Matt O'Brien

Matt O'Brien

Residential Sales
Ponsonby Branch
Mobile  021 687 866
We couldn’t recommend Matt O'Brien, Residential Sales, more highly. Thanks Matt- we are thrilled!...
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Matt O'Brien

Residential Sales
Ponsonby Branch
Mobile  021 687 866

About Matt O'Brien

#2 Individual Salesperson, Central Auckland Region, 6 months ending Sep 2019
#4 Individual Salesperson, Central Auckland Region, to end March 2019
#2 Individual Salesperson, Central Auckland Region, to end March 2018
#2 Individual Salesperson, Central Auckland Region, to end March 2017

When it comes to real estate you want the best in the business. You also want someone who is easy to get along with and makes the process stress-free. Combining creative fresh ideas with an exceptional track record, I enjoy working alongside my clients and finding the best solution for their unique needs, situation and property. After all, no two clients are the same and what works for one will not necessarily work for another.

This has been a recipe for success in my career. I thrive on the thrills and challenges of the industry with an end goal of achieving a great outcome for my clients. With my authentic, ambitious and people-centric style, it’s no surprise that I have consistently ranked at the top of the industry for a number of years, demonstrating my expertise in getting the job done.

As a dad, I’ve learned the art of being a good listener, collaborator and negotiator – all valuable skills in the real estate industry! Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family, keeping fit, collecting art and travel.

I believe my outstanding relationship with my clients is based on shared values. Results-focused and committed to delivering first-class customer service, I specialise in St Mary's Bay, Herne Bay, Ponsonby, Grey Lynn and the greater surrounding suburbs.

House values are always moving. My values never change: honesty, integrity, communication, hard work. Let’s talk.

Over $370M in real estate sales, 2021.

Matt's properties

What my clients say

We couldn’t recommend Matt O'Brien, Residential Sales, more highly. Thanks Matt- we are thrilled!

Warwick & Louise - Vendors, Argyle St, Herne Bay

When it came to selling our Sandringham house we went back to Matt who we bought it from eight years ago. We remembered the unpressured and professional way Matt had handled the sale then and we felt a loyalty to him.

Once again Matt delivered at sale time. COVID provided a more complex context for real estate sales but Matt guided us through the process at every step. He is a great communicator and most importantly a man with integrity.

Working hard throughout the process, no question was left unanswered and no request was too big or challenging for Matt.

The sale went through without a hitch and Matt ensured the work didn't stop there with a variety of tasks including him assisting us clear the property ready for settlement.

In short, we highly recommend Matt to you. He won't let you down.

Warren & Eve Owen

Strategic, flexible, hardworking and a great communicator, Matt is a real estate salesperson in a class of his own. He was able to handle a complicated sale with confidence and skill, achieving a great outcome for our family. I would recommend him without reservation. 

Alison Copland

Matt recently sold my gorgeous house in Westmere for well above GV! The process was faultless! I am a perfectionist of sorts and Matt really had his work cut out. He was uber efficient at responding to messages and getting things done, Matt is a master of his craft. He also has great contacts and works as a team with colleagues to achieve the best results! I have sold houses before and been disappointed with the process and lack of attention generally. Matt has a lovely way of putting worries to rest and addressing concerns immediately, making the selling process totally stress free. As a bonus Matt also has a lovely way with children and animals. He made selling our house as easy as it gets. Thanks so much Matt we really enjoyed having you around! I would highly recommend Matt to anyone who wants efficiency, no stress and top dollar!

Thanks for everything.

Ursula, Simon and Alexis

"Five stars! Thank you so much for all your help, Matt. I really appreciate your professionalism and sensitivity to the circumstances surrounding the sale of my house and even more, really impressed with how quickly you were able to secure a buyer given the current climate post-Covid-19. Matt was really honest and transparent, managing my expectations right from the beginning. He kept me informed and communicated regularly about what was happening in the market which was insightful and helped keep my expectations realistic. "


10/10. They stuck with me to ensure a sale with a difficult property. They helped all the way with advice, all of which was prudent and considered. I have had a great level of trust in their abilities as sales people and admiration for their ability to deal with my difficult situation.

Rachel S

10/10. Matt O'Brien was the reason we were so successful. We are overjoyed with the outcome, through what was a truly harrowing process and an emotional roller coaster. Barfoot & Thompson were the steadying ship that navigated us through the waves and delivered the best outcome for us. Thanks Matt OBrien for a sensational job. We could have not done it without you.

Heath B

"I can't speak highly enough of the experience we received from Matt O'Brien from the Ponsonby branch. He gave great guidance and advice and we didn't feel pressured at any point with. Matt delivered on every aspect of the listing and sales process with great communication thrown in. The auction price achieved was well above expectations."

Paul W

I was lucky to buy and sell houses last year with Matt's expert guidance. Matt made my house purchase an absolute dream and went the extra mile to make it as smooth and easy as possible for all of us. I'll always be grateful to Matt for helping us find our lovely new home, but it was the sale of our previous house where Matt really stepped up to another level and showed how experienced, professional, and caring he was, when things got particularly tricky. On the day our house sale was due to finalise, I was working overseas and also grieving the loss of a family member who had passed away the previous day. It was an extremely stressful time, but Matt charged ahead and helped get everything wrapped. What's left to say...? Matt also has impeccable taste in furniture, art and design, so if you need some advice on how your home should be staged for sale, Matt's also your guy!


Thanks Matt for navigating us through the stressful process of selling our much loved home! We were impressed with your creative input, in-depth knowledge of the changing marketplace, and your immense positivity (infectious). The photography content around it was amazing, such a good team you have around you. What can we say about your video presentation, very unique, we had heaps of positive feedback from friends that saw it. Brilliant. Your enthusiasm was right on par with what we hoped for and you used every opportunity to market our property which really showed with the successful conclusion at auction.

Thanks heaps for putting in more than the expected effort.

Kev & Dorothy

We have bought and sold numerous houses through Matt. We have always found him to be down to earth, professional and trustworthy. He has a no pressure approach and a relaxed manner which puts you at ease.
Matt is enthusiastic and engaging and has always kept us appraised of any developments every step of the way. He has a keen eye for property and knows what it takes to market, present and sell a property. Matt successfully negotiated a pre-auction offer for our most recent property after only one weekend of open homes. This was an excellent result for all parties concerned making the process stress free and easy. He has achieved excellent results for us over the years and we highly recommend Matt to anyone considering selling or buying a property.

Steve & Clare

Matt assisted us with the purchase of a property earlier In the year followed shortly thereafter by the sale of our house. After we purchased our new house we didn't consider anyone else to sell ours as Matt showed a level of commitment which made us feel in safe hands. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Matt's services to anyone in the property market.

Ange & Cam Mount

Our home sold one week prior to auction date because Matt found our buyer and convinced him to make an offer I was going to seriously consider ... or so Matt thought. And Matt was right. It was the quickest, smoothest property transaction in my life. Donna and I thank you Matt. We are left with a warm and happy afterglow from asking for your professional services.
Thanks again,

Graeme and Donna Male

"Selling your home can be an emotional rollercoaster, Matt took the stress out for us and delivered results - that's the Matt O'Brien difference!"

"I have bought and sold multiple properties through Matt. I trust him to get the job done and done well. He is an absolute expert in every aspect of selling properties - marketing and attracting the right buyers, working buyers from within their own database, and a gun negotiator. During the sale of my last property I had to go overseas and was very happy to do so knowing how effective and efficiently Matt works. He is a great communicator, very personable and I have huge confidence in him. I would highly recommend using him if you are thinking about selling your house, he consistently delivers really great results."

P Burley

We made the decision to place our family home on the market, and we chose to go with Barfoot & Thompson on the character of Matt O'Brien. Matt presented with innate confidence, humour and with a total understanding of his dynamic market, gave us the assurance that he would provide that difference we were looking for. From the outset Matt worked professionally and was entirely dependable throughout. He advised on some changes and additions to the property to ensure it was at its marketable best and gave us a timeline that was totally manageable. Importantly, he and his team over-delivered on their promise to promote and sell our home effectively.
Selling your home can be an emotional rollercoaster, Matt took the stress out for us and delivered results - that's the Matt O'Brien difference!

Kelly and Krystina

There is a difference.
When I was looking for an agent to sell my property I wanted someone who had a strong reputation and who acted with integrity. I also wanted an agent who was willing to invest their time and energy in securing the best possible sale price. On all these measures Matt and the Barfoots team delivered. I have no hesitation in recommending Matt to anyone contemplating selling their property. He acts in a highly professional manner, is well respected and extremely knowledgeable in the industry. Most importantly, Matt is diligent and kept me informed at all points of the process. A sincere thank you to Matt and the team for a great result - they are clearly in a league of their own!

Keiran McGee

"Matt was great from the get go, giving me heaps of confidence through the process. He knew the market well and set up a really effective marketing campaign to reach the right buyers. Open homes had good numbers and his relaxed, personable style of communication kept me up to date. On auction day we passed the reserve and delivered a result that exceeded all my expectations which to me, clearly demonstrated their expertise. I am thrilled with the outcome and would recommend him to anyone who is serious about selling in the current market. He made the process a pleasure!

Phil Burley

"I am very happy that Cris and Matt worked so hard to sell my property. It was a difficult time for me and I am glad that the property was sold at a satisfactory price given the situation with the remedial work. They are energetic and engaging in this sale, I am impressed. Great service, recommended!"

Walter Huang

What we have really valued about Matt is the long term relationship and his knowledge which was developed over several years before we engaged in selling our house. We bought our house from Tim Irving of Barfoot and Thompson 17 years ago where we had a great experience. Living overseas we came home four years ago and popped into the Barfoot and Thompson office and met Matt. He gave us lots of time, and an update on the market, we discussed different options of buying and selling, there was no pressure just great information. Three years later, due to the great service and information received over several years, we decided to call Matt to exclusively sell our property. During the process we were really impressed with his constant updates, honesty, and constant assessment of options available to us. He really listened to our needs and was able to speedily deliver a great result. We felt supported by the whole team and Christine his partner, was also great with follow up. Thanks guys for your great work!

Jayne and Sean

I'd like to thank Matt O'Brien and Cristina Casares for their help and expertise in the sale of my Pt Chevalier property. They managed to get all the marketing for the property out to the public in a short time frame at a high standard and sold the property quickly. This was an excellent result for me not having to sit on the market and endure open homes with 2 little kids. Considering it is a "unique" property and was given to the market as it appeared to be slowing down they still achieved a fantastic result. Matt and Cris were always accommodating and made the process smooth and stress free. They also were extremely helpful and committed after selling our place, showing me a huge range of properties for purchase outside of viewing times. I would like to thank them both for their enthusiasm and would like to express my appreciation to you both for all your help! I would highly recommend these two.


Cris and Matt did a fantastic job in selling our Ponsonby villa. They were able to think and operate outside the square and delivered exactly as they said they would. They have a great network of qualified buyers and we received our first offer within 3 days of listing! Cris' communication with us was second to none, as were the record results that were achieved. This is the second time we have sold a house through Barfoot & Thompson and both experiences have been beyond our expectations. We have already referred friends of ours to Cris and Matt and would have no hesitation in doing so to others looking to sell their house in Ponsonby and the surrounding areas.

Scott & Dave, Pompallier Terrace. Ponsonby

We owned a residential property in Westmere and as we had moved overseas we were looking to sell it. We were referred to Matt by a friend and as soon as we contacted him he was quick to respond with a clear game plan for selling our house, as well as a realistic appraisal of our property. Matt was really organised and had our property on the market in a very short space of time. Matt gave us honest feedback throughout the process and he is an excellent communicator, particularly important given we are overseas! When push came to shove, Matt worked really hard to sell our property for a price we were happy with. He's really friendly and has a good sense of humour, and made us feel instantly comfortable in selling our first house with him. We would recommend Matt to any future property buyers or sellers.

Troy & Hannah

Matt was the consummate professional, highly engaging and a total pleasure to deal with! We wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone we knew who were thinking of listing a property. Absolutely first rate service, a great capacity to read people and get the best out of any situation.

Justin & Rebecca

We had Matt O'Brien as our agent selling our first home in Ellerslie. We had to get our property on the market quickly and he made sure everything ran like clockwork.
We are so pleased we made the choice to go with Matt. He was exceptionally prompt and helpful from the get go. We felt in safe hands and he never made us feel like "just another vendor".
As we went through the campaign Matt also worked with other Barfoots agents to get more buyers through the property, which ended up adding two more bidders at auction.
Enlist Matt. He's enthusiastic, very reliable, and nothing is too much trouble.

Maree & Simon

We listed with Matt after one very simple and positive meeting at our property in Ellerslie. Matt offered up a very sound and honest appraisal which we thought captured our expectations perfectly. From there the process from inception through to the sale of our property was absolutely seamless where we were regularly kept informed on the open home feedback especially around determining the interested parties that were considered serious buyers and aligning these buyers within the price range that we were after.
I would highly recommend Matt for any perspective venders who are looking for a truly professional approach and whom delivers a fantastic service.

Hamish and Karen

I had very high expectations for the sale price of our family home in Ponsonby. Matt & George absolutely over delivered for us on price achieved, and their service was truly exceptional throughout the process. My husband and I couldn't recommend them enough!

James & Jane Ormsby

Matt O'Brien is the agent who marketed our New Lynn property which recently sold at auction, achieving a great result.
He was prompt giving us our property information and marketing pack and we were really encouraged throughout the marketing campaign with his enthusiasm, sincere and positive approach.His appraisal was higher than we expected and at auction he delivered an even better result.If we have another property to sell in the future, Matt O'Brien is our man.

Hart family

I used Matt O'Brien to sell my apartment in Herne Bay, dealing with Matt was easy, he had a pretty good approach on how to sell the apartment and some good suggestions on how it would work. I've bought and sold many houses over the years, I have dealt with a good number of agents so I know what is expected when you sell. I was more than impressed with the after sales service as well as the follow up service throughout the process. Matt has client service down pat and you can see why he is so successful in his field because he takes the old school approach to sales 'customer service is key'. I'd highly recommend Matt to anyone who wants to sell their place and not be treated as just another number in the process.

Rebecca Purdy

I chose Matt O'Brien to sell my house because I was so impressed with his negotiating skills when I purchased a property from him. I was not disappointed, the price achieved for my property way exceeded my expectation and the sale was concluded after only one week of open homes. I was also impressed with the level of service I received from Matt, he is extremely professional and and kept me completely informed throughout the whole sale process.

Fiona McLeod

My husband and I recently put our first home on the market and chose Barfoot & Thompson as the agency to sell on our behalf. We selected Matt as our agent and we couldn't have made a better choice! We felt instantly comfortable with him and his vast knowledge of the industry and his enthusiasm made us confident in his ability to get us the best price! Matt was always happy to go above and beyond for us and guided us throughout the process. I would highly recommend him to any friends or family looking to buy or sell in the future!

Stephen & Moana Henderson

"I have recently sold my Ponsonby home and chose Barfoot & Thompson real estate firm to sell on my behalf.
The agent who contacted me and listed the property was Matt O'Brien. I had never met him prior to this first meeting and I was instantly comfortable with him handling the business.
As an out of town vendor I had to have complete faith in his expertise and he didn't let me down. He was honest and efficient and kept me well informed as to open home results.
I also had to take his advice on necessary improvements before we felt the house would be ready for sale and also he put me in touch with a very suitable handyman.
The support from him during and after the auction and subsequent sale was handled by him very sympathetically and we achieved a good result.
I am happy to give my recommendation to any further clients."

Ngaire Short

"Matt is a passionate real estate man - he loves meeting his clients, understanding their goals and dishing out useful advice on getting your house to a standard where it's highly marketable.
We got a result at auction after a 4 week plan which enabled us to make our next move quickly. Use Matt - he's a top man".

M & T Bayer, Remuera

"A friend recommended selling my house through Barfoots due to their large network across Auckland, they had dealt with Matt before and had nothing but praise for him. He turned a nervous experience into a wonderful one. He's energetic, enthusiastic and nothing was too much trouble..

He also found my new house for me, and had his ear to the ground to get me viewings on properties as soon as they came on the market - this was crucial when they were selling so fast.

Would highly recommend Matt in either selling or buying."

Liz Carboon

"We had the good fortune to happen upon Matt O'Brien on our day in Auckland that we had available to visit prospective agents. Being offshore clients is always complicated but Matt was there for us all of the way. Neither of us even needed to fly over for the auction so confident were we that everything that needed to be done or could be done was going to be taken care of by Matt. We have bought and sold property quite a bit over the years and without hesitation we would say that Matt is the hardest working agent we have ever dealt with. He earnt every cent of the commission that he received upon the successful sale of our house. If you want a stress free property sale and wish to achieve the best result possible then Matt is your guy."

Kim and Peter Herd

''Matt marketed and sold our rental unit in Pt. Chevalier. Matt was friendly and honest. Matt did not try to over sell the market worth of the property to us; his price appraisal was accurate and realistic. He accentuated the positive aspects of the property to us and potential purchasers and at no time tried to "condition" us down in price. We wanted the property sold fast and accordingly Matt ran a short and sharp marketing campaign which resulted in a great sales price. We would not hesitate to recommend Matts real estate services to other sellers.''

John McCullough

"Matt was fantastic throughout the process of selling our Grey Lynn villa. His enthusiastic, positive attitude, together with his personable approach, meant that we always felt we were well-represented to potential buyers. His energy in particular meant that we never felt like "just another vendor" - he was genuine and committed to achieving an excellent result for us.

Matt communicated well, always making sure we had all the information we needed to make decisions on our way through the process. He was prepared to work around our (often busy) schedule, and was always willing to talk or meet with us outside business hours at our request. Plus, his creative side was evident (and much appreciated) in designing the marketing materials!

We also appreciated the collaborative Barfoot & Thompson approach, which meant that we had access to a wide network of potential buyers through agents at more than one branch.

We were very pleased with the entire marketing and sales process, and thrilled to have numerous bidders at auction, and achieve a great sale result. We would definitely recommend Matt to others thinking of selling."

Chris & Francelle

"Becs and Matt are very professional sales people who truly work hard for the best outcome for their clients. We were very impressed with their high level of communication and advise given to us on the sale of our uncles property. We would highly recommend their expertise to other customers."

Pat King and Elizabeth Wild

"A salesperson who sells houses, and treats you as the real customer. I have bought and sold my share of homes, and have always felt real estate salespeople work both sides of the fence, sellers and buyers - until I met Matt. Matt worked tirelessly to close the deal and get the best price for our home and at no point did his focus move away from us as the "real customer".

I would recommend Matt to anyone who wants a real estate professional on their side when selling their home - the difference it made to the entire sale process was an unequalled and unique experience. Matt went out of his way to earn our trust, and succeeded by not only getting us the best possible price, but eliminated the stress that comes with the sale of a property.I would never look elsewhere when selling my home again, thanks Matt."

Wayne Johnson

"Selling my apartment with Matt was a pleasant experience and got a wonderful result in a short time.
Matt has a good knowledge of the market, the area, and the recent activity of sales of similar properties in our area. This knowledge and the way he communicated this to us without trying to "talk things up" but just give honest answers gave me the confidence that Matt would do a good job. Additionally I was attracted to the Barfoot & Thompson sales structure along with the comprehensive marketing package that Matt presented to me."

Vahid Nikrou

"Recently my wife and I engaged the services of Matt O'Brien to sell our villa property in Grey Lynn. The auction campaign was a great success with huge numbers of people through the open homes culminating in a highly successful auction day sale.

Matt worked very hard to achieve this result for us. We found Matt to be very personable and enthusiastic backed up with integrity and a passion and an optimistic attitude in his chosen field of Real Estate.

Denis and Christine Breen

"I am delighted with the recent sale of my home and the professional manner in which Matt O'Brien conducted himself. I was kept well informed during the entire process and Matt displayed a high level of product knowledge. Matt's honest approach is refreshing and the sale price was the real proof in the pudding. I have no hesitation recommending Matt.

Michael Wafelbakker

"We chose Matt after looking across a number of different salespeople and agencies. From our first introduction we were impressed with Matts knowledge of the market, the area, and the recent activity of sales of similar properties in our area. This knowledge and the way he communicated this to us without trying to "talk things up" but just give honest answers gave myself and my partner the confidence that Matt would do a good job. Additionally we were attracted to the Barfoot & Thompson sales structure along with the comprehensive marketing package that Matt presented to us. We had no hesitation in engaging Matt, knowing we had a credible agent willing to work hard at a cost effective rate.

Once we engaged Matt he gave us very sound advice on what we needed to do to get the house ready for market, the process, and best marketing campaign for our property. From then on Matt was tireless in searching the market and introducing prospective buyers at the same time remaining accessible to us at any time and his communication was outstanding, with reports back to us on how the open homes were going, who was asking for repeat viewing and additional information on the property. Throughout the process it felt like Matt was not selling a house for us but selling a the house with us, as if it was his own. By the time the auction day arrived we knew that Matt had every potential buyer ready to purchase. The result we got for the amount invested was well worth it, I am confident our result would have been significantly less if we hadn't had Matt and the amount of work he put in. Matts integrity meant we enjoyed the whole process and got the result we needed."

Craig Hall

"Matt was amazing to deal with, his local market insight coupled with his strong communication skills and exceptional service gave us confidence that we were in the right hands - as did the sales result"

Nathan Laing

"We found Matt to be patient and keen to listen to our needs so he could find the right property for us. He did his homework, provided us with plenty of support so we could make our purchase fully informed. I recommend Matt to you as someone who is professional and who acts with integrity."

Warren Owen

"Matt O'Brien provided an exceptional service to me as property sales agent & knowledgeable ambassador representing Barfoot & Thompson's Ponsonby Branch in marketing my Westmere house in readiness for auction on 8 May 2013.
From our first conversation around the concept in March he was so enthusiastic & committed to delivering first class support for me as project manager in order to maximise the value potential through the sales process.
Given my own challenge of residency in Sydney, Matt proved to be a totally trustworthy & dependent owner of all local activities from planning & executing the advertising campaign, organising & liaising with the staging company, painters, floor varnishers, window cleaners, tree surgeons & photographers, through to hosting all open homes & helping interested buyers with ad-hoc requests for individual visits & builder inspections.
I was kept fully informed of progress with regular detailed reports & honest insights into prospective buyer mindset in context with market positioning for pragmatic appreciation of the potential retail reward at the auction milestone.
Matt was diligent & proactive in following up everybody who attended the open homes, being an approachable well mannered friendly individual, with timely responses as required & researched answers to all questions raised, to ensure that we ended up with the maximum number of bidders (6) to contend for ownership at the auction engagement.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Matt to any prospective vendor & would feel confident that he can also tune in to help any requests for local support in hunting down options to fit specific buyer criteria.
Please contact me directly should you have any questions around this statement."

Nigel Birtwell

"Matt was unfailing pleasant and helpful, always responsive to requests and always on time, which is really important to me. Matt is a great listener, he is very well informed, and obviously takes care to ensure he has all the right information upfront. He has a very easy way about him which put me at ease at quite a stressful time for me.
I would recommend Matt to anyone considering purchasing or selling a house, he is hugely capable and a delight to work with."

Rachel D'Cruz, AMG Group

"I am honoured to be able to endorse Matt O'Briens proficiency as an experienced and accomplished sales person. Matt has always demonstrated to my clients and I, an overwhelming amount of enthusiasm and motivation for every project he has worked on. I know from my dealings with Matt that he can be trusted to provide solid independent advise that will deliver results."

Hamish Roderick, Associate Trading Director, OMD

"Matt O'Brien has been our National account Manager for a number of years now. In all of our dealings with Matt he has provided excellent service,quick turnaround times and delivery. Matt trys hard for us, always seeking new concepts to allow us to challenge the radio medium beyond just 30 second spots. He's a pleasure to work with."

Sue McCrea
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