Brent Miers & Wayne Thomson, Papamoa Beach
We have known Andrea for many years now, with our first contact being made when we sold a property in St Marys Bay, Auckland. Way back then, Andrea was a true professional in the Real Estate world and showed huge commitment along with strong ethical values when it came to selling our property. We were thrilled to learn that Andrea had recently moved to the Bay of Plenty (as had we) and knew we would have no hesitation to use her again as our preferred agent. Her approach to selling our properties here in Tauranga and Papamoa Beach meant, once again, she gave us her unrivalled excellent service along with great communication. This all led to very favourable results at the time of the sales. All three properties of ours that she has facilitated the sales of here in Tauranga have been quite different, and Andrea had no probelms applying different sales approaches to each of them to encompass the largest range of buyers.
Karen & Ian Wood, Matua
I have known Andrea for many years and have found her advice on Real Estate matters over this time to be very valuable - insightful, pragmatic, timely and reliable. This has been especially so in our recent sale of a house in Auckland and purchase of a house in Tauranga. She is very professional, capable and a pleasure to work with.
Tony & Dianne Boyle, Matua
Andrea was the lead agent on the sale of our Matua property. Her marketing package was superbly constructed especially the on-line "walk through" video. Throughout the marketing phase Andrea was totally focussed on achieving an acceptable sale. She was always available including calling from the golf course while taking a break in Queensland! All in all a consummate professional at the top of the capability pyramid.
Jeremy Scarlett, 12 O'Neill Street said:
Selling a house at the best of times is a headache, having to try and manage it from out of town is not fun. I chose Luke and Andrea after having previously purchased a property through them. I saw great value in their professional, yet very straight up approach. They manage expectations honestly on both sides. There was none of that "it's in the 1m to 2m price range". Luke went far beyond what would normally be required of an agent, organising house staging, tradesmen, even changing light bulbs which was invaluable. I will certainly use this team again in the future without hesitation.
Joachim Hackshaw, 30 Wharf Road said:
When I unexpectedly found myself as the owner of our longtime family home, I was inexperienced with the property market and really needed agents who I felt would communicate with me honestly and openly. Throughout the process I found Luke and Andrea's communication to be excellent, my feedback and questions were welcomed and I gained tremendous knowledge of the industry and selling process through them. The property for all its advantages, also came with significant challenges. Luke and Andrea worked hard to generate a tremendous amount of interest which lead to a good result on auction day. Their fee was very competitive and hard worked for, I would recommend them to anyone.
12 Harcourt Street, Grey Lynn said:
Traipsing through many open homes we came across Luke and Andrea many times and my wife and I always remarked at how professional they were. They both are such lovely people and never made us feel pressured. When we ended up buying our first home, sadly it wasn´t from Luke, we became mates throughout the process and he even came to the auction to hold our hand and give us plenty of advice when bidding. Fast forward six months we came across another house we quite fancied. Luke again was amazing and gave us more advice. Long story short we now had two houses. Luke listed our old house and sold it before the first open home for a price we're very happy with. As I was busy with work and travel commitments, he helped me prepare the house for sale and pretty much did all the running around I would never have had time for. We came across some real doozy estate agents and I think put simply Luke and Andrea really stood out. Their honesty and integrity never had us in a doubt whom we should use, and will continue to use and recommend for our friends and family for the future.
Sandra Mayne, 34 Sentinel Road said:
When we brought Sentinel Rd 17 years ago I was very impressed at how hard Andrea worked to deliver the best price possible for the seller. When it came time to sell the same property, Andrea was the only choice. It was a pleasure to discover Andrea had teamed up with Luke McCaw who, 6 years earlier, sold my Ponsonby property. I was very impressed with Luke's determined work ethic, discreet style, and his maturity beyond his years. With Andrea and Luke running the ship we saw more than double the average number of visitors through our home. We're very happy with the result and service Andrea and Luke provided us.
Gary Reynold, 20 Richmond Road said:
It is not everyday I end up selling my house! It was and remains a huge wrench. But if you are going to sell a house may I without hesitation recommend Andrea, Luke and the Team at Bayleys Real Estate Ponsonby office. They were attentive, highly professional and worked hard to get the best outcome. We new it was a "do up" from the start and they recognised this very early on and directed the marketing appropriately. They were there every weekend and mid week with the open homes. Potential buyers made aware of this sturdy Grey Lynn villa with heaps of potential as they kept the sales pitch open and remarkably honest. Their fee was reasonable and hard earned.
Clare McIntosh, 25 Wood Street said:
We cannot praise Andrea and Luke highly enough for the incredible effort on the sale of our house. No stone was left unturned when it came to Andrea's approach to marketing and selling our property. She secured a Herald Homes magazine spread which kickstarted our campaign, we had daily communication with updates of potential buyers and most importantly she ensured the buyers were there on the day.
Thelma McGough, 4A Westwood Terrace said:
We knew that Andrea was a well-regarded and highly professional agent and our selling experience further cemented this view. She secured for us a front page and inside feature in the Herald Homes weekly supplement which kicked off our marketing campaign on a high. Throughout each step she kept us very well informed. Her advice and reassurance during what is always a stressful process were invaluable. Andrea has expert knowledge of the local market and she is always a pleasure to deal with.
Jeff Still, 2 Graysons Lane said:
My experience with some real estate agents has been less than satisfactory so I was a little sceptical by the time I meet Andrea & Duncan. All agents claim to have the vendors best interests at heart and I have found that both Andrea & Duncan really do have the vendors best interests as their goal. They worked hard and achieved a great result for us, we could not be happier for they achieved the best result possible. I would strongly recommend them as wonderful people that will do the very best for their vendors and will ask them again to be our agents of preference. Thanks again.
Jenny Bernard, 8 Maxwell Avenue said:
I recently sold my property at 8 Maxwell Avenue Grey Lynn. I would like to commend the professionalism and inclusiveness of the Bayleys team and especially Andrea Ritchie and Luke McCaw during this process. Both agents were very approachable and knowledgeable of the Grey Lynn market. They offered me advice when preparing the property for sale and the best way to present my house to the market. I was fortunate to secure an article in the New Zealand Herald which provided potential buyers information about the history of the house but more importantly knowing Bayleys were selling the house gave buyers the assurance that they were receiving quality service. Andrea and Luke have an extremely calming manner. As a seller, it is reassuring to know they are grounded in their approach and are composed at all times. I have heard many stories about selling a house as being one of the most stressful things to do. Personnally, I did not find this. As the CEO of Bayleys there must be times you are confronted by people who challenge your approach. This was not the case for me. You should be very proud of your agents, Andrea and Luke, and of course the brand you have worked hard to create “Bayleys”.
Deborah Cox, 20 Seymour Street said:
Andrea was highly effective in selling our much-loved and long-held family home recently. Her commitment, efficiency and strong ethical values are combined with a natural warmth and ability to relate well to both buyers and sellers. Her service went well beyond expectations at every step - from her advice and assistance in preparing the house for sale, through communication and reporting during the sales period, to flexibility and generosity in liaising with potential purchasers. Her approach generated a great deal of genuine interest in the property and achieved an excellent result at auction.
Amanda Smith, 14 Dublin Street said:
Andrea was recommended to me by a colleague, who described her as forthright, diligent and commercial. This certainly proved to be the case with the sale of my home. As an out of town vendor I particularly appreciated her and Duncan's willingness to "take ownership" of the process, and was impressed with the level of communication and understanding of the marketplace. Andrea and Duncan are thoroughly professional and I recommend them to prospective vendors without reservation.
Sally O'Brien, 50 O'Neill Street said:
Andrea was totally professional and extremely helpful throughout our sales process. She worked closely with us and kept us regularly and fully informed (important as we are based in Europe). She provided us with the confidence we needed to conclude the sale of our much-loved property, and we are very happy to recommend her.
Kate and Ian Wright, 34 Franklin Road, said:
Andrea and Duncan's professionalism was evident to me seven years ago when I was looking for my first house. Under Andrea's personal approach I soon found myself emotionally identifying with a property and bidding at auction. When Kate and I cam to sell Andrea and Duncan were our first choice, their appraisal simply confirmed our belief. Andrea clearly identified the target market and understood the community based lifestyle and social opportunity Franklin Road presented. Andrea and Duncan dedicated themselves 100% to achieving a great result. We absolutely recommend Andrea and Duncan to any prospective vendor.
Geoff and Sue Brown, Wellington, said:
Tenacity and good communication have been the key to Andrea Ritchie's and Bayley's success in the sale of our Auckland rental property. After the auction 18 months failed to realise the price we were seeking, Andrea kept in touch throughout and has recently helped us find a suitable buyer and achieve our new asking price without incurring further marketing costs. Well done Andrea and thank you for your ongoing support and hard work in bringing this about.
Andrew Copeland and Louise Beard, 215 Jervois Road said:
“Selling our home with Andrea and Patrick was a great experience. They were a positive, enthusiastic and professional team – and very nice people. We had a clear but flexible plan that was able to respond to the market situation to achieve a great result. Thank you.
Andrew and Andrea Cummerfield, 40 Cowan Street said:
“Having purchased Cowan St off Andrea Ritchie originally and finding her very professional to deal with, we found it an easy choice to list with Andrea due to her extensive area of knowledge of the area, our property and her local database. Throughout the campaign Andrea communicated all happenings extensively to us and was very considerate about viewing times. We had a very successful campaign with a number of bidders on auction day and achieved an excellent result. We would not hesitate to list a property with Andrea & Duncan again or recommend their services to anyone.”
Rosanne Sullivan, 91 Grange Road said:
“Thank you so much for your enormous contribution to own of the highlights of 2010 for us – the sale of our house. We want you to know that the exceptional result you achieved will enable us to set up my clinic next year – something we didn’t dream possible out of this move. Thank you for your exceptional service as our favourite real estate agent.”
Richard & Ivona Bagnall, 9 Islington Street said:
“We have bought and sold a number of properties through Andrea so it was an easy choice when it came to listing our first family home. Andrea has a strong grasp on what’s happening in the market place, which comes with experience and commitment to her industry. She takes a very professional and personable approach to dealing with clients and has provided excellent service on every occasion. Andrea is a pleasure to deal with and we would highly recommend her to anyone considering selling.”
Andrew & Gail Murray, 14 Sentinel Road said:
“We were originally remote landlords and through a change in rental circumstances we decided to sell our home in Herne Bay, Being remote vendors, selection of real estate agent was particularly important to us and we immediately thought of Andrea who we had dealt with buying our first house when we moved to Auckland. Andrea was extremely professional, highly experienced, clearly knew the local area market intimately and most critically kept us very informed throughout the sales cycle. It was a pleasure dealing with Andrea and we would not hesitate to recommend her to any prospective seller.”
Gareth & Jane Ward, 4/19 Crummer Road said:
“When considering prospective agents to sell out place, Andrea and Duncan impressed through their blend of communication, understanding and professionalism. They provided thoughtful counsel on decisions we had to make, they generated significant interest in property with a tiny marketing spend and we successfully concluded a deal in advance of the intended auction process. They are professional, commercially-minded and very action-oriented and we’d happily use them again.”
Joanne Whelan, 59 Warnock Street said:
“I was thrilled with the professional sale package that Andrea put together for 59 Warnock Street. After buying & selling in the area for over twenty years, it was the smoothest and well put together sale I have had. Thanks for your support.”
David Gibson, 6 River Terrace said:
“We have now dealt with Andrea on three separate instances in respect of property in the Herne Bay area – twice as a buyer and once as a vendor. In all situations, we have been very impressed with the professional way Andrea deals with all parties. She is innovative in the ways she thinks about a transaction to find solutions for both parties.”
Matthew & Giselle Reid, 23 Pompallier Terrace said:
“Andrea came highly recommended by a friend who had bought and sold with her. We talked to other agents, but Andrea’s professionalism and experience stood out and the decision to list with her was easy. Andrea was enthusiastic, thorough and worked hard for us right from the beginning through to the Auction and then settlement. As out-of-town vendors her high level of service was invaluable and very much appreciated. We trusted her advice and feedback and achieved an outstanding result at Auction. It was a pleasure dealing with Andrea and we would highly recommend her to anyone thinking of selling.”
Sally Fitzgerald, 40 Cowan Street said:
“We were really impressed by her professional and ‘polished’ approach – as well as being friendly without being overbearing. When we came to sell Cowan Street, we naturally chose to use Andrea. We needed to sell quickly – and Andrea swung into action and had the photos done, the Bayleys Team through and contracts made with her existing client list within a matter of days. And to cap it off, we received an excellent unconditional offer within two days of the property being on the market. I would not hesitate to recommend Andrea and her team – very impressive.”
Tim Martin, 37 England Street said:
“Andrea Bell-Ritchie was by far and away the best real estate agent we have ever met. Our property was very difficult and she persevered. She has our business for as long as she wants it.”
Lynn Whitfield, 38 Collingwood Street said:
“We were happy with Andrea and felt that the advice she gave us about the sales and marketing process was very comprehensive. She is extremely professional and through and kept us well informed at all times throughout the sales process. We particularly appreciated the constant communication about what was happening on a daily basis.”
Laurel & Geoff McLay, 39A Brown Street said:
“My husband and I wish to express our sincere gratitude for the outstanding service we have received recently from Andrea Richie. There is no doubt that Andrea went way more that the extra mile during the transaction, and we would like to pass on our high commendation of and appreciate for her help.”
Lynette Barkle, 15 Sheehan Street said:
“Andrea Bell-Ritchie is a delight to work with. Professional, approachable and trustworthy. I would recommend her without hesitation and have done so.”
Amanda & Kevin Hall, 46 Wharf Road said:
“Andrea was a referral to us from a friend, and she lived up to every high expectation and then some. We bought the house on Wharf Road in a single day, and were so pleased with how smoothly the whole process unfolded. And then when it was time for us to sell the same property, she was the only agent we talked to. And she sold the property for us in a single day! Our experience with Andrea and Bayleys was excellent from start to finish.”
Diana Nicholson, 34 Baildon Road said:
“You are such a wonderful go between! No wonder you have been voted the best Estate Agent in Auckland… Certainly I will be recommending to all my house selling/buying friends, that they seek you out...”
William Peake, 17 Sheehan Street said:
“The entire process of my property sale could not haven been better. Andrea was friendly, relaxed and totally professional. She kept me fully informed, with excellent feedback and weekly reporting.”
Richard & Jane Turnbull, 20 Dedwood Terrace said:
“As offshore vendors, we wanted a proven and professional person to market our New Zealand home. Andrea came highly recommended and kept us fully informed throughout the sales process. Together with Richard Valintine, the auctioneer, we felt confident that everything had been done to achieve a great result.”
Robin & Lisa Churchman, 15 Beaconsfield Street said:
"Andrea kept us fully informed throughout the campaign. We had purchased the home just 12 months prior at the peak of the market and in a changed market we were conscious that many purchasers would resist paying a premium. The result achieved was fantastic."
Ross & Janet Manley, 12 Islington Street said:
"We were under pressure to have an unconditional contract by 4 pm on 2/12/2004 in order to purchase another property. Andrea & Deborah worked with the buyers at Auction tenaciously and tirelessly to achieve an unconditional sale at a great level in this pressured timeframe."