Eugene works in a real estate partnership with Joanne Simpson. Together they are The Local Team, offering a high level of focus on client and customer satisfaction.
The only time you have a real estate agent involved in your life, is when you've got a significant change of circumstances coming on. Eugene soaks up your motivation for moving, then collectively forms a plan for you to decide what's best for you.
"I know when we get together, I'm going to help you. I'm going to make sure you're in a position to make the most intelligent decision possible about selling your home or not selling your home, buying a home or not buying a home. That's what I know" - Eugene
Proud of a reputation built on honest and open communication with his clients, Eugene mixes a refreshing blend of energy and knowledge with an easy sense of humour to present a logical and effective solution to your property needs - together with an unwavering commitment to achieving exceptional results.
A highly accomplished negotiator with thousands of closed deals to his name, Eugene Yamamoto offers that critical combination of success, tenacity and pro-activity. Over the last year his listings have averaged only 22.8 days on the market well under the average 30 days in Auckland.
A true Auckland-wide agent, Eugene has utilized Barfoot & Thompson's non restricted system by introducing buyers and listing properties from as far as Pukekohe to Glenfield, Massey to Pakuranga, Kingsland to Ellerslie.
Having lived in Ellerslie for over 12 years his knowledge of this suburb is outstanding. He specializes in this area and is a proud sponsor of the Ellerslie School, where wife Fiona teaches and both their girls attend.
There are plenty of salespeople out there, but very few with the selling skills, passion and experience of Eugene Yamamoto.
Sharp, Focused, Direct.
"Jo and Eugene did a great job despite a challenging market, and went over and above to help me out during listing/photo stage as I was away at the time. I knew I could trust them to get the listing photo/open home ready in my absence.
As above, Jo was a huge help in getting the property ready for photos and first open homes as I was out of Auckland at the time. She also kept the property clean for open homes as was vacant at the time, which meant I didn't have to go over to clean every weekend! The market was a challenging one and there were minimal open home numbers, but when we did get someone interested, they worked with them to keep them 'on the hook' and interested, which ultimately ended in a sale. Jo was on the ball with calls and paperwork and she came to me which made the process easier, so there was no running around from my side. Very happy overall with the process - thank you! "JMJ Holdings Limited
“We have always been told that selling your house is one of the most stressful times of your life. So we realised it was important to choose competent salespeople that we could work with to make the process easier. Joanne and Eugene came highly recommended to us and we were not disappointed. They were well organised, reliable, knowledgeable and so easy to work with, making the process of selling our property a breeze. We would definitely use them again and highly recommend them to others.”Claire Frazerhurst
I chose Eugene and Joanne to market my mother's house due to their strong real estate experience and focus on the Ellerslie area. I live outside of Auckland and they did a fantastic job helping me to ready the property for sale remotely. Their guidance and negotiation skills meant we achieved a better result than expected. Eugene and Joanne were both very friendly and professional throughout, with regular clear communication. This made the whole process one of the smoothest and least stressful property sales I've been involved with. I would highly recommend "The Local Team" if you are selling.Bill Wagstaff
Eugene and Jo never over-promised. They were consistent in their communication and strategy. Eugene gave us great advice when it came to purchasing our new home. He went above-and-beyond for us and was a pleasure to deal with.Nathan & Jenna Bland
We initially chose Eugene and Joanne as we liked that they were a team, and on initially meeting them, they appeared to work well together, were knowledgeable of our area and unpretentious.
We were not disappointed. They were very easy to work with throughout the process, very personable, approachable, efficient, professional and communicated well. We felt they were committed to us, we weren't just 'another listing'. They were always available to answer questions, provide valuable advice and answer any concerns open and honestly. They were proactive with potential buyers and kept us updated with regular feedback throughout the sale process. We had an amazing turnout for our open homes and felt that they worked hard for us to achieve a great result. We would have no hesitation in recommending their services to any prospective vendors.Simonne & Tim
"Our home in Coatesville on four acres, is very different from the normal New Zealand home, being clad in stone, some internal rammed earth walls and eco friendly. We listed it with a local salesperson for about 10 months with no luck.
It was suggested we try a couple who were salespeople for Barfoot & Thompson and were a top team. They were located in Ellerslie which is miles away from Coatesville! However we soon discovered that where the Barfoot & Thompson salespeople are located makes NO difference. The Barfoot & Thompson marketing system of sharing listings (in contrast to every other real estate company hanging on to the listing and not sharing it) is a HUGE plus. We had potential buyers coming in from many Barfoot & Thompson branches and Jo and Eugene controlled the whole process. The promotional video plus photos was a big step-up regarding professionalism from the previous company we dealt with.
Jo and Eugene have different roles as a team and we have never come across such astute operators when it came to the “crunch”. From go to whoa was about six weeks, all done and dusted.
Both very personable folk whom we regard as friends and cannot recommend them highly enough to get results quickly.John & Angelika de Vere
Joanne and Eugene were incredible to work with when selling our home. Their guidance and wealth of knowledge made the entire process easy and stress-free. Right from the first meeting they discussed all the options with us and always kept us fully informed on the progress and their level of professionalism was exceptional.
Joanne and Eugene have gone above-and-beyond in all aspects of their dealings with us. We couldn't be happier with the results and highly recommend them to anyone looking to buy or sell a property.Georgina H
"When we decided to list our apartment we chose Barfoot & Thompson because we like their family values. A friend recommended Eugene as the agent. We were very happy with our choice and between Eugene and Joanne we got an excellent result. Beyond our expectations.
We live away from Auckland and all of our dealings with them were done remotely. It was done seamlessly, efficiently and professionally. We had no stress at all. We would highly recommend Eugene and Joanne to anyone considering listing their property.Paul & Sandra
I was an out-of-town seller, selling two properties on behalf of an ailing family member. Eugene and Joanne went above and beyond to make things as clear and easy as possible during a trying time. They were warm and helpful, clear in their communications and gave valuable advice along the way. Everything was tailored to suit my needs. The properties were run-down and Eugene and Joanne advised on getting them ready for sale, did checks to ensure things were in order before viewings and even assisted when both properties sprung leaks! Because I wasn't able to be in Auckland I was totally reliant on Eugene and Joanne to shepherd me through the sales process and to ensure the houses were ready to go. I was really impressed at the lengths they went to, to provide support. Having bought and sold nine residential properties over the years I can honestly say I've never had such excellent service. It's changed my view of real estate salespeople for the better (and raised my expectations from here on in)! You'd be lucky to have Eugene and Joanne as your salespeople - no one else comes close.Jacki - Wellington
I instructed Joanne and Eugene to look after the sale of my property in central Ellerslie. I was attracted to them as they seemed to possess good local knowledge of the area.
I was not disappointed! They did an excellent job and exceeded my expectations in every way. The whole process from start to finish was seamless and amazingly stress-free. I wouldn’t hesitate to instruct them again in the future. Thank you both so much !Ann Stewart
“We cannot speak highly enough of Joanne and Eugene. Having attended a number of their open homes in search of a property, we were immensely impressed with their professionalism, knowledge and integrity. To the point where after eventually acquiring a home they marketed, we asked them to sell a property on our behalf. The result was one we are still stunned with today!
If you want results, with a bit of humour and an friendly attitude, you can’t do better.”Di & Greg Haliday
"Joanne and Eugene were great to work with. We felt like ours was the only property they were working on. Every question was answered clearly and promptly, no matter how trivial. They are both professional and know their stuff. This combined with their fun sense of humour, make them very easy to talk things through with.
The great auction turnout and result speaks for itself! Joanne and Eugene would be our first choice to sell any property for us in the future.Heather Peach
I just wanted to email and say a great big thank you to you both. The auction exceeded my expectations of what it would sell for, and I knew I had selected the right team to market my unit, when we first met. Right from the beginning, I was kept up to date with what was happening within the market, and where my unit was sitting dollar-wise. The booklet and calendar given for my marketing was wonderful, I knew what was happening from day to day. If I needed to phone and ask a question you were both only too willing to answer it with your knowledge of your industry.
So, on behalf of myself and my daughter Hayley, a big thank you for the effort you went to, and for making my dream of moving out of Auckland a realityRobyn
Eugene and Jo work hard at every step of the process, to get you the very best result. They stay focused on you and your property even when they are busy and Eugene is a natural negotiator. They are also lovely people to deal with!Natasha Lucioni
Many people say that selling your home can be one of the most stressful tunes of your life. Yet, it wasn’t like that for us. Eugene and Joanne made the process so simple - from their expert advice, respectful and timely communication, together with a friendly touch, we’d happily recommend them!Claire Frazerhurst
We were extremely happy with the service that Joanne and Eugene provided. They showed a genuine interest, were easy to talk to, and helped guide us through the process with a great result at our auctionBen & Pam
"Having unexpectedly purchased a new place, we were under the pump to get our house spruced up and sold on a tight time-frame. Joanne and Eugene were pragmatic and practical in their advice, balancing getting the best price with speed of sale. This saw us invest only in what mattered, ultimately realising a return well beyond what we could have imagined. Joanne and Eugene were a pleasure to deal with and we recommend them without hesitation."Pip Gilbert
We recently had the daunting task of selling the family home that had been occupied for over 40 years. Joanne and Eugene were extremely supportive of us during the process offering both encouragement and positivity throughout. Due to their incredible hard work, utter professionalism and enthusiasm, the house was sold with a great outcome all round.Brian & Lorraine
I would highly recommend both Joanne and Eugene, they are both extremely professional and knowledgable.Troy
Joanne and Eugene are a hard-working, professional team and we have nothing but the highest praise for them. They worked tirelessly for us and always in our best interests. We appreciated the constant communication and their uncompromising integrity. They have wonderful local knowledge and have built a strong presence in the local community. We would highly recommend them.Rebecca & Damian
In 2019 we decided to sell our Ellerslie property and asked Joanne and Eugene to act as our salespeople. They walked us gently and professionally through the process and in a relatively depressed market, we soon had some buyers signed up. We were very happy with the work Joanne and Eugene did and count it as a bonus that we not only sold our house but gained two friends.Graeme & Jo-anne
Joanne and Eugene sold a small unit in Ellerslie for us in 2018. We thought they were very professional and were very impressed with their advertising and ability to identify and highlight the attractive features of the property. They were knowledgeable and organised and we recommend them highly.Pam & Kees
We found both Eugene Yamamoto and Joanne Simpson very friendly and helpful, with a delightful sense of humour, but always professional, and we were constantly treated with dignity no matter what our query or perceived problem. They defused any concern we may have had and we always felt they were working for us and with us. They went the extra mile to advise and guide us through what could have been a really scary and overwhelming process and made the sale of our property seamless and easy. They had an impressive database of potential purchasers to call upon and there was a steady stream of viewers through our home, which resulted in our house being sold after only two weeks and for an extremely pleasing price.
We would definitely recommend Eugene and Joanne to anyone who is considering selling their home as they really are a Great Local Team. A very big thank you to both Eugene and Joanne, we were so lucky to have you to sell our home for us.
Ours was a tough wee house to sell at a time when the market was just starting to slow down. Eugene and Joanne provided amazing service, a straightforward assessment of what needed to be done, a realistic evaluation of what they thought they could get for the house and clear, honest communication. It was the small suggestions for preparing the house for open homes that we feel got this sale over the line, such as what to remove for staging, what would appeal, and simple things such as water blasting the outside of our house, which, frankly, hadn't occurred to us. At the auction, our first, Eugene exuded confidence and calm during what was a very stressful time for us, and managed to negotiate a price that was actually beyond our expectations - he's a born salesman and when it comes to getting you a good deal, I couldn't recommend anyone better.Nick & Rachel
"We have worked with Eugene and Joanne both as buyers and then as vendors. They are a genuine, hardworking and creative team. Their professionalism and integrity are exemplary. With an excellent track record in the local market, we highly recommend them to anyone.'Celine & Alan
Location, location, location maybe the catchcry for real estate sales but for The Local Team it is dedication, dedication, dedication. Thoroughly recommend them as a team that does that extra effort.Ron Baker
A good and experienced team. Willing to go the extra mile to get the best outcome.Terence & Jo
Joanne and Eugene were fantastic to deal with on the sale of our property. They are approachable, personable and trustworthy, and they gave us good advice about how to present our property to get the best outcome. Their hard work secured a result for us that we were really happy with, more quickly than we expected, so we were delighted! We'd happily recommend them to anyone looking to sell in our area.Paul & Rachel Vester
Craig and I just wanted to say thanks again for being so incredible throughout the sale of our house. Your integrity, vendor centricity, determination and willingness to go above and beyond was exceptional - we honestly could not have been in better hands. You worked so hard to make it as stress free as possible for us (no easy task considering the number of unexpected challenges we faced) and ultimately this led to a great result on Auction day. We will absolutely be recommending you both to anyone looking to sell!Nina & Craig Haslip
Eugene is such a bright, cheerful character who is very easy to work with. When I was searching for a property, I was coming through a very stressful time and Eugene was extremely helpful, reassuring and most certainly went the extra mile. I wholeheartedly recommend Eugene as an agent and if I move again, his will be the first number I call.Paul & Kelly McLuckie
Thank you Eugene, for your excellent assistance, preparation and marketing for the sale of my home in Avondale. Our price was achieved at Auction after only 3 weeks of marketing with a great turn out. We would not hesitate to recommend Eugene, and Barfoot & Thompson to any future clients looking to sell their homes. Thanks again and Cheers,Steve Taylor
What impressed us most was the confidence we had in knowing that you were working for us (the vendor) & we were completely assured from day one that you had the ability to negotiate the best possible price & to actually close the deal. As it turned out, you exceeded all of our expectations, selling the property after only a week on the market at a price that was significantly above our expectations.Daniel & Vanya Warman
I would like to extend to Eugene Yamamoto a lot of praise because when I put my house up for sale he was there all the way. He was great with the people who came through my house. He picked me up on the day of the auction and I have found him to be a very personable person. He is positive and did a fantastic job at selling my house.
I feel that Eugene deserves my praise.
"We would like to take this opportunity to thank Eugene for the tremendous effort he made in helping us sell our home. His professional manner, down to earth approach, cheerful enthusiasm and total commitment to us as clients has been exceptional, nothing was ever too much trouble for him. We found Eugene to be a skilled and experienced real estate professional with a refreshingly direct and responsive approach."Jingyi & Jie