Licensee Salesperson, Ray White Remuera
Claire Finlay describes herself as a person who “likes to lead people into their next home.” Her great gift for listening, empathy and a relaxed manner make her a well-liked and trusted real estate agent – particularly in the suburb of Ellerslie where she has been involved with many of the home sales in the past 11 years.
Born and raised in Napier, Claire left Hawkes Bay and then completed a BA in English at Massey University in Palmerston North before heading to Auckland for new adventures and challenges. Her successes in a role in the printing industry saw her rise quickly through the ranks, culminating in a Senior Sales Manager position servicing large corporate clients like (then) Telecom and Fletchers.
Whilst spending time being a Mum to her two sons (now grown up), Claire also assisted her husband in the running of his high-end residential home building company. She was then drawn back to the workforce in a customer marketing role with a real estate firm in the eastern bays. Whilst there she recognized she could better meet the needs of the people she was working with if she were to become an agent. She attained her certificate as a real estate salesperson and in 2005 she joined Ray White Ellerslie. She never looked back.
The decision to join Megan Jaffe at Ray White Remuera in October 2016 was made to intensify her passion for real estate. Operating her business at the Number 1 Ray White office world- wide, Claire is proud to offer her clients a remarkable real estate experience backed up with the resources and professional reputation of an award winning team.
Claire is personable, authentic and fantastic at keeping all her clients informed and advised every step of the way. Her sound and sensible attitude and depth of knowledge of the local area, make her a person her clients are thankful to have representing them when buying orselling.
Claire Finlay marketed our family home in Greenlane in April 2016. Over that period I could not fault Claire's professionalism, consideration and respect for us, the vendor, and the overall commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for us. The follow up and feedback after buyer viewings was thorough. I was updated every day, so that when we had the final meeting just prior to auction I was equipped with more than enough information to make a sound decision going into auction. Selling can be stressful but Claire did everything possible to minimise any concerns. I would list my property with Claire again in the future and I highly recommend her to future potential vendors. Michelle Stanners
No one real estate transaction is the same and mine was an even more challenging one for Claire because I currently reside in Los Angeles, USA, therefore Claire had to put in extra effort to get the job done well. Claire advised me on the current market in Auckland, on the valuation of my property and a marketing strategy to determine an achievable price. She updated me with every movement of the sale in a timely manner; Claire performs her job with her client's interests at heart. Her hard work together with her added values of service had completed the sale in a win-win situation. The right realtor makes a difference, I highly recommend Claire to anyone who would need her expertise on real estate. I wish the very best for Claire.
After interviewing multiple agents, we decided to list with Claire - her recent experience (with fantastic prices) and local knowledge spoke for themselves. Even in our first meetings with her, she impressed us with her calm professionalism, insight, warmth and sense of humour. During the pre marketing period, she helped us make some very astute decisions on how and when to sell, marketing, presentation and pricing. Her background research and reading of the current market conditions was spot on. Throughout the open home period, we heard from her literally every day. Her communication with us every step of the way was outstanding, whether via phone calls, text messages or emails! She really did work absolutely tirelessly for us - she almost lost her voice after the first weekend because she had SO many groups through and to follow up! The small things she did for us also made a difference - things like buying fresh flowers for the open homes, running around town getting signatures for various documents, and sweeping the driveway when we were away for the weekend. The extremely successful marketing compaign, very busy open home weekends, and Claire's "people skills" culminated in an extremely busy and exciting auction night - a superb price was achieved under the hammer. We couldn't have been happier.
Bevan & Hanie
Claire Finlay did a fantastic job selling our property! Claire was professional, energetic, friendly, and committed to selling our property for the highest value. She always had time for our questions, and explained the selling process to us carefully. We would recommend Claire to other vendors without hesitation.
Deborah & David
To Whom It May Concern, We have sold 3 Ellerslie homes through Claire Finlay. She is an extremely professional, helpful and honest real estate agent. Nothing is an issue, she is always willing to go that extra mile for the seller to make it as easy and as stress free as possible. We would definitely recommend and use her skills again.
Peter & Barbara
To Whom It May Concern, I have sold many properties, my first when I was 21. Claire is hands down the best real estate agent I have ever had the joy to work with. Efficient, detailed and every aspect of my sale covered with alacrity and a smile. Never at any point did I feel incomfortable, in fact the sale went through so smoothly I barely noticed it going on. Claire has a flair for marketing and presenting a home for sale, her advice has been invaluable to me. At one point I fell ill during the sale process and Claire was amazing, stepped up for me, doing all the to-ing and fro-ing, reassured my purchaser so that at no time did the process skip a beat. Claire listens, and acts with integrity and honesty. I would not only say that I would unhesitatingly recommend Claire as a real estate agent, I will also say that I intend should I sell again in the future to use no one else. Also Claire has provided me with very perceptive advice for both selling and buying. In summary Claire is a rare one, I cannot recommend her highly enough.