Jay Hirst

Licensee Salesperson, Ray White Kilbirnie

I have been successfully selling real estate for Leaders since 1997, and was the proud recipient of a Leaders' "Salesperson – of – the – Year award in 2001."

My interest in the Wellington housing market dates back to when I purchased my first property at age 20. Since then I have been keeping busy selling, renovating, and managing properties, and staying in touch with local trends and tastes. My background in the hospitality industry has taught me how to successfully match my services with customers' needs. The same formula applies to real estate - it's as much about the service as it is about the property.

Being based in Newtown gives me great access to the Eastern, Southern, and Inner- City suburbs. I have made a lot of friends in these areas, and have built up a comprehensive customer base, which gives me a steady flow of repeat business and referrals.

Someone who respects your needs should market your property. The same applies if you're looking to buy. My job is to bring purchases and vendors together. I start by listening to what you want then discuss the best course of action from there. My approach to work is enthusiastic, reliable, and committed, and my advice is honest, confidential, and delivered in a professional manner.

Always working for a 10/10 experience for all parties involved
I look forward to hearing from you soon.


This is the second time we have dealt with Jay as we just like his honesty and how hard he works to get a deal across the line.

Garth & Julie Hickling

Hi Jay I enjoyed our meetings again and I'm happy once again with my property transaction. I appreciate your hard work and professionalism. I am very happy in my second home through you. I am going to refer you to my family, friends and associates and I'm sure that you will give them the same outstanding service.Many thanks again Jay Kind Regards Robyn

Robyn - Berhampore

We bought our home and income in Hataitai through Jay. It was a drawn out negotiation and Jay helped us through the process until becoming unconditional. If professionalism and results are important to you, then use Jay Hirst. We appreciated his awesome energy as well as the consistent, positive attitude with Jay.

Susan - Hataitai

Jay listened to our needs and reacted in a professional way and only showed us homes within our requirements, therefore did not waste our precious time. We purchased our first home after looking for 3 weeks. Jay kept us fully informed right up to when we moved in. We will definitely be going back to Jay when we are ready to sell and move up and into our second home.

PatrickTong - KILBIRNIE

It has been my pleasure to know Jay Hirst in a professional capacity. What impresses me most about Jay is his enthusiasm, hard work, genuineness and his ability to listen to customers requirements. I have bought 3 times and sold 2 times with Jay Hirst. In between I have referred a number of people to Jay and the feedback has always been the same - positive and appreciative. Accordingly we would have no hesitation in recommending Jay to market your property for sale.

Tom - Thorndon

To Whom it may concern I have just purchased a property in Maupuia, and would like to express my appreciation for Jay Hirst's outstanding hard work and helpfulness. I initially approached several agents from various agencies, but Jay was the only one who constantly presented me with new options and remained in close contact. He always replied my calls, and showed a real interest and understanding for my requirements, despite my being constrained by a limited price range. I felt very comfortable with communicating my opinions, and at no time felt pressured into an unwanted decision. I feel that I can highly recommend Jay Hirst as a responsive, perceptive and effective agent. Yours Sincerely Merran

Merran Cooke - Maupuia

Dear Sir I am writing to record my thanks for the manner in which Jay Hirst responded to the challenge of disposing of two residential properties of an absentee landlord - one who was many thousands of miles away. I was only in New Zealand for 1 week. By cheer coincidence, or was it by Jay Hirst's dedication by turning up to your office when all other offices and agents were enjoying their Christmas break.....whatever.....I met Jay at the office door, just completing a property transaction. and what followed was three days of intensive discussions and viewings which ended up in me asking Jay to manage the sale of two of my Newtown properties. There were complications but Jay's approach to achieving a successful sale and a way with dealing with complications. One property looked somewhat unattractive with an unkempt garden with assorted rubbish lying in all sorts of nooks and crannies. Jay Hirst arranged for someone to do the cleanup. The property was tenanted by a group of young people, Jay was at great pains to reduce any disruption to their tenancy, no mean feat when approximately 300 groups were shown through.The result was positive outcome all round- a sale which kept the tenants in place and a sale price far greater than anyone envisaged at the outset of the process. The other property had been occupied by the same tenant for twenty years who had fell seriously ill and had done little to maintain the cleanliness of the dwelling. An inspection while the tenant was still in residence suggested the whole place would need to undergo a total refit. It was obviously a concern to me as to whether to have a major clean and sell or to spend money on a total refit. Not being in the country Jay organised a major clean ($1900.00 is a serious clean). Within a week on the market Jay Hirst sold the property at a price that could hardly have been bettered if I had spent $20,000 on a total refit and the time to do as well. On the basis of my two experiences , I am happy to commend Hay Hirst to others as an enthusiastic, diligent and hard working sales agent, prepared to work hard to get the best result for the client. With best wishes for your continued success Yours Sincerely Jack PS; Please come to London to let us show our appreciation in person and host you here.


To whom it may concern I have recently sold my property in Lyall Bay and purchased something smaller in Lyall Bay I am very impressed with the hard work and attention to detail of your agent Mr Jay Hirst during this transaction. With just loosing my husband and no children to guide me Jay really looked after me and thinking about my future. I was kept informed every step of the way and my opinions were sought and acted upon. The amount of help and professional advice was just so valuable to me and the hard work and time that Jay put in was, I feel, over and above the call of duty. I would have no hesitation in recommending him as an enthusiastic and conscientious sales consultant. Yours Faithfully Irene Nichol

Irene Nichol - Lyall Bay

Dear Sir We would like to express our thanks for the efforts made on our behalf by Jay Hirst. We would like to commend Jay's professionalism and commitment to advertising and promoting the sale of our apartment. Jay then proceeded to help us to find a new suitable property for us to purchase. He represented the vendor's interests to us clearly and, in turn, confidently expressed our position to the vendor. Consequently, we were pleased with the negotiation process and the final purchase price for our new property in the suburb of Mount Cook. So all up, top action Thank you

Stuart & Miranda - Wellington CBD & Mount Cook

Dear Sir Two days ago I concluded the sale of my investment property with the assistance of your staff Jay Hirst. I found his attention to detail and open attitude very refreshing and indeed his insistence upon calmness released a great deal of stress from the situation. His price valuation reflected a very accurate middle line of reality, where other agents were trying to get me to list with them at a higher level. The result a very satisfactory sale and price that I was very happy with. This was conducted at an extremely unpredictable time in the property market and I am very grateful for Jay's level headedness. He also managed to keep the 'precious' tenants happy, remarkable really ! I would be happy to use Jay's services again and will be recommending him to everyone I come across.

Julian - Mount Victoria

Dear Jay i would like to thank you for all your efforts and assistance during the sale of my home. The sale of a property is difficult enough when you are not living in the same city, but even more difficult and stressful when living in a different country. I appreciated your prompt responses to all my queries and concerns, and your willingness to go beyond the agency contract to help me vacate the house properly for settlement. I would be pleased to recommend you to any new clients, and wish you well in your future endeavours. Please contact me if you are ever in New York so that I can show my appreciation in person.

Jenny Brock - Berhampore

Dear Sir Before we head to Australia we would like to record how happy we are to get our house sold and in the manner in which your sales team handled the sale, in particular Jay Hirst. He had previously sold a house for us in Vogeltown. Within 2 weeks Jay Hirst had a buyer and signatures on paper for our home on Buckley Road, Melrose. Most important we got the price that we wanted ! The attitude of Jay Hirst and all your sales team was impressive and we were constantly reminded that they were making every effort to do the best for us. We would like to express our appreciation for the most professional and courteous way which Jay handled the sale. We have no doubt that he had to burn the candle well into the night before clinching the deal and without that dedication there would not be a SOLD sign on our fence. Please extend our very best wishes to Jay Hirst and your team and many good sales for the future.

Sylvia - Melrose

Dear Jay This is a note to say how appreciative Mary and I are of your efforts on our behalves in all that you had to do to secure our home. Looking back on the whole episode, the start certainly happened at what could be termed 'break neck speed' and we appreciated the professional and helpful way in which you guided a couple of distinct novices through the entire process. I am sure that, without your advice and ideas we would have had a more difficult time of things ! We are grateful too, that you were prepared to arrange for us (and others) to look over the house on more than one occasion, presumably at no small inconvenience to yourself. Now that we are more or less ensconced, we are very pleased with the house and this makes your input even more valuable. We are going to refer you to all and everyone we know. With many thanks once again

Richard & Mary - Miramar, Wellington

I would like to send my appreciation of the professional skill that Jay Hirst displayed in selling our investment property. Jay was enthusiastic, helpful and kind in all his dealings. We could not have had a better experience in selling our property.

Ivan - Hataitai

I want to express my satisfaction as to the manner your Agent Jay Hirst handled the successful sale of our property. His logical approach and diligent efforts resulted in a sale price within the top level of his stated selling range. His experience and knowledge as a real estate agent is commendable. The house sold by the date that we had set as our goal of 6 weeks although the average time for sale at this time was 12 weeks. 10/10 marks to Jay Hirst Yours Sincerely M Shinohara

Mits Shinohara - Lyall Bay

To whom it may concern Just a few words to convey our utmost appreciation on the professional service of your Agent Mr Jay Hirst, that did an outstanding job in selling our property. Right from the start his manner was straight forward and to the point in a friendly and courteous way. He kept us fully informed on the progress and because of his honesty and great service we had a very good, quick sale. We would recommend Jay Hirst to anyone as an enthusiastic and hard working agent who puts his heart and soul into doing the best for his clients.

John & Lisa - Island Bay

Dear Jay My settlement is fast approaching and I would just like to thank you so much for selling my home. My home was not an easy one to sell, another company had tried for months and failed. Where as you got it done in a few weeks. I was and still am very impressed by your professionalism and especially the way you listened to me. When I was a little confused you were direct and honest, at all times I knew were I stood and it was most appreciated. It was a difficult time for me and you understanding of my health situation was most appreciated. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending you to prospective clients. Thank you Thank you Thank you !!!

Sue - Lyall Bay

To whom it may concern I have known Jay Hirst for a number of years by working in the local pharmacy. Jay helped me out every step of the way in selling my home. He made me feel important by personalising the information for me and my circumstance along the way. Jay outdid my expectations with the advertising, open homes and follow ups. He was always ready to come and sit with me to answer any questions and always worked around me as far as times were concerned. I found Jay to be helpful, friendly and informative. I would recommend Jay Hirst First to anyone thinking of Selling or Buying.

Janet - Owhiro Bay

Dear Sir / Madam Just a short note to convey my appreciation for the service, assistance and advice given to me by Jay Hirst. He has done an excellent job as a Real Estate Agent & gone beyond the requirements to help. His manner is courteous and friendly and I have enjoyed doing business with him, he made the entire process as painless as possible.

Sue - Brooklyn

Jay Many thanks for all your hard work and support that you gave me to make my dream come true.

Manuela - Wellington CBD

Dear Jay We really appreciated all you did for us in the selling of our home in Strathmore. You really achieved a great sale price for us, thanks so much for your hard work.

Ian & Moira - Strathmore

Hi Jay This is to say thank you for your services as my Real Estate Agent. I am very happy with my new home. Its looking beautiful now with polished floors and we are enjoying it very much. Thank you so much for going the extra mile and easing me through such a major undertaking.

Janice Van Rooijin

Dear Jay We are acclimatised to the Gold Coast and thriving in the beautiful weather. We have not forgotten the extra hard work that you did for us in selling our home to realize our dream. Anyone that is still in the Wellington area that we know we are recommending your name and services to them, as we know that you will look after them as well as you looked after us.

Syd & Sany - Island Bay

Hey Jay Looking forward to having that dinner I owe you when I'm back in little old NZ. You worked so hard to get the sale of my property there. thanks for going that extra mile and staying up late to communicate with me in my time zone. I'm writing this in response to the excellent service I have received from Jay Hirst. I had no hesitation to re- approach Jay when I found myself in the position that I had to re-sell my property. In my experience it has been a complete pleasure to do my real estate transactions with Jay. Professionally he is outstanding. He is very thorough in explanations of various detailed stages of buying & selling property. Most importantly he ensures that you have a full understanding of the vast amount of documents you inevitably come in contact with. Additionally, Jay makes the whole 'real estate saga' easier to endure through his humorous and ever sparkling personality, traits that don't falter despite the crazy, in humane hours he puts in. Once my travelling and working abroad phase of my life comes to an end it will definitely be Jay Hirst that I will seek first when I am wanting advice and assistance in purchasing and selling future properties without a doubt. Rest assured you have either just chosen or about to select one of the best and without doubt the hardest working Real Estate Agent in the Wellington Area regards Catherine

Catherine - Newtown

We would like to say a big thank you to Jay Hirst for his professional handling of the sale of our property. We are absentee vendors living in the Hawkes Bay and as such we put a lot more pressure Jay with the marketing of our property, we must say that he rose to the occasion by going over and above the usual call of duty. He expedited a rapid and very satisfactory sale process with minimal input from us. We would have no hesitation in recommending Jay as a true real estate professional and consider him to be the asset to the team of selling a property.

Jill & Ian - Maupuia

To Whom it may concern I first meet Jay Hirst after he was referred to me and after our very first meeting I found Jay to be very honest, straight forward, courteous & friendly. My instinct told me that the sale of my properties was going to be in good hands and I was very relieved. The advice and expertise he gave me was second to none and through to the successful sale Jay's hard work and being out in all weathers and keeping me informed at all times about the various matters was of great help to me. I recommend Jay to be an honest and reliable Real Estate Agent. All the very best to you Jay Yours Sincerley Howard Flynn

Howard Flynn - Evans Bay, Kelburn

Jay Thank you for all your help, you have been really such a great person to work with for the sale of our investment flats. Ivan & Susan

Ivan & Susan Smith - Hataitai

In the last few months, Jay Hirst handled the sale of three properties for myself and my family interests. In all cases, in addition to achieving excellent results, he handled all matters with efficiency and effectiveness, ensuring all parties were kept informed and all matters are attended to promptly. Jay has an excellent understanding of customers' needs, always willing to put in the extra effort to ensure positive outcomes. He also treated all parties with a great deal of professional integrity and respect. In summary, I would highly recommend Jay to anyone considering buying or selling property and I am sure Jay will serve them all well. Alan Tam

Alan Tam - Lyall Bay, Mount Victoria, Newtown

Hi Jay Just want to thank you so much for all your efforts in selling my house. I know that you made an extra effort and I truly appreciate this. I believe my house was worth every cent of the amount I received and I was not prepared to accept anything lower. I know that you were involved in the informed decision and your background, knowledge and passion for the house selling business is evident in your wise counsel. I was particularly impressed with your in depth knowledge of the building industry. I have found other real estate people do not want to know these details which in the long run could affect their ability to spot an opportunity. Many thanks again. I wish you health and happiness for the future.

Fenella Bovett - Newtown

Dear Jay Thank you for the listing, marketing and the successful sale of our property. Your advice and guidance through this process was totally invaluable. You achieved us an excellent price and the quick sale of somewhat 'challenging' property. You are extremely approachable, hardworking and an excellent negotiator. I also now consider you to be a good friend. I would have absolutley no issue in recommending you to anyone looking to list their property, and you will certainly be the first person we call ! Thank you for all your help Jay With Kind Regards Andrew Skilton

Andrew Skilton - Khandallah

Dear Jay Thanks for helping us with the purchase of our first home, and patiently walking us through the process, going above & beyond your normal duties. We wouldn't have this place without you, and we know we owe you more than just 1 nice dinner. When we are back in NZ and finally moved in we will have you over.

Kajsa & cy - Wellington CBD

Dear Jay. I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of myself and my brothers, to extend a tremendous thank-you for the time, effort and consideration that you have displayed throughout the process of our family home. It has been a very emotional time for myself and I was very cautious about approaching a Real Estate Company. Fortunately your name was referred to me, and after our first meeting I was feeling confident and reassured that the sale of the property had been placed in the right hands. I would not hesitate in using your services in the future and will refer your name to friends and associates. We have appreciated your positive and ethical approach. Thanks Jay Kind Regards Michele McLeod

Michele McLeod - Happy Valley

Dear Sir I would like to commend one of your staff, Jay Hirst, for the excellent service that he has given me over the past five years. I have just moved into my third residence, and each time I have bought and sold I have used Jay's services. His advice and expertise over those years has meant that I am now in a much better financial position than when I started, and finally have a real home to call my own ! Jay has always given me sound advice, has worked extremely hard on my behalf, and has gone "the extra mile" to ensure that the transactions went smoothly. He is honest and straight forward in his dealings, and I trust his judgement in matters of real estate. In an increasingly cut-throat and competitive market it has been refreshing to deal with someone who has a genuine interest in his clients and endeavors to make things work to their advantage. Jay is unfailingly courteous, and his friendly manner has made it a pleasure to do business with him. You have my permission to use this reference in whatever way you choose. I have no hesitation in recommending Jay Hirst to any potential clients and am happy to be contacted for a personal reference. Yours Sincerely Sue Purnell sue.purnell@paradise.net.nz

Sue Purnell - Happy Valley, Wellington

Dear Jay Just a little something to celebrate & to thank you for all your hard work and time that you put into selling our home. You have been very helpful and considerate to us both and we really appreciate it. Our best wishes

Bern & Dawn - Miramar, Wellington