properties available. Debbie however has been great at hunting out homes for us to view, sadly there are just not enough on the market and too many auctions for us to wait around for 'the right home'.
A huge thank you to both Debbie and yourselves, we have recommended you to our family and friends and will be passing on Debbie's details to them.

Louis & Stacey

Two years ago we purchased our house through Debbie Donovan and Barfoot & Thompson. She was a very helpful, pleasant sales agent, and because of the way she conducted the sale and purchase, we decided to employ her for selling the property again. She advised us the best way to do this, and we followed her instruction, and during the three week campaign held very successful open homes. She was attentive and thorough, making sure we were up to date with everything that was happening. Our auction was a success, and we found the whole process with Debbie to be the least stressful of any of the house sales we have undertaken over the past thirty years. Thank you Debbie.

June & Don

We recently engaged Debbie Donovan from Barfoot and Thompson Orewa to initiate sale of our property in Red Beach. From the very beginning Debbie has always provided a very professional, efficient and friendly service. Our house sold in three days due to Debbie's hard work and we were delighted. Debbie's key attribute in my opinion is her ability to really listen and as a result of her skill and tenacity she found our new house!. Throughout the process of sale and purchase, a few challenges arose but nothing phased Debbie, she always dealt with issues in a calm, professional and diligent manner. We would be more than happy to recommend her to anyone thinking of buying or selling a property.


"After returning from an overseas trip my wife and I decided to purchase a section for future development but were being held back due to not being able to sell our home which had been listed for five months. Debbie phoned me after speaking to the person I was purchasing the land off and offering to see what they could do to help.

With no pressure and a very comfortable approach to helping us, Debbie got the ball rolling there and then on the Wednesday and organized an open home for the Sunday and consistently kept us up to speed with information and feedback from other members of the Barfoot & Thompson team.

The day of the open home we were called with the feedback and told they would be back in touch after talking to everyone that attended. This amount of reporting back to me and my wife was something we were not used to as we had to call the previous agent to find out what was going on. Wednesday morning, another call, with an offer which was sorted with not too much negotiating as Debbie was aware of our expectations, this went unconditional on the Friday and settlement the following Friday so you can imagine no time wasted and a great result in just over a week.

We are very fortunate to have the pleasure of working with Debbie and would highly recommend her to anyone who wants positive and best results. Once again Debbie, thanks."

Bernie and Jackie Doyle
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