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Winners again!



Harcourts - Best Auctioneers in New Zealand!


Harcourts NZ has an incredibly strong auction culture, with our team of auctioneers often dominating the finals and winners' podiums of the REINZ National Real Estate Auctioneering Championships and international auction competitions. This year 3 of the 5 finalists were form Harcourts Real Estate.


Auction competitions involve a simulated auction, where competitors are thrown the most difficult bidding sequence imaginable and complicated legal questions. They are required to call their auction with wit, charm and confidence whilst keeping under a strict time limit.


In preparation for the event, Harcourts participants put in hundreds of hours of practice and benefit from mentoring and coaching within Harcourts from experienced team members. “That’s something that is very unique about Harcourts. We are all happy to help each other out and are genuinely happy when one of our colleagues does well.” Said this year’s winner.


Harcourts auctioneers will now go on to represent New Zealand at the Australasian Auctioneering Championships held in Adelaide in September.

Harcourts has consistently had a winner or runner up in the REINZ National Auctioneering Championships for the past 14 years.



Heres one of our Auctioneers in Action:







Why buy or sell with anyone else?

Contact Derek van Baarzel

Licensed REAA 2008

M +64 21 460 954

Email: derek.vanbaarzel@harcourts.co.nz

Tips for Winter – Indoors and Out!

With winter here it is now time to ensure your property is prepared for colder weather – especially if you’re considering putting your property on the market.

With leaves falling and increased rain fall too it’s a good time to clear out your gutters and drains to prevent flooding. It’s also an ideal time to think about pruning trees that are blocking out light, obstructing access ways or could cause problems with power lines in windy weather. In addition you might like to plant some bright seasonal and/or evergreen plants to give your garden a lift. 

Now is also a good time to ensure your roofing doesn’t have any looming leaks and that you’ve dealt with exterior rot, moss or mould, deteriorating cladding or peeling paintwork as it will only worsen in wet winter weather. Ensuring doors and window are water-tight is another good idea, as is installing draught stoppers on doors. 

As for the interior, you may like to check for dampness. If need be run a dehumidifier in the dampest rooms, particularly before open homes, and ensure you have good insulation, heating and ventilation in place – features that should definitely be highlighted in marketing material and/or by the sales consultant if you are selling. 

It’s also worth ensuring worn hinges and locks are attended to, that your electric blankets are checked and your fireplace and chimney inspected (or upgraded to a more efficient and ‘cleaner’ alternative if you can afford it). Batteries in your smoke alarms could also be replaced at this time of year. 

With less daylight hours ahead it may also be a good time to ensure your lightbulbs are all working, that they are bright enough and that strategically placed lamps help illuminate darker areas, particularly as light-filled homes are more appealing to potential buyers!