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Barfoot & Thompson has to be one of Auckland's most recognisable brands. Their presence on the Shore is strong with prominent offices scattered throughout. One of their leading lights is the Takapuna branch, located opposite Jerry Clayton BMW on Lake Road. During 2014 the branch has undertaken a complete makeover, setting the platform for growth as residential property in the area continues to be popular.
For the past 18 months. "Barfoots" Takapuna office has been managed by experienced Real Estate professional Nicky Rhodes. Nicky has a team of over 30 in Takapuna, split between residential sales and property management.
Late last year they vacated the building, relocating over the road while the office was completely gutted.
"We went right down to the concrete base and walls – back to square one," explains Nicky Rhodes. "The brand new office is a flagship design for the group and we are thrilled with it. Everything is very modern, from the classy reception areas, meeting rooms and work spaces through to the new lunch room and bathrooms which now include a shower which is a must for those of us who love taking advantage of the magnificent beach on our doorstep."
"We have a great team here. We work hard and have a lot of fun doing it. There is a massive amount of experience in the office which is why we continue to have a dominant slice of the market."
"I believe people appreciate that there is not too much razz-ma-tazz with Barfoot & Thompson. We just get on with doing the business, backed by 90 years of experience. We are not a franchise operation which means there are no boundaries. Our agents can sell anywhere and they often do. Customers appreciate that flexibility."
"The strength of the Barfoot & Thompson brand is huge. It is a family run company with all the values that come with that. The families are both still very involved in running the company and they give back enormously to Auckland."
Examples of this giving back is the group's support of several organisations and events, including: Starship Foundation, Auckland Rugby, ITU World Triathlon, Auckland Rugby and the Blues, North Mystics Netball, Fast5 Netball World Series, Auckland Cup and Twilight Summer Series (Horse Racing), Auckland Lantern Festival, Diwali Festival of Lights, Auckland Santa Parade, Q Theatre and locally Netball North Harbour. In March this year it was also announced that Barfoot & Thompson would be the major sponsor of the World Masters Games 2017, which will be held in Auckland.
Barfoot & Thompson continues to rewarded for its dominance of the local real estate market. In May this year it was named Winner of 2014 REINZ Agency of the Year at the Real Estate Institute Awards for Excellence. Three months earlier Barfoot & Thompson was named the ‘Best Real Estate Agency in New Zealand’ at the International Property Awards, a global award event, with the Asia Pacific ceremony being held in Malaysia.
"It is a tribute to the commitment our people, and the organisation, make to delivering unmatchable customer service, backed by total professionalism and integrity," said Peter Thompson, Managing Director of Barfoot & Thompson.
Talk to Nicky Rhodes and her team at Barfoot & Thompson Takapuna. Corner Lake Road & Blomfield Spa. Phone 489 5084. www.barfoot.co.nz
About Barfoot & Thompson: Family owned and run – still run by the Barfoot & Thompson families; Over 90 years experience; Auckland and Northland specialists; New Zealand’s largest privately owned real estate company; A team of over 1400 residential and commercial salespeople; 67 branches across Auckland and Northland; One in three Auckland homes are sold by Barfoot & Thompson.
Channel Magazine: Issuu 49 November 2014