John brings to real estate a wealth of practical housing knowledge and experience. With a solid work ethic and honest and trustworthy personality, John established a large client base with many repeat and referral clients throughout his previous career as a builder.
John has extensive area knowledge having grown up in Mairangi Bay, with his family establishing a home there in 1960. He understands and appreciates everything the Bay has to offer.
Previously a keen runner, he now enjoys the outdoor pursuits of kayaking, swimming and cycling. He is also a Life Member of the Glenfield Rovers Soccer Club. As a player, coach, club administrator and referee, he's earned reputation for his hard work, fairness and sensitivity.
His number plate QUAL8T, carried over from his building days, is his mantra - quality of service is his promise to you.
If you want to work with a sales professional with integrity and excellent local knowledge - look no further than John. He looks forward to building successful working relationships with you.
We recently had the pleasure of working with John Bower to market and sell our family home. The property had been in the family for 65 years and was home to our 86 year old mother. John was recommended to us by friends, and we quickly appreciated why he is so highly regarded. Right from the start, John instilled complete confidence with his background in building and real estate, thorough research and astute marketing. A successful outcome was achieved within three weeks and during the COVID-19 crisis, which is testimony to John’s well-considered and committed approach. From listing to settlement, John displayed the utmost care and respect to ensure Mum’s welfare and happiness. Even as we were moving Mum to her new home, John came to our aid with a lawn mowing contractor when Mum’s usual service provider failed to do the final mow. Selling was a huge step for our family, which thanks to John went very smoothly. Our family is extremely grateful to John, and highly recommend him as a real estate professional who really listens to his vendors and goes out of his way to achieve the best possible result.Rosie Swinkels (Trustee for Hayson Family Trust)
We engaged John to market our house. We found him to be straight, upfront, unbiased, very professional and had really high integrity.
He went the extra mile for us under the difficult conditions of lockdown when we were having trouble with our final CCC which was affecting the sale of our house. Being an ex-builder, John’s knowledge was extremely helpful when dealing with the council on our behalf, which made the process less stressful.
We would highly recommend John to any prospective buyers or sellers.Wendy & Dave Blair
John Bower has recently marketed and sold our long term family home. John filled us with confidence and went above and beyond to ensure the house was ready for sale and we enjoyed the whole selling process. John's knowledge of both the building and real estate trades was invaluable. John walked alongside us in a hugely successful and professional marketing campaign and auction. We will be forever grateful to John for his support and understanding. We're telling everyone who talks about selling or buying property that John is their man.Shona Collinson
Residing in Australia, we approached John for an appraisal after some significant structural alterations to our rental property in Torbay. John provided a comprehensive breakdown and price estimates of further cosmetic alterations he strongly suggested we undertake to achieve best market valuation. Without completing these the property would no doubt have sold for significantly less. Throughout the process we have found John extremely honest and forthcoming and without the cliched lines which some agents are known for. He was excellent in advising the current status of the campaign and made frank assessments of the market interest and the potential auction price point. His communication was comprehensive and as we were overseas sellers, we relied on his regular reporting to gauge buyer interest. The sale of the property achieved a very good price in line with our expectations and was executed swiftly by John. Overall we were extremely happy with the professionalism and service John provided and would have no hesitation in recommending him to others wishing to sell their property.Nick and Trudy Tangata
I had the pleasure of working with John Bower from Barfoot & Thompson, Mairangi Bay when I decided to sell my house. John went over the marketing plan and gave me pointers on how best to present my property for open homes.
I had never been to an auction before so John took me to a couple before mine went to auction. This helped me to understand what happens and made me feel better about the whole process.
So if you are thinking of selling or buying your property, I recommend John. John is a professional real estate agent but also an ex builder, so has great knowledge of the property industry.
Thanks John for being so professional with helping us to sell our property at Mairangi Bay. We are pleased that we chose you and your company to sell our house. You advised us which direction to take re marketing our property and helped with negotiations after the Auction that led to a successful conclusion. It was great getting all the feedback and being kept in touch along the way. We will recommend you and your team at Barfoot and Thompson in the future. All the best and thanks for everything.Trevor and Margaret Johnson
We wish to acknowledge the time and effort John put into the marketing of our property in Murrays Bay.
He went well beyond what one would expect from a person in that position.
We would have no hesitation in recommending him to future clients.
We were very happy to have John Bower work with us to sell our home. John patiently guided us through the whole process; he arranged all meetings and interactions at our convenience after work and on weekends. He provided us with outstanding advice about how to prepare our home for sale. His previous experience as a builder was also very valuable. We really appreciated John's calm reassurance and expert advice throughout the entire process. John was the outstanding professional we were looking for and having him work with us made a nerve-wracking auction and negotiations a wonderful success! We highly recommend John Bower to any future clients.Andy and Sue Collins
To have John Bower as my agent when selling my home was of immense value, as his background of many years in the building industry meant he could give excellent advice on readying the property for the market. Though my house was insulclad, John was able to assure me it was likely to be sound, and on his advice I had a Property Inspection Report prepared which ran to 35 pages complete with thermal imagery and photographs. The report was extremely thorough and competent. (But without the extortionate fees I had been quoted by a valuation company.) The inspection revealed two minor concerns which I was able to have fixed before the property went on the market. This meant I had an invoice showing the repairs had been completed. The photography of my home was extremely well done - right down to an aerial drone shot showing a bird's eye view.
John was an excellent communicator with invaluable knowledge and advice. So it is no surprise that the property attracted interest from the time it was posted on the internet, with viewings the same day it was listed, and many more viewings before it sold following the first open home four days later. Also, John had invaluable trade contacts which enabled me to do minor repairs and improve presentation of the property.
We have recently sold our Mairangi Bay property through our agent John Bower. As others have found, John has a very good understanding of council processes (stand alone achievement right there!) and was a great help to us as we navigated the road to compliance. Calm and considered, reliable and a man of integrity, these strengths of John's are highly desirable when dealing in real estate. We would highly recommend John if you are buying or selling.Alan and Patsy Beverwijk
We could not have been happier with the service John Bower provided us in selling our house. Right from the start we felt confident selling with him.
John is very professional and knowledgeable in the industry, particularly in our local area. He has great initiative, and as a builder he added invaluable insight to the process - including organising information regarding a Code of Compliance issue and making excellent recommendations in preparing our house for sale.
John was always approachable, easy to contact, promptly returned our calls and answered our questions. He went above and beyond what we expected of an agent and made the whole process, including the auction, as stress-free as possible. We have no hesitation in recommending John and would seek him out again if the situation arose.
Thank you John for your Stirling effort in marketing my Mother's house in Birkdale. Mum remains very pleased at having chosen you to sell her house as she felt extremely comfortable throughout a process that could have been upsetting for an octogenarian.
While the house did not sell at the initial auction it was great how you and your Barfoot & Thompson team mates swing into gear and found a purchaser soon after. Thanks again for all you did and best of luck with your future sales.
We were delighted with the service John gave us as our Real Estate Agent.
His advice and direct help in dealing with a Code Compliance Certificate issue with the Auckland City Council was invaluable.
At all times we were 100 percent satisfied that we were John's priority, that he was primarily looking after our interests.
John's regular reports from the open homes he ran were concise and informative.
John demystified the auction process, telling us how it was likely to pan out; - and getting it exactly correct.
This advice went a huge way to de-stressing the day for us, finishing with a result that exceeded our expectations.
We wouldn't hesitate to recommend John to any potential client or to use him again if the need arose.
"We really honestly can not thank John enough for his help whilst we were house- hunting.
We both found him to be very approachable and honest- giving us hints and tips that were invaluable to us during our search. He is very knowledgeable and professional and made a genuine effort to help us, without making us feel rushed. We would definitely recommend John!"
We needed to sell our house and move on. John Bower of Barfoot & Thompson Mairangi Bay took on the listing.
Our house has a unique construction and as John used to be a builder he was ideally suited to selling it.
John went above and beyond what we expected of a real estate agent, and we are so grateful to him for that. We would never have been ready in time, nor would we have achieved the result we did without his efforts.
My wife and I both felt very comfortable with John and in fact so did our dog (they say animals are a great judge of character and in this case I absolutely agree).
As a person, John was a pleasure to work with, easy to talk to, a good listener, easy to contact, and always prompt at returning our calls or answering our questions.
If we were to sell again we would definitely be calling John. If you are looking for an agent you can trust to do the very best for you then John is your man.
Late last year we were in a position to sell out property in Unsworth Heights. Through meeting with John Bower earlier, and having had discussions with him over our reasons for selling and changing properties, we entrusted the sale of our property to him.
Throughout the process we found John extremely helpful. His previous experience in the building industry was invaluable to us and contacts used in remedying any perceived defaults enabled us to present the property for sale in good condition.
John provided excellent reporting following open home and on auction day supported us to enable a sale to be conducted and eventually to settlement.
All through the process we appreciated John's openness and caring comments to enable us to complete a very satisfactory result.
Thank you John!
We have known John for many years and had been procrastinating about selling our house. John gave us the push and encouragement we needed to tidy up the property and get it on the market. We found the whole process a lot easier with an agent we knew and knew we could trust. Throughout John was very professional, gave us all information we needed to make decisions and produced a very thorough and impressive sales campaign. We sold our house by auction which is something we have never been involved with before. Through John's hard work we achieved an outcome way above what we thought we would realise. Thank you John, you definitely made the whole process a lot less stressful.Tania Vermeulen
"We were House hunting on the North Shore and dealing with numerous agents from all the main Real Estate business. John stood out from all of the other agents. His knowledge, professionalism and helpfulness were second to none. He made what could have been a stressful daunting process easy and fun. He was by far the best agent we dealt with and I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a property. Thank you John."Ayden
"John is an all round great real estate agent. As a potential buyer, he listens to what you are after, and sticks to the brief in terms of showing you homes that meet your criteria, so as not to waste your time. He provides sound and honest advice on homes and has a depth of building knowledge which was really helpful as a first time home buyer who does not know much about the structure of a house. He even drove us round to view properties. I would recommend John to anyone looking to buy a property. "Pratiksha
Thank you for your assistance in the recent sale of my mother's unit in Forrest Hill. My mother was quite nervous of the open home and auction process beforehand but you made her quite comfortable at all times. Thanks to you and your marketing advice we achieved a sales price well in excess of our expectation and valuation.
John, it was a pleasure to deal with you and we would happily recommend you and your office to others.
"We recently purchased a unit in Browns Bay, and were fortunate to have John Bower working on our behalf. John is a calm, reliable, honest, knowledgeable person who has lots of integrity. We found him to be totally professional throughout the whole experience. He communicated well and kept us informed throughout each stage of the process. We have no hesitation in recommending him to anybody seeking to buy real estate."Meryn and Dean Rainey
"John has lived in our neighbourhood for many years and he has proved to be the neighbour anyone would want, as he is always respectful and helpful to those around him. John has empathy for others and enjoys participation in sports and community events.
He has completed several building projects for us, including a challenging major project that was expertly managed. He willingly gave us good advice from the basis of his professional knowledge and experience.
We have always found John to be diligent, enthusiastic, reliable and honest and we are sure that John will apply these qualities to his Real Estate career"
"We have known John for many years as he has managed a number of projects for us over that time.
We have always found John to be honest in his opinion and recommendations, and absolutely reliable. He is a man of high personal and professional standards.We have also gotten to know John personally over the years and know he is dedicated to his sport and the wider community events he commits to.We know that John will apply the same high standards to his new role in real estate."