Karin Blaauw

Karin Blaauw

Residential Sales
Browns Bay Branch
Mobile  021 080 45566
"Karin Blaauw is the most exceptional salesperson! Two words that sum her up best are passionate and professional. Durin...
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Karin Blaauw

Residential Sales
Browns Bay Branch
Mobile  021 080 45566

About Karin Blaauw

In this fast-paced, competitive New Zealand property market, choosing me is a smart move. With my expert marketing skills and well thought-out strategies, I will navigate the successful sale of your property.

Understanding people and appreciating quality is key in this business and by combining these two qualities, I strive to achieve a seamless experience for you. A natural instinct when it comes to negotiating, together with my expert knowledge, means I am always one step ahead of the game. The ultimate goal is to achieve outstanding results for you by using the latest technology and tools available to generate a successful sale.

From the moment you meet me, you will experience my hunger to succeed in every transaction, accompanied by true empathy and honesty combined with personalised service. After all, your home is one of your greatest assets.  I know that the key to success in real estate is a combination of excellent listening skills, a can-do attitude and impeccable professionalism.

Combining my 15 years of successful sales and marketing experience in the insurance industry, together with experience in the real estate industry, you can be rest assured that I am well-equipped to better understand the complexities of this market, offering you a fresh approach and excellent communication all the way.

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

Fluent in both English and Afrikaans, I live on the North Shore in Auckland with my family. 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 wherever possible, as well as being involved in an Auckland non-profit organisation.

If you need a salesperson that genuinely cares about successful outcomes, contact me today. The coffee’s on me! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

Karin's properties

What my clients say

"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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