It’s all about people. For me, meeting and working with people in various stages of their lives is what makes real estate such an exciting and interesting business. There is always a new situation to navigate requiring a variety of skills and knowledge.
Building a relationship of trust and understanding, is what comes first when I meet a client. Getting to know you over a cup of tea is where I like to start. My policy is to say “yes” when offered a cuppa! Taking the time to sit down with you for a chat, to listen to you and find out how I can be of service to you - that is the vital first step for us. I like to really get to know the essence of each property I’m selling - that is, to identify its unique or most appealing features, then reach its target market through a tailored marketing campaign.
I’m proud to say I grew up in Franklin and have seen my home town of Pukekohe thrive into a combination of rural and city conveniences. My work could be anywhere in the wider Franklin district, in a village or a rural area, or it could be over at Orere Point or Kawakawa Bay. There are so many appealing places to live in the area - strong rural communities with village sports clubs and market days.
Various parts of my background still seem relevant today. Prior to real estate I ran the accounts side of a landscape supplies business, was a retail manager for a stock feed and saddlery business and I’ve also worked in horticulture. I have a Diploma in Marketing and a Certificate in Small Business Accounting. My first foray into real estate was in 2007 joining the Barfoot & Thompson Pukekohe Lifestyle and Rural team. A short stint with two other real estate companies increased my interest in the business and I re-joined Barfoot & Thompson in 2019.
I’m an equestrian from way back, starting out at Pukekohe Pony Club and culminating in success at top level Horse Trials, being in the NZ Pre-Elite Eventing Squad. And, I’m still not sure there is a better day out than with your horse following hounds out hunting.
At some point that was enough horsin’ around and it was time to focus on my home life with my son. In the school holidays we might typically pack up the mountain bikes and head somewhere like Taupo or Thames for a few days, going on bush walks or on a cycle trail, all in the great outdoors!
Two favourite charities of mine are Blind Low Vision NZ (I support the development of the Guide Dogs) and CCS Disability Action.
You’ll find me at Barfoot & Thompson Papakura. Give me a call or send me an email. Let’s have that cup of tea, or coffee, and we’ll start talking.