Licensee Salesperson, Ray White Papakura
It makes sense when you are putting your property on the market, to hire a real estate professional with a significant depth of knowledge and an acknowledged reputation as the expert in your area. But the greatest favour a vendor could do for themselves is to engage someone who shares a passion for their chosen lifestyle. Ian Buchanan has the necessary qualities to satisfy all prerequisites and then some.
Born in Wales in the UK, Ian first discovered the supreme joy of rural life and barefoot rugby on the beach when his parents moved to Jersey in the Channel Islands. Perhaps this was to prepare him for his as yet unknown life in New Zealand. Moving across the world in 1987 to live here was a decision he has never regretted.
Following a very successful 30-year career in building, project management and ownership of his own high profile commercial interiors company in Auckland, Ian took stock and realised that his skills in sales and marketing was a perfect fit for real estate. Since obtaining his license in 2010 he has based himself for the most part in the Ray White Papakura office serving the property owners of Karaka, Drury, Ramarama and surrounding districts. He’s spent the last 7 years helping his clients realize their goals in the sale of their properties and introducing city-dwelling buyers into the rural environment.
His recent partnership with friend and colleague, Marcus Hill of Ray White Remuera might at first seem a strange blend of town and country, but there’s a very good reason for it. 85% of Ian’s clients purchasing their rural property come from within the city limits where Marcus is located.
Ian understands the challenges and excitements of moving to the country. In the past he’s lived in the eastern bays of Auckland in Mission Bay, the desirable city fringe suburbs of Parnell, Ponsonby, Grey Lynn and Herne Bay prior to settling on his own 5-acre piece of paradise in Bombay. Occasionally he exchanges his gumboots for bike boots to take his Honda VFR for a spin. Fishing and deer stalking along with his recent love-affair with tennis keep Ian connected to the world outside of real estate.
Ian is highly intuitive, fiercely competitive, well-networked and analytical. His strong ethics and professionalism are a given and people trust him. Together with Marcus Hill he is excited about the new partnership and the additional benefits his clients will derive from the expansion of his real estate business.
Friendly personal service.
Brian & Norma
First of all we would like to thank you once again for successfully selling our property recently, we were thrilled with the end result. Ian was thoroughly professional throughout the whole process from beginning to end, his communication skills, helpfulness and his confidence and honesty made us totally relaxed and stress free. He was able to answer questions efficiently and with confidence, making sure we fully understood the feedback from customers etc. The follow–up process after each open home was excellent, it gave us a true indication at what level we were at with the sale of our property. We wish him well and may he reach many more goals in the future.
Kevin & Gabrielle Thornton-Smith - Karaka - Papakura/Auckland
We determined to sell our property with a local knowledgeable agent that would understand our requirements to effect a satisfactory sale. We also wanted an agent with lots of enthusiasm who would deliver us results and not excuses. Ian excelled, and is an exceptional agent that worked extremely hard to help us achieve our sale based on our expectations in a very short period of time. His marketing and database contacts proved invaluable in making our sale happen. Ian was very honest and straight forward in all his communication with us which also made the whole process exciting rather than daunting. We can highly recommend Ian to anyone wanting an uncomplicated terrific result when selling their property.
Bob & Jane Hudson - Bombay - Franklin/Auckland
Dear Ian, My siblings and I are pleased to sell our late mothers home and want to thank you for all your hard work. The advice you gave on how to present and market the property has served us well. We made a great choice in real estate agents when we chose you, as you always made the effort to communicate in a timely manner and gave us plenty of feedback after potential buyers had inspected. We felt very comfortable with you and were confident that you could get us the best possible price for the property. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to anybody who is contemplating selling or buying and wish you much continued success.
John Ewen - Ramarama - Franklin/Auckland
Hi Ian, you were recommended to us by a respected friend, as someone who would give an entirely honest assessment of our chances of selling for the price we needed. You did just that, and came up with a realistic price that fit our expectations. Your positive attitude, perseverance, and hard working ethos, have all worked in our favour. We are thrilled to have sold with such favourable terms, and hold you entirely responsible for our success. Thank You.
Amanda & John Villacorte - Onewhero - Franklin/Waikato
I have known Ian Buchanan for approximately two months. He visited my property in Ramarama in March 2015 and asked if I would give him the opportunity to list it as he had observed that it had intermittently been on the market over a long period of time. I had previously listed the property with Kellands, Bayleys, Harcourts and Barfoot & Thompson with no success or any real enthusiasm and more importantly no offers. Ian was a complete revelation to me, he was polite, keen as mustard to sell it and told me he would work and do everything in his power to get me a sale. He did all of the above, was an absolute delight to work with, always kept me up to date with any interest shown, was very astute in judging the strength of the parties viewing and provided me with a service and enthusiasm I had not experienced with any of the previous real estate companies or their agents. I have had friends who have listed their properties with Ray White all of whom have spoken highly of the company, all of whom have had successful outcomes. I would not hesitate to recommend Ian Buchanan to any party wishing to sell their property, you will not be disappointed with his service, his professional and considered approach, you will also make and meet a new friend who is an absolute gentleman and a pleasure to deal with.
Brian Maltby - Ramarama - Franklin/Auckland
Ian was on our side, and very proper and thorough.
Murray & Shirley
Thank you very much for the time and effort you put into selling my home and rental property during a very stressful and emotional time. Your care and consideration towards me was above and beyond your normal duty. I am forever grateful. Your pricing on both properties was on the mark as was shown by the amount paid by the new owners. I really appreciated your upfront and no nonsense manner in presenting me with the facts and any issues that arose, on saying that, your humour helped break those tense moments. I wish you a prosperous, safe and happy future and if I hear of anyone wanting to buy or sell property I will gladly send them your way. Thank you. Kind regards.
Tristan - Puni - Franklin/Waikato
We recently had the experience of dealing with Ian when selling our house in Drury, Auckland. In Ian we found we had an agent who was not only totally professional but who was also personable, proactive, motivated, diligent and with high energy levels when carrying out the selling process. He was one whom we felt was truly working for us but simultaneously was also honest and realistic in his assessments of any given situation or negotiation. Throughout the sale process Ian was always prepared to go the extra mile to achieve results and nothing was too much trouble. We were extremely satisfied with the sale outcome which was achieved in a fairly short time frame and we were more than impressed in the way in which Ian carried it out. We will have no hesitation in using Ian again and would highly recommend him to any prospective vendors in the future.
Peter & Dianne Bullock
We had the pleasure of meeting Ian Buchanan when purchasing a house a couple of years ago. Ian was knowledgeable and no question was to small, so when it came time to sell we did not hesitate in contacting Ian to do the job. If you are looking for a straight talking and down to earth Real Estate Agent who gets the job done look no further than Ian Buchanan. I would highly recommend Ian because he will meet all your expectations.
Peta Ardrey - Ararimu - Franklin/Auckland
Ian's pleasant, friendly and professional manner made the selling process an enjoyable excersise. He had a genuine interest in our property and readily identified the key aspects that would be valued by purchasers and matched them to specific buyers he knew were looking. Ian worked hard to get the best result for us and is a good communicator, trustworthy and honest.
Ian & Sue McLew - Ramarama - Franklin/Auckland
Ian worked hard at selling the house and went out of his way for both parties
Yvonne Wilhelmina Faulkner