The 2021 Haddow's winners for Ponsonby residential real estate are...

With the 2021 calendar year nearly at an end, it’s time to announce the winners of the prestigious Haddows real estate awards – a review of some of Bayleys Ponsonby salesperson Blair Haddow’s most memorable sales and property-related events over 2021.

So without any further ado, the winners of this year’s Haddows are....

Highest $-value sale of the year:
25 Hackett Street – a stunning and majestic totally modernised four-bedroom/three-living room area residence which public property records show sold for $6.358million. Exquisitely designed and finished throughout with state-of- the-art fittings and fixtures, the home’s master bedroom spans the entire width of the upper floor, and has its own private deck overlooking the heated swimming pool and rear yard.

Most bids on a property (also the winner of the longest auction of the year award):
99 Franklin Road – a mixed-use property which was originally a four-bedroom/one-bathroom residence with double off-street car parking, but more recently has been used as commercial premises by its current owner and their professional services business.

The auction for the property was held online through zoom during Auckland’s recent lockdown. The auction lasted for 56 minutes and drew a total of 58 bids – many of those in increments of just $800 through a commercial salesperson within Bayleys. The property eventually sold for $2.43million to Blair’s buyer.

The longest distance property inspection of the year:
New York – some 14,220 kilometres away. An ex-pat’ Kiwi and his New Zealand wife asked Blair for a 30-minute Facetime viewing of a Grey Lynn villa Blair was selling. After setting up a suitable trans-global time, Blair held up his mobile phone and wandered around the dwelling – from the front garden, through the front doors, around the living spaces and bedrooms, before giving a tempting glimpse of the backyard and swimming pool. The New York-based Kiwi duly made a pre-auction off on the villa, but was subsequently out-bid by another buyer at auction.

The most people through an open home in one day:

The most unusual listing pitch of the year:
18 Sentinel Road in Herne Bay (being auctioned by Bayleys Ponsonby as this edition of Ponsonby News was going to press).

Following stringent Covid-19 protocols and strictest contactless meeting guidelines, the property owners/vendors sat in their car outside the home while Blair extensively examined the property to formulate the necessary marketing and sale process recommendations.

Blair then sat alone in his car, while the vendors sat in their vehicle parked behind him, and the two parties continued discussions over their mobile phones.

Biggest life-changing moment of the year (both professional and personal):
Blair buying his new St Marys Bay ‘dream home’ at the beginning of the year. For Blair, the process was a timely reminder of how emotional and nerve-wracking the auction procedure can be. Nervous Blair hardly ate or slept at all in the three days leading up to the auction.

However, knowing how auctions work, Blair went in with a set strategy on opening the bidding and what increments to raise the bidding by – exactly the type of advice Blair gives potential buyers coming to his auctions.

Blair said the auction wholeheartedly reinforced how transparent the real estate sales process can be, and how auctions really do achieve the best market price for a vendor on the day.

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Published 3 December 2021