I work in partnership with Jo Pickering. Together, as a team, our goal is simple - providing outstanding results for our clients.
Helping people achieve their home ownership goals is something for which we have a genuine passion. Innovative thinking, smart marketing and a good old-fashioned commitment to hard work makes this happen.
Our communication skills and our ability to develop lasting relationships is something on which we pride ourselves. Exceptional negotiating skills bring people together and make great deals happen. Many of our clients become advocates and also friends who enthusiastically refer us to others.
Working together means that we cover more ground, reach more buyers and we're always available to respond.
For friendly, down-to-earth salespeople who are passionate about achieving the best results for you, contact us for a chat today.
Jo and Mike were a dream to work with. They’re friendly, helpful and professional, and they really know their stuff. They know the market and the neighbourhood. They’re full of good advice and regularly went above and beyond to guide us through the selling process and help us get the best price for our property. It felt like true teamwork.Shelley & Ian Sweeny
In my opinion real estate salespeople can either add to the stress of selling your home, or they can reduce it. Jo and Mike do the latter! They are swift, smooth and stress-free. They listened to our requests, a short notice auction with a strict reserve, and simply got it done. Amazing communication throughout the process, and super fun to have a drink with afterwards! Cannot recommend them enough!Kate & Pete van der Fluit
October 2020, we decided to enlist salespeople to put our property to market. With a little research we discovered Mike Vermeulen and Jo Pickering were a very successful team in our part of Auckland. A quick call had them visit in the next day or two to introduce themselves and to get to know us. This first encounter was so enjoyable, you could say refreshing.
Mike and Jo were impeccably dressed and very professional in their approach, without being pretentious. They were in fact friendly, positive, informative and energetic, which for us was comforting, thus we decided to engage them to get our property sold at Auction.
In the subsequent meeting they clearly spelt out requirements of both parties to market the property. They proceeded to sort things for us, whilst we moved out of town. The team always fulfilled promises made. So refreshing. We were constantly updated and additionally they went the extra mile, as in forwarding mail, dealing with couriers, replacing light bulbs, even after the property had sold.
Our entire experience has been both memorable and enjoyable.
Last but not least, in chatting with a neighbour post-sale, we were advised that all neighbours had been kept informed of proceedings during our physical absence in the sale process. That person was also totally impressed with Mike and Jo, saying they also would definitely use them to sell their property.
These guys are amazing, 10+ out of 10.Margaret & Eric Fleming
Jo and Mike have been awesome to work with and I can not recommend them enough. Being an overseas seller meant they took all my worries away - great communication by various means, super helpful and always available even through the crazy Christmas period. They worked hard to ensure there were multiple buyers and did it with real integrity. Whilst there were some challenges in getting house to market , they remained positive and supportive and just got creative with solutions whilst keeping me in the loop 24/7. They are a great business partnership who collaborate to add value to a client.
They went above and beyond with early and late calls to suit my time zone, ensuring someone could do the garden and keep an eye on property over Christmas.
I would totally recommend them to anyone wanting hands on, honest and get the job down real estate salespeople... also love their sense of humour!Anna McNaughton
Jo and Mike are the consummate professionals. After interviewing several parties to take on the very important task of selling our family home, we are very happy that we made the decision to choose this excellent team. They bring to the table skill, knowledge and a warm manner which immediately makes you feel you are in good hands. Their communication skills are second-to-none - always replying quickly to inquiries and asking for viewings with plenty of notice.
We had an extremely busy campaign with over 200 viewings of our property and a brilliant result at auction. We couldn’t be happier with the result. Through this busy and intense period, we always had total confidence that everything was being managed well, and the strengths of their teamwork, took all the pressure off us!
I couldn’t recommend Jo and Mike highly enough not only as skilful salespeople, but as warm, friendly people.Seller - Emma & Aaron McLean
Mike and Jo are absolute professionals. Selling my first home felt like a daunting process at first and I pestered them with questions throughout but they always made me feel comforted that my home was in great hands. They know the market and the sale process inside out and their skill and demeanour put both myself and potential buyers at ease. Not only are they pros, but they are lovely people who I instantly clicked with. Most importantly, we achieved a successful sale at auction – thank you Mike and Jo!!Bridget Thompson - Seller
We had such a great experience in buying a house with Jo and Mike that it was a no-brainer to list with them when we were ready to put our own house on the market. They are refreshingly honest, extremely hard-working, and are just really lovely, genuine people!
Having dealt with Jo and Mike on the buyer’s side, we knew that they would be the perfect advocates for our home. They know how to engage with buyers without being pushy, and their marketing campaign was completely on point.
They gave us invaluable advice on how to increase the saleability of our home, and were more than willing to speed up the pre-campaign process due to Lockdown. We were kept very well-informed throughout the entire process and they made a potentially stressful situation into a very enjoyable one.
We are now massive fans of Jo and Mike and would definitely not hesitate in recommending them to anyone!Kirsty & Tim Palin
Jo and Mike were great to deal with. They put my mind at ease and gave me some valuable pointers for getting my home ready for the market. In the end, we ran a short but busy campaign and I felt I was being guided by them honestly, fairly and efficiently which led to a fantastic result on auction day. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Jo and Mike to represent you too.Kathryn O'Neill - Seller, Western Springs
We would highly recommend Jo and Mike to anyone looking to sell in the Grey Lynn area. As first-time sellers living overseas, Jo and Mike managed the auction process seamlessly, keeping us informed and in control. To get the most interest from buyers, Jo and Mike advised us on where we could renovate to add enough value, staging and presentation, as well as timing for listing the property. This helped towards getting around 150 groups to view the property over the three weeks leading up to auction date.
During the busy auction campaign, Jo and Mike were professional and responsive in providing feedback after each open home, passing on questions, and identifying the number of serious buyers. This helped us to be prepared, make informed decisions and remain calm on auction day.
On auction day, we called in from Melbourne, while Jo, Mike and team walked us through the auction process and possible scenarios. As we listened to the auction, the bidding progressed quickly between four bidders, ending with a sale that was well within our expectations.
We are very pleased with how Jo and Mike managed the marketing and auction of our property, and enjoyed working with such a friendly and professional team.
I was a bit nervous going into the sale of my first home around what to do and expect. Jo and Mike made the sale of my house so easy, especially considering I was overseas for most of the marketing campaign and the auction. They provided me with great advice and this lead to an excellent outcome for my sale. The marketing of my property was of a very high quality and was turned around really quickly. I would highly recommend this fantastic team. They are warm, friendly, professional and kept me well informed throughout the whole process.Erin, Seller
We're about to move into our new home and we couldn't have done it without Mike and Jo. They guided us through the process of selling two properties at the same time and managed to make it stress-free. Mike and Jo are highly professional, hard working, knowledgeable and so easy and fun to work with. We highly recommend them.Nina & Tommy Moulder - Sellers
We met Jo and Mike when we were trying to buy a house many months ago, and they subsequently became our agents to sell our house. We have met many agents since, and Mike and Jo stand head and shoulders above the rest in their positivity and professionalism. They made the process of selling our house as stress-free as possible while keeping us informed throughout. They are warm, thoughtful, and offer sound advice. We love them!Ning & Dean - Sellers
Jo and Mike were fantastic to deal with from start to finish when we put our investment property on the market. Based out of the Barfoot & Thompson Grey Lynn office (just around the corner) meant they had great insight into the area and how the market was going throughout the campaign. They responded quickly to market changes, keeping us informed with options and they were able to tune advertising week by week to target the types of buyers for our property. Great personalities, great communication and a real passion for what they do means we have no hesitation in recommending Jo and Mike to any potential sellers out there.Steve & Kirsty Job
Jo and Mike were excellent to work with from start to finish. Their support, suggestions, care, professionalism, knowledge and genuine leadership to obtain a great outcome was hugely valued. I've recommended them already.Melanie Beattie - Vendor, Sunny Brae Crescent, Westmere
We met Jo at a house she was selling and were impressed with how warm, friendly and approachable she was and how thorough her follow-up and processes were, but without being pushy. When it came to selling our place a year later we knew Jo was the right person and we met Mike and he had the same qualities and they make such a great fun team to work with.
Selling our first home, it's a very personal thing as it's a part of your life story and at the same time you're also wanting the best possible result. You are learning a lot but want to enjoy the journey too and need to be selling with agents you fully trust. Jo and Mike totally supported us through this. They were working hard to get the best result for our place and connecting with our buyers and guiding us through the process. Within a month our place had sold and we were very happy with the result, especially in this current market.
Mike and Jo were an absolute pleasure to work with! Mike went out of his way many times to accommodate our requests and queries. We have dealt with many agents but Mike is one agent we have received such wonderful service from. Even after settlement he has been extremely helpful. Thanks again Mike and Jo!Akhil and Aarti - Purchasers
Jo and Mike have been awesome to work with and I cannot recommend them enough. Being an overseas seller meant they took all my worries away - great communication by various means, super helpful and always available even through crazy Christmas period. They worked hard to ensure there were multiple buyers and did it with real integrity. Whilst there were some challenges in getting house to market , they remained positive and supportive and just got creative with solutions whilst keeping me in the loop 24/7. They are a great business partnership who collaborate to add value to a client. They went above and beyond with early and late calls to suit my time zone, ensuring someone could do the garden and keep an eye on property over Christmas. I would totally recommend them to anyone wanting hands on, honest and get the job done real estate agents ... also love their sense of humour.Anna McNaughton
Mike and Jo - thanks so much for doing a great job selling my house in December. You were both extremely professional to deal with and I particularly appreciated that you were completely available to guide me through the challenges that go with selling in a very short time frame. I felt the marketing of the property was stunning and the overall professionalism of Barfoot & Thompson was excellent. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you both in the future.Karma Hooper - Vendor
Jo and Mike helped us buy our first home. They explained everything and went over the contract step by step which helped us as we are very new to this. They got us a fair and reasonable price. If someone asks if I know a good agent I would not hesitate to name Jo and Mike as a reference as they made the process very easy and fast.Martin and Jocelyn Hess
It was a pleasure working with Jo and Mike in our recent house purchase. We had spent a few months searching for a house after moving back from overseas and were feeling a bit frustrated at the lack of transparency from agents as to what property price expectations were. Jo and Mike were friendly, welcoming and informative at the open homes. With their guidance and encouragement we got ourselves ready to participate on auction day which enabled us to purchase our new house. Dealing with Jo and Mike was a seamless, positive experience from start to finish.Samantha H & Shona B
Together with my wife, I am writing to express our sincere gratitude for your assistance in selling our Somerset Apartment in Auckland. Your professionalism made this whole process smooth and straightforward.
Firstly you applied your knowledge of the current property market evaluating the desirability of the unit, which therefore generated a successful result for the sale of our apartment. Secondly you were so enthusiastic during the whole marketing campaign and we experienced seamless conversations and updates from you although we are based overseas. Thirdly, I noticed that you did a lot of work assisting the purchaser to ensure the deal came together for a successful result for all parties. Finally your ability and flexibility when completing the sale was outstanding. Thank you so much for all your help and hard work you put in.
To sum up, I would be more than happy to utilise your services again, and will definitely be recommending you to my friends and family wanting to buy or sell property.Jason D