Karin Blaauw

Karin Blaauw

Residential Sales
Browns Bay Branch
Mobile  021 080 45566
"Karin did an amazing job working with us to get the house sold! She explained the whole process in easy to understand E...
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Karin Blaauw

Residential Sales
Browns Bay Branch
Mobile  021 080 45566

About Karin Blaauw

#10 Individual Salesperson, North Shore Region, to end March 2022

In this fast-paced, complex and competitive New Zealand property market, the path to success has many twists and turns - you need an expert guide to avoid getting lost. With my strong marketing skills and smart strategy, I will help navigate the sale of your property, keeping you on a steady course and focussed on your goals.

Why choose me? I know property and I understand people.

I listen, I empathise and I gain insights into what buyers and sellers really want and need. These insights help me quickly connect the right property with the right people - and when the time comes, they empower me to get the most out of every negotiation.

I provide personalised service, defined by honesty, clear communication and impeccable professionalism. I’m an enthusiastic problem-solver and I love a challenge. Every client is unique, but my goal is always the same: to achieve outstanding results for you, using my experience, skills and the latest tools and technology available. I appreciate that your home is one of your greatest assets. You can be sure that I understand the complexities of the market and I will fight to get you the best possible outcome.

Working from Barfoot & Thompson Browns Bay and also living on the Shore since arriving in New Zealand, I’ve come to know what makes the Hibiscus Coast such an attractive area for families. Recently, my family and I have moved into our very own home in Manly, just one of the many beautiful sandy beaches to enjoy.

I am a passionate mum with a strong belief that success is to be shared. I enjoy volunteering at both of my son’s schools, as well as other Auckland not-for-profit organisations and charities.

Choosing Barfoot & Thompson was a strategic move for me. They are the largest privately owned real estate agency in New Zealand, still owned and operated by the Barfoot and Thompson families. Partnering with them ensures the team working behind the scenes is the best in the business.

I am fluent in both English and Afrikaans. If you’re looking for a salesperson who genuinely cares about successful outcomes, contact me today. I’m happy to talk about your goals and how I might help you achieve them and, the coffees on me!

Karin's properties

What my clients say

"Karin did an amazing job working with us to get the house sold! She explained the whole process in easy to understand English, gave us lots of ideas for getting the house ready, and helped sort out the staging. She turned a stressful experience into something we could all manage. Thank you Karin."

Brent Gillett

"I was very happy with Karin working for our house. She was very thoughtful in giving advice on how to present the house and worked so hard to complete our requests. Always responded quickly to my questions and work was done quickly. Easy to talk to, friendly and helpful. It was very nice to work with you. Thanks, Karin."


Since I met Karin three years ago in a hairdressing salon, I knew this was the type of woman I could relate to and I wanted to have her in my life. Her passion for life and genuine care for others made her our perfect salesperson. My children Robert and Lucy, also found their first property through Karin. The broad and varied scope of her portfolio, and our excellent rapport, made the contribution of her services priceless for our family. Her remarkable commitment and the professional, rational and imaginative manner in which she approaches all facets of her work, ensured a swift sale and very satisfied clients. Her motivation and enthusiasm to achieve her clients goals, has earned her our respect and gratitude. It is without reservation that I highly recommend her as the perfect salesperson. I am available at any time to expand on this reference. On a more personal note, Karin was a shoulder I could cry on, a prayer warrior and a true friend during this time, thank you so much!! “Let go Let God” “Karin Blaauw how do you like me now??” We love you! "

Riana & Mark O Donnell

Friendly, Knowledgeable and Responsive
"We first met Karin at an open home two years ago. At the time we saw her as a salesperson we would continue working with, and we did. Touching base semi-regularly up to the point where we were ready to buy and sell and she helped us through both processes. Sharing this journey with Karin made everything simple and easy and her guidance and expertise were much appreciated."

Heinrich & Marleen Frauendorf

"A big thank you to Karin. You made the sale of our property not a stressful event at all even though it was a difficult property to sell. Your feedback was honest, supportive and professional. It was a pleasure working with you and we will definitely recommend you to our family and friends."

Michelle & Bernard de Wet

"Earlier this month, we had the good fortune to be looked after by Karin Blaauw and Coy Zhao as we sold our family property. I can't speak highly enough of the advice and support they provided to us, from viewing the property to selling at auction. They really know the market and provided us with regular information. They worked hard to get us a great sale price at auction. Both Karin and Coy were very respectful of us as clients and we would definitely use their services again."

Frances Fannon

"Karin was a pleasure to work with. Her energy is contageous. She was never too busy to answer a call or give re-assurance when needed. Nothing we asked was too much. We always felt that we were working with a professional person who takes her job very seriously."

Elaine Brand

"Thank you so much to Karin, who made our move from Palmerston north to Auckland much easier. With the COVID scenario it needed a lot more support and work when we were trying to view properties online and arranging our visits. Karin went out of her way and beyond to help us. She was always prepared, honest and communication was always quick and detailed. More than the property, it was the personal relationship which we built over the small time. The relationship has not come to an end just with the buying of the house and she is always available for help. We absolutely loved working with her and now consider her a friend "

Gurpreet & Sukhdeep

"Karin exemplified what a real estate salesperson should be. Her level of communication was outstanding, keeping us informed at every stage of the process. She provided us guidance, peace of mind, and a balanced approach. Karin performed wonderfully given we were in Lockdown for the entire process. Not even being able to hold open homes did not hold this real estate salesperson down. Through an incredible work ethic and hard work, Karin just got the job done. We are truly grateful to have had you take us through this process Karin. Thank you for your professionalism and for selling our house during a challenging time."


"It was such a pleasure working with Karin to find our first home. Karin is genuine and straightforward, she possesses a high level of integrity and professionalism, and most importantly she always made us feel comfortable by being thorough and considerate as she is a great listener and very easy to talk to. We want to thank her for her advice and hard work, as we dipped in and out of Lockdown Level 4, which was when our settlement took place. Karin did such a great job to make the process easier for us, and it all went smoothly. She even printed and delivered our solicitor documents - above and beyond! If we ever sell our property in the future, we know exactly the salesperson we should turn to, and that is Karin. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Karin to any of my friends or anyone who is keen to have someone trustworthy to help with their buying/selling journey."

Michelle Nel

Karin is the best salesperson we have met so far. Although there are many salespeople out there that can sell you a house ... Karin sold us a Home! We were really lucky to meet someone like Karin when we bought our first home. She explained everything in plain language to us to understand from start to finish and did absolutely EVERYTHING to get us what we wanted. People say it's not easy to buy a house, especially a first home but Karin made the experience so much easier and a pleasant one as well. 

Not only is she professional but she does everything with her infectious smile and warm personality. We HIGHLY recommend her as a #1 salesperson. 

Juanita Strydom

"We spent over a year looking for the right property and time after time Karin found us new properties to look at. Never did she stop looking for that one property that ticked all the boxes for me. After a year of looking she found the right house and we signed on the same day. She never gave up and was the only salesperson I dealt with that actively kept on looking. She does not just sell houses, she makes an effort to find you the right property."

Carl Ziervogel

"What first impressed us about Karin was her excellent work ethic and genuine care for others. Karin initially helped us with a property matter that wasn’t necessarily going to result in a listing for her. Despite this, Karin went out of her way, making a genuine effort to understand our situation and help resolve it. When it came time for us to choose a salesperson to sell our rental properties, we could have picked someone with more industry experience but I’m glad we didn’t. We have had dealings with many salespeople before, some with decades of experience and top listings in their area. Karin's skills from her previous sales career, combined with her current real estate acumen, and interpersonal skills, confirmed to us she was the right choice. Karin’s professionalism and empathy was evident from the start. She was able to put our tenants at ease at a time that can be incredibly stressful, working with them, to get the job done. If it wasn’t for this genuine care and respect for all, I don’t think it would have gone as smoothly as it did. Karin earned every bit of her commission which in this industry I don’t say lightly. She worked tirelessly behind the scenes ensuring we had an excellent turnout for our auction and ultimately a stellar result. All this, even after going into a nationwide Lockdown two days prior. If we had anyone else, I’m confident the result would have been different. We cannot recommend anyone more highly, and wish Karin every success moving forward, and you, if you have the good sense to list with her."

Joanne Walker & Matthew Cornes

"When dealing with Karin, I felt very at ease with a reassuring professional presentation of facts during the sale of an estate. Promotion of the sale was first class with 10/10 results, Highly recommended.

Thank you so much Karin "

Peter Himmel

"Karin helped us buy our first home in New Zealand, and now she has helped us sell our first home! Karin is incredibly professional, efficient and reliable. She is passionate about what she does and is so committed to providing outstanding service. She brings a few laughs to the table in what is a very stressful process! Her bubbly personality is wonderful to be around. With Karin, we always know we are in good hands. We can strongly recommend her. She will certainly go the extra mile for you! "

Dawn & Robert Korb

"Massive thanks and appreciation to Karin, who tirelessly guided and supported us through what I can only describe to be one of the most challenging sale and purchase experiences that we’ve ever encountered! SUCCESS and celebration in the end, but was only made possible due to the outstanding effort from Karin and Barfoot & Thompson Browns Bay team. As a human being, Karin was kind, real, supportive, and always pushing for better - nothing was ever too hard or put her off her game! So to anyone and everyone looking to sell or buy in the North Shore areas, my husband and I highly recommend Karin and the Barfoot & Thompson Browns Bay team! Thank you again."

Dolly & Mark

I cannot speak highly enough of Karin Blaauw as our real estate salesperson. Her professionalism, knowledge, honesty, integrity and hard work ethics were very much appreciated and respected. Karin made buying a house such a breeze! Karin you are absolutely wonderful to work with, your positivity is infectious. It’s like having a friend on the “inside” that is working for you. I can definitely recommend Karin for your house buying or selling needs! She will go the extra mile with a smile on her face! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Anel Mattheus

Karin is the epitome of everything you could want in a real estate salesperson. She is well-connected, knowledgeable and very professional. Her likeability is what you want in someone representing your home to others. There is an ease about the way in which she conducts herself even amidst all the stress that comes with negotiating such an important personal transaction. She comes across as someone that truly loves what she does and this showed in her communication and regular updates during the process of selling our home. Karin has become a close and trusted friend who we would highly recommend to anyone, without hesitation. We want to thank you for all your patience, understanding and help during the process of selling our home Karin. You have really made it a memorable experience!

Kind regards

Ettienne & Laetitia Lues

If you are looking for a real estate salesperson who shows integrity, commitment, passion and dedication, look no further. Karin Blaauw is the person for the job.

We have had the pleasure of making use of Karin's services on multiple occasions. Karin assisted us in finding our first home in Auckland in 2020, helped us sell it a year later (as we had to relocate due to new jobs), and finally helped us buy a new home in Pukekohe. Karin went beyond the call of duty to ensure that this process was as stress-free as possible, offered professional and sound advice, walking every step of the way with us.

We highly recommend Karin Blaauw. She is highly sufficient, a go-getter and an absolute treat and pleasure to deal with.

Two very grateful customers.

Carla & Heinrich Kapp

"If you want a dedicated, professional and patient real estate salesperson who really takes the time to understand your family’s needs and walks the extra mile with you every single weekend to find your perfect home, then Karin is the salesperson for you. She is always enthusiastic, positive, available and one of a kind!! Thank you Karin for your perseverance in helping us find our perfect home!!! "

Karin & Malcolm Pautz

My husband and I met Karin Blaauw in October 2020. She was vibrant and friendly and talked to the audience in simple terms about how and when and where to start your house buying process. We were not residents as yet, but thought to start familiarizing ourselves with the process as this would be our first purchase here in New Zealand.

We started looking seriously in December 2020 and met with Karin face-to-face again first week in January 2021 after looking at a few open homes and identifying the areas we were interested in. We were ready to buy! I showed Karin what we were interested in, and she offered her opinion of the type of home we were looking at and pointed out the pitfalls.

Although discouraged initially, we came to realise what she was saying, and we revised our search. Through all of this I would send Karin messages, new addresses to lookup for me, opinions on homes, areas and more. Then we saw the 'One', the right area, the right stand size, simple layout. She was there every step of the way, guided us through the process, and helped us time and prepare a pre-auction offer. Once accepted we were ready to face the next hurdle – the auction. Nervous as can be, we met up before the auction, strategised and had a cuppa coffee. The crowd at the auction was overwhelming. Karin stood next to me and on the final bid, I looked at her and said, do I go 10? She was with us all the way. Her dedication and commitment to her clients are unsurpassed. She takes time out of her personal life to respond to messages.

In this very daunting and competitive market, Karin has been a pillar of strength and body of knowledge with the right contacts. What she does not know she finds out.

Thank you, Karin, for helping us secure our own home. Your service, sacrifice in time, determination and commitment to our goal was astounding.

Kind regards

Marié Willemse

"Karin Blaauw is the most exceptional salesperson! Two words that sum her up best are passionate and professional. During our house hunting we came across various salespeople but a common feeling we got was that the vendor and their needs were ‘more important’ than the buyer BUT not with Karin. From the get-go Karin was focused on not only the requirements of the vendors but also our needs as the buyers. She spent hours helping us find not just a house but rather a place we can call home. We purchased a house within four weeks of starting our search. We would definitely not have been able to pull it off in such a short time without Karin!! Karin was amazing every step of the way. Even though she had many clients and deals going on, she made us feel so important and like we were her only clients! She remained enthusiastic and professional throughout and assisted us every step of the way. No question was left unanswered and she was always transparent about our options. I can’t recommend Karin highly enough!! Keep up the great work Karin! Making houses become homes and dreams become reality."

Wendy Smit

"From the outset we knew we were in the best hands in terms of the company we chose to sell our home through, but most of all because of the professional manner Karin and John acted on our behalf. Loved the straightforward attitude with no flowers !! When you make the decision to sell your home of 23 years, it's a BIG thing. You need people who can relate to this huge decision, who have empathy and want nothing but the best for you, who work hard on your behalf, not just for selling, but afterwards when you need that help to move forward. We got this and so much more. We can't speak highly enough of Karin and John. "

Colin Turner

"It was a great pleasure working with Karin. We were first time home buyers and it was great to have someone so knowledgeable and willing to guide us through the process. We have heard it can be a very daunting and expensive exercise, however Karin made it easy for us and her service exceeded our expectations. With Karin it's a one-stop-shop, with her list of contacts from cleaning to moving house. Thanks for all the effort and time Karin. We can highly recommend using Karin for both buying and selling. You're guaranteed to get an excellent and personalised service."

Lee & Carl Wessels

"Karin was an unbelievable asset in our hunt for our first home. She went over and beyond what we expected and ultimately got us our very own home. We honestly couldn't have done it without her. We will definitely look to use Karin in the future when the time is right. Thanks for everything Karin!!"

Robert O'Donnell

"We had been looking to move to the next stage in the property world for a year or so but didn’t know where to start. A friend recommended Karin. Well, we are so glad we took her on this journey with is because not only was she a delight to deal with, she sent us houses to look at, made all of the viewing bookings, dealt with the realtors and generally just guided us through the process. We ended up finding the perfect house for us. If your looking for a great realtor that has your best interests at heart, I highly recommend Karin and will be recommending her to all of our friends and family."

Karla and Ruben

"Karin was professional in every aspect of our home search and purchase. All details and requirements were carefully considered to find us the perfect home. We shall love our new home for many years, and we’ll definitely recommend Karin for your property requirements. "

J Coetzee

"Karin was very helpful and motivated. She is lovely, a good adviser and a hard worker. We start as salesperson and customer but now we become friends. Thank you Karin for your help in making my dream become true with my new home"

Hanan Abdalrahmaan

"Karin and John were absolutely excellent during the sale process of my property. With Level 4 Covid-19 lockdown striking in the midst of the marketing campaign, the communication, calmness and planning that went into ensuring all went without hitch or drama, was exemplary. Thank you both, for your work and expertise."

Andy King

Passionate, driven, organized, ambitious, professional, great sense of humour and spunky. These are just some of the great qualities of go-getter Karin Blaauw from Barfoot & Thompson.

We had the great privilege of having Karin help us find our first home here in New Zealand. Karin has gone beyond the call of duty to ensure that we found the perfect home, one where we can make many happy memories. Karin spent a lot of time getting to know us better. She made us feel comfortable with her, she listened attentively to our wants and needs, made herself available during the week and weekends to show us some homes, and even patiently helped keep an eye on our two busy little boys while we looked at houses.

Karin, we will forever be grateful for the time and effort you put into making this dream a reality for us. Not once did you make us feel pressured or rushed.

We highly recommend Karin Blaauw, as she was absolutely graceful and professional from beginning to end.

Carla Kapp

"If you want professionalism, mixed with the right amount of friendliness and helpfulness - then John and Karin are the team for you.

I have had the pleasure of working with this dynamic duo for five sale and purchases in the past year. They are my team of choice and should be yours too, if you want excellent pre-sale and post-sales service. I would highly recommend John and Karin and I look forward to working with them again, on my next purchase and getting a great result."


'Karin is totally amazing! She is a lovely person and a friendly, knowledgeable and professional agent who drove my campaign with passion from day one. I would highly recommend her to anyone who longs for a positive selling experience.'

Elise - Heyns Trust

Buying a house is normally a very stressful experience. We looked for our ideal home for over a year, but to no avail... until I met Karin. I am a very particular person and had a very tight budget. Karin understood exactly what I wanted, explained all the ins and outs in language I understood, steered me away from bad decisions, and found us our perfect home within two weeks. Always professional,  honest, full of positive energy and on the ball, I highly recommend Karin to anyone looking to buy or sell in this tough market. Karin has an intensive network of highly professional people and on her recommendations I found the best people to help with our mortgage and an awesome lawyer. I truly felt expertly guided and supported, making our house buying experience a great one!

Shelly & Richard Mackie

Karin assisted and guided us through the entire process of finding and purchasing our first house in New Zealand. She went out of her way to help us find properties matching our requirements. She gave us the information needed to decide if a property was worth viewing. This meant that we did not have to drag the entire family out every weekend to view countless properties. She also arranged for us to go to open homes and viewings at times that suited us. After we found the perfect property, she assisted us in the negotiation process, and again went out of her way to help us secure the property.
We would recommend her to anyone looking to buy a home!

Chrisna & Anton

I would like to say a big thank to Karin Blaauw and John Glover for their actions in selling a property for me on behalf of the owner, June Smith. Karin's was the first photo I saw on the Barfoot & Thompson website and what a good choice it was. I didn't realise that John worked with her also, but what a great team they made. Everything was explained to me, I understood most of it, and they helped me with a contact to get the house cleaned and garden spruced up and one or two other things that needed doing around the house. I did not feel pressured and I would recommend them to anyone thinking of dealing with Barfoot & Thompson.

Neil Petersen

We consider ourselves fortunate to have dealt with Karin Blaauw. She is professional, helpful and trustworthy. Nothing was ever too much trouble for her. We viewed different properties many times and she was always patient and understanding of our needs. She always answered and return our calls, well outside working hours. Even when our deal was completed, she was available to offer advice and guidance. Karin made a big impression on us with her bubbly personality and friendliness. We will recommend her without hesitation.

Madi La Grange & Willem Germishuys

We feel fortunate to have met you during our first home purchase in New Zealand. You are truly one of a kind in your approach and made the entire experience worthwhile. Your knowledge and insights into the property market guided us in all our decisions. You were very patient, understanding and never allowed our emotions to get the better of us during this exciting process. You really exceeded our expectations of an agent and we always felt so comfortable and well taken care of. We are so excited to be moving into our new house at the end of August!
We really can't thank you enough for everything you've done!! You're service and attention to detail is exceptional!
With sincere thanks

Robert, Dawn, Robbie and Joshua

When we sold our house, Karin was amazing in her help to get us a new property, nothing was too much trouble for her. The hours she spent, searching and communicating with other agents was amazing. With her help, we can now move on to the next stage of our lives.

Liz & John Abell

Our property was listed with Barfoot & Thompson, Browns Bay. We had agents, Karin Blaauw and John Glover, sell our house for us. They were very professional, kept us informed and helped every step of the way. Their support, feedback and guidance were greatly appreciated.

Liz & John Abell

From the moment I was introduced to John & Karin from Barfoot & Thompson, I felt comfortable with their advice and guidance, regarding the sale of our property. The circumstances were not the easiest and through all of the emotion and decision makings, I felt I could trust them. They were really supportive and kept calm through it all. Seeing that a person can't help getting emotional in these situations, they constantly informed me of the trends in the market and the actual feedback, which helped me come to terms with the present position of the market. Through it all, their communication was constant and I am delighted to say that we did obtain a successful sale. I really appreciated their patience, guidance and help on selling our beautiful home.

They took the stress out of the sale of our house and made the whole process very easy. I'd highly recommend John and Karin if you are wanting to sell your property. A big thanks from me and my family.


After spending countless weekends dragging the family to open homes we got in touch with Karin to help us with our search. From our first meeting she quickly grasped the type of property we were looking for just from an informal chat. She soon started to find us properties to view in the areas we were looking at and arranged for me to view properties so that I could rule out the ones that were not suitable and therefore just attend properties that were suitable (within in budget, location and type of house etc) with my husband and children so that we weren't wasting weekends at open homes for properties that were out of our budget or just not quite right.

This helped ease the stress and pressure immensely. I would also send her properties (for Barfoot & Thompson and other agent's listings) and she would find out as much information as possible and report back to me, and again arrange viewings privately or come along to open homes, including for the house we have now purchased. She was always on hand throughout our search right up to and beyond settlement, she was always helpful and answered all my questions quickly and I would have no doubt recommending her to anyone looking to buy a home.

Nicola Bamford

The two agents involved in the marketing and running the open home campaign on our home did an excellent job and were very good to deal with. As absentee owners we had complete confidence in the agents. The two in question were John Glover and Karin Blaauw.


Karin excelled as a consultant focussing primarily on recruiting and supporting whilst achieving sales targets. She did that by purely having a phenomenal work ethic and not giving up. She helped build this business from a small business to a great viable business within two years. Karin was an absolute gem, once again, her work ethic helped us to build our footprint to that of a force to be reckoned with.
Karin's can-do attitude and persistent hard working ethics are her greatest attributes. Always smiling, she added a positive energy with all she interacted with. Lastly and definitely worth mentioning she has a strong affinity and a passion for achieving targets. She is result-driven and target-orientated, whilst at the same time building very strong relationships with those she interacts with.

Pieter Brummer
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