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Family business best real estate agency in Asia Pacific


New Zealand family business best real estate agency in Asia Pacific


In a New Zealand first, Barfoot & Thompson has beaten out stiff international competition to win 'Best Real Estate Agency – Asia Pacific’ and ‘Best Letting Agency – Asia Pacific’ at the International Property Awards, capping of its most successful year in its more than 90 year history.

“We are a family business in a remote corner of the world, but our win shows that we can compete on the world stage when it comes to real estate,“ said Peter Thompson, Managing Director of Barfoot & Thompson.

Barfoot & Thompson was awarded these top accolades over global giants CBRE and Savills, as well as Australia's 1st City.

“We are extremely proud to be recognised by our peers for the international standard of service our clients receive, something many home-grown businesses aspire to. New Zealand produces excellent business people, and I’m fortunate to be surrounded by people who are driven, ingenious and authentic. This is because of where we come from, not in spite of it,” said Mr Thompson.

Mr Thompson travelled to London to attend the awards ceremony unaware that Barfoot & Thompson was to be announced the Asia Pacific winner for two awards on the night.

“For us these awards are the culmination of more than 90 years of real estate experience as a business, the adoption of leading digital technology and our outstanding people. This win sets the service standards for real estate agencies in the region,” said Mr Thompson.

“Our sales team, our property managers and our staff take huge pride in their work. We’ve had an exceptional 2016 and this achievement is a reflection of the Barfoot & Thompson team’s commitment to and passion for our industry and clients, whether we are marketing and selling or managing a property for them.”

The International Property Awards recognise the highest levels of achievement by companies operating in all sectors of the property and real estate industry. The win follows Barfoot & Thompson having received ‘Best New Zealand Lettings Agency’ and ‘Best New Zealand Real Estate Agency’ at the Asia Pacific Awards for the past two and three years, respectively.

The Awards are open to residential and commercial property professionals from around the globe. Regional awards categories include Africa, Asia Pacific, Arabia, Canada, Caribbean, Central & South America, Europe, UK and USA. Each regional winner must have first won at their relevant national level to be considered for a regional award. More than 70 experts are involved in a meticulous judging process covering every aspect of the property business.

Along with receiving the two International Property Awards, Barfoot & Thompson’s 2016 highlights include:
· $10 billion of property sold
· Rental property management of over 14,000 properties
· Large Real Estate Agency of the Year – REINZ Awards for Excellence
· Won the Readers Digest Quality Service Award for real estate (also in 2015)
· $200,000 contributed by staff fundraising to the Starship Foundation (in addition to Five Star Sponsorship)

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