Leila MacDonald

Leila MacDonald

Residential Sales
Remuera Branch
Mobile  021 928 926
DDI  09 215 4394
“The most important and valuable asset which many people own is their home. Hence it is so essential to be very careful ...
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Leila MacDonald

Residential Sales
Remuera Branch
Mobile  021 928 926
DDI  09 215 4394

About Leila MacDonald

Leila MacDonald
#1 Remuera Office 2018
#1 Remuera Office 25 Years
Top 10 Barfoot & Thompson 2018

Leila & David MacDonald
#2 Sales Partnership, Eastern Suburbs Region, to end March 2022
#5 Sales Partnership Overall, 6 months ending September 2021
#2 Sales Partnership, Eastern Suburbs, 6 months ending September 2021
#5 Sales Partnership, to end March 2021
#2 Sales Partnership, Eastern Suburbs, to end March 2021
#6 Sales Partnership, Eastern Suburbs, 6 months ending September 2020
#2 Sales Partnership, Eastern Suburbs, to end March 2020
#6 Sales Partnership, Eastern Suburbs Region, 6 months ending September 2019
#2 Sales Partnership, Eastern Suburbs, to end March 2019
#1 Sales Partnership, Eastern Suburbs Region, 6 months ending September 2018
#1 Sales Partnership, Eastern Suburbs, to end March 2018
#1 Sales Partnership, Eastern Suburbs, 6 months ending September 2017
#1 Sales Partnership, Eastern Suburbs, to end March 2017
#2 Sales Partnership, Eastern Suburbs, 6 months ending September 2016
#1 Sales Partnership Eastern Suburbs, to end March 2016

To be robust and resilient, and actually emerge with accolades over a career spanning more than two-decades (and still ongoing), is testament to the qualities of Leila. The Auckland property market has been through crests, and troughs, new accommodation styles, expansion and diversification. Leila has seen it all, and emerged triumphant. Truly a necessary companion in any property process.

Leila's outstanding sales records and achievements confirm her commitment to delivering the very best professional and personal service to her clients. It is this commitment that has led her to be twice bestowed the honour of REINZ salesperson of the year, be inducted into the Barfoot & Thompson Hall of Fame in 2008 and be awarded numerous other real estate awards throughout her career.

Leila has developed quite a reputation for integrity, honesty and a keen insight into the property market. She complements these renowned qualities with a firm work ethic and ability to achieve the best return on investment.

Thoroughly family-oriented, Leila is careful to find the right balance between her work and personal life. Quality, family time is important to her and she always encourages this time to listen and connect. She is also heavily involved in her community, being a part of the Life Education Trust and helping with various Barfoot & Thompson charity events.

Being caring and empathetic to her clients' needs, is one way that she develops their trust and respect. She is all about working for the individual and helping them reach their goal. Leila can easily relate to a variety of people and loves working with diverse people from all walks of life. She especially enjoys the challenge of marketing different styles of houses in all different price brackets.

"We have a serious commitment to achieving the best possible prices for our clients. I believe in dealing with all clients and prospective customers with absolute respect and in the importance of maintaining total confidentiality.” Leila MacDonald

Leila's properties

What my clients say

“The most important and valuable asset which many people own is their home. Hence it is so essential to be very careful when reflecting on the choice of real estate salespeople when selling. From our perspective we decided to choose ‘The Biggest and also The Best’ which without doubt for us, was Barfoot & Thompson combined with Leila and David MacDonald. What an amazing team they have proved to be. Without any doubts, our choices have been inspirational. With many years of experience and background knowledge, Leila and David have both been excellent. The price they obtained exceeded our wildest expectations. They have been so supportive and also demonstrated very clear thinking when required at such a stressful time. We have no hesitation in recommending them to all prospective vendors. Warmest regards”

Ivan & Alison Priaulx

“The biggest decision we had to make in selling our home was to choose a saleperson who not only knew the local market, but also knew the worth of our property. It was a no-brainer to engage Remuera’s “Queen of Real Estate” Leila MacDonald. When we started to lose faith in a fickle market, David and Leila never did, taking a no-nonsense approach, successfully selling our property on auction day and meeting our price expectations. Great job Leila and David.”

Jan & Ken

“Leila and David MacDonald made a very emotionally charged sale for me comfortable, and at all times I felt supported by the strength of their dedication to achieving great result for me. I would never choose to do any property related transaction without them. They have guided me for years and their care and attention to both my purchases and sales have been second-to-none. They are the best! And I’d never look elsewhere.”


"We have known Leila for over 20 years when she secured us our dream home which was not on the market at the time. So when it came time for us to sell our much loved family home, we approached Leila and David. David worked quietly behind the scenes in a professional manner making sure the sale process ran smoothly. Leila brought her extensive knowledge, and a wealth of experience in the luxury property market. She attentively listened to us, was considerate and respectful, particularly in following our instructions during the sale negotiations. Leila secured an unconditional offer within a week of marketing our property and achieved an outstanding result for us. Leila understands the criticality of acting with integrity, building trust, and forging strong relationships. This has been evident throughout her long career as a highly effective salesperson. Reputation in any industry is paramount and Leila understands this. We highly recommend Leila and David, and would not hesitate to use them again."

Craig & Lisa Rice

"Dear Leila
Many thanks for all the effort you put into selling our property. We are delighted with the good result you managed to get for us. We really appreciated your professionalism, your drive, your enthusiasm and your commitment. We also appreciated your warm friendliness and your sense of humour. It has been a pleasure having you work with us. We wish you all the best for the future."

Sr Francis Kelly, for the Cluny Sisters

Katherine and I want to record the excellent service you gave us in our sale of “St Anns” in Arney Road. We had a multiple listing with two other salespeople but over the course of the selling period you brought more than twice as many clients to view than the other two salespeople combined.

Our house is in a narrow market segment but you and David clearly put much effort into seeking out possible purchasers. We were very pleased when we received from one of your prospects, an unconditional offer at a satisfactory price.

It has been a difficult time to be selling this year. We appreciated your consistent effort over a period that included two lock-downs and much dis-organisation of everyone’s activities. Thank you for your input and effort.


John and Katherine Strevens

"It is not surprising Leila and David are the No.1 partnership for their Agency. Leila brings a wealth of knowledge and a forthright style to the industry yet coupled with patience. David and Leila understood our unique property offering better than any other Agency and with their team approach, they achieved the result we wanted ."

N Stronge

We are so grateful to have had David and Leila selling our home for us. They were absolutely dedicated from the beginning as well as informative and transparent throughout the process. They were responsive and adaptive, and we always felt like we were in the best hands. We are so happy with the auction result, and could not recommend David and Leila more.

Gabs and Ramon

I recently sold my family home of 47 years in Epsom using Leila as my agent. I was pleased with the result in a difficult market. Leila's perseverance and years of experience in all sorts of housing markets were key to the successful outcome. The cooperative nature of the Barfoot & Thompson real estate agency setup was also a significant factor in the sale process. I would certainly recommend Leila and David as sellers agents to friends and family as indeed they were recommended to me by my daughter and son-in-law.

Annette Stewart

"My wife and I decided to sell our house and move to a smaller property. The market was unsettled and we were not sure of the best way to sell in the market. We had met Leila at open homes. We chose her to sell our house. We have no regrets. Leila prepared a comprehensive marketing plan. We accepted it as presented. We had a tender process and we accepted the highest tender. We were very pleased with the professionalism, enthusiasm, communication and of course the success of Leila.

We recommend Leila to anyone who wants to use an experienced, professional and successful agent."

Brent & Sonia K

"Recently Leila MacDonald successfully marketed our home of 35 years in Remuera. That we achieved an early and pleasing sale price at auction during a challenging and difficult marketing environment was due in no small way to her unstinting hard work and total professionalism. We found her to be both kind and wise and at all times cognizant of the fact she was acting as the vendor's agent. She was thorough and kept us fully informed throughout the sale process. She knew our expectations but was very honest and frank in her assessment of market value never building our hopes needlessly. We would give her an unqualified recommendation."

Judith & Gray Cameron

We engaged Barfoot & Thompson's Leila McDonald to sell our property based on the recommendation of numerous friends and acquaintances. Their judgement was not misplaced as we have successfully concluded the sale of our property.

Beyond the sale, in a very challenging market, we found Leila to be wonderfully supportive, dogged and determined in her interactions with prospective buyers while always being courteous friendly and professional to them. Leila made sure she kept us informed of progress at every step of the way and was tireless in answering our many questions as regards the sometimes very complex legal and local government rules.

Beyond Leila's interaction with us the sale was finalized because of her patience and similarly helpful interaction with the prospective purchaser. I have no doubt it was that factor which ensured the sale went through.

My wife and I would highly commend Leila McDonald to any client and consider her to be at the pinnacle of her profession.

Michael and Pauline Sheppard

I have known Leila since the 1980's during which time she has sold three homes of ours and we have bought two off her.
My husband and I have always found Leila to be caring and helpful with all the things that crop up during a house sale. This last time she was absolutely wonderful - my husband has dementia so she did everything to make it all easy for him and then I got very sick so she stepped in and helped prepare for open homes etc. Every day she called to see how we were getting on and she was always offering to do things for us - even when we received several offers on the house she put us first and guided us on which offer to take because she wanted the cleanest easiest deal for us - even though the people we sold to were not her buyers.
Professionally she is quick and efficient - excellent with follow-ups and advice.
We thoroughly recommend her as a real estate agent and wish her all the best in the future.

Sue and Bill Wilson

We are very satisfied vendors with regards to the efforts and strategies Leila deployed to sell our house. Leila had our best interests in mind at all times. Her strong negotiating skills along with the exhaustive selling process she used ensured we achieved the best price possible at the time.
It was very apparent that the network of the Barfoot & Thompson agency is very strong and assisted greatly to the selling process. Importantly, Leila managed and coordinated the various agents effectively.
Her frank, no nonsense and honest approach was welcomed, and we would recommend her to anyone considering selling a high-end property.

Vicki & Scott

My apologies for not getting in touch with you sooner to let you and Leila know how much we appreciated all the hard work you both put in to marketing our property. We were relieved we were able to get an agent who we had worked with before to handle the sale of our home as there was already trust built up between us. Not many things in business are consistent over twenty years but the level of service, in depth knowledge of the industry and your absolute integrity, immediately spring to mind as being a few of the qualities you offer your clients.
We did appreciate your putting us in touch with Bill Cartwright whose experience and advice were invaluable. Also the custom designed colour brochure with its excellent script and good photography was superior to what we believe most other agents offer in this part of the market. The memory card Barfoots gave us was also appreciated.
However important these features are, the most significant indicator of your superior experience was the skill you and Leila showed on the day of the auction. The time you took to work patiently with the prospective purchasers showed incredible skill and enabled us to reach our reserve and exceed it. Many thanks to you both.

Stephen and Raewyn Hong

Michael and Leila were great at guiding me through the process of selling my house. It was stressful of course but they made it much easier with their attention to detail and professionalism. They even took to tidying dead twigs in pots I had missed!

Emma Parry

The last thing I expected was Leila MacDonald assuring me she would commit as much energy toward selling our small unit as she does to the more substantial sales she is known for. Not only did Leila keep her word, she expertly dealt with a couple of unexpected difficult situations, proving her love of process and people extends beyond the obvious commercial aspect.

Peter Tasker

On the 22nd of June our house sold at auction through Leila MacDonald at Barfoot and Thompson Remuera.
Our whole family instantly warmed to Leila's caring nature. We found her very genuine and admired her work ethic. She was very empathetic towards the emotion behind selling our first family home and it was very obvious she genuinely wanted a positive result for our family.
Leila and her team put together a 3 week marketing campaign that attracted very good foot traffic during our open homes, opening the listing to all 1400 Barfoot real estate agents in Auckland. The communication between her PA Nadine and ourselves was always productive and thorough giving us feedback from every single group that entered the property through Leila's follow up after every open home. On auction day Leila fought for us and managed to negotiate our buyer to an outcome we were absolutely thrilled with. Her lovely nature definitely turns no nonsense when it comes down to it! We couldn't have been happier from start to finish and would go through Leila and her team again and highly recommend them to anyone who is listing their property.

Claire Johnstone-Thomas

Hi Leila, Thank you again for all your hard work, professionalism and skill in selling our home. Your discretion, perseverance and good humour made it a pleasure to work with you and helped us achieve a result where all parties are extremely pleased with the outcome. Kind regards,


Impressive knowledge, experience and dedication by the agents, unfailing courtesy, helpfulness and attention to detail by PA and office personnel, all this gave a sense of confidence and made the process of selling not only painless, but also a smooth and pleasant one.

Alexandra Suderi

Leila assisted us in selling our house on Almorah Road at Auction in August 2015.
I chose Leila because of her reputation, her living in the near vicinity, and her generosity with allowing her garden to be part of many Fund raising events I was involved in with Newmarket Primary School. I also appreciate the generosity of Barfoot and Thompson in many sponsorships in the Auckland area.

Right from the first meeting, she gave me confidence in the Sale process. I wanted a "hands off" approach from my agent and she left me to organise what had to be done, and I left them to do their bit. We discussed, time-lines, costs, advertising etc and just got on with it without sweating the details.

I thoroughly enjoyed her company and always felt she had our best interests at heart.

During the campaign, she kept us informed, and despite not a huge amount of obvious interest, we were always filled with a quiet confidence from her that the process was being followed and we would achieve a result. Meetings were called to discuss tactics but these were always done in a calm, professional manner.

She never waivered in her view of what the price we could achieve would be and would not have let us undersell it. I think she worked our Purchaser quite hard to get to what we were happy with and was the perfect person for that job.

All in all we were very happy to have had Leila sell our house - she was exactly the right person for the job and bought a wealth of experience and knowledge of the market.

Thanks Leila for making it a stress free experience!!

Marion and Peter Logan

We had success with Leila and David MacDonald in selling our home. When engaging Leila and David they clearly outlined their way of working. At first we had difficulty in attracting interest in the property from our advertising. Leila called a meeting with her team and we tweaked the advertisements, including a new headline which started to attract more viewers to the open homes.
Leila and David were very charming and courteous to deal with and were always professional. They never built up false expectations but continued to follow their well-tried and proven method to make the sale.
We were delighted with their attention to detail and following up possible interested parties. Their vast experience proved to be a winning combination.
Adrienne and I would have much pleasure in recommending Leila and David MacDonald to anyone who wishes to market and sell their home.

Win Robinson

Leila was exceptional with taking our property to market and successfully selling. She knows the market inside out, and was able to quickly pin point comparable properties to ours that had sold recently as accurate price guides. Leila developed a strong rapport with us, and we quickly realised that she was going all out on our behalf as Vendors, acting in our very best interests. Leila proved her vast experience, as the marketing process unravelled exactly as she had predicted, and she is highly skilled in attracting buyers, and buyer offers. Selling a family home is stressful, but Leila's style and results lessen the stress. We have no reservation whatsoever in recommending Leila MacDonald, and Barfoot & Thompson, to anyone considering listing their property.

Andy & Jo Archer

Leila MacDonald is the absolute best agent we have ever met & would not hesitate to recommend her.

Lee Spence

It's been a delight working with Leila. She is incredibly hardworking but is never too busy to make time for you. It's been a pleasure. Thank you

Kirstin Manson

Leila was great to work with. You get a very clear message that she has the vendors best interests at the forefront of her thinking. Her energy and drive is obvious and play a key role in the great results she achieves for her clients.

Mark Sandelin

"I received excellent marketing & service from Leila, I would absolutely recommend them to others. Being an overseas vendor it was important to me to be provided with a seamless service and regularly be involved in the sales process and Leila did exactly that by providing me with timely quality feedback in line with the excellent reputation Leila has built for herself in this highly competitive market."

Douglas Coster

"Leila has been in real estate for a long time, so she offers a wealth of experience, and when it came time to downsize and sell our home we had no hesitation in choosing Leila as the preferred salesperson. She is always upfront and honest and kept us informed throughout the whole sales process. She did a fantastic job for us and we got the result we wanted."

Alaister and Bev

Just wanted to thank you for all your assistance that started from you negotiating a sale at Kings Rd and then introducing us to a new home and assisting us with the purchase. It's clear to see why you and David are the
very best in the real estate field .Many thanks also for your assistance with mum and dad. They were appreciative of your advice and assistance. Thanks again from all of the Laity's, Ant & Ali.

The Laity Family

We would like to express our sincere thanks to Leila and David for the very professional, pleasant and efficient way they handled our property sale.
The Barfoot & Thompson organisation swung into action very quickly and was most impressive. Within a couple of days we were having viewings and well before the advertising was due to commence.
At all times Leila was monitoring progress and the regular communication from herself, David and her PA Dawn was excellent. We felt very confident right from the start especially with the advice relating to the timing of campaign. Their approach was very positive and supportive throughout the process and we achieved a good outcome ahead of our time expectations.

Dot and Ian Collinson

"I found Leila to be very professional at all times. Always followed up what she said she'd do and was never late to an appointment. The more time I spent with her the more I got to see Leila the person and got on really well with her. She kept her enthusiasm when I wasn't so sure at times. I would recommend her without hesitation to any of my friends."

Leo and Lenora Foliaki

"We engaged Leila and David Macdonald of Barfoot & Thompson to sell our house. Leila and David kept us informed and supported us through the whole process and we are happy with the resulting sale.
We would recommend them to anyone thinking of selling."

Crofton & Gwenda Umbers

"In our dealings with Leila, in parallel to being absolutely focussed on 'delivering' to our needs, she is always the consummate professional- with the highest levels of integrity and trustworthiness. If you want the job done with piece of mind and minimal hassle, I would recommend Leila... without hesitation."

Nick Scarlett

"For many years I had heard that the Leila MacDonald was a top real estate salesperson. So I was delighted when she agreed to market my property on Westbourne Road, Remuera and prepare it for auction.

After rather dreading living through the process of selling, this turned out to be a very pleasant and interesting time. Leila was enthusiastic and inspirational. She has a very good eye and with some clever touches made my house look its best. For Leila nothing is too much trouble, she was hands on from day one, planting things in the garden, arranging flowers inside and de-cluttering various shelves. With the support of her son David she did a fantastic job, always considerate, pleasant and cheerful, it was a pleasure to have her around.
For anyone wishing to sell their property I would highly recommend both Leila and David MacDonald."

Julie Brittain

"Your integrity and your professionalism were evident from the outset and consistent throughout. The care, consideration, respect and guidance demonstrated by you towards both my property and to me personally made the selling of my home not only clear as to the process but enjoyable and is a tribute to you both.
Thank you for your kindness and your willingness to assist personally in the preparation of my property in the week leading up to its being placed on the market and for your outstanding efforts in achieving a sale within two weeks of the property being advertised.
It has been a pleasure meeting and working with you both and I wish you continued success and happiness."

Catherine Lintott

"Recently we purchased our new family home and Leila was the real estate agent with the listing. We found Leila always accommodating in terms of arranging access to the home for viewings & for our architects and builders to survey the property prior to our purchase.
Prior to settlement Leila was very good with communication between ourselves and the vendor.
Throughout the process we have found Leila MacDonald to be factual and straight up to deal with and would recommend dealing with her in the future with respect to buying and selling residential real estate."

Margo Jamieson

"Dear Leila,
Thanks very much for your endless enthusiasm throughout the whole 6 week marketing programme. Your sales ability was really put to the test in successfully persuading the top bidder to substantially lift his offer to meet my price expectation!
I really appreciated you organising the tradesmen on my behalf to replace all the blown light bulbs and to fix the pool. Thanks also for organising the furniture company to stage the house with appropriate furniture and for making numerous enquiries to Auckland Council on behalf of the prospective buyers .
Your support team of David and Dawn did a great job on all the paperwork, advertising, and administrative work .
Thanks again Leila for concluding a successful sale and for all your enthusiasm !"

Simon Hall

"We engaged Leila because of her high levels of energy, professionalism, integrity and her unwavering commitment to achieving outstanding results for her vendors. Leila has exceptional negotiating skills and has again demonstrated that she can match a property to the right purchaser. We knew that Leila was the right agent to negotiate agreement between vendor and purchaser culminating in a successful sale and purchase and a happy vendor and purchaser."

John and Patrice Dell

"Leila has acted for us over an extended period as we endeavored to sell a difficult high value home. We found Leila very respectful in terms of our need for privacy. At no stage did she show the home to a buyer who we would consider non-qualified. She was also sensible when it came to advertising, only incurring cost when absolutely necessary. Overall Leila represented us with the highest level of integrity and that was reflected in the price we were finally able to achieve. We would have no hesitation recommending her."

Craig & Jane Norgate

"Recently we employed your services to sell our property in Remuera. On first meeting with you, my husband and I were very impressed with the professional manner in which you outlined the options for selling our house. You were the only agent that listened to us and our concerns about various marketing options. The end result speaks for itself.
We followed your recommendations and got the desired result. Our house was sold within 3 weeks of going to tender. During the whole process we found that you and the Barfoot & Thompson team were very helpful and courteous towards us.
My husband and I have sold many houses over the years, and I have to say that this is the first time we would recommend an agent to other sellers. If I was to sell another house I wuld have no hesitation in using your services again. Thank you, and we wish you all the best for the future."

Monique & Paul Tooley
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