Strongly focussed on being at the top of her game, Karen has attained AREINZ (Licensee) status. She chose to align her real estate business with industry Leaders, Bayleys, seeing it as a partnership that allows her to thrive and one which adds value to her clients’ transactions.
“Bayleys has a proven reputation founded on strong family values, astute business practice and most importantly, results. The leadership, resources, networks, alliances and professional services that are inherent with the Bayleys brand further enhances my real estate business,” says Karen.
By her own admission, Karen runs a tight ship. She has a full-time personal assistant to handle the administrative tasks, freeing Karen up to do what she does best - seeking out property to sell, forming tight working relationships with her vendors, marketing property superbly, showing property to prospective buyers and negotiating a sale.
Nothing is left to chance. Utilising the specific skills of a professional photographer, copywriter, floor-plan specialist, window cleaner, builder, painter, florist and furniture hire company, a Karen Spires-marketed home is a strategically-managed listing destined to attain the best price in the least amount of time.
Much of Karen’s business now comes by way of personal referral or repeat dealings with those who have enjoyed doing real estate her way.
Karen lives in Herne Bay with her partner John and their son Jack. Believing that with success comes responsibility, Karen generously supports the local bowling club, Plunket, Breast Cancer Research Trust and Hospice New Zealand.
So what are Karen’s five secrets to success, for getting the best price for your home in today’s market?
1. Get as many prospective buyers through the property as possible.
2. Going under the hammer – it’s virtually a must to ensure you get the most from the market.
3. Always do everything you say you will do and follow up with all interested buyers.
4. A well targeted marketing campaign.
5 A local agent with a reputation for success.
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43 Lawrence Street, Herne Bay
Karen is an extremely effective agent. She combines experience and wide knowledge with good judgement. Her advice in preparing and marketing our property was accurate and efficient and, most importantly, she got results. We sold a good property but in a difficult market and the price we realised was fair and accurate. Karen’s honest and straight-forward approach is much appreciated, and her businesslike management of the whole interaction helped this time-poor vendor.
68 Argyle Street, Herne Bay
If you are serious and want to sell your house in Herne Bay then Karen is your gal. Does what she says and says what she does. Very direct, to the point and honest.
2 Waitemata Street, St Mary's Bay
Karen, many thanks for your professional candour in the successful sale of our house. The process was as much a pleasure as selling a property can be.
Marc & Augustina
56 Ardmore Road, Herne Bay
Karen, thanks again for all your hard work. You did such an amazing job. We will happily recommend you to anyone that needs a fab agent!
With love from the Groves
17 Emily Place, Auckland
I can confirm that I was very happy with the way that Karen handled the sale of 17 Emily Place. I thought that she acted professionally and efficiently at all times. I was given initially a very clear and detailed proposal with various marketing alternatives set out from which I was easily able to make a decision. She gave sound advice on furnishing the property and arranged all that efficiently. The open home was handled up to my expectations and the negotiation of a very early sale proceeded completely without drama with, from my point of view, a very satisfactory outcome.
41A Hackett Street, St Mary's Bay
What Linda and I look for when entrusting the sale of our property are two key things: Firstly, the caliber and experience of the people who will be entrusted with representing our investment and secondly the company behind these people.
Our experience with Karen was that she delivered the investment result we were seeking – she has a key attribute of adding “calmness” to the mix when the pressure mounts. This attribute is critical when making investment decisions – both selling and buying. This is her unique point of difference that we experienced.
We came to appreciate very early on in the S&M campaign that Bayleys, the company, provide the most professional people for each critical task in the auction process.
Mark & Linda Turney
30 Argyle Street, Herne Bay
Karen Spires provided an excellent service. We found her to be approachable and friendly, yet she also maintained a high level of professionalism in the interactions. She was enthusiastic, organized and committed, which resulted in the very satisfactory sale of our property.
The auction went very well and the venue was well appointed. The experience was a rollercoaster ride at times but expertly handled by accomplished auctioneer Phil Hayes.
We highly recommend Bayleys Real Estate – particularly Karen and would not hesitate to use her again in the future.
Linda Pirimona & Family
52 Marine Parade, Herne Bay
I bought a new house so I really needed to sell my old one – motivated. Karen advised me to present the house to its best advantage. In particular we found a firm to furnish the house in order to maximize the buyer appeal. The advertising started during the week and Karen did the first open home at the weekend. I was pretty astonished to be contacted on the Saturday with several offers in writing. I sat down with Karen and went through the different offers and it was clear from this I had received a very good offer price, which I accepted the next day.
The overall experience was quick and effective. In particular I was very pleased with the price compared with the CV and the help to make the house the most saleable. The place looked unrecognizable - like something out of a film.
I would strongly suggest using Karen’s services to get the best possible price in the least possible time.
Dr Jeremy Klinger
43 Westend Road, Westmere
Thanks so much to you and Patrick for seeing through the sale of our property at Westend Road. I am sure it was more work than you had, perhaps, anticipated, and for your extra efforts we are extremely grateful. Andy and I are really happy with the deal, and with the service you provided. If any of our friends are buying or selling in the area, we will definitely encourage them to contact you first.
Once again, many thanks.
Jacinta and Andy Sutton