I work in partnership with Kath Barnes and together we bring you a wealth of industry experience. Service you deserve from salespeople who care!
I have lived in Grey Lynn for over 25 years, have raised my family here and you could say that I "know the hood"; the local schools, parks and community events and activities. I am well known and respected within the community.
With my husband having been involved in a number of city-fringe residential projects, I have had the unique opportunity to observe the local property scene over a number of years and am keenly aware of and passionate about the real estate landscape.
With over 30 years' experience representing both international and luxury brands as a national sales manager, I have the skills and experience to "bat for you" when you need a top negotiator to get your deal across the line. Backed with my mantra of clear, frequent and honest communication, you can be confident that you and your family will be well represented when you need it the most.
I am well known for my sound work ethic and am passionate about ensuring buyers find their right home and sellers achieve the results that they are after with as little disruption to their daily life as possible.
With a great sense of humour and style I am friendly, I really care about my clients and I listen more than I talk. When you have me by your side, you can trust that you are in the most capable hands.
“At a time when the property market had come off its record bull-run, the reserve bank had tightened up lending restrictions, and we were about to turn a corner toward yet more volatility with the arrival of the Omicron variant, I entrusted the sale of my property to Kath and Jacqui. They met the challenges in the market head on and helped me secure a price that would help me move forward with my own build.
Throughout, they were never not outstanding. Meticulous, friendly, and nothing was ever in the ‘too hard basket’. Even extending to post-sale help as I needed to sell furniture, and clear storage.
Kath and Jacqui: my most sincere thanks."Andy Blood
"My choice to purchase a home in Grey Lynn was made easy with Jacqui’s local knowledge and enthusiasm for the area. Being extremely honest and helpful at every stage of the process, I can easily recommend her to other purchasers and sellers.”Sandra
Was all too easy with Kath Barnes and Jacqui Vaughan-Kells. They listened and produced! Outstanding salespeople – professional, informative the whole way and personable.Walker Road, Pt Chevalier
If anyone seeks real estate salespeople with integrity, intelligence, efficiency and effectiveness, look no further than the Barnes team. Kath, Jacqui and Dayle have been a pleasure to deal with in every instance, offering sound advice in a thoroughly professional manner. While our sale took some time to eventuate, largely due to Covid related delays, the end result was excellent - and mostly due to the ongoing tireless application of the salespeople. Nothing has been too much trouble. These guys truly rock!Shane & Richard
“Kath, Jacqui and Dale recently sold our home and we have nothing but praise for their professionalism and efforts. The sale price by far exceeded our expectations, but in saying that, the result was achieved through great marketing and getting a lot of potential buyers viewing the property.
Selling our family home was an emotional time but Kath, Jacqui and Dale made sure the sale process was seamless. They have great listening skills and also kept us well informed with open home numbers and buyer feedback. We’ll definitely be using their expertise again when the time comes for selling or buying another home.
PS They managed to seal the deal on securing our new home too, so what more can we say! “Alison & Michael
We wanted you to know how thrilled we were with Kath Barnes and Jacqui Vaughan-Kells in their support for us in the sale. They were there for us during every step of the way - from making an initial plan, to the final fall of the 'hammer'. Furthermore, they helped us find our lovely new home in Lynfield. They got to know us well during our time together and were able to show us the fabulous place we are now in. It was only the second place they needed to show us.
What we loved about them was their ongoing contact with us to make sure we were on track with the plan (we were), and to make sure we were going okay, (we were). They were incredibly warm and friendly, genuinely so, and that made everything so much easier for us. At the same time, their professionalism, expertise and experience shone through.
We were also well supported by Dayle Barnes who looked over the house we bought to identify the building materials and gave advice about what needed attention. Furthermore, he offered to bid for us at the auction and did a brilliant job.
I can't tell you how much we both appreciated the team's efforts on our behalf. It made things so easy and we felt safe in their hands. Furthermore, we had highly desirable outcomes with the sale of the old house and the purchase of the new house. We can't recommend them highly enough.
Kind regardsMaggie & Richard
Jacqui Vaughn-Kells & Kath Barnes were extremely professional with a very personal approach. We were very comfortable with everything they did and achieved a favourable outcome. They guided us through every step, putting us at ease with the process from start to finish. After a successful sale of our property they have kept in touch and we look forward to maintaining contact in the future.Derek Pell
We can highly recommend Kath Barnes and Jacqui Vaughan-Kells, who recently sold our Westmere property. As an offshore seller I can happily state Kath and Jacqui really do go the extra mile for their clients including assisting us with the many tasks and advice needed to help get our property ready to market. They always kept us informed during the process and of course the most important thing is they got us a great end result. Kath and Jacqui give a personal touch to the process you seldom find these days.”Jeffrey Fletcher
From the outset, Jacqui was extremely proactive in sending me regular links for houses to view, and accommodated my timeline to see them. She is extremely perceptive, and immediately understood my likes and dislikes, knowing time could be a wasted by taking me to undesirables.
Within a period of eight weeks, Jacqui had found me my perfect home, which I am very lucky in this current housing climate. On the day of auction, I had the wonderful Dayle bidding for me, which was such a bonus with the experience and expertise that he brings. The team of Jacqui, Kath and Dayle, made my overall experience a pleasant and stress-free one.
I cannot recommend these guys highly enough!Helen Ryan
Wonderful Service..took all the stress out of marketing my home..easy and pleasant to work with.. so supportive...Renie Armiger - Rawene Avenue, Westmere
Jacqui and Kath were outstanding. They made the whole process transparent, put us at ease, were friendly, and nothing was to much trouble. They always kept in contact throughout the whole process making it easy. They also showed compassion towards our family for what was an emotional proces, selling our parents home.
We have nothing but high praise and count ourselves very lucky for the service that we received from Barfoot & Thompson. Our salespeople explained the process, supported and gave us sound advice all the way through the process. They listened, were warm, friendly, professional, sensitive and transparent. The service was outstanding and we would 100% recommend Barfoot &Thompson.
Jacqui & Kath
Thank you both for your advice and support in helping us sell our much-loved family home. Your communication was outstanding and with your experience and guidance we achieved a result beyond our expectations. Thank you both so much for making this process a smooth and successful one.
Many thanks againAnge & Jörn Lieskounig
We would like to convey how impressed we were with Jacqui and Kath in marketing and selling our home in Grey Lynn as soon as we came out of Covid-19 lockdown.
They had to both navigate a ‘new world’ of selling real estate with all of the social distancing rules and the anxiety of a worldwide pandemic. This would have been quite difficult. Yet they were nothing short of amazing! They gave us their honest professional opinions when prompted and took away any stress that we were feeling about the current global situation. We had no face to face communication. It was all done via phone, text and email and this felt effortless. It was decided to sell by negotiation. As soon as we had signed all the paperwork, they took the reigns and we left them to do what they do best - sell houses!
We were not disappointed! Within the first five days of marketing and open homes we had five offers presented to us - and we duly accepted one that we were very happy with. All of this was achieved post Covid-19 lockdown when the whole country was feeling quite uncertain about the future.
Their professionalism, their Kiwi ‘Can Do’ attitude, their willingness to just get on and do it, their lovely personas. This all equated to a fantastic result that we were ecstatic with.
We would not hesitate at all to recommend Jacqui and Kath as top real estate salespeople to market and sell your property. Thank you so much Jacqui and Kath.Tagi Cole - Director
“We bought our Grey Lynn house through Jacqui and Kath who were amazing to deal with. They were super-efficient whilst being extremely personable.
Nothing was ever a problem and we have no hesitation in recommending them.”Mary & Mike Stokes
Thank you so much for all the hard work and resilience in closing out the sale of my property. We would not have got across the line without your tenacity.
We were impressed with professionalism of the team of Kath, Dayle and Jacqui in selling our house. They set out a realistic timetable and provided regular feedback on progress. There was no pressure and they gave sound advice regarding the sale and auction process, the price and other important details re vendor disclosure. The marketing fees were very reasonable.
They stressed the advantage of the broad network of Barfoot & Thompson salespeople to increase exposure. In addition they worked the property themselves and stressed that they handled only a few properties at a time to help them concentrate on the sale process.
We were very pleased with the end result re the price and the sale.Nigel & Lyn Andrews
We would like to thank you and Jacqui and Dayle for all your work with the open homes and the successful auction. You made the whole process work seamlessly, and took all the stress out of it. It was a pleasure to have you working for us. You all have a very professional manner, and a good knowledge of the market. You gave us good advice and achieved a very good outcome.
We would certainly recommend you to anyone wishing to sell their property.
Searching for a house to call a home in the Auckland market has been an interesting, and extremely frustrating endeavour. We have been searching high and low for 4 years, and have come to see the good, the bad, and the ugly with the houses on offer - and this is, interestingly, the same observation for the service and approach from a variety of real estate agents over the years. The bulk of the agents we have dealt with were not really interested in helping us find homes beyond their own listings at that time. Jacqui, however, has been the one of the very few shining examples of real estate agents out there who treated us like *people* looking for our home, and not just buyers so she can close a sale. Jacqui kept in touch throughout several months for listings we may be keen on - she took into account our wish list, the area, our budget, and our personalities (!) with the kind of homes she'd suggest for us. I have never come across a real estate agent quite as thorough, knowledgeable, passionate, friendly, and all-around awesome as Jacqui. She's not pushy, and genuinely enjoys helping people find their home. She takes pride in her work and it shows - I have recommended Jacqui to several of my friends and colleagues who are also looking for their homes, I know they'll be well taken care of, and their house hunting experience will go to the next level with Jacqui. I honestly can't recommend her enough!
I would like to express my appreciation to Jacqui Vaughan-Kells of Barfoot & Thompson Grey Lynn for her wonderful approach to market my property for sale. She worked so tirelessly on the process from the moment the property was listed, bringing her personal touch to customer services by going over and above what I expected with her great enthusiasm. She has a high level of communication and was available at all times to discuss any concerns. Along with her strong marketing campaign she provided a great representation of my home, showing nothing but professionalism. I would highly recommend Jacqui to anyone wishing to sell or buy property.Abi Reed, Altham Avenue