Barfoot & Thompson Ltd (Licensed: REAA 2008) - Auckland City
34 Shortland Street
It takes just one look at Aaron’s background to see that he is an entrepreneur …
By the age of 21, Aaron had saved up and purchased his first investment apartment, and since that time he has gone on to buy numerous properties – all of which have been profitable.
Aaron has also founded a website called worthyofpublishing.com, where upcoming writers can showcase their manuscripts to gain valuable market feedback and awareness for themselves and their work. Book lovers are able to read, rate and comment on the un-published books, and those that prove to be popular may end up being published.
Aaron’s achievements earlier in his career, as one of the top advertising consultants with the NZ Herald’s Community publication - The Aucklander, has provided him the foundation for excellence. His passion for buying and selling property and his flair for out of the box thinking lead him to a career as a real estate salesperson.
Since joining the real estate profession, Aaron has successfully used his advertising experience to advise clients on the most effective way to market their properties.
Aaron Cook prides himself as an Auckland City penthouse apartment and substantial property sales specialist. Aaron attributes his success in real estate to his desire to listen to his clients’ needs and offer effective, real-world solutions. His clients appreciate his professional service, his positive can-do attitude and his energy. He is committed to achieving the outcome his clients are after and will work hard to ensure they become life long clients.
Aaron joined Barfoot & Thompson because of their credibility in the market place and because they are set up to provide their clients with the best possible service. When someone lists a property with Barfoot & Thompson, they not only get a dedicated salesperson but a network of over 1200 salespeople who are all connected to potential buyers in the market place.
If you are looking for a person with the passion and knack for buying and selling property, then you must contact Aaron for exceptional real estate service. Testimonials: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Aaron Cook for the sale of my apartment. Not only did he act in a most professional manner, but also his marketing skills and selling approach were excellent. The whole time my property was on the market Aaron kept in touch, keeping me informed about all who viewed it. This shows how much he respects his clients. His enthusiasm was truly amazing. I wish Aaron all the very best for the future as a real-estate agent.”
“Aaron, you have been nothing but professional through-out and have been great at keeping us informed of everything that was going on. You have been really approachable and easy to deal with, and we would most definitely consider contacting you if we need assistance with any other apartment sales in the future. I would also like to thank you for looking after our tenants through out this whole process.”
Jill Kelly & Brett Dunkerley
Prior to embarking on a real estate career Alan completed a bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Degree and has worked in many fields including management, mechanical design and being a salesperson. His background has enabled him to develop many disciplines including selling and negotiation skills.
Alan decided to join Barfoot & Thompson with Livia because they are a family company, they support their salespeople with training and they have a great network of salespeople.
For over nine years in Barfoot & Thompson City branch, Alan and his wife have been working closely together specialising in central city apartment auctions and have a wealth of knowledge to share with you. They own their own investment apartment which means they are familiar with the market and can work with you to achieve the best result.
They are a very successful team rated number 36 in the whole company at the end of 2008 and 2009. This shows their honesty, hard working nature and efforts to provide a quality service for all their clients. Livia and Alan are always looking for a win-win situation for vendors and purchasers. They want both parties to be happy and to help them achieve their real estate goals.
Outside of his real estate career Alan spends quality time with his wife, Livia and his two sons who are five and a half and one year old.
Livia and Alan would be pleased to help with your property needs. Please contact them to see how they can help with your next property move.
A component of Alan’s success since starting in 1995 in Real Estate is not only being extremely passionate about people but also maintaining a high level of integrity and service for all his clients. This is reflected in the marketing of his properties where a tailor-made package with options is invaluable.
What separates Alan from the rest is not what he knows but, more importantly, what he does. He prides himself on being focused, efficient, determined and dynamic. Without pressuring, he guides property sales to achieve results.
Innovative and effective marketing has helped Alan in his quest for outstanding results; his prowess in the field of auction has produced extraordinary results for many of his clients.
He works with clients both in marketing properties for sale, and finding and negotiating the perfect homes for buyers.
Alan’s high level of honesty, communication and consistency are the cornerstones of his successful philosophy.
Alan’s derives enormous satisfaction from the many referrals and recommendations from past clients and enjoys a very high percentage of repeat business.
“People often ask me what is the key to my success. I just keep coming back to the same three things- giving the best service, an excellent work ethic and passion for getting top results” Testimonials: Finally an agent who listens to his clients and doesn’t put any pressure on them.
Alan is a top negotiator who follows through and doesn’t leave any loose ends.
He’s a true professional.
Graeme Dear Alan,
Thank you very much for helping us to sell our property. We really appreciate all the effort you've put in to it!
If we are to return to Auckland in future we hope you will be able to help us find a new house.
Tatyana and Dmitriy.
If we ever had to sell again, I don't think we would bother with searching for another real estate agent. Alan did an excellent job for us and we would not hesitate in choosing him again Jan Plummer Selling a house can be one of life's more traumatic experiences; Alan Vessey helped make the occasion bearable. We found Alan to be totally committed to his profession, full of enthusiasm and life and when our spirits dropped through seeming lack of interest by the buyers, his optimism and encouragement was a tonic. Enthusiasm is not enough in this world however and Alan's understanding of the marketing strategies, his dedication, honest advice and knowledge of the real estate business is what sells houses. Alan Kept us informed of every development and at every stage of the proceedings. He helped to make the whole affair a reasonable and often pleasant experience. Mar Morgan Kemp
Alastair has a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the real estate industry. He has a proven track record in successfully developing and selling real estate. He has over 20 years industry experience.
Starting off in the early 1990’s Alastair was successfully involved in selling residential property in Parnell and Remuera. This tremendous experience gave him the knowledge and drive to create what he felt buyers were looking for. After five years he extended his involvement in residential real estate to become a property developer, renovating older apartment buildings, warehouse conversions and the design and building of new apartment projects in the central Auckland area including Parnell and Newmarket.
In more recent years Alastair focussed on larger projects, marketing and selling city apartments and terraced housing off the plans.
This diverse experience in selling family homes, apartments or projects assures you that Alastair is an expert in closing property transactions. He has approximately 500 sales under his belt.
With his integrity, friendly and trustworthy nature, but no nonsense approach and attitude he has generated respect within the industry and is well liked by everybody he deals with.
Your property is in very capable hands with Alastair whether buying or selling and you can be assured the best possible result will be achieved. There isn’t much Alastair hasn’t seen in property over the last 20 years and he will navigate his way through any issue in a way that his passion for property and people will be clearly demonstrated.
Alex has worked within the Auckland City market for four and half years developing a successful business helping people achieve great sale results. His track record is extensive and diverse with sales of freehold, leasehold as well as apartments in hotel leases and even the odd car park. Alex believes the key to a successful result is actually knowing what you are selling and having all the correct information for the buyers.
Alex’s previous life before real estate was in the agriculture industry for 20 years specializing in developing new farms and setting up new businesses. He brings that strong work ethic to all his real estate deals. Having built a large investment property portfolio over his career this has given him the personal experience required to best understand your needs.
It is not all work for Alex though, when not focused on property, Alex is on his dirt bike somewhere probably the only reason he doesn’t answer the phone! Alex and his wife Jess are proud corporate supporters of the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust and love being involved in their local community.
Alex is very mindful that selling a property is a very important decision involving one of the most valuable assets you may own. He works hard to get the best possible result for you. Strongly believing in honest feedback and giving realistic targets in all market climates.
Alex lists one of his greatest career highlights as receiving his first thank you card from a vendor expressing their appreciation, this statement summaries the essence of Alex – hardworking and humble.
If you are looking for a sale professional to assist you on your property journey then look no further than Alex. He is here to help.
Annie specialises in residential properties of all shapes, size, price ranges and locations throughout Auckland.
Her knowledge and dedicated passion for people and property have assisted Annie with many clients selling real estate and buyers finding the right property, no matter what the prevailing market conditions dictate.
Annie is excellent in both English and Mandarin languages, providing a very diverse clientele for her to work with. In education Annie achieved a Bachelor in Management Studies which is of great help with her organisational talents.
Annie offers quality service and is dedicated to securing the best results for her clients. She would love to assist you as a most valued client in all matters involving selling or buying real estate. Annie attributes her success in real estate to her desire to listen to her clients' needs and offer effective, real-world solutions.
Her clients appreciate her professional service, her positive ‘can-do’ attitude and her energy. She is
committed to achieving the outcome her clients are after and will work hard to ensure they become life long clients.
Annie joined Barfoot & Thompson because of their credibility in the market place and because they are set up to provide their clients with the best possible service.
When someone lists a property with Barfoot & Thompson, they not only get a dedicated salesperson but a network of over 1400 salespeople who are all connected to potential buyers in the market place.
Over the last number of years Annie Xu has established herself as one of the top Auckland salespeople with Barfoot & Thompson (Top 3 in City Branch & Top 5% so far in whole company Feb 2014).
If you are looking for a person with the passion and knack for buying and selling property, then you must contact Annie for exceptional real estate service.
Athena Wang delivers smart service to her clients. Working in real estate since 2004, she has established a reputation as a consummate professional who works hard to provide an excellent service to her buyers and sellers.
With invaluable previous experience, Athena’s past careers include time spent as a Solicitor and as a highly successful Fund Manager for a commercial bank. These roles have given Athena a thorough legal and financial knowledge from which she can advise her clients. She also possesses strong negotiation skills, an essential trait in a quality real estate salesperson.
Athena is very logical in her approach and can work through any issues with ease and calm, therefore alleviating any stress to her clients. You can be assured you are in capable hands with Athena, with her varied strengths in many areas.
Focused on the City and its lifestyle, Athena also has a strong interest in property renovation and has tackled the challenge of renovating investment properties. She is an advocate of buying property as a form of investment, and is able to offer advice to potential investors of these benefits.
While Athena is based out of the City, she also has extensive knowledge of both the North Shore and East Auckland making her a salesperson capable of providing her clients with up to date market information across the whole city.
If you are looking for a salesperson to work smarter with you and your money, and who can offer that extra value in terms of legal and financial advice, Athena can adeptly assist in all these matters.
Belinda has over twenty years experience in the real estate industry and a wealth of knowledge to share with you.
One of the secrets to her success over the years has been the on-going repeat business from old clients and referrals. Belinda achieves results with a high level of integrity, service and commitment in a professional manner with minimal fuss.
Belinda started her real estate career on the North Shore selling everything from brick & tile units, character bungalows to beachfront properties. She has worked in the City office for approximately nine years successfully selling residential properties and city apartments from studios to penthouses (including over 100 sales in one building alone).
There is no substitute for experience – if you are thinking of selling and looking for an experienced, committed and honest salesperson who will achieve the best results for you, contact Belinda.
“Having endured the attentions of a number of agents in our quest to procure an apartment, it was very refreshing finally to encounter Belinda. Her professionalism and intimate knowledge of the market were immediately obvious to us; she listened to our requirements, and was very effective at presenting properties that met them. Belinda would certainly be our choice in the future, and we have no hesitation in recommending her to others.”
Mark & Mandy Attard
“We have used Belinda’s services four times in last two years and have been on both the sell side and buy side of transactions. On each occasion Belinda has been very attentive to our requirements and has acted with utmost honesty and integrity. We would recommend Belinda to any potential customer either on the sell side or buy side of any property transaction.”
D & J Bongard “Belinda did an exceptional job right from the moment I called her. She was knowledgeable about the area and in particular my property. Frankly from my past and day to day experiences with Real Estate agents, Belinda stands heads above them and she deserves all the success that comes her way as she makes it happen. She has to be a gem in the Barfoot crown.”
“I was very pleased with the professional approach adopted by Belinda. Everything went well and I was pleased with the responses to the home viewings and advertising. Very pleased with the speed of the sale at an acceptable price. Pleased with the way Belinda handled all the potential problems that required decisions to be made. Overall pleased with the total transaction from beginning to end.”
“I have known Ms Illingworth in her capacity as a salesperson, since 1990. In all of my dealings I have found Ms Illingworth to be professional, trustworthy, knowledgeable about the current trends in the real estate market and a person who has acted with integrity throughout.”
George Bogiatto, Barrister & Solicitor
“I dealt with Belinda when I purchased an apartment. Belinda’s knowledge of matters pertaining to the building and its body corporate idiosyncrasies was incredible. When it came time for me to sell my apartment I again dealt with Belinda and the positive experience described above was repeated. Belinda is a total professional and as a result I would have no hesitation in recommending her services to anyone considering an apartment sale or purchase.”
G W S Boyd – Empire Properties Ltd
“Belinda was extremely efficient and showed a dedication to detail that I found very refreshing after dealing with other salespeople. She is always ready to give helpful suggestions and advice when asked. I have no hesitation in saying that in all my years dealing with the sale and purchase of properties in UK, Jersey and New Zealand, Belinda is my model real estate salesperson. Barfoot and Thompson are very lucky to have her on their staff and I recommend Belinda Illingworth most highly to look after your interests.”
Dr. Peter Tillman
“Belinda is highly respected by my family and friends and has become a regular part of our lives. She is lovely and kind and goes beyond the call of duty to deliver a thorough service. We find Belinda to be a person of integrity and she comes through as a highly conscientious and professional person. I have been very impressed in all my associations with Belinda and her commitment to every aspect of our needs. I feel that Belinda has always done her best in our interest and I am happy to recommend her professional services to all interested buyers.”
“We confirm with pleasure that Belinda Illingworth has acted as broker for our acquisition of apartments in Auckland. Her professional approach and realistic assessment at all times has been instrumental in the successful closing of the transactions. We look forward to working again with her in the future.”
“Belinda was the most wonderful salesperson anyone could ask for! She showed the apartment to us time and time again, even unreasonable hours were not a problem for her. Finally we made up our mind, without any uncomfortable pressure from her.
We would recommend her to anybody looking to invest here or anywhere else in Auckland. Belinda is very efficient, confidential with all information and always ready to help with all of our inquiries.”
Faramarz Rangi & Zsuzsanna Tantos–Rangi
“When Belinda sold me my apartment I not only acquired an apartment but also an information source for all things about the building that has been invaluable to me. She is always only a phone call away. The small kindnesses are too many to list.
I cannot recommend her strongly enough as an agent – and have in fact done so.”
“Belinda Illingworth has assisted us in both the purchase and sale of a property.
We are pleased to say that in both cases she worked diligently and professionally and her attitude was pleasant and precise. She included our ideas in the advertising and kept us informed of the progress of prospective purchasers. As Belinda is prepared to go the extra mile, we would be happy to tell others of our successful experience when working with her.”
Graeme & Shirley
“Belinda was the vendor’s agent when I brought this apartment at Quay West. In my dealings with her I found her extremely helpful and she acted as a true professional at all times. I found Belinda to be a very professional agent and have recommended her to other prospective purchasers.”
“Ms Illingworth made an immediate impression by her immaculate grooming and calm personality, factors which complement her professional approach to real estate. Needless to say both my properties were sold within the week, something several other agents had not been able to achieve in 2 months. She is efficient, natural, composed and knowledgeable on matters of real estate; features which give prospective clients feelings of confidence and security.”
Prior to embarking on a real estate career Betty completed her degrees of Bachelor of Commerce, Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (Graduate with Distinction), Master of Commerce (First Class), and Doctor of Philosophy Degree, major in International Business and Strategic Management at University of Auckland, Business School. She has been doing research in the International Business and strategic management fields and tutoring/lecturing at University of Auckland for the past four years. Her background enabled her to develop many disciplines including profound understanding in strategizing and Macroeconomics, as well as sound analytical and communication skills. Betty also possesses superb creativity, marketing knowledge and a passion for interior design and home staging, which allows her to develop amazing marketing campaigns for clients and provide advice on how to improve the aesthetic appeal of properties. This helps to maximize the chances of achieving the best possible outcome.
Betty decides to work with her husband Aaron Cook in Barfoot & Thompson. Aaron and Betty pride themselves as Auckland City apartment sales specialists. They believe that by joining forces, they are able to provide clients with better service, greater expertise, and broader market reach. She is looking forward to being of service to you.
A chartered accountant by profession, Casey Chen has a wealth of business experience. She’s spent the majority of her career working in commercial and accounting firms but has also spread her wings as a teacher, office administration manager, sales representative and restaurant owner. Her previous work experience has been a valuable part of her life and she takes great pride that all past employees speak highly of her ability and work ethic.
Casey doesn’t just shine in a work environment either. She has also been a well-regarded public speaker having been the master of ceremony at many high profile and large scale Chinese events, held in venues like the Aotea Centre and the Town Hall.
Now working in real estate, a profession where her skill and passion has no bounds, Casey’s able to use everything she’s learnt to the benefit of her clients. She knows that real estate is more than just selling houses, it’s also about building relationships and trust. She also knows that word of mouth is the best way to build her business.
Fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin, Casey Chen is able to promote her clients’ homes to a wide audience. Combine that with local knowledge that’s been built up over her past 25 years in New Zealand and you have a hugely valuable asset when selling your home or looking for a new one.
Versatile, skilled and trustworthy, Casey Chen will be your not-so-secret weapon. If you are in the property market looking to buy or sell, Casey would love to hear from you.
Emily is a sales assistant for Johnson Chen
Johnson Chen is an outstanding individual who has created a very successful business in the real estate industry. His success is not incidental but inevitable. Johnson Chen is not only a diligent, hardworking and wise person, but he also possesses high moral standards. He is a firm believer that a person with high moral standard can achieve long-term success.
Right from the beginning of his career in the New Zealand property industry Johnson has been a shining star. In 2000, he formally joined Barfoot & Thompson. Since then he has devoted himself to the company. In March 2001, he received the NZ National Rookie Award from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ), and in the March of 2002, he became the number one salesperson for Barfoot & Thompson ahead of 800 other sales people. Over the next consecutive seven years (2002-2008), Johnson Chen kept winning the first and second positions among the 60+ branches of Barfoot & Thompson.
Johnson Chen is professional and proficient in selling a mix of properties from apartments and houses to sections and farms. He is earnest and treats each transaction as if it were his first. Johnson is true and sincere in his approach and it is his goal to help find each customer their dream home in New Zealand.