If you are reading my profile, you probably don't know me from a bar of soap. You have little reason to trust me at this stage, thinking that all real estate salespeople just want a quick sale and to collect a commission cheque.
Give me the chance to show you that hard work, good communication, good character, along with competence in the industry go all the way to ensuring the best possible market price for your home.
How am I going to help you?
1.Choose the most appropriate method of sale based on the market for the property.
2. Create an advertising campaign that gets noticed and draws buyers in.
3. Qualifying interested parties.
4. Report back to you what the market is saying.
5. Making sure buyers have all the relevant material to make a decision.
6. Dealing with issues as they arise.
7. Negotiating the sale.
8. Following through for an easy transition to the new owners.
Twenty-seven years in the advertising and printing industry has taught me the importance of marketing. Add to that, two years of green screen management for an events company, and I know about giving the public a great experience they will enjoy and remember.
I have honed skills in marketing, video marketing, and using social media, and I know the importance of web and - especially - mobile advertising. More and more people use their mobile devices to find what they want.
Negotiation is about listening, and vital to successfully achieving the best possible outcome in every relationship. "Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply." - Stephen R. Covey
Who am I?
My wife Jan and I have two teenage daughters. Growing up in both Te Atatu Peninsula and Te Atatu South, we are now seasoned Te Atatu Peninsula locals and love this community. Other interests include: fishing, paddleboarding, table tennis, movies (especially a good sci-fi), eating out, and fine wine.
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Mark Boyd - Barfoot & Thompson Te Atatu
Recently I asked Lisa Nielson and Mark Boyd if they would market my home. I found them both to be very friendly and approachable. I received regular updates and reports from them and all correspondence was dealt with in a timely manner.
I enjoyed working with Mark and Lisa and highly recommend anyone looking to sell to give them a call.Gaylene Pennycook
Mark and Lisa helped us navigate our way through what became a lengthy process with tact, wit and professionalism. Their attention to the detail and challenge of the process allowed us to always be on the same page as them. Ultimately their task of convincing us to 'meet the market' was helped in no small measure by their confidence and sensitivity. We concluded the transactions with trust still intact and that surely is a "Win-Win". God Bless guys!Ian and Melanie Williams
Mark and Lisa were great to work with: honest, straight-talking, communicative and motivated to help, and they made the whole process really easy! I really appreciated their expert advice, knowledge of the area, wisdom and guidance. Would definitely recommend Mark and Lisa to anyone.Zoe Baker
Lisa and Mark were a pleasure to work with regarding the recent sale of our property in Te Atatu Peninsula. Both presented as experienced, professional and genuine real estate agents and made the process very streamlined and pain-free. We found them extremely responsive, easy to deal with and that their service represented good value for money. As a result, we would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone else considering listing their property or to engage again should the opportunity arise.Kerry Rowlands
Lisa and Mark were fantastic in helping us purchase our first home. They were always happy to help with any queries and always made themselves available when we needed to access the property prior to the sale going through. Lisa and Mark are very friendly people and were even helpful in choosing our wall paint colour. Thank you both.Emma Ball and James Burgess
I would like to give a big thanks to Lisa and Mark for the great team work they provided in selling my rental property. I found them to be friendly, helpful, honest and professional and would highly recommend their services to others thinking of selling/buying real estate.Verna Jefferies
We recently sold our home through Mark and Lisa at Barfoot & Thompson Te Atatu. How do I even begin to describe how lovely and genuine they are! Very professional yet very friendly. Would 100% recommend them to anyone wanting to sell their home. They made us feel comfortable and at ease every step of the way. Great communication skills, always easy to contact and they just work absolutely amazingly as a team! Thank you both very much for everything :-)Claire Hackett & Adrian McKoewn
We chose Mark and Lisa to market the sale of our home in Te Atatu Peninsula. From the outset, we found them both to be very professional, organised and great communicators. They made the often daunting experience of selling a home more relaxing. We would have no hesitation engaging Mark and Lisa to sell property for us in the future.The Crooks Family
We recently bought a place through Mark and Lisa and found them to be great to work with. As first home buyers, we needed a bit of guidance and they were always available to help and answered our questions along the buying process. A super team! We recommend!Emma Smith
We recently sold a property through Mark and Lisa. We had a relationship with a bunch of local agents, but they got the nod as we believed they were right for our property. We enjoyed that they were genuine, honest and trustworthy. One thing that set them apart from the rest was their commitment. They never missed an open home even though the listing was over the Christmas/New Year period. Other agents suspended their weekly open homes, or moved to 'by appointment only', but Mark and Lisa kept these going throughout this time. We appreciated the effort they put in.Jason Vandenberg & Rachale Davies
We recently bought our new home through Mark and Lisa at Barfoot & Thompson Te Atatu. We had an excellent experience from beginning to end. They were both professional, genuine and great to deal with - we never once felt pressured or hurried and we're delighted with our new home.Ellen Williams
I had the pleasure of recently buying and selling through Mark Boyd and Lisa Nielson from our local Te Atatu real estate agency Barfoot & Thompson. They both had great attitudes and were straightforward to deal with from start to finish. I noticed they had sold a lot of properties in the area so it was a no-brainer that I engaged their services. They knew I was eager to sell and have it all settled before Christmas but the market is a bit slow at the moment and I was realistic that we may have to wait until the New Year for the right buyer.
They provided me with a marketing campaign that covered all mediums and were very professional when I signed the agency agreement, making sure that I understood what I was signing and what their strategies were to attract the right buyers. Throughout the process both Mark and Lisa kept me updated. I was even more thrilled to have an offer on paper after the first couple of open homes. The offer was a clean deal at asking price - I couldn't believe it and thought it was sure to fall over but it didn't - we settled last week and I couldn't be happier.
I'm now on the hunt for another property and am very keen to work alongside Mark and Lisa again. They know Te Atatu Peninsula well and are very passionate about people and property. Thank you both so much and Merry Christmas.
We were introduced to Mark and Lisa through Richardsons Real Estate of Whitianga. Mark and Lisa did a stellar job marketing our property and hung in all the way for what ended up an arduous seven month journey. They were very dedicated and got us there in the end with a great price ... We are pleased to be able to recommend them to others buying or selling on Te Atatu Peninsula.Anthony & Katie HC
"Everyone needs an optimistic, friendly and professional team when selling their house. Mark Boyd & Lisa Nielson are that team"Mitch & Claudina Herceg
Upon first meeting Mark and Lisa the experience was relaxed, informative and a pleasure to work with them both. All questions were answered promptly or if further information was required their response time was relatively very quick and precise. I have all faith in these two, very professional but also very personable which is not that common today.
Well done, we are enjoying our new home.
"Mark and Lisa are friendly, professional and trustworthy real estate agents. We found the entire process of selling through Barfoots stress free and professional and this is a credit to them both.
They provided us with plenty of expert insight into the local market and you could tell they had done their research. They met with us numerous times and were always accommodating of our work schedules, often driving out to see us.
They ultimately removed the stress and uncertainty with selling our house. Everything was explained to us clearly and there were constant updates over the open home period to let us know how things were progressing. They followed up on all potential buyers and were helpful to ensure they were finding the right house that suited them also.
Marketing materials and roadside advertising were well presented and eyecatching. Barfoots auction process was very smooth and well run."
"As overseas vendors we knew that honest communication and top-notch service from Lisa and Mark would be important. From our first conference call, we knew that Lisa and Mark were on the same page. We weren't desperate to sell, and Lisa was open about the vagaries of the current Auckland market. Lisa kept us updated, often daily, as the open homes were often rained out by horrific storms. When the fence blew down just before the auction, Lisa had a fencer out and a quote to us by the next business day. Mark could put us in touch with the professionals required for various reports needed by potential purchasers. Due to subsequent feedback from viewers, we decided to give the place a facelift. Mark was 'on call' for 4 hours' with the power company who required someone to meet them on site, with 15 minutes notice, during that timeframe! Lisa and Mark also regularly met and provided access to the tradesmen. Not once did they just leave the place unlocked. Before one open home, Lisa and Mark filled 3 vacuum cleaner bags, vacuuming the mess left from the carpet layers! Due to a change in personal circumstances, we decided not to sell, and to move an elderly relative into the house. Lisa and Mark were incredibly understanding, and still met with the bathroom renovator and roofer so that we could finish the place before she moved in. For them to help us out like that - knowing full well that they wouldn't be completing the sale - well that is what I call platinum service!"Vanessa and Hudson
It was an enjoyable experience selling our home at Tiroroa Ave, Te Atatu South with you both (Local real estate agents, Mark Boyd & Lisa Nielson). From the first meeting it was a friendly and relaxed environment removing some of the stresses from one of life's more challenging experiences. Your professional advice was always appreciated and never pushy or condescending. Now we're on the flip side of the market we appreciate your authenticity.
All the best to you both
We worked with Mark and Lisa to sell our house on Matipo Road on the Peninsula. We met with one other agent but settled on Mark and Lisa as we felt like they really wanted our business and we weren't just another number. We found them both to be very professional and motivated throughout the campaign. They worked hard to get as many genuine purchasers to our auction and we managed to get a fantastic price for our property come auction day. We wouldn't hesitate in using them in the future or recommending them to anyone looking for a real estate agent. Thanks!J and C Seward
We recently sold our house and bought a new one with Marks help. He has a very relaxed style which we found working really well both on the seller and buyer side. If you are planning on selling your house I recommend you give Mark a call.Rhys Parker and Alana Brock
My wife and I have had the pleasure of working with Mark Boyd from Barfoot and Thompson Te Atatu on the recent sales of two of our houses. He offered a professional yet personable experience and delivered on everything he committed to.
We appreciated how down to earth he was, and how he always had our best interests at heart. We were also thankful for the sound advice we received and his ability to go the extra mile to get a sale. Mark had a tireless work ethic and dedication to the job, including long trips to our holiday home to finalise deals.
Right through the process of selling, Mark was always on top of it, and was quickly available to answer questions. He patiently and knowledgeably walked us through any questions big and small and this certainly took a lot of pressure off us.
It was a pleasure working with such a knowledgeable, compassionate, and tolerant person and we would highly recommend Mark to anyone selling and wanting the best price for their homes!
"Mark was Brillant. He was very enthusiastic and kept us up to date all the way through the sale process. He was very prompt and always called when he said he would. He was very professional and a real pleasure to deal with and we would highly recommend him."
Susan Ann Morris
"We had the pleasure of being introduced to Mark through the Barfoot & Thompson's Letting arm of the business. At the time we were unsure as to whether we wanted to hold on to our property or sell. Mark initially contacted us and was able to give us some background as to what the Auckland market was doing but also give us confidence in his knowledge of the area in which we had our house. We arranged to meet Mark during a trip to Auckland as we were still unsure around what we wanted to do with the property. Mark was well prepared for our meeting and again gave us the confidence that he knew the area but also provided clarity around selling trends and options available. Mark displayed an enthusiasm for selling properties which we had not seen before. The effort he put into the marketing package and open homes was second to none. We were duly informed of the traffic through the open homes and honest feedback was provided the whole time. Once the property had gone through the first stage and passed in, Mark was honest in his feedback and accepted our expectations. When it came to an offer, Mark guided us through the whole process to ensure a successful sale was made. To sum up, we felt that although Mark was acting on our behalf from a professional perspective, he made the whole process feel like we were dealing with a friend we could trust. We would highly recommend Mark to any potential sellers who want someone to market their home like it was theirs."
"Our choice of Mark and Lisa as the team to sell our house in Te Atatu Peninsula was an excellent one. Locals to the area, they were very friendly and easy to deal with while at the same time remaining flawlessly professional at all times. We had absolute confidence that they were working hard for us as vendors and doing all the right things to sell our property, whilst dealing with potential buyers in an open and ethical manner. In addition to an excellent result in the sale of our property, we also made two new friends!"Matt and Claira Walls
"Mark - You have been absolutely marvellous in our quest to find a home. Your patience, dedication to your role; jumping to ou beck and call without even flinching (not publicly anyway) and always being so personable has been memorable. We are genuinely sad we have not managed to buy from you but you will be highly recommended to any contacts we have. Thanks so much - you are the best."Moira Carleton (January 2017)
"Mark, We so appreciate everything you've done for us and the time you've taken to help us find the right home. I'm sad we couldn't end up making it happen with you on our sale because that's what we wanted. Alas, hopefully, we will all cross paths again in the future."Adelaide Carleton (January 2017)
"Mark, Thanks for your help in our search for a house for Adelaide and Elliot. You were the person we wanted to "buy" a house from. Best wishes, be assured that I will refer people to you."Peter Carleton (January 2017)
"God, they've said it all already haven't they! You've been a pleasure to deal with, gone over and above to help us out. I'm very disappointed we couldn't find a property through you! I hope this is some consolation. (The family gave me a $500 prezzy card which totally floored me) Keep it up and you'll be very successful, best of luck, until next time!"Elliot Carleton (January 2017)
"Mark is a man of integrity who is kind and funny. I have known him for over 20 years and always found him to be completely trustworthy."Andrea Calvin
"I've known Mark for 35 years personally, and more recently in a professional capacity. I've always known him to be confident, honest and friendly - all traits that will serve him and his clients well. His professional manner and enthusiasm for what he does builds a confidence in you that he not only knows what he's talking about, but will take care of you and your interests. Mark has a great sense of community and is in touch with what's going on in the area, making efforts to network and be engaged with what's happening. I have no hesitation in recommending Mark as someone who will take a genuine interest in you as a client should you be seeking professional help with your real estate options."Megan Ede
"Mark is really honest and hardworking and would strive to achieve the best results for his clients. He also knows where all the good coffee places are!"Scott Henderson
"We have been looking for a home for a few months now and after a bad experience with another crowd, we came across Mark from Barfoot and Thompson. He has always been helpful and informative about any properties he has directed our way and so he has become our go-to guy when we see a B and T house for sale. His honesty and integrity has impressed us and this along with his friendly non-pushy style means we fully recommend him to anyone wanting to buy or sell a house."Ross & Christine Taylor. Auckland City Lawns
"As a neighbour and friend of Marks for over 6 years I can vouch for his honesty, reliability and strong work ethic. He is passionate about the local community and would be a valuable asset whether you were buying or selling a home."Jo Faulder
'As a small business owner in Te Atatu Peninsula myself, and a friend of Mark and his family, I do vouch for his honesty, sincerity and character. Were I new to the Peninsula and needing help both in getting a home and fitting into the community, I couldn't want for a better guide than Mark.'Jenny Jeffries