My family has been involved with real estate and land for about 75 years. My great-grandparents used to farm at East Tamaki - their farm was called 'Low Bank' - I believe that the original homestead is still there. As soon as I could read, my grandfather would have me read aloud the advertisements from the "Houses & Land For Sale' column in the New Zealand Herald and the stock market.
It was in the sixth form at the tender age of 17, that I achieved my first 'sale' to my chemistry teacher. I introduced him to our home and subsequently he bought it. It is a lovely old bungalow on the slopes of Mt Albert. The sale price was around $18,000 and I believe he still lives there today!
My formal introduction to selling real estate began in 1996. Armed with some experience and knowledge from several personal dealings in real estate followed by attaining my salesperson certificate, I duly commenced work as a salesperson.
Years on I enjoy a rapport with a wide range of clientele and the success that stems from the adage that I was brought up with - 'serve others' and 'always tell the truth'.
In between sales, I studied and gained my Diploma of Business Studies in Real Estate from Massey University - officially this provides me with Branch Manager status. It has also allowed me to become an Associate of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (AREINZ).
I derive immense satisfaction from a significant amount of repeat referral business and operate an extensive database to keep in contact with past, present and future clients.
You can safely say I'm 'old school'. I listen to what my clients say and will go out of my way to cater to their needs. As my history shows, I'm not in it for the short haul. My goal is to serve my clients as best as I know how.
My upbringing taught me to accept that there are so many valid 'life values', philosophies and view-points. Hence being flexible and adaptable comes naturally.
We have been extremely happy with the service from your Grey Lynn office, in particular Johnathan White. Jonathan has sold four properties for us now. He is extremely professional and works very hard for you. He is very knowledgeable and has great expertise. It is also great to work with a company that has the Barfoot & Thompson backing.Wendy Dobson
Jonathan provided us with excellent service. He was very approachable, helpful and friendly. I would recommend him as a strong experienced professional.Anna
Dear Jonathan and Lisa. Thank you both for the utmost care and professionalism that you both demonstrated when you arranged the selling of my house at Wellpark Avenue, Grey Lynn in July of this year. Although the cost for this was quite high, your advice resulted in a prompt selling through auction. Your support and guidance to me and my daughter was much appreciated. So thanks once again for everything. I certainly would recommend both you and your company, Barfoot & Thompson to everyone and this would include property management.
Jonathan White from Grey Lynn office was totally outstanding. He worked so hard to secure the sale. He was always available and kept me totally updated with what was happening. He is a true professional and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking at buying or selling a property.Wendy Dobson
Working with Jonathan was easy. He put a costed marketing proposal forward to us, along with a "sale to completion plan" within a 2 month timeline. He also advised us on property presentation, we did what he advised, and we got a fantastic sale! The photography and advertising happened on time and as agreed; the 4 weekends of open homes pulled in the buyers; the Auction following with 198 bids to sale, with Jonathan and his colleagues working the floor bids in our favour. He told us his auction sale rate was well above average...and he proved it! We were kept informed every step of the way, and where we were uncertain of the process Jonathan knew what he was doing and delivered.Brendan and Keld Kelly
"Don't be fooled by Jonathan's quiet manner. You really feel as though he is working for you, the vendor. A refreshing change from a lot of other agents!"P.D.H.
"I am happy to recommend Jonathan White of Barfoot and Thompson as a real estate agent. Jonathan sold my mother's home in Mission Bay in April 2016. At all times during the sale process he was courteous, contactable and thoroughly professional.
His recommendations regarding staging companies and photographers were helpful and spot-on and he organized an effective marketing campaign. He was very good at briefing us on how sales were going and on auction day itself he and the manager of the Grey Lynn office made sure that we understood exactly what was going on.
I have no hesitation in recommending him and am very satisfied at how he handled the sale. We were very pleased with the price."
"Just a few words of to say that I found working with Jonathan a real joy. He is dedicated and committed to getting the very best results for his clients. He kept me informed at every step of the process, and reassured and advised in all the right measure. I am so very grateful he was my agent, he's the best."Deborah
"We found Jonathan to be a dedicated, hard working and honest agent. He was a pleasure to deal with and easy to speak to with a real passion for his job. He never loses. We would definitely like to deal with him again in the future."Chris Wells
"On behalf of Roselyne and myself, I would like to thank you and Jonathan for the great outcome you achieved for us in selling our house last year. As you know, we had been in discussion with yourselves for some years with a view to selling our house, however it was only early last year that we made the decision to sell, which was not taken lightly by us. We greatly appreciate your patience over this time, and the commendable efforts you made to understand our concerns and anxieties, and manage us through them, so that the entire process, and the outcome met our needs. You demonstrated great patience and empathy throughout the process, mixed with a dose of humor from time to time. Moreover, you approached your dealings with us as a relationship, rather than just another transaction, all of which were greatly appreciated by us. We will definitely be calling you if and when we are in the market again."Ross Officer.
"Jonathan delivered a well considered sales campaign that provided a quick result at a great price. As a seller or buyer, you'll find Jonathan's vast experience reassuring and his positive and relaxed approach makes for a stress-free process."Nigel T
"I was referred to Jonathan White of Barfoot & Thompson, by a work colleague and friend, with a sterling recommendation.
Throughout all the negotiations I found Jonathan courteous, with a strong commitment to ensure a sale of my home although I was experiencing a somewhat adverse situation. He dedicated himself to securing the best possible price, with an advertising budget to fit my finances.
I highly recommend Jonathan to anyone seeking one of the best agents for the sale of their home."
"Jonathan impresses as someone who has insight and sensitivity, and is able to pace and craft deals as a consequence. He is also tenacious in an understated way. I have no hesitation in recommending him to potential vendors - we all know that a house sale is a significant and stressful event, and Jonathan would be a gift to have in your corner."Sarah Sandley
"It is always traumatic to find that you must uproot from a home that has been more than 'just a house' over a period of many years.
Jonathan took over and dealt with all the details, explaining the procedure to me and reassuring me on every point. He arranged the publicity, taking splendid photos and introducing just the right people.
When he suggested going to Auction I was not enthusiastic but he persuaded me that it would be the best thing to do - and so it turned out to be. The house was sold quickly this way and fetched a good price.
I now learn that other friends have not been so lucky and trying to sell their property has been a most unhappy experience for them. I am therefore very grateful to Jonathan for his tolerance and good humour and for making it all so painless for me."
"His gracious approach is laced with a strength and professionalism that engenders respect. He is prepared to make personal sacrifices in order to close a deal.
Flair: Jonathan is a wellspring of creative ideas. Both before and after my agreement o purchase was made Jonathan freely offered ideas, suggestions and helpful contact to satisfy any questions or concerns that I might have.
In summary, I have had many dealings with real estate agents within the past 15 years and have typically endured the process, rather than enjoyed it. Jonathan has been a breath of (professionally) fresh air, and I would have no hesitation in contacting him for any future real estate work."
"I would just like to thank you for the way you worked with us on the sale. I did not feel pressured at any time into making decisions that we would later regret. You were honest with us and courteous to deal with at all times."Sarah T.
"Over the last twenty years I have been involved in various aspects of the Real Estate profession myself - as a Real Estate salesperson, in office administration, and I have been both vendor and purchaser on many occasions.
I was impressed with the manner in which Jonathan carried out the sale of my property. From the outset he was extremely professional, while retaining a caring interest in my circumstances and he genuinely endeavoured to do the best possible for me. He kept in touch regularly, informing me of the progress made and was patient, helpful and pleasant. When this is combined with honesty, reliability and a commitment to do the best for a vendor, it makes selling a property a pleasurable experience.
I will have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Jonathan to my friends when selling their properties. He will be a wonderful asset to any Real Estate firm and I wish him well in his future."
"Having such an unusual property made it no easy task as you well know, and for years on the market to say the least a long....time. I am amazed at the fact that you not only "sold" my house, but had two back-up deals within days of my listing with you.
I would also like to say that since that time I have been impressed but not surprised with the sale of my friend's house within four days of her listing with you. I appreciate the fact that when I refer friends and colleagues to you they have always been looked after in a professional manner, resulting always in the sale or purchase of their homes."Maria B., Greenlane
"I can honestly say that I have met very few people who possess his drive and thoroughness. On a personal note, his honesty and candour make dealing with him a pleasure."Rahul R.