Real Estate is my passion!
I have enjoyed huge success in sales and sales management for over three decades and in wanting a change, 28 years ago moved into the world of real estate specializing in both residential sales and property project marketing and have never looked back.
Having worked in the Western, Central City and now Eastern suburbs, I have gained a unique advantage and understanding of all styles and types of property which has enabled me to offer my clients both vendors and buyers alike, a wealth of knowledge whether they are wanting to sell or buy.
I have been very fortunate to have learned the art and skills of project marketing where travel to the UK to promote New Zealand property to hundreds of locals and ex pats, saw countless sales being achieved, many friendships forged and valuable experience gained in working, selling and marketing property offshore.
Throughout my career, I have won many sales and marketing awards including the prestigious New Zealand Herald Advertising Award which recognises innovative marketing skills and the ability to project to the public a unique insight and vision of a property. I am a firm believer in the power of advertising and cannot recommend this enough. Without a doubt, marketing is everything and although it sounds very cliché, one can't sell a secret.
I credit my success to my love of meeting and working with people and being able to build a strong and lasting rapport with those I meet, understanding that everyone has very individual needs. This, together with my enthusiasm, integrity and dedication to work hard for my clients, has rewarded me with an enviable database both on and offshore and a strong referral network.
Giving an unparalleled level of service, I will do everything I can to ensure that your experience is an enjoyable and rewarding one. I truly believe that "there is simply no substitute for excellence".
Fran has the vision and respect to appreciate the soul of a property. For this reason she was the perfect person to show mine and present it to visitors and potential buyers with the same appreciation. I was able to just step back and appreciate her flair and enthusiasm.
A very pleasant experience.June Kendall
We recently engaged Fran of Barfoot & Thompson real estate, Stonefields, to sell our Stonefields apartment. We found Fran to be fantastic throughout the whole process. She has great depth of knowledge and gave us excellent advice and guidance on presenting and marketing the property for auction. The marketing campaign attracted great attendance at open homes. Fran is a great communicator and kept us regularly informed throughout the marketing campaign on buyer interest and their feedback. The end result was the property sold at auction meeting our price expectations.
We thoroughly recommend Fran if you want an engaged, enthusiastic and skilled professional.
Fran Hudson-Carter was my real estate agent when I sold my house. She proved to be absolutely invaluable, as being an older person (87 years of age) on my own, I needed much advice and support. She was always a pleasure to deal with and extremely approachable and patient. Fran was prepared to go the extra mile, even arranging workmen when repairs were needed to my house. She was determined that I should get a good price for my property and I feel it was due to her efforts that the sale of my house was so successful. I would highly recommend Fran to anyone seeking a real estate agent who prides herself on her market knowledge, work ethic and persistence in attaining a successful outcome.Peggy Blackwood
Fran was everything you hope an agent to be. Professional , non-intrusive , prompt and a great communicator attending to the tricky bits with ease. She was so easy to work with, available and attentive. Confident and competent - Highly recommend!!
We were very impressed with Fran. As first time sellers we felt that with Fran's guidance we were in very professional and trustworthy hands. She talked us through every scenario and we felt very comfortable in her expert knowledge knowing that she would be doing the very best for us. We had an amazing result and this is testament to Fran's hard work with the marketing and follow up with our property.
We would not hesitate to use Fran in the future and have already recommended her to friends.
Thanks again Fran!
Fran was a delight to work with. She was positive, informative and reliable. The feedback from the open homes was detailed and valuable and she was always contactable when we needed her. The marketing that she put together for our property definitely increased the number of viewings, both through open homes and via other Barfoot agencies.
My experience of working with Fran was extremely positive so I am unsure what else she could have done
Working with Fran has been an absolute pleasure. From the very first moment we meet with her she worked within our parameters to quickly short list potential properties for us and was readily available in our short windows of opportunities to arrange viewings. Fran works with an incredibly professional manner but at the same time has the ability to work at a personal level. Something we really appreciated when toting around 2 toddlers to viewings. Her assistance at auction and follow up post purchase has been exceptional and as such have no hesitation in recommending Fran to our friends and families as a rare gem in the real estate business. We look forward to keeping in contact with Fran and working with her again in the future.Stathi and Gena Constanopoulos
When mum finally decided to sell her house of 30 years we very cleverly engaged Fran from Barfoot & Thompson as our agent. We had an excellent result in less than a week. Fran is a lovely caring lady as well as a very competent estate agent.
Thanks Fran, we couldn't have done better.
In my view an estates specialist should be evaluated according to a number of criteria, the most important of which are technical knowledge and professional awareness; availability; sensitivity; responsiveness; and being a strong ambassador for the company. Judged against these criteria, Fran Hudson-Carter was outstanding. We were amazed at her grasp of market conditions and very much appreciated the way in which she ensured that, while living in the UK, we had the best advice on the marketing strategy and the most appropriate mode of sale. Secondly she was always available by telephone or email, to respond to our numerous queries and to set our minds at rest on the way things are done in NZ. Thirdly, she was sensitive to our need for great urgency but made it clear that in no sense would there be any cutting of corners. She acted throughout with complete integrity to the published procedures of B and T. Fourthly, she was very attentive to our needs and followed up questions we had with promptness and assurance. Despite our repeated requests she at no time made us feel that we were being unreasonable. Finally, she was at all times a strong representative of your company, drawing attention to what you would offer and acting in accordance with your stated procedures. At a time of very great distress for us as a family in a far-off country, she was a source of great support and we remain deeply indebted to her.
She is worthy of the highest commendation.
Fran has been exceptional to deal with when selling our investment property recently. As we are remote from the property, Fran helped out with a number of things we needed to do to improve the saleability of the property. She went over and above what most people would, with the end result being an excellent sale price, and an early settlement!
I live in Christchurch and wanted to purchase property in Auckland. To that end, I telephoned the St Heliers Barfoot and Thompson office and spoke with the Branch Manager, David Kelly. It was he who introduced me to Fran Hudson-Carter. The minute I started talking to Fran I could tell that she had an openness, empathy and listening skills that would be a good fit for me. Fran immediately made me feel at ease that I had found an agent who would find me what I was looking for in a property and also one that would fit within my boundaries; at no time did I feel pressured. From over the phone Fran was able to not only get a clear picture of my requirements, she was able to judge what it was that I was looking for. This was evidenced when Fran showed me around a small gaggle of properties and it wasn't long before I found what I was looking for. Once I had settled on a property and made an offer, Fran was understanding and she communicated in a professional manner that eased the transaction to through to completion. Thank you, Fran, for all of your assistance in the finding and the purchase of my new property.Elizabeth
I'm writing in regards to one of your agents Fran Hudson-Carter whom we first met at an open home. It was a pleasure to meet someone who was friendly and knowledgeable about the home she was representing.
The follow up call after viewing the property and the questions we asked were answered promptly and nothing was too much trouble to her. In the following weeks Fran helped us immensely in preparation for the auction which was out first. We felt Fran went beyond her duties and made a very stressful time for us much easier. Fran must be a wonderful asset to your company, her honesty, integrity and professionalism, which was a huge help to us in our successful conclusion of the auction we attended with Fran. We would just like to say a big thank you to Fran and Barfoot & Thompson for the fantastic service and the lovely gift we received.