“From the moment Gayle walked onto our property, we could sense her commitment to the sale process – from very early in our initial meeting we knew she was the right agent for us.
She spoke with confidence about the proposed marketing campaign and tailored it specifically to reach our buyers – Gayle drew from her unrivalled local expertise and could visualise the target market from the get go.
Gayle connected us with her industry contacts to comfortably enable us to ‘pull all levers’ possible to get the most out of our property. Gayle worked tirelessly throughout the campaign and constantly provided us with clear communication; importantly she listened when we spoke and led when direction was needed.
Gayle had the confidence and upward attitude for a higher end goal than other agents we met in the area, and the proof is in her result. The end result being a higher sale price than other agents had suggested we could get.
We can’t recommend Gayle and the team at Harcourts highly enough.”
Andy & Kylie Staples, 32 Fowler Street Northcote, Auckland
“Prior to engaging Gayle Aspden to market and sell our property we met with three other potential providers. It was clear to us from the start that Gayle had the experience, professionalism, credentials and communication skills we were hoping for.
What impressed us about Gayle was her local knowledge and the very practical advice she gave us on how to sell and optimally present our property. This extended from providing us with a detailed marketing plan to decluttering, organising flowers and tips on room lay out. She even lent us her own leaf blower which was very helpful!
Our experience with Gayle is that she cares about her vendors and looks to achieve the best results for them. We received excellent reports following open homes on the degree of interest from prospective buyers and the results of her follow up calls with them. Gayle went the extra mile with providing additional marketing support through the distribution of flyers.
What we enjoyed about working with Gayle was the positive warm approach she brought to what can be a very stressful process. Her sense of humour and desire to get to know you formed the basis of an excellent professional relationship which produced a very good outcome for us.
We highly recommend Gayle to any prospective vendor and are very confident you will not be disappointed with using her real estate services.”
Chris and Louise Wright
“I say many times “Gayle, choose you is the most right thing I do”, not only because she helped us achieving the best results in auction just more than a week after the launch, but also gave us too much helps in the selling process. Selling our house was a really tough job, but Gayle gave us so much confidents and she led us for every step to a marvelous success. She turned mission impossible to mission accomplished.
As the first time home seller, I was anxious about too much things we faced in the beginning. But, Gayle provided the house’s market target and sell directions very quickly under her professional knowledges and rich experiences. And then she advised us to do the Homestaging to attract buyer’s interest, to do the building report to have an advantage in the auction. So if you sell the house, don’t hesitate to accept any advices from her, because everything from her is able to help you getting a best result.
She knows my listening is not very well, so text me very patiently each time, write everything clearly and detailed that I could understand. And she spent more times to solve the difficulties for us when we couldn’t fix.
She is so intelligent, dedicated, hard working , honest, responsible and reliable.
We really would like to express gratitude to Gayle for her efforts and encouragements in the whole process, she feels like a close friend not an agent, so we trust her 100%.
So if you think about selling or buying home, we highly recommend you choose Gayle and her office.
Thank you so much Gayle”
Teresa Fan and Jun Ma, 57a James Evans Dr, Northcote
“We are so pleased to have had Gayle sell our home. Right from the beginning she was professional in her approach and it was obvious that she is committed to working with her clients to achieve the best possible results. She suggested that in this rather unknown Covid Level 1 climate we sell by negotiation for a week or 10 days then go to auction if not sold.
Gayle advised us to get a Builders Report and pay for the LIM which we did so we knew our house was right ready for sale. It was very helpful to have a calendar of the marketing campaign with a timeline for launch, photos and open homes. Her wording and the beautiful photos and video attracted many interested groups. She was constantly reading the interest from potential buyers, and because the interest was so high she brought forward the time for offers to one week after the launch.
With so many offers on the table Gayle and the Harcourt’s team had to work extra hard. We had sold in just one week and are extremely happy with the excellent result. The process of offers took away the uncertainty and tension of an auction, (just with the circumstances of our particular case) and made for a very quick sale.
Right from the beginning everything was dealt with quickly and nothing we asked was ever a problem. We would like to thank Gayle and the Harcourt’s team for going beyond what was expected to give us such an amazing result in this rather unprecedented time.”
Peter and Jeanette Shearer, 47 Radiata Lane, Chatswood
“Gayle is a great agent! We asked her to assist us in selling our property in St Heliers and she did an amazing job! She is SO organised, nothing would slip through her fingers. She delivered everything on time and kept us well informed at every stage of the process. You just have to trust her experience and listen to what she says. In fact, we asked Gayle to help us after she sold to us our current house and this speaks for itself – she knows how to sell properties! We would recommend her to any client (both an easy one or one as difficult as ourselves 😊) and will definitely ask for her assistance again. Thanks a lot!”
Elena. Birkenhead Buyer, & then a St Heliers Seller. Auckland
“My wife and I needed to sell our house quickly because of medical requirements and Gayle made a personal commitment to achieve this for us without compromising the best market price. The groundwork she put in to get the house to market was extraordinary ensuring we sold by negotiation effectively after one open home overcoming various obstacles that arose. Even when the going got a bit tough on price near the end when we may have capitulated, she dug in and skilfully negotiated the price we wanted.
Gayle has enabled us to move on and finance the new chapter in our lives in a very personal and heartfelt way, more than just a property transaction.
We have no hesitation in recommending her skilled and committed services to other property owners and wish her the very best for the future.
Our words we text Gayle just after we went unconditional – Bonnye and I thank you so much for your efforts Gayle, and for the lovely goodies basket we’ll appreciate so much over xmas. To bring the buyer back from where he was at the 11th hour was a stroke of skill and genius on your part. I know you were always working for us. Best wishes.“
Dennis and Bonnye Rae, 6/4 Iona Village, Woodside Avenue, Northcote.
“Being a first-time home seller, I naturally was nervous. Gayle kept me informed of how the open homes were tracking and buyer’s interest and feedback. She looked after the property in my absence and went beyond the call of duty.
She is professional, knowledgeable, honest, helpful, and determined. She is also passionate about real estate and dedicated. The team at Harcourts Birkenhead worked hard during the auction to get the best price and I was very pleased with the outcome. I would definitely recommend Gayle to anyone who is looking for a hard-working real estate agent who is friendly and easy to work with.”
“Gayle was supportive throughout the whole process, I wrote all her suggestions down, added a list of my own, that of the building inspector and set about the task of presenting the house for sale.
Having the lists to work from made the process easier. At times we think we’re bulletproof but in fact there are other priorities in life and coping with everything could have been stressful without Gayle’s accountability, attention to detail and negotiating skills. Her negotiating skills are what closed the sale for me.
Gayle gave me the right advice from the beginning which meant no hold-ups, a seamless transition from Birkenhead to Kerikeri.
I appreciate her insights and support and can recommend her skills to any future sellers.”
“We’re so glad we chose you and Harcourts to handle the sale of our home. It was our first experience of going to auction and we were anxious about the outcome we needed. However, your marketing strategy was spot-on and we appreciate how you took most of the stress off our shoulders and onto yours. Your guidance, commitment and that ‘personal touch’ reassured us all the way.
We marvel at your untiring confidence and stamina throughout the entire process. The number of prospective buyers attending the open homes and ultimately the auction, is testimony to your communication skills and rigorous follow-up of all interested parties.
We’re convinced the outcome – achieving a dream price we never thought possible – was due to a fantastic auction, good bidders, and the very skilled auctioneer.
We’ll be recommending you to any prospective vendors/buyers we engage with in the future.”
Ken & Marie, Birkenhead.
“Gayle Aspden is the Harcourts Cooper & Co sales consultant we selected to sell our house. Her credentials and sales performances, when compared with the many agents cards we received over recent months, are to a very high standard.
When we contacted her we were most impressed by her response that included a full marketing strategy for our home.
We had never been involved in an auction sale and Gayle guided us through the process keeping us informed with reports and phone calls.
Gloria and I found her manner to be positive and forthright and always polite and helpful. As an older couple we found her to be trustworthy and dependable. Gaye looked after us throughout the process, helping with whatever we needed which greatly reduced any stress or concern we may have had with selling our home of nearly 20 years.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Gayle for real estate business.”
Roly and Gloria Alderson, 10a Lynngate Place, Hillcrest
“In 2011, I was a first home buyer looking for a house in Hillcrest.
I rang Gayle around 5pm without any expectation of her answering the call as I had so many experiences with getting voice messages after 5pm. There was Gayle answering my late afternoon call and willing to show me the house on the same day. She was so professional and patient with all of my first-home-buyer, 101 class questions. I still remember her confident eyes saying, “You have made a real good decision here.
After 5 years, I went through a few good and bad negotiations to buy 2nd and 3rd properties. In 2016, finally I decided to sell my investment property in Sunnynook. I asked myself, “I have met so many different agencies over the past 5 years and who was the best and helpful?” I sent a txt message to Gayle without any hesitations and there she was again, calling me back right away.
Gayle instantly picked up what parts of the house were negative and positive. And we worked as a great team to maximize the property value for the current market. Gayle sold my house within 5 days using the pre-auction process. She carried this process out like a true expert and achieved a price that was hard for me to believe and I was thrilled.
Long story short, Gayle is so prompt and realistic. I highly recommend her if anyone wants a confident and fascinating property agency, whether you’re buying or selling.”
N. H. Kim
“I want to thank you for doing such a brilliant job of handling the sale of my aged mother’s home now she has moved permanently into Northbridge Rest Home. Mum’s profound deafness makes it very difficult to communicate with her but you managed to talk to her face to face effectively, and were good at explaining to her the options for sale so she was happy that she was fully informed and also in good hands.
Mum was at risk of being taken for a ride or getting herself in a real mess, and we were quite worried. But you were so good with her, and looked after her, the sale and us and filled in any gaps just perfectly. The Auction went like a dream, thanks to your work prior and the expert job done by your brilliant auctioneer. And then afterwards, you helped ensure that all the final mess in house and garden was cleaned up and the place transformed into a good state for your buyers to be happy.
I do not know how you manage to be so reliable, trustworthy, nice, understanding, helpful, available, and good at handling difficult people and complicated families, and yet so hard-nosed efficient and powerfully good at your job. But you do it well. I would strongly recommend that anyone anywhere on or near the North Shore who is selling a house should pick you as their real estate agent. In particular, where the owner(s) are aged people with family overseas or very busy and the prospect of selling a house is a total nightmare, you are definitely the Go-To real estate agent.”
Jessica Vivien, 21, Traylen Rd, Kalamunda, 6076 Wa, Australia
“Deciding which real estate office to use when selling my house, and more importantly which particular agent to use from that office, seemed vital to me for getting a Top Price. I had previously bouth my house through Gayle Aspden. I always told her that I paid too much. I decided to look at her sales successes and discovered she was the top selling agent at Harcourt’s Birkenhead, and had been for the last 5 years in a row.
I went to Gayle, along with 2 or 3 other agents from different real estate offices in Birkenhead. Gayle stood out, and really sold herself to me and suggested a very professional 2-3 week auction marketing plan. I listed the house with Gayle and was amazed by the results. It was only 13months since I had purchased it from her, thinking I paid too much then. Gayle had worked very hard with me, extremely successfully with my own pre-auction offer, for this purchase. Gayle and Harcourt’s conducted an exceptional Auction, and I was blown away at the result that was achieved. I put this down to Gayle’s marketing skills, experience, and the Auctioneer Stephen Johnson (They are a dynamic team).
If I have another house to sell in the future, I would most definitely list it with Gayle Aspden. I am not at all surprised that she is one of Harcourt’s Top Agent’s. I would highly recommend Gayle to anyone thinking of selling their own house. She will get you that top price, just like she did for me.”
“Gayle is definitely one of the best! Initially, I tried selling privately but found the demands of this process proved too difficult to manage while working full-time. Gayle was recommended to me by a work colleague as someone who puts a lot of effort into the selling process and uses a variety of marketing methods. I found Gayle to be extremely professional, and she was always straightforward and pleasant to deal with.”
“Gayle Aspden has sold two houses for me now and I would strongly recommend her to anyone wishing to buy or sell a property. Her very professional skills are a rare gem and you can relax and be confident that your needs will be handled in her unique and stylish way. A fine lady that works hard with attention to detail and unblemished integrity; she will get the job done however difficult it seems and she will take on the challenge and give it her full energy and attention.”
Angela, Mairangi Bay, Auckland
“Gayle comes with our very highest recommendation!
She prepared our house from scratch, sorting out cleaning, landscaping, water blasting, building inspection, home staging and preparing the publicity campaign while we relaxed at our holiday home.
She then ran a very impressive three week campaign. The market had recently started to decline, but we did finally get a buyer, entirely due to Gayles professional efforts, with a successful outcome.
Her key attributes as far as we were concerned were her enthusiasm, her excellent communication, and her obvious wealth of experience.
We have absolute confidence in recommending her.
Five Stars Plus!”
Jim and Jenny Clarke, 39c Balmain Rd, Birkenhead
“We knew our “Unique Property” needed a “Unique Agent” and Gayle certainly delivered that.
From the beginning she was enthusiastic and professional and came up with the perfect Marketing Plan for us and organised the whole selling process swiftly and efficiently keeping us fully informed on progress. Gayle’s knowledge of the property values in our area were right up to date and we were happy with all the suggestions she came up with.
Our house was marketed auctioned and sold within two weeks an we are very happy with the result and appreciate all the effort Gayle has put in to get us a “top price”. We have sold a few properties in the area in recent years and would say that we believe Gayle to have been the best agent we have dealt with.
Gayle is a friendly highly professional real estate agent and we have no hesitation in recommending anyone to use her to sell their property.”
Pat and Jill Smith, 23d Lake Road Northcote, Auckland
“We have pleasure in offering our tribute to Gayle, who managed and negotiated the sale of our home in a thoroughly professional manner through difficult lockdown times to an excellent outcome.
We have always found Gayle to be upbeat, optimistic and disposed to call issues candidly as she sees them.
Gayle has had the energy & enterprise to go with a fantastic work ethic for us over a sustained and difficult period. In selling a home the common process of open homes & auctions have had to be replaced by much more creative marketing and Gayle’s enterprise is unrivalled.
We applaud her thoroughness and thought on enterprising options, as we do her unstinting pursuit on achieving the best possible result from the project of selling your home.
We are well aware that she puts in long hours and hard yards, and we thoroughly concur with her assurances “I have been working hard for you!”
We share & commend Gayle’s passion for working round the clock & have always welcomed her calls night & day. They are always inspired by reason, thoughtfully resourced, meaningful, constructive, and a breath of fresh air to give you food for thought on further important steps designed to get the best possible result.
In summary, we contend that Gayle lives right up to her gold medal standards.“
Nigel & Julie Armstrong, 8 Hebe Place, Birkenhead
“I found Gayle both personable and professional. She communicated regularly and chased down any and every lead. Even thought my house did not sell via auction Gayle did not stop working it and two weeks later the house was sold. So thanks Gayle for all your hard work… I highly recommend her to anyone who is thinking of selling their property.”
“You presented a very professional and detailed strategy on how you would present the property and market it. You made it very easy for us to decide which agent and company we would give our property to. It is one thing to lay out a plan; it is always something else to deliver it. We were not disappointed. What you proposed wasn’t just a sales-pitch to get our business, but you delivered on what you said you would do. The daily plan made it clear how you would go about this…. You and the Harcourts team have earned our admiration and would recommend anyone considering selling to talk to you, first, and last!”
Russell & Lois, Chatswood, North Shore
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Gayle Aspden for all her effort and energy she put in selling our property. After spending first two weeks with another real estate agency which ended unsuccessfully, Gayle reassured us that our property could be sold and worked with us with her positive attitude throughout. Gayle eventually, managed to sell our home in such economically difficult time and we were very impressed with her effort in getting us the best possible outcome.”
Tura & Helen, Gladstone Rd, Northcote
“As we lived in a different city and had never sold real estate before, we were fully expecting this to be a very stressful experience. From the first phone call Gayle guided us through the process without any obligation or pressure. After several more phone calls and after reading through all of the helpful information she sent us we knew we had found the right person to make this as stress free as possible….At the end of the day she secured a fair market price for our property that we were happy to accept. We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Gayle to any potential buyers or sellers.”
Gary & Annette, 32 Te Awa Road, Hamilton
“We would like to thank Gayle Aspden of Harcourts Cooper & Co for the excellent marketing of our property in Northcote which recently sold at auction. Gayle’s attention to detail along with her expertise during the marketing and open homes was invaluable. Her knowledge of the property market meant our home was showcased to attract the right buyers.
Gayle came recommended through a friend, and from our first meeting we felt her professional approach and enthusiasm gave us confidence to engage Harcourts Cooper & Co as our real estate agents. Throughout the marketing campaign we found Gayle to be highly motivated and focused and her knowledge and enthusiastic personality were the ingredients for successful campaign with the end result being our property was sold on auction day.
Thank you, Gayle, for all your enthusiasm and hard work. You achieved a great outcome and we will have no hesitation in recommending your services to other friends or potential clients.”
Des & Jean Raw, 2-70 Raleigh Road, Northcote
“I met Gayle Aspden at an open home in Hillcrest about three years ago.
It was the start of the boom and the open home was hectic. Her manner which was very warm and very professional. There was something about the way she conducted that open home that stood out from all my other real estate experiences I have ever had.
I never forgot it and when my husband and I decided to sell, I contacted her immediately.
Our experience of selling with Gayle has been superb but of course I would not have expected anything less.
She’s honest and very straight forward and works incredibly hard to get the best price for the property AND she manages “stressed clients” so very well.
I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone who wants the best real estate experience and the best results- Hire Gayle. You won’t regret it.”
“I am glad to have the opportunity to thank you for the hard work and energy you put into selling our home in Birkenhead. I particularly appreciated that you always kept me informed at each stage of the process. Your friendly personable approach coupled with local market knowledge was a real plus. Your determination to go the extra mile to get a sale meant we can now move onto the next part of our journey.”
“You will be the only agent I will feel comfortable to refer my close friends when they sell their houses and my houses in the future too. It will be lucky whoever have you to be their agent. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
“Gayle gave us great advice, was invariably responsive, and was a pleasure to have in our lives for those few weeks. She seemed to know the market very well and was able to give us some excellent information about where we were going to live next… We have no hesitation in recommending Gayle, and would gladly use her services again.”
Peter and Claire, Birkenhead
“Your knowledge of the area is a valuable asset and you displayed a good understanding of the market. Your advice and guidance were always sound and you were always available to answer any questions we may have had. I appreciate your passion and drive to achieve the best results for us. You worked tirelessly and left no stone unturned, delivering on everything you promised and then some! To achieve a sale well in excess of $100,000 above our reserve was far beyond our expectations.”
Neil, Browns Bay
“Gayle is to be praised for the enthusiasm, energy and focus that she brought to bear on the task of selling our property by way of onsite auction. She displayed good market insight during the whole process. Gayle’s activities were fully supported by the Harcourts procedural framework for the auction process. These systems and procedures have no doubt been developed and refined from long experience and have proven to work.”
Bruce and Maxine, Hillcrest, Auckland
“Having been through several open home around Northcote, Birkenhead while starting to look for a house to buy, I came across Gayle at 3 open homes. She recognized me each time regardless of the many weeks that passed between coming across her…Gayle was extremely professional and I could tell she was working very hard for the vendor; she kept her cards close to her chest, not giving anything away. After the open homes she followed up incredibly well and didn’t tell me about all the other houses she was selling, she stuck to the matter at hand… This I thought was a rare quality in a real estate agent, but a quality I knew I would come to use as soon as I had the opportunity to sell my own house. This opportunity arose a few weeks ago. I phoned Gayle, mentioned I wanted to sell my house. She was out that evening to see me, reassuring me the whole way through the process… A few people came through the open homes and with Gayle’s proficiency in the multi-unit market and the knack of knowing how to close these sales; she sold my unit within 9 days of being on the market.”
“Almost instantly Gayle arranged an independent valuation and took control, making the property presentable for sale. To make it more complicated we had 2 sets of tenants and a rental agent from another company. This was taken in her stride and all issues were worked through to get the house ready for Auction. Gayle worked tirelessly making sure no stone was left unturned to get as much interest before and including auction day.”
Alex, Birkenhead, Auckland
“A couple of days prior to the auction I met with Gayle. She gave me some excellent guidance of how to bid at the auction. Her advice was not what I had in mind, and I considered myself quite savvy on such matters. However, what she explained to me did make sense. I trusted her expertise. On the day of auction, I did exactly what Gayle had advised me to do, which was just as well because it worked, I was the winner on the day!”
“From the beginning when speaking on the phone with Gayle, I thought to myself if she doesn’t sell the house, then nobody can! And then, together with my wife, we met and she was even more impressive in person. Gayle is someone local who knows the market and who is passionate about selling ‘our house’ and not just ‘another house’.”
Tim & Nicky, Birkdale, North Shore
“Given my position on the Harcourts International Board and as a director & shareholder of Mortgage Express, I guess I could have used any Harcourts Sales consultant to sell my house, and in fact had a number vying for that opportunity. The reason I chose you was because of the reputation you brought when joining Harcourts, the tenacity you showed in getting me to list with you and the fact that you were not only prepared to listen to what I (the client) wanted, but followed through faithfully on all your promise – all with your every-present good humour and smile!”
CEO / Director
“I wanted to write to you to thank you for achieving such a great price on my house in Birkenhead. I had considered marketing the property myself in the first instance to save on agents costs but I’m so glad I didn’t! You (& Harcourts) made the whole process so easy and painless and this is why I think that fabulous agents such as yourself are worth their weight in gold when it comes to using their expertise in marketing their clients’ properties.”
Kirsty, Okura, Auckland
“We were so impressed by the clear and concise way in which you laid out the marketing plan and as we haven’t moved house for over 20 years, we thought this experience would be really daunting. However, your expertise, local knowledge and calm, professional manner were most reassuring…. Your honest, passion for what you do and flair for putting a “home on show”, were not lost on us and earned our admiration. A big ‘thank you’ to you and the Harcourts Team for a fantastic outcome. We will have no hesitation in recommending your services to any of our friends and neighbours.”
Lysla & Graham, Birkenhead, Auckland
“Every vendor has a different reason for selling and you understood Mum’s reluctance to sell after 25 years (to downsize) and displayed empathy whilst being 100% committed to getting the best result on the day for her. Your advice was spot on and you achieved an exceptional result, delivering on everything you promised. The house going to pre auction before the scheduled date with settlement pre Christmas the icing on the cake.”
Jane, Beach Haven, Auckland
“We were absolutely thrilled that you were able to attain such an amazing result, first the initial very high offer which meant we went to auction early and then the unbelievable price at auction. It was so exciting. I know that none of us imagined getting the purchase price we did, especially since no other properties in the area have ever sold for such a similarly high price. This speaks to your skills as a real estate agent.”
Christine, Glenfield, Hillcrest