17 Years of Experience Counts:
Helping you make informed decisions to reach your real estate goals.
My 17 years with Barfoot & Thompson have been the most rewarding and satisfying time of my life. Through booms, recessions, and even a pandemic, I've enjoyed it all and have gained a wealth of knowledge. I’ve been based at Takapuna branch since 2010 and was previously at Beach Haven branch where I was named Top Branch Salesperson five times.
I love my real estate career. I take it very seriously and am so grateful to work for Barfoot & Thompson, a non-franchised, family-owned company with the best ethics and biggest market share in Auckland.
My only regret is not entering the industry earlier. I've worked in sales most of my life, mainly in IT hardware and software, and the building and construction industries. I've presented hundreds of TV commercials, (e.g. I was Ford New Zealand's male presenter for two years back in the 90's) and I had small speaking parts on Shortland Street, Hercules and Xena. In the early days I was a primary school teacher. I even did a winter as a resort rep in an Austrian ski village. All of it was fun, interesting work, but I find real estate much more satisfying. Helping people make their greatest financial and emotional decisions is where I want to be.
On a personal note: I moved to New Zealand from South-East England as a teenager in 1973. I live with my wife Tiina, a Clinical Psychologist, and we have two wonderful children Aaria, 22 and James, 15. I have always been interested in property investment, I love a bit of carpentry, I brew my own beer and I'm an avid reader of history. I recently oversaw a project to triple the size of our Northcote Point heritage cottage. It was a daunting task along with the soul-destroying frustrations of dealing with council and keeping contractors on track. My bucket list priorities: Finish my Branch Manager qualifications. Get back into windsurfing and learn to FOIL. Start playing piano again. Start travelling again when the borders open.
My promises to you: If you list your property with me, I will aim for the best possible price, and have a genuine interest and respect for your needs. I will help you make informed decisions by providing regular, real and unfiltered feedback from buyers. Please be open to my suggestions - after 17 years in the business I know what works!
"We highly recommend David as a real estate agent for both buying and selling. He is thorough, experienced and most importantly of all, he is honest. He is hard working and stops at nothing to get offers across the line, using his superb negotiating skills. Despite several hiccups that we encountered during the sale of our property, David came through with a positive result for both us and the buyer and we would not hesitate to work with him again in the future."Kim and Duncan Tucker - Vendors Bayview
"I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for all the hard work you put into selling our house and ensuring we got a good price. You were up for a challenge to sell the house with tenants, dated d?cor, cracks and other cosmetic issues and you did it! You've sold that house twice now! To get the buyer $80,000 up from his first offer gave me another perspective of the workings of selling real estate."Teresa & Stuart Tooley - Vendors Hillcrest
"Our sincere thanks to David for an outstanding job. This was our 8th house that we have sold in the last 10 years and he stood out by far as the best agent we have used, not just in the final price achieved but in relation to his availability, marketing knowledge and expertise in dealing with potential purchasers."John and Helen Hoffman, Vendors - Northcote Point)
"I cannot recommend David Holton too highly. He knows his stuff, is results focussed, and best of all he is scrupulously honest. A high quality experience, from a high quality person. All round excellence."James and Rachael Nunney, Vendors - Sunnynook
"David was great, timely reports and feedback, always available to take a phone call and very knowledgeable of the market. He was especially mindful and respectful of the tenants we had in the property, providing for an uncomplicated sale. We have developed a relationship with David over a number of years when looking to purchase a property and recently selling our rental. Good individual who has always been transparent and honest."Daniel & Anna Kane, Vendors - Northcote Point
"David's professionalism towards an emotionally driven time after losing our father was outstanding. He was very respectful of our loss and tended to the sale of our property with care and was always happy to help with any questions we had regarding the sale."Natalie Dent, Vendor - Hauraki
"I found David to be very enthusiastic and interested in the property I was selling. He communicates really well and keeps you advised of any feedback and suggests informed courses of action. He has been very genuine, honest and has demonstrated upmost integrity in his dealings both with us and the buyers. I have confidence in his abilities and it has been a pleasure to have him sell my house. I will definitely return to David again in the future for any house buying or selling."Jan Ahrens, Vendor - Birkdale
... and from Graham Morton of Birkenhead who didn't use me to sell his property, but wishes he had: "I really regret not selling with you. Lesson learnt go with gut feeling and stop listening to others' advice. Feel free to use me for any referees required, you are honest, reliable and always helpful."Vendor - Birkenhead
"Dear David, thank you for your assistance in the sale of our house. You were fantastic throughout, seeing us through the negotiations to sell the property. We thank you for your total professionalism where you kept everything in a very realistic and achievable light and were available whenever necessary to put things together. We hugely appreciate the efforts you made on our behalf to put together a deal with the purchasers. We will not hesitate in recommending your services to others."Mr & Mrs M Sprosen, Mairangi Bay
"On behalf of Maurie and myself thank you so much for looking after our property. We both think you did a superb job of marketing the property, looking after the open homes/follow-up and then achieving a great price for us."Mr & Mrs M Rendle
"Hi David, thank you again to you & all your team member's contributions towards of sale our unit. I am very impressed with to Barfoot & Thompson company who sold my unit under 1 month's short time, well done. I am absolutely will recommend Barfoot & Thompson's Beach Haven branch to all my families, friends and church members if they come cross buying or sales homes in the future. Good thing goes around."Mrs J Lai
"We were impressed with the professional way David advised us", "David was recommended to us and we felt he stood out above the other agents we met with his personable manner and appreciation of the property", "His feedback was thorough and detailed", "... found the follow up info very helpful and got a positive picture of feedback and price", "... went the extra mile", "David's personality was a big advantage to the campaign", "...very happy, exceeded expectations", "... yes (happy) exceeded expectations from buyer feedback", "... very pleased with the Auction success and the price achieved"
"Yes - he had great attention to detail and listened to our needs and wants as we addressed them in the campaign. We liked getting alot of feedback", "Yes - found his enthusiasm and efforts to deliver information during the campaign very satisfactory", "We would recommend David to any of our friends who were thinking of selling their homes. We can see why David has been the Top Branch Salesperson for 5 years."
"The best we have met. A great, straight, honest and very unpushy. We both were very impressed with your style and helpfulness during the open home. So many estate agents could learn from you - well done"