Licensee Salesperson, Ray White Remuera
It is an exceptional person who can lay claim to a career that spans over 30 years in real estate. Marcus Hill can. Born in the UK, Marcus comes from a long line of school-teachers but seriously considered becoming a farmer when he left school. Instead he embarked on a career as an estate agent. After completing an Estate Management Certificate from Reading University he joined a large general practice. Later, he developed and built a flourishing real estate firm in the Midlands. With business partner Mike he ran it successfully for over 10 years in conjunction with other partners. Operating with 9 offices and 82 employees they also established a large country homes division and new homes department comprising a diverse range of property services including valuations, liquidations and planning consents.
In 2000, a Kiwi friend was looking to move back to New Zealand and buy property and convinced Marcus to accompany him on a trip that was to change the course of his life. Three years later Marcus sold his share of the business in the UK and with wife Emma and then three-year-old son Charles moved to New Zealand.
Following stints in Auckland in real estate and recruitment and as Sales Manager for a construction company, Marcus approached Megan Jaffe and became one of the early members of her Ray White Remuera team in 2008.
Living and working in Remuera, Marcus set about focussing on serving clients in this community. But in one of those twists of fate which seem to follow Marcus around, he found himself selling a property in Karaka a few years back. When he successfully sold that property much to the profound gratitude of his vendors, he was asked to sell another nearby and before he knew it he was the only Karaka and Drury real estate specialist based in Remuera. The paradox is that many buyers of the properties he markets in this beautiful rural region migrate from the city. Marcus’s capacity to get results for his residential contacts in Remuera and also to serve his rural client base is hugely beneficial to both parties.
Trusted, sociable, and an expert negotiator with a significant track record, Marcus has extensive connections both urban and rural. His leisure time is spent with family, renovating his old villa in heartland Remuera, walking the dog and taking his Honda VFR motorbike for a ride on the open road.
Recently he has partnered up with his colleague in the Ray White Papakura office, Ian Buchanan. Their association has evolved from doing business in the same territory and forging connections with the network of locals who live there. Their unique synergy brings individual skills to the table and they are an exceptional team.
Selling a house brings the highs and lows of expectation and anxiety, which is where you need reliable quality expertise, experience and the humanity and calmness derived from these attributes. Marcus and Ian displayed all of the above and more. From inception to open homes and then auction, we were kept fully informed of every aspect. We believe Marcus and Ian, weren’t just marketing a house but could see ours was a property (which we have loved for 26 years) with so much potential for yet another family to love. The process was seamless as they provided care and forethought to each aspect, their advice unquestionable and at all times showed respect, professionalism and consideration in understanding the importance of our decisions. Above and beyond the normal expectations was what we believe. The final outcome being we “sold under the hammer” at auction. What better result could one ask for? We unreservedly recommend Marcus and Ian and believe we could have searched Auckland and not found anyone more dedicated to promote our property.
Carole & Stewart
I would unreservedly recommend your services to anyone looking to sell or purchase a home. In a very mercenary world you have unparalleled integrity and a remarkable level of empathy for the people you deal with. In addition to this your overall knowledge of the market, pricing etc. is excellent.
Vendors - Karaka
Thanks for selling our property Marcus. We really appreciated your professional approach to the marketing of our property. From our very first appointment (through a recommendation) we felt in very capable hands. This feeling was never brought into question right through the almost 6 weeks of our marketing campaign. We listened to your recommendations on how best to present our home to the market and did our best to comply. What a team we were…..and because it was auctioned, no actual price was mentioned but we knew we were on the same wavelength of current market value and the price we sold it for was very close to both of our guestimates. You remained in constant communication with us, every time there was something new to add, you were on the phone to let us know. “I’ll take care of that”, was a constant catch phrase. Feedback from neighbours and friends who attended the auction was very positive and even though it didn’t sell under the hammer, it did sell unconditionally the next day and now we are able to pursue our new direction. Thanks again and all the best for the future.
Rob and Coralee
We engaged the formidable Ray White team of Marcus Hill and Kate Shaw in November 2015 to sell our Remuera house as we had purchased another property, having seen them in action at another auction in the area. We were very impressed with their professionalism and dedication to the task. They worked hard on the sale, showed numerous potential purchasers through the property, conducted a number of open homes and reported on progress quickly and efficiently. Both Marcus and Kate worked long hours and followed up all leads quickly and tenaciously. We secured a very good sale price even though the pre-Christmas period was a difficult one with many potential purchasers being distracted by Christmas preparations. We would unhesitatingly recommend Marcus and Kate to other vendors. They work together well as a team and complement each other's skills and personalities to achieve an effective sales result.
John and Jennifer
We have been very fortunate to have had Marcus Hill sell both our sons apartment in the City and our own beautiful home in the country. Our home was never going to be easy to sell because of its size and price range. However Marcus went out of his way and gave 110 percent to get as many people through as was possible in the price bracket to find the right buyer. We were kept fully informed at all times and although Marcus became a good friend his professionalism never faltered. His outstanding dedication to us as vendors was something we had never experienced before. We would have no hesitation what so ever in recommending any prospective vendor or buyer get in touch with Marcus. You will always know Marcus is working as hard as he can to obtain a successful outcome for each individual. Thank you Marcus for everything especially under the unusual circumstances It will always be a pleasure to call you our friend.
Lorraine and Jim McChesney
Alex and I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your innovative marketing of our property and your work in achieving a higher price than we had expected. We were particularly impressed by the high quality of the advertising material you had produced which would have materially assisted in achieving the very quick sale. Your careful explanations of procedures and plans enabled us to understand the sale by auction process and your friendly and courteous manner made it a pleasure to do business with you. We are very grateful for the skill and effort that you expended on our behalf and we will be delighted to warmly recommend your services to other potential vendors.
Leigh Ann and Alex Lawson - 18 Leys Crescent
We first met Marcus Hill at an open home and spoke to him about the fact that we needed to sell our home first which was not in the area Marcus usually worked from. Marcus assured us that he has many contacts and he would be more than happy to bring our home to the market and felt confident of achieving a sale. Marcus put together an excellent marketing campaign presenting our home exceptionally well. Our home was in Drury in a rural area with possibly a more limited market of potential buyers. With his excellent skills and efforts he received many enquiries and he did achieve the sale of our home. We very much appreciated Marcus' regular contact with us, keeping us updated and informed. We also found Marcus to be professional in every way and he is a person of very high integrity. He was a total pleasure to work with and we will certainly recommend him and use Marcus again for ourselves if we need to sell our next home.
Erich and Margaret Dornauer
We stumbled across Marcus at an Open Home and got talking about a house we owned that was taking a while to sell. Marcus offered to take a look and within 3 weeks presented us with 3 good offers. Where others had given us excuses, Marcus got results. We found him to be honest, hard working and very flexible. He gave us good advice without any pressure to influence our decision one way or the other. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Marcus and he will be the first person we call next time we have property to sell.
Waka and I would like to say a huge thank you for your assistance in selling our much loved family home. The sale was conducted exactly how we wanted it to be with minimum investment in marketing but a quick outcome. We could not have achieved this without your commitment to our property and the buyers that you brought to our home. We look forward to doing business again.
Carol and Waka - 11A Abbotts Way - Vendor
Thank you for your efforts when I was purchasing my new home. It was a delight to work with you and I appreciated the way you made the process seem easy and stress free. You have a relaxed nature and at all times you handled yourself with professional flair and ease. My children also appreciated the poster size photo you gave them of their new house! It would be my pleasure to recommend you to family and friends in the future.
Geniene - 11A Abbotts Way - Purchaser
I recently listed my property with Marcus Hill. It had been many years since I had sold any real estate so this was a new experience. Marcus was friendly, helpful and professional at all times. He expertly guided me through available options, including marketing, and for a very competitive price, extensively advertised the property. Over several weekends
It has been a pleasure to sell our home with Marcus Hill. He has been professional and approachable, exceeding our expectations at every opportunity. His extensive experience in Real estate meant that he organised the advertising, open homes and marketing of our home in the most efficient and organised manner, resulting in the sale we wanted. We had recently completed renovations on our home and were in the process of getting the council to sign off the work. Once again Marcus went above and beyond our expectations in chasing up the council offices handling the entire process with ease. These extra steps that Marcus took on our behalf ensured that the process was as stress free as selling a house ever can be for us the vendors, and for this we must thank him! Marcus has been realistic and insightful in light of the more difficult market we had to work with. He knew the market and helped us to remain positive about achieving a good sale, which resulted in us obtaining a quick sale at the right price. We will definitely be contacting Marcus next time we are in the real estate market.
Marcus totally took the stress out of selling our property. We lived in an apartment block in Takapuna governed by some harsh body corp rules when it came to advertising, with restrictions on Open Homes and signage. However Marcus managed this professionally and with a high level of ingenuity maximizing the exposure. We were delighted with the results achieving a sale price that exceeded our expectations and in a time frame that fitted well with our plans. I would recommend Marcus to anybody looking to sell their property, he is a reliable and highly professional agent with a good sense of humour who understands the market and needs of his clients.
Deborah Foreman - Takapuna
During tougher economic times it takes a special agent to present a property and maximise the return to both the seller and the buyer. Marcus Hill of Ray White Remuera has that special quality. Upon taking on the project of selling our house at 52 St Vincents Avenue, Remuera, Marcus talked through his strategy for promoting and selling the property. The strategy made sense and we received reports on a daily basis from him. Within weeks the property was sold with the change of ownership being completed. Marcus's attention to detail when linking prospective buyers not just to the property but also to the wider community was superb and played a leading role in both parties putting pen to paper to conclude the sale. I would not hesitate to use Marcus Hill's and Ray White Remuera as preferred agents in the future.
Bill and Marj Crome - 52 St Vincents Ave
When we decided to sell a property at 46 Ladies Mile Remuera, Marcus Hill at Ray White Remuera, was again our first choice. Marcus always acts in a professional manner. He has served us well on two occasions now. His grasp of real estate trends, attention to detail and willingness to "go the extra mile" is evident and was a major factor in making a sale that we were happy with. We would not hesitate to talk to Marcus first when selling again.
Bill and Marj Crome 2nd Time - 46 Ladies Mile