Blair Haddow: Property news website identifies Ponsonby’s top selling real estate agent.

Well-read property website has released insightful sales data which identifies Ponsonby’s top selling residential real estate agent… Blair Haddow from Bayleys Ponsonby.

The website’s residential property sales statistics showcase Blair’s phenomenal sales mastery – completing 13 sales in the 12 months to April 1 this year in the area, as part of Blair’s 28 sales across Auckland’s inner-west region.

The independent statistics also showed that Blair Haddow achieved an average sales value of $3,124,892 across his 28 sales during the year-long period.

Blair said he was humbled by the accolade, adding that sales values in the Ponsonby, Herne Bay, Grey Lynn, Westmere, St Marys Bay and Freemans Bay areas had continued to grow since the beginning of April.

“The last eight sales I have completed for example in the current 2024/2025 financial year have achieved average sales values of $3,353,750 – showing that there are still great values to be found for vendors taking their properties to market with the right real estate salesperson,” said Blair.

“The data also underpins the importance of using an experienced real estate sales professional during a phase in the property cycle where some purchasers may be reluctant to take the final step in the process and pay top dollar for their next home.

“Deals are still being done through Bayleys in the Ponsonby, Herne Bay, Grey Lynn, Westmere, St Marys Bay and Freemans Bay locales in what is a slowish market.”

Blair said it was important for potential vendors thinking about taking the next step in their property ownership pathway to closely analyse which real estate agents were consistently listing and selling homes at the moment, then comparing the type of homes those agents were selling to evidence their expertise in selling a particular niche.

“My advice to potential vendors is to find homes similar to their dwelling which are being marketed for sale within a few kilometres radius so that the search is suburb specific. Because a good residential salesperson should be able to bring their database of active buyers with them – including those registered on their current suite of properties on their books, and from viewing homes they have sold in the immediate past,” said Blair.

“For example, I had just that sort of scenario unfold when I sold a fully modernised lovely four-room/two-bathroom villa at 2 Wanganui Avenue in Ponsonby earlier this year.

“I had a buyer on my database who was adamant she was only interested in buying a home on the odd-numbered side of Wanganui Avenue. I rang her and told her number 2 on the even-numbered side of the street was up for sale, and convinced her to come in for a viewing.

“Trusting my guidance and advocacy, she came in and instantly fell in love with the open plan living and peaceful back garden outlook as well as the ample off-street garaging at number 2. She put in a pre-auction offer and the deal was done.

“I always say that it’s one thing to have a database of buyers, but it’s another thing altogether to know how to use that network to the advantage of all clients – both now and in the future. That’s the measurable value an experienced real estate agent brings to the table for both buyers and vendors.”

Blair Haddow and his hard-working Bayleys Ponsonby sales associate Keenin Whitcher – who is quickly becoming a successful ‘rookie’ real estate agent under Blair’s mentorship – are now developing Keenin’s reach and profile in the Grey Lynn area as part of a move to capitalise on Blair’s profile across Auckland’s inner-west suburbs.

Keenin is currently reaching out to scores of potential vendors around Grey Lynn– some of whom are registered on Blair’s data-rich database stretching back almost two decades, and others who are known to be actively looking at selling up in the next six months – and providing them with guidance on how they can prepare for the looming process should they be looking at selling up.

Some of Keenin’s advice will involve openly informing potential sellers about the irrefutable value of ‘piggy-backing’ on Blair’s well-evidenced experience of selling residences in the suburb. Among Blair’s recent sales in Grey Lynn for example are:

26 Farrar Street, 20 Westmoreland Street West, 53 Rose Road, 60 Sussex Street, 16 Murdoch Road, 57 Williamson Avenue, 16 Wellpark Avenue, 67A Wellpark Avenue, 19 Chamberlain Street and 53B Wellpark Avenue. (Blair Haddow)

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