Having lived in Kerikeri since 1979, I have accumulated a large network of contacts within the Bay of Islands area. I have also learned that selling real estate today requires knowledge, dedication, honesty and patience, as well as outstanding marketing and negotiating skills. With this in mind, you can have complete confidence in my ability to help you sell or purchase your property.
Some may remember me from my time at Kerikeri High School, where I followed in my father’s footsteps. As a trained Chef tutor, I was Coach of the Senior Hospitality team that won ‘Top New Zealand School’ at the National Secondary Schools Championships in 2009 and 2014. It was an accolade of which I am particularly proud, not just for me but also for Kerikeri High.
Rest and relaxation for me usually involves family time and exercise. I like to get out and about with my wife Vicky, our three kids and Whiskey the family pooch. I’m goalkeeper for the Kerikeri Football Masters and also President of Kerikeri Cricket Club, where I play for the 1st XI alongside my two teenage sons.
I know that buying or selling a property is never easy - I've been there myself several times. However, with the right person by your side it can be an exciting, smooth and rewarding journey. My expertise together with the Barfoot & Thompson brand is a powerful combination that will work for you.
Simon Hart from Barfoot & Thompson was THE BEST real estate salesperson we have ever had. He is highly professional, efficient, has high integrity and honesty, has extremely fantastic communication and we never had to wait for an answer to our queries no matter how busy he was. He was always empathetic, kind and when the time came, he got down to it and got the job done! (even to the point of changing his trousers to work shorts in our driveway to help us with the final gardening for the photos!!) We were able to sell for the exact price we wanted and it was a pleasure to have him do this for us. He took all the stress out of the process, and his easy-going style also helped when things were a bit stressful. He also had a fantastic team at Barfoot & Thompson, and I could tell they were all team players with their advice and discussions. Thank you Simon for helping us realise our dream and we would not have done that if you had not worked so hard to get us the right price at the right time!Liz & Ben Cook
We have been delighted with the process and result of selling our property, with Simon Hart as our salesperson. He is very personable and enthusiastic in his approach, explained the process clearly, and provided us with a thoroughly realistic appraisal of the property.
Simon was highly professional in achieving an excellent result in a short space of time. We are happy to recommend him.William Poore & Dinah Lawrence
We found the whole experience of buying a house to be smooth, well-informed and a very personal experience with Simon. We have bought several houses before and this deal was signed, sealed and delivered very quickly. Communication was clear and timely... Simon was so great, he even brought his son over to help us move in!Chris & Bernadette
I asked Simon Hart to appraise my house in Kerikeri, as we were considering selling. From the outset, Simon was very professional but also personable. He talked us through the various stages and gave us some options going forward. He returned with a comprehensive valuation and explained why he had arrived at his conclusion.
The house was sold prior to going to market through Simon's extensive local contacts. It took three days to have an acceptable offer on the table. Although the speed may have been an issue, Simon explained our options again and ensured we knew exactly the timelines available to ensure we could meet them and they were workable for us. The sale progressed and we are now proud owners of a new home and we know our old home is in good hands.
I have no problem in recommending Simon to anyone considering having their house appraised and sold. He is clearly very passionate about his career choice and that can only be a positive for the seller.Adrian & Wendy Green
As vendors, we found Simon very pleasant to work with. He worked honestly and conscientiously on our behalf, offering us understanding and support all the way. His sociable nature and long-term knowledge of the Kerikeri area is a definite asset for vendors and purchasers. Thank you Simon, for a job well done.Sue Hall
We were barely looking, but a whisper of encouragement, the ever so lighthearted nudge over the dotted line, and a month in, we find ourselves in paradise. Life changing...the journey could not have been easier with you, assisting us every step of the way, attending to each phone call or email with top priority. No purchase is ever easy but you made it feel possible. From the uncertainty to the possibility you not only helped us buy a house, you showed us the dream! We, the Dudek family, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!Eric & Lilly Dudek