Don joined Barfoot & Thompson, following a 25 year career in marketing and advertising agency management. Over that time, he had the pleasure of working on some of New Zealand's best brands, including Cerebos Greggs, Masport, Yves Saint Laurent, NZ Post, Sanitarium, NZI, SPCA, Lion Nathan, SuperLiquor, Montana & Babich Wines, Dive HQ, and Watties.
Born and educated in Wellington, Don and his family have lived on the North Shore, since moving to Auckland.
He has personally been involved in the construction of four homes and extensively renovated two others himself. He understands property and the real estate market, particularly on the North Shore.
One of his great pleasures (and frustrations) in life, is a round of golf with his friends. Among other things, Don also enjoys working on personal projects. He has learned to weld steel using a Mig Welder, bought a compressor and taught himself to spray paint. He rebuilt a 1987 Mazda Ute from a wreck, built a steel trailer, and restores outdoor furniture.
If you live on Auckland's North Shore and are looking to buy or sell, call Don Mackay on 027 525 0100 or email him at [email protected] - it could be the best decision you ever make.
"We would recommend Don in a heartbeat to absolutely anybody wanting to buy or sell property."Alex & Lania Bonfil - Albany
"As a young couple buying their first home on the North Shore (with a large dog in tow), we were prepared to face some difficulties. We were not prepared for how many difficulties there would be, but luckily Don navigated every single one of them with expertise, wisdom, patience and skill. After dealing with multiple real estate agents from various businesses, we met Don via my parents. He sold not just one of their properties, but two, with great success. Considering the glowing praise my parents had for him, it was without hesitation that we asked him to help us buy our first home. Don knew exactly what we were after, the perfect location, the best features, and he had properties lined up for us to view immediately. We are now the extremely happy owners of a beautiful four bedroom home on the North Shore. Don has been an absolute fountain of knowledge, he's been patient with our questions, queries, and indecision as we got started, and he's been steadfast in his excellent advice regarding the property market. He was available whenever we needed him, day or night; he went above and beyond the call of duty, and we will never be able to thank him enough. Don has an easy-going, personable way about him, and we trusted him explicitly. We would recommend Don in a heartbeat to absolutely anybody wanting to buy or sell property; I doubt many other agents would be as committed to your cause as he would be. Thank you, Don, for your dedication, guidance, and humour during this process - we could not have done it without you."Lania & Alex Bonfill - Albany
I recently had the opportunity of working with Don when I sold our North Shore property investment. It was a different situation to the norm as I was piggy-backing off a sale of the property next door that had three keen buyers with a multiple offer. After that sale was completed Don worked exceptionally hard to locate me and see if I would be interested in selling my property to his buyer who had missed out. Don worked tirelessly to meet my demands and simplified the whole process to make it one of the easiest and least stressful sales I have ever had. He had no hesitation in going the extra mile for me and was always open and honest with all his discussions with both parties.
Throughout this whole process I did not even meet Don but by the time the sale was completed I felt like I knew him personally. If I had another property to sell in his area I would be calling Don immediately.
We first met Don nearly a year before we sold our property when we called into Barfoot's for some advice.
We had some doubt's having dealt with agents before, but Don was so easy to deal with.
He was friendly, relaxed, put us under no pressure and came round when requested over the next few months until we decided to sell.
When it came to preparation and sale of the property, he made us feel comfortable about the whole process. He was available any time to help, advise and deal with any concerns we had. He has a good eye and lots of experience, his advice was spot on regarding what we should and shouldn't do and how best to market the property.
We did as advised and the property sold in a week, at a price well over our expectations.
Don has changed our view of estate agents, we found the whole experience with him to be easy and an absolute pleasure, he makes you feel that he has known you for years and is virtually a family friend.
I have absolutely no qualms in recommending him to others and am sure they will have the exactly the same experience.
Thank you to Don and Danielle at the Barfoot and Thompson Albany office for such fantastic support with our recent house sale.
As out-of-town sellers, we were dependent on Don to be our eyes and ears. He kept us fully informed throughout the pre-sale and auction process, and offered valuable advice that allowed us to prepare the property to be at its best. This included advice on sprucing up the property inside and out - Don even turned up prior to the first open home armed with his water blaster to clean the deck!
At all times Don was honest and open with us. There were challenges along the way, but these were quickly and efficiently resolved in order to keep to the agreed timeframes.
We would happily recommend Don and Danielle for future business.
Don guided us through the entire process professionally and nurtured our wounds after a very bad experience with a Harcourts agent. Don's marketing skills were amazing and this reflects in a sale of our house in less than two and half weeks when the previous agent had it for three months.
Enlisting Don was a truly pleasurable experience. We are nothing but pleased with Don Mackay and we would have no hesitation in recommending him to everyone.
We would recommend Don to any person wanting to sell their house. He did a fantastic job for us.
He was on the ball at all times, Keeping us informed at every step. He was always there for us when we got down as we were selling a plaster house which was not what the market wanted at the time. He would pick us up when we were down. We knew our house was well built and had all the treated timber etc. He went to great lengths to advise the customers of this also getting the builder round who built the house to talk to customers on an open day.
All we can say he is a fantastic Land Agent and we would recommend him to anyone wanting to sell their home.
Don recently marketed my property in Paremoremo. This is a unique and challenging property requiring a novel approach to sell and Don did not hesitate in taking it on. He was actively involved through the 4 weeks of preparing the property and his approach to the marketing was innovative and thoughtful, as it needed to be. His prediction in terms of price achieved was right on the money and I was certainly very happy to get a quick sale.
I am happy to recommend Don to anyone looking to sell.
We are sending you a note to thank you for selling our Apartment in Auckland within 2 weeks of listing it.
You presented yourself in a professional and calm manner, most knowledgeable and considerate of our needs.
You did an excellent job of giving us insights into the Apartment Market in Auckland/North Shore and advised me of the best price and marketing options.
The marketing mail out and advertising was done to a very high quality and I appreciated you keeping me informed of the Market Activities by email and phone every week.
Thank you for your hard work, dedication and guidance through the negotiations. I would highly recommend you to anyone looking to sell their property.
Just wanted to express my total thanks for the way you went about the sale of my property.
The price we wanted was achieved and I believe it was the way you were worked with the buyer that was the clincher.
At the end of the day it just needs one purchaser and you found him.
Another major contributor to the good sale was the way you worked with me to get the house up to sale standard.
There was certainly a bit of remedial work required and you made this happen. Many Thanks.
Good luck with your future sales. I am sure there will be many.
You are a Real Estate professional.
Don Mackay introduced us to the property market when we sold our family home after 35 years. We contacted Don because of his experience in the area and in the price bracket we anticipated we would be in. Selling our family home was our first experience in the Auckland property market so as we were dealing with our biggest asset it was essential we felt confident with the person we were dealing with. Don's experience and friendly manner ticked all our boxes.
Don introduced us to the property market as a first time vendor by providing us with a marketing plan. Our property was not the normal property as we had subdivided our property into two lots. A rear section on a separate title, leaving the original family home with substantial grounds on its own separate title. Don's marketing plan proved a winner with us selling both properties within three days.
Don was readily available throughout the selling process whether by phone, email or text. His prompt responses and advice left us feeling in no doubt that our biggest asset was in safe hands.
As "our real estate agent" Don kept us informed of the process regarding multiple offers and when other real estate agents introduced clients. He made the process seamless and was always willing to discuss any concerns that we may have had and his advice was always appreciated.
During the selling process, we can confidently say we built a relationship with Don on honestly and integrity and value his expertise and friendly assistance.
We are very happy to report that our house sold within three days of it going on the market and at a price we could not have imagined.
Don's marketing plan and methodical approach to selling our property was second to none.
We would not hesitate to have Don help us sell any further property.
Nice to meet you today.
I would just like to express our gratitude to your colleague Don Mackay for his professionalism, his positivity, and I am sure that more than most other agents, his sound advice regarding presentation of our property. We totally took all of his advice and as a consequence, have been delighted with the price that the property has sold at today.
So a big "Thank you" to Barfoots, this being the second sale and one purchase we have achieved in the past 20 years, and an even bigger "thank you" to Don Mackay.
with kind regards,