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Harcourts Thames

Gold Star Real Estate Ltd

Licensed REAA 2008

519 Pollen St
Thames

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  • Greg Sheppard AREINZ

    Greg Sheppard AREINZ

    Business Owner

    General Manager - Gold Star Real Estate Ltd I am a third generation real estate salesperson who has held a variety of sales roles with Seiko Australia Pty Ltd, Reebok (NZ) Ltd and Holdfast Ltd before embarking on my real estate career in 2001. I worked for Ray White Hamilton as a salesperson and team leader from 2001-2009 and Lodge Real Estate, Flagstaff, Hamilton as Branch Manager 2009-2015. Lodge Flagstaff was the Number 1 office in August 2016 and Number 1 office for the quarter before my departure. Achievements Trust in excellence from my achievements and sales results: • Rookie of the Year 2002 • National Executive Member 2003 & 2006 • National Premier Member 2004 & 2005 Qualifications Good information allows for good decisions and I believe it is essential to continually improve my knowledge. With this goal in mind I have completed the following: • Advanced Diploma in Management 1997 • National Certificate in Real Estate 2005 • Branch Manager 2006 • National Diploma In Real Estate 2007 The next step for me was to become a franchise owner. I am proud to be the business owner and General Manager of Gold Star Real Estate and our four offices - Harcourts Thames, Paeroa, Waihi and Waihi Beach. My goals are to support and assist the offices continue to strengthen and grow in their regions. I am most proud of the community spirit and involvement, family values and integrity of each and every member of your local Harcourts Gold Star Real Estate office.

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  • Steven Bridson

    Steven Bridson

    Manager / Auctioneer / Sales Consultant

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  • Heather Howes

    Heather Howes

    Sales Consultant

    I bring to Real Estate a variety of experience mostly involving customer service in wholesale, retail and social support. I have a genuine interest in understanding people and listening to their needs and wants. I am a keen home renovator, 6 houses so far, with sales experience in the building and hardware trades. As such I understand many practical aspects of home ownership, DIY, materials, lifestyle block care, gardening, can see potential in a property and have a good sense of colour and design. I enjoy getting to know people and the Thames community. I also enjoy being a host mother to Japanese students and Airbnb guests which softens the ‘empty nest syndrome’ as my two children are young adults now. I have lived in New Zealand since I was a child and was born in Kenya, love scuba diving and fishing, pub quiz and bush walking. I am looking forward to being the ‘Gold Star’ that assists you to buy or sell your property with all the professionalism that Harcourts offer.

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  • Irene Duncan

    Irene Duncan

    Licensed Sales Consultant

    With 15 years experience in real estate and a 120 million dollar achiever you won't find many salespeople with more passion and expertise in the Thames area than Irene. Her results speak for themselves, Number 1 salesperson at Harcourts Thames from 2006 to 2018. Irene prides herself on being totally honest in her real estate career. She calls a 'spade a spade' and gets results and that is exactly what you need when selling one of your most important assets. Her goal is to give you "exceptional service" whether you are buying or selling property. Irene's knowledge of the Thames property market is second to none. Irene finished in the Central Region Top 20 for the Year 2010 to 2014. Irene is extremely passionate about her career and transfers her enthusiasm into every client she deals with. Irene is married with two sons, along with their partners and her grandchildren who all live locally, and whom she is extremely proud of! What people have said about Irene.... "Irene was very thorough, telling us all details about the house we bought, making sure everything was working as it should. She kept in contact with us with information on what was happening. An honest, reliable agent. We felt Irene fulfilled all attributes of a successful real estate sales person." ~M Barton "As with selling our last sale using Irene’s services she worked hard to achieve a sale and we were very happy with the price realised. Irene was ‘spot on’ with pricing when marketing our place. She is always very pleasant to us and buyers and is very professional. The best recommendation I can give for Irene is to say that we have used Irene before to sell a house and wouldn’t use anyone else in Thames." ~M & E Petty "Irene was outstanding right from the start – she communicated well and went the extra mile to help us deal with some issues with the property. She was honest, up front and gave us good advice. I have no hesitation in recommending her. A highly professional person". ~ R Dalzell "Great person to deal with. Irene kept me informed throughout the whole sale of what was happening." "Irene kept me well informed. Her perseverance - she didn't give up and kept reassuring me it would sell. Straight forward communicator - says it how it is - which I appreciated." "Prompt and clear communication at all times. Was friendly." "Our service experience with Irene was more than our expectations. Having a house previously listed with Richardsons, we were disappointed with their service delivery (lack of communication, listing our property with no emphasis on its quality, location etc). Irene came into our home and gave us trust and confidence with your company and her as a person. She gave us an honest approach on price, marketing as well as - (Irene's words) - "I will sell your house."" "Irene was very friendly and efficient. She was always available for questions. The buying process went through very smoothly and quickly." ~ Lilian Jennings

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  • John Hedges

    John Hedges

    Licensed Sales Consultant

    John goes to work everyday hoping to make somebody's day an "exceptional day". It’s not all about listing and selling properties- that comes as a result of the interaction and relationships he forms along the way, resulting in matching the right people to the right property. There’s no compromise with John - if it doesn’t feel right he won't go with it for the sake of a sale, if you want positivity and integrity you need to give John a call. Harcourts Gold Achievement Award April – June 2019 Harcourts Certificate of Excellence Award 1st Place - May 2019 Harcourts Certificate of Excellence Award 1st Place - April 2019 Harcourts Certificate of Excellence Award 1st Place - February 2019 Harcourts Achievement Award January - March 2019 Harcourts Bronze Achievement Award April – June 2017 Harcourts Bronze Achievement Award January – March 2017 Harcourts Silver Achievement Award October – December 2016 Harcourts Bronze Achievement Award July – September 2016 Harcourts Bronze Achievement Award April – June 2016 Harcourts Silver Achievement Award January – March 2016 Harcourts Silver Achievement Award October – December 2015 "John was always upbeat and cheerful. Everytime I range with a request he was prompt in getting back to me with the answers." ~ Ryan Mehlhopt "Organised and always positive, John is a constant communicator. Approachable and enjoyed his "keenness" and sense of humour. I would have no hesitation in contacting John for further real estate business." "John is a fantastic salesperson. He makes you feel special, nothing is too much trouble and is very easy going. His local knowledge is plentiful, and he made a great connection between the new buyer and my business. Very happy with the outcome (even when it was dragging on, John would always be offering advice about waiting for the right person)." "John was an effective communicator during the Home Buying Process. He displayed professionalism when selling us the property. We would recommend him to people buying property in Thames." ~ Craig Blundell "Excellent service even after the contract was signed. Consistently followed up queries." ~ Diana Maher

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  • Julie Gainfort

    Julie Gainfort

    Licensed Sales Consultant

    If you are thinking Real Estate, there is only one name to remember Julie Gainfort Accomplished, professional, down to earth and ready to make things happen, Julie will commit herself to you and your property and generate results that often surprise and delight. "For me, selling real estate is a lifestyle within itself. Properties are always in demand, people are always looking at moving to Thames, the Thames Coast or into new and different lifestyle opportunities, it's just a matter of how fast they want to move". "Everyone should have Julie" is how one client described it. Finger on the Pulse "There is nothing more fulfilling than helping people achieve the unexpected. It's not always possible, but it comes with time, effort, energy and knowing, and I mean really knowing the market, what we have available. Just as important is keeping your finger on the pulse of what is coming on to the market and how to match that with qualified buyers who are ready to spring into action when the opportunity presents itself". Depth of Knowledge One of the benefits of previously working in Property Management is that it gives me a deeper understanding of our town, the properties, the highlights and pitfalls people need to be aware of when they are considering buying in certain areas, and I can guide their decision making. I won't make choices for them, but am always up front if I feel they are heading in the wrong direction or won't be happy in the longer term with their choices. Doing the Right Thing For me, honesty is key to making a real difference in peoples lives and the choices they make. I need to know that when I go home at the end of the day, I have done the very best I can by every client and that I have given them the most appropriate help and guidance possible. Keeping Pace And in this fast changing market, with the added pressure of ever changing laws and legislation - staying on top of these changes means a personal commitment to continuous change, learning, personal and professional development. Testimonials "Julie's performance in selling our property was exceptional. Her appraisal of the property proved to be accurate and demonstrated that she was in close touch with the market. From the outset it was clear that Julie was working to achieve the best possible result for us. We believe she was successful as the sale exceeded our expectations. With two very interested buyers, Julie handled the situation with skill to our advantage. She has a courteous, low pressure style which we like. We have now bought and sold through Julie and have been 100% satisfied on both occasions". ~ Bruce & Margaret Millar "Just a short note to congratulate Julie on the manner in which she conducted herself and the skill she demonstrated in securing an unconditional offer from us on the property we sought to purchase. Julie demonstrated a high level of training and was able to cope with several instances in the negotiations when we were about to walk away. I have recently sold my interest as principal in Commercial Realty Ltd after setting it up in 1989. I was also responsible for the in house training as required by the new act. I remain very impressed with Julie. She represented the company and your client with skill and professionalism that I was pleased to see". ~ Maurice Walker "Julie was excellent at staying in contact via email as well as by telephone. She also kept us up to date as soon as there were any new happenings regarding the potential sale of our property in Thames. Julie gave good and realistic advice on what she thought was feasible for the pricing and marketing of our property. She was very inclusive of our family members and especially of my aging mother - commenting on the lovely garden". ~ Lyn Cameron "From the very start of selling my house to even finding me a place to rent when the house I was hoping to buy failed its building report, I felt Julie went way beyond being 'just an agent'" ~ Bob Ashwell "Julie is very caring. She really listened to what we needed & communicated with us at the highest level. Awesome at keeping in contact with us before - and after we went on the market. We felt very priviledged to be able to work with her & the lovely kind way she looked after us. Keep up the great work Julie" ~ Jeremy & Carolyn Robbins "In all aspects of the sale process - friendly & communicates very well - always stays in touch" ~C Steel "Exuded professionalism without comprominsing her friendliness. Dogged persistence with the deal looked dead. Always cheery and confident that we would succeed and we were working as a team. Never slow to seek advice on the legal issues and clearly stated her area of expertise ie selling real estate. Julie is a woman of integrity and her honesty shines out - we would recommend her services to others without hesitation." ~ Virginia Clay "Julie's initial advice regarding our inquiry in relation to the listing of our property for ale was very informative and Julie's sound advice gave us confidence in our decision to list with Julie and Harcourts. Julie kept us well informed of viewer and buyer interest throughout the sale process. After the agreement became unconditional we were very appreciative of Julie's continuation to support us in all matters related to the conditions of sale. We found that Julie's property knowledge, professionalism, marketing skills, sound advice and positive approach to her obligations related to real-estate sales was impeccable. Should we need the service of a real estate person in the future we would without hesitation look towards Julie because of her dedication to duties in all matters related to Real Estate Sales". ~A Mckenzie "Accurate advice on the property value, asking price and subsequent negotiation to sell. Very good communication". ~- B. Miller "Julie follows up on any questions or further information. we required on the property. She continued contact throughout the purchase process and always returned our phone calls. Just really helpful during the whole procedure. Listens to what you say!" "I have dealt with Julie over the last 10yrs as rental agent as well as when searching for a house to buy. When I decided to sell my home recently, Julie is the only agent I would work with. Julie is patient, understanding and most importantly for me listened to what I wanted or needed. Julie made the sales/buying process so easy for me from start to finish. Thank you so much Julie". "Julie possesses all the attributes listed at the bottom of the page - property knowledge, experience, honesty, ethics, professionalism, enthusiasm, listening skills etc - could have been taken from her own manual." "Julie provided the best possible service in every way. She has an excellent ability to question people and understand just what they are wanting in a property, and took me directly to the house I eventually bought. From then on she continued to help me in numerous ways through the negotations and I would certainly recommend her to anyone I knew who was looking to buy a house". "Julie is very efficient and pleasant to work with". "Julie was very friendly and helpful in every way. She was always available to answer any queries and went out of her way to make sure the sellers cleaned up all the junk on the property. She also managed to get the sellers to re-negotiate when the LIM Report had some items unsatisfactory. Totally recommend her for any Real Estate Business." "In all aspects had all your interests from her heart." ~ WE O'Hara "Julie provided excellent service in every way, including information etc. Her personality was to the extreme. Harcourts should be very proud to have her as a salesperson." "Julie updated us whenever relevancy applied. She was clear, fast, with concise communication. Very polite, well spoken and not patronising. Julie treated me with great dignity and respect. A very professional agent with whom I would have no hesitation contacting again and would highly recommend her to other potential buyers/sellers".

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  • Maria Flint

    Maria Flint

    Licensed Sales Consultant

    Having previously been in sales, I have been a personal assistant at Harcourts for nearly five years. It is now time to focus on the real estate marketplace. Real estate is a genuine passion, meeting all different people and helping them meet their dreams with new lifestyles. While enjoying a game of golf, playing bridge, enjoying bush walks and the lifestyle that Thames and the Coromandel offers, I am also the treasurer of the Te Puru Bowling Club and have been involved in Age Concern as a volunteer visitor. I’ve been taught that hard work and premium customer service are paramount values of the business. I couple these with sharp attention to detail, honesty and an unwavering commitment to my clients. I can offer you a quality of service that will be of value to you whether buying or selling. Please call me for any of your real estate needs, whether buying or selling. Maria Flint 0274 585 405 “Working for You” TESTIMONIALS "Maria is friendly, honest and professional at all times. She listened to what real estate I was interested in and showed me the same, not distracted. Questions I had for Maria - if she didn't know she would come back to me with answers. No pressure to sell me something. Maria accommodated my erratic timing as I travelled from Auckland to Thames.". "On all dealings together I found Maria professional, honest and a great listener, who dealt with my wishes, questions, and concerns with sound advice. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone wishing to sell their house or buy another one". "On the first contact after the initial sales agreement had been discussed, Maria had already contacted the TCDC to see if the house/section had possibilities of being subdivided. We then decided that with this information Maria was proactive as a real estate person, and had the sound advice, communication skills and the commitment to sell the property. Maria was very attentive, her feedback, communications and negotiating skills, integrity and commitment was better than expected. We are pleased to have sold the house under Maria's listings". C White

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  • Steven Bridson

    Steven Bridson

    Manager / Auctioneer / Sales Consultant

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  • Alaine Hedges

    Alaine Hedges

    Personal Assistant to John Hedges

    In her twenty-second year in Real Estate every day is as enjoyable as her first year. Alaine has built a strong group of professional consultants teamed up with a reputable property management team. Alaine is very passionate about creating a positive team environment, living by the Harcourts values of putting people first, doing the right thing, being courageous and having fun and laughter along the way. Attitude and professionalism are also key drivers for Alaine and her team. Community involvement and support is important to Alaine and as well as sponsoring a number of sports and community groups, Alaine encourages her team to actively participate in local events. She believes that her team being involved in the community boosts their morale and creates positive energy, key to the business’s success. Alaine is excited to have expanded the Thames based business into Pauanui with an office and small sales team now up and running in the beach side town. Alaine is proud to have enthusiastic and experienced sales and property management teams that are focused and driven to get results. Whether you are buying or selling she is confident that she has the right team to work for you to achieve your real estate goals.

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  • Janine Jordan

    Janine Jordan

    Personal Assistant to Irene Duncan

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