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The 5 Best Real Estate Agents in Auckland Who Play to Win

The 5 Best Real Estate Agents in Auckland Who Play to Win
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All of us at the Auckland magazine team have had our fair share of checking out those advertised “charming and spacious abodes,” only to find it was more of a glorified broom closet with a view of a brick wall. 

And dealing with the ones who try to sell a property as “cosy and low-maintenance with unmatched privacy”? Well, let’s just say you won’t need curtains because even the sun can’t find the place!

If that sounds like something you’ve dealt with on the hunt for your dream home, then you’re in the right place. We did our research, spoke with multiple people, and have put together a list of real estate agents in Auckland who won’t pull that BS. Here are all of our trusted picks!

How much does it cost to hire a real estate agent in Auckland? 

In Auckland, most real estate agents earn their money via commission. They receive an estimated average of at least 1% of the total purchase price. 

However, this percentage may increase depending on the real estate agent you hire.

How We Chose

Communication Skills: We chose agents who don’t just talk the talk but walk the walk. Agents who keep their clients in the loop without having to send a search party for updates.
Market Knowledge: We sought out agents who know Auckland’s real estate scene nearly from memory—from the bustling heart of the CBD to the tranquil suburbs.
Experience: We chose agents who didn’t just have years under their belt but a track record of happy clients and successful deals.
Personality: We looked for agents who genuinely care, making the stressful journey of buying or selling property easier with their understanding and support.

1.  Shaan Joshi – Real Estate Agent Auckland

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Address: 20B Coronation Road, Māngere Bridge, Auckland 2022, New Zealand

Contact Details: +64 21 612 120

Operating Hours: Open 24 Hours

Website: Shaan Joshi – Real Estate Agent Auckland

Shaan Joshi is the real estate whiz kid making waves in Auckland’s cutthroat market. We’ve talked with a few of his clients and colleagues as well as Shaan himself, to understand what he can offer as a real estate agent.

From what we’ve observed, he’s shot up the ranks due to his hard work, insider know-how, and knack for getting people into their dream homes. 

He knows Auckland like the back of his hand, and communication-wise, we’ve observed that Shaan’s on the ball, honest, and makes sure you’re never out of the loop.

We also liked how he’s not just about shaking hands and showing properties. The guy’s a digital guru, leveraging the latest online marketing tricks to make sure homes don’t just list—they sell.

But, heads up: with a rep like his, Shaan’s schedule is packed. So, snagging him as your real estate agent might take a bit of patience.

Pros

  • Deep understanding of Auckland’s market  
  • Exceptional communication skills 
  • Use of digital marketing strategies to sell homes   

Cons

  • Heavily booked schedule

Customer Reviews

Shann’s dedication to his clients is truly commendable. 

“We recently had the pleasure of working with Shaan during our home buying journey, and we cannot express enough how grateful we are for his exceptional service and expertise. Shann’s dedication to his clients is truly commendable. He invested a great deal of time and effort to show us multiple properties, scheduling viewings that worked with our schedules. Communication was another area where Shaan truly excelled. He was incredibly responsive and attentive, promptly answering our questions and addressing any concerns we had. He kept us informed every step of the way of our purchase. His professionalism and clear communication helped alleviate any stress or uncertainties we had during the auction and negotiation stages. His insight and guidance throughout the process were invaluable. We are delighted to recommend Shaan to anyone seeking a dedicated, knowledgeable, and trustworthy real estate agent.”

Sunny Bu Google Review 

Negotiation skills and ability to advocate for our interests were impressive

“Working with Shaan to sell my house was an outstanding experience from start to finish. Shaan’s expertise, professionalism and commitment to excellence made the entire process seamless and stress free. One of the aspects I appreciated most about Shaan was his dedication to getting the best possible outcome for me as the seller. He expertly negotiated with potential buyers, ensuring we received top value for our property. His negotiation skills and ability to advocate for our interests were impressive.

Shaan’s genuine care for his clients sets him apart. He consistently went above and beyond to address any concerns and provided exceptional customer service. We felt like we were his top priority throughout the process. We cannot recommend Shaan Joshi highly enough to anyone looking to sell their property. His knowledge, professionalism and dedication make him an outstanding real estate agent.

If you want a seamless, successful  and rewarding selling experience, Shaan is the one to trust.” 

Chris Scahill Google Review 

2. Matt & Maggie Auckland Based Real Estate Agents

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Address:  128 Kitchener Road, Milford, Auckland 0622, New Zealand

Contact Details: +64 27 777 0737

Operating Hours: Open 24 Hours

Website: Matt & Maggie Auckland Based Real Estate Agents

From what we’ve seen, Matt and Maggie are a real estate power couple—like the Batman and Robin of the North Shore property market. 

Maggie’s got the inside scoop on the Chinese market, thanks to her Mandarin skills, and Matt? Well, he knows the local turf like the back of his hand. 

Many people we spoke to raved about them being like the perfect package, offering something for everyone, and bridging gaps between cultures with ease.

We especially liked how they’ve got their finger on the pulse of what’s hot, mixing up the old-school charm with modern-day tech to get your property seen by just the right eyes.

And people can’t stop talking about how they’re always there, ready to help, guide, and make dreams come true. 

But hey, their focus is pretty tight on North Shore properties, so if your real estate dreams are lying elsewhere, you might want to keep that in mind.

Pros

  • Experienced in North Shore market
  • Insight into the Chinese market
  • Traditional and modern marketing techniques
  • Highly responsive and attentive 

Cons

  • Primarily focus on North Shore properties

Customer Reviews

Go for the Matt & Maggie magic

“We are not allowed to post multiple reviews on the same business.  This is the second time using Matt’s skill and expertise and first time with Maggie. Their backroom team are also to be thanked. Every component you would expect from top class agents was applied with great skill and finesse. The market is tough at the moment, and to achieve this result showed the focus, determination and diligence they applied.

UNRESERVEDLY RECOMMEND. Go for the Matt & Maggie magic and be assured you are in some of the best hands in the business. Me and my family thank you for helping us move forward to our next chapter of life. Scott & Andrea Robertson” 

Scott Robertson Google Review 

They have so much knowledge and experience

“Making the decision to move in to a retirement village can sometimes be stressful.  Many of my clients are downsizing from larger homes and are moving after many years in the same house. It is so important my clients work with the right real estate agent when it comes to selling their home. Matt and Maggie have worked alongside many of my clients over the years.  They have so much knowledge and experienced and they work hard to get the best possible price. Its most important to me that I refer my clients to agents I trust, who have integrity and will communicate well throughout the process. Matt and Maggie make my job easier and my clients get the best possible outcome. Highly recommended!    Michelle Pipping – The Botanic, Silverdale” 

michelle pipping Google Review 

3. Rick M 

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Address: 451 Mount Eden Road, Mount Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand

Contact Details: +64 210 425 512

Operating Hours: Open 24 hours

Website:  Rick M 

Rick knows the ins and outs of property values, and from what we’ve observed, he’s someone who can talk his way into (or out of) just about any deal. 

Many of Rick’s clients we spoke to went on and on about him having this sixth sense for sniffing out what’s hot and what’s not. Plus, unlike some agents who seem to fall off the planet the moment you’ve signed a contract, Rick is always on the ball. 

Late-night worry about your listing? Rick’s your guy, answering texts and calls way past bedtime.

We’ve also noted that Rick’s a go-to for many who need a home inspector, mortgage broker, or basically any real estate service. His network is vast, and he’s all about hooking his clients up with the best.

That said, if you’re looking for someone to paint a rosy picture 24/7, you might find his honesty a bit too harsh. 

Other clients expressed that Rick could get with the times and mix up his marketing moves a bit more. His playbook can feel a bit old-school, which might not do the trick for every property.

Pros

  • Knowledgeable about property values
  • Skilled negotiator
  • Good at identifying potential in properties
  • Responsive and available to clients
  • Extensive network of real estate professionals

Cons

  • Can be too honest for some clients
  • Marketing strategies may be outdated

Customer Reviews

He appears to go above and beyond what I’m used to seeing

” Although I haven’t used Rick personally I have had more than a few clients who have raved about his care and attention to every aspect of their home sale or purchase transaction and that alone helps me help them with their needs, he appears to go above and beyond what I’m used to seeing and has a clear and well crafted plan that everyone understands and it certainly helps with these big ticket transactions to have someone think of the small things that can easily be overlooked or allowed for. I’d make it five stars but I’ll save that till I’ve enjoyed the user experience myself. Shaun (mortgage advisor)” 

Shaun Harkin Google Review 

Rick worked relentlessly to pursue other ways to promote the sale of my home 

“What a turbulent few months everyone experienced with the Covid-19 Shutdown which affected the pending auction of my home.  Rick worked relentlessly to pursue other ways to promote the sale of my home and recently found the perfect family to purchase my home which I have cherished for 12 years.  A big thank you to you Rick and your Team for a great job and to achieve a mutually positive result during this uncertain time.” 

– Caroline Woodward Google Review 

4. Louie Caunter

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Address: 159 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland 0622, New Zealand

Contact Details:+64 21 176 0303

Operating Hours: Open 24 Hours

Website: Louie Caunter

So the buzz around Louie isn’t just hot air. We spoke with him briefly, ourselves and a few of his clients, to learn what he brings to the real estate table.

We noted that he’s all about tackling and landing that dream deal for his client. But it was his communication skills that we heard mentioned numerous times.

Many like how he actually listens when you talk about what you’re after and then moves mountains to make it happen. He’s got matchmaking skills when it comes to matching buyers and sellers, and he’s on top of Auckland’s latest property market trends.

And, from what we’ve observed, if sweet-talking were an Olympic sport, Louie would bring home the gold medal. His negotiation skills ensure his clients walk away feeling like winners every time, while making sure the whole house-hunting or selling saga stays a breeze.

However, word on the street is that Louie’s calendar is packed tight, which can be a bit of a bummer if you’re hoping to snag him at the last minute.

Pros

  • Goes the extra mile
  • Excellent communicator
  • Secures favourable outcomes 

Cons

  • Busy schedule 

Customer Reviews

Louie is energetic, dedicated and disciplined agent

“Louie is energetic, dedicated and disciplined agent who won’t stop helping you until you find what you are looking for. He recently helped us to buy a property in Takapuna and our requirements were very specific, Louie was willing to show us the property on various times, he was honest and provide  us with all the information we requested. I highly recommend him 😃. Thanks” 

– Piolan 2 Google Review 

Has incredible communication skills

“Louie is a fantastic person to deal with, and has incredible communication skills. This paired with his professionalism, makes the process of buying and selling that much more efficient. Louie has a vast knowledge of the property market, which makes him a step ahead when it comes to buying or selling your home.” 

Leewaine Scott Google Review 

5. Andre Volkov 

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Address: 436 Glenfield Road, Glenfield, Auckland 0629, New Zealand

Contact Details: +64 27 243 6007

Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday – 8 AM to 9 PM 

Website: Andre Volkov 

Andre’s got the lowdown on all the trends, making him the go-to guru for many who want to snag their dream spot or sell their pad at top dollar.

His negotiation game? Strong. The man doesn’t just aim for good deals. From what we’ve heard, he lands them almost every single time. 

When speaking with him one-on-one, we observed that he’s all about building rapport. He takes time to understand his clientele’s wishes. 

Andre’s on point when it comes to communication. Many have told us he offers clarity and peace of mind on any question, no matter what time of day you call. 

Plus, he’s built a network so vast that it’s like he’s got the inside scoop on Hogwarts’ secret passageways, but for real estate. 

However, some have expressed that his go-getter attitude can sometimes make you feel like you’re in the presence of a real estate shark.

Pros

  • Expert with the market and trends
  • Builds rapport and understands clients
  • Excellent communication and availability
  • Extensive network 

Cons

  • Can be perceived as aggressive by some

Customer Reviews

Communicated with me regularly and kept me informed of every step

“I highly recommend Andre who recently helped me sell my house during a tough market. Despite the challenging circumstances, he remained optimistic and professional throughout the process. He communicated with me regularly and kept me informed of every step, which gave me peace of mind. His expertise and negotiation skills helped us secure a decent price for the house. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome and the excellent service that he provided. If you are looking for a dedicated and reliable real estate agent, I highly recommend Andre.” 

Annejo Leung Google Review  

His marketing campaign was to a very high standard

I had the privilege to have Andre engaged as my Agent. I found Andre very professional. The marketing campaign was to a very high standard. his drive and focus to achieving a good result was top of mind. Communication and feedback throughout the campaign was very good Andre went above and beyond to support the sale of my property. Due to his focus and diligence the result in my property selling exceeded my expectations.

– anne craig Google Review