A strong background in sales and marketing was excellent preparation for my career in real estate. I approach every transaction with enthusiasm and flair.
After completing a post graduate degree in fine arts with first class honours, I worked as a senior art consultant for a number of years. I liaised with residential and corporate clients and developers to present their properties to the market to achieve optimum results. Gaining a taste for sales, I then moved into the digital and social media realm as a consultant for one of New Zealand’s leading Google Partners. Here my online marketing skills and training in targeted advertising solutions was further honed.
My decision to pursue real estate a few years back has proved to be the right choice for me. I’ve combined my skills with Peter Shirley and together we have over 20 years of real estate expertise and experience. Just one look at our client testimonials says it all!
Operating under the umbrella of Barfoot & Thompson gives me the freedom to list and sell throughout the Auckland region, without any restrictions. With a network of 1,500+ salespeople, any one of whom can introduce a buyer to your home, that is purchaser power and clout that is worth its weight in gold.
I am a salesperson who values integrity above all and I aspire to leave my clients delighted with their results.
If you’re looking for nothing less than excellence in your real estate experience, call me today.
Our short journey with Peter and Julia selling my deceased mother's property has been nothing but a pleasure considering they were complete strangers initially. It has been a difficult period since my mother passed. Peter and Julia were so respectful with me and the sale of her property from the start. They were very informative as I was new to selling property. They used some innovative ideas to help with a quick sale before the Yuletide season. As discussed at the original meeting, the schedule set out was adhered to explicitly; on time; on schedule.
The photos of the property were amazing and the advertising package exceeded my expectations. On auction day, Peter and Julia met us and calmed our nerves and discussed the process of the auction which was "very" exciting. Peter and Julia both worked their magic during the auction, both working the floor and phone bidders. We got a great result and we thank you Peter and Julia and would highly recommend your services to any prospective clients.Thelma Craib-Scott - Franklyne Rd, Otara
"We have no hesitation in recommending Peter and Julia. Our house sale in Otahuhu East had some interesting twists and turns to it and Peter and Julia stood by us every step of the way with their unwavering support, creative solutions and professionalism. They complement each other very well as a team and we remain super grateful for a fantastic result."Meagan & Phil
I just wanted to give some feedback on one of your great teams who helped us through the sale of our previous home. Julia Van Reijn and Peter Shirley are a fantastic team who really made the whole process easy. They explained everything to us and kept us informed throughout the sale. Its thanks to their efforts we where able to settle and buy our new home before the lock-down came into effect and we all faced challenging times.
We will definitely recommend Barfoot & Thompson to others and especially Julia and Peter as a team. If you want the job done in an efficient and friendly way, then they are the team to use!
Please stay safe.
Kind regardsSam & Katie - from the sale of Coxhead Rd address, Manurewa
"We were looking to sell a property and Julia and Peter were recommended to us through a friend. Their knowledge of the area and the buyers that were in the market helped guide us through the sales strategy. They were upfront and realistic with feedback and really engaging with our tenants to ensure the open homes went smoothly. We had regular and insightful communication and prompt replies to any queries which gave us the confidence we were achieving the best price for our property. We wouldn't hesitate to work with Julia and Peter again".Chris & Hailey, Westmere
"Julia and Peter were professional from the outset and gave me a great overview of the local market and current activity. After reviewing the options for selling I took Peter and Julia's advice and I took the property to Auction after a strong marketing campaign. They dealt with my tenant professionally and assisted with finding her alternative accommodation. Their weekly reporting was detailed and informative and the result on Auction day exceeded my expectations. I would not hesitate in recommending them to others who are looking to sell. Thanks again for all your work."Jon Tomsett, Otahuhu
"Julia and Peter were lovely to deal with and kept me informed promptly with everything they did, every step of the way. Having bought and sold a few homes over the years, I have dealt with various agencies and agents and Julia and Peter have by far been the best.
Julia and Peter are a dynamic duo and complement each other perfectly. They offered pertinent advice and listed and sold my family member's home in six weeks. Without delay I received reports on open homes, prospective buyers and property views, etc. Never have I been so well informed during the sale of a property. Julia and Peter are professional yet friendly and very easy to deal with. What a great advertisement for Barfoot & Thompson they are. I am extremely happy with the sale".
"Thank you once again for doing a magnificent job of marketing and selling our four houses on Church St, Otahuhu."Denis Woolnough, West Harbour
"We sold our house earlier this year and, after interviewing other agents, we chose Peter and Julia because we were really impressed with the amount of research they did on our property and because they were so genuinely enthusiastic about selling it. We knew it meant much more to them than just getting a quick sale and they clearly wanted to find the right buyer and the right price.
They worked so hard for us and were able to negotiate with stubborn buyers with ease. Also, they were enthusiastic and so fun to work with, which is so important when you are dealing with all the stress involved in moving.
Peter and Julia were both very communicative and kept us up to date with feedback all throughout the process. We are very happy with how they were able to help us relax and feel positive about selling, especially in a slow market. We are also very happy with the hard work they put in to secure us the right buyer and a price we were pleased with. Should we ever have to buy or sell again, we would immediately contact Peter and Julia and can't recommend them enough to other potential clients. Thanks guys for your amazing work and for being so wonderful throughout the process - we really appreciate it!"
"I have recently sold my property in Mangere East with the help of Julia van Reijn and Peter Shirley. They were a delightful pair to work with and I felt they gave 110 percent of effort, and nothing was too much effort. They explained all the relevant details of the marketing and sale procedures and made things very easy for me to understand. I had not sold a property for 30 years and I felt it would be a very daunting process, but thanks to their wonderful attention to detail, and their very positive attitude things went very smoothly. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to any of my friends or family. My sincere thanks to them both".Lois Shaw, Mangere East
"We worked with Julia and Peter from Barfoot & Thompson in searching for a property to buy. They understood our needs perfectly and were always available to discuss any concerns. What impressed us the most is that they really took trouble not to waste our time showing us houses which did not meet our specifications. Also, even though it took some time to find the right house, they never gave up on us, and would meet us at the houses themselves to show us around. Peter gave some very good advice, and Julia was tireless in her willingness to help, even researching things we needed to know on our behalf. We cannot recommend them more highly to anyone who is looking to buy a property. Their honesty and exceptional service are a credit to Barfoot & Thompson".Shirley, Kohimaramara
"I have recently had our family home marketed by Julia van Reijn and Peter Shirley
from Barfoot and Thompson. I was very impressed with their professionalism, friendly attitude and the way they kept me informed of all the processes. I would happily use them again and would recommend them as honest, upfront and very helpful. They also sold the property within the allotted time. Always a good sign".
"It is with great pleasure and gratitude that I share my experience with Peter and Julia.
I had the privilege of working with Peter and Julia as my realtors when looking to sell a house in Favona. I also worked with Peter when I first purchased the house. Peter and Julia's knowledge about real estate is multi-faceted and they most certainly do more than the average agent, they went far beyond what I expected of them. I appreciated their ability and willingness to advise and help me throughout all steps of selling the house.
They were there to help and support me in every possible way. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to any person who is looking to buy or sell a home, as well as seek their service in any of my future real estate transactions.
While I have bought and sold a number of houses, I have never before encountered such a level of excellence, which truly set them apart from those whom I've dealt with previously".
"Thank you for the great service Julia and Peter you have provided over the purchase of the property. You have been so professional and I have enjoyed the whole process. Your communication and support throughout the whole process was amazing. Thanks again and I will have no hesitation in recommending you to my friends and family!"Kevin Kwan, Royal Oak
"Having dealt with a number of real estate agents throughout our property purchase, and we dealt with a few, we would have no hesitation in recommending Peter and Julia for their honesty, communication and integrity. We will certainly be in touch with them again should the opportunity arise. During the negotiation process, which can be a little stressful, Peter and Julia made us feel supported and kept us well advised as to the proceedings. They were totally committed to a positive outcome on our behalf and went that extra mile for us. Thank you Peter and Julia for all you did for us, it was greatly appreciated".Barry & Angela O'Shaughnessy, Howick
"Peter did such an excellent job selling our first rental that when we decided to sell our second rental recently, he was the only agent we were prepared to work with. Having said that, it was a lovely surprise to find he had a new partner that was every bit as warm, honest, hardworking and professional. Peter and Julia organised the sale of our house quickly and professionally, as with the last rental, and the price we received exceeded our expectations. We highly recommend them to anyone considering selling their property and wish them all the best in their endeavours".Toni and Steve Bennett, Mangere
"I recently appointed Peter and Julia to sell our mum's home in Mangere East. They presented us with a plan which was carried out in full. Peter and Julia were very down to earth, worked well as a team, and responded promptly to all our enquiries. It all culminated in a sale (at auction) with a result that exceeded our expectations. I have no hesitation in recommending them to others who are selling their properties".Ian Tombleson, Half Moon Bay