It’s time for the seventh in our series of blog articles for 2017, profiling our Bayleys Marlborough team members. It’s part of our quest to ensure you get to know each of our agents a little better allowing you to make the right choice when you come to sell. This month we’d like you to meet Anna Drury and Richard Barton.
Anna was a Bayleys Marlborough pioneer in Picton. Four years ago she was living in the picturesque seaside town we all know and love, and decided to approach our team based in Blenheim to find out whether they would like an agent working in the Picton area. With a resounding yes as a response, Anna dived straight in and having sat her Real Estate papers, was working from home (in Waikawa Bay) within three months.
How times, have changed… Anna’s now part of a team of five agents working out of the thriving Bayleys Marlborough High Street Picton office. Anna’s can-do attitude was most definitely a contributing factor in the office’s growth and it’s the same attitude she brings to marketing your property, she’ll work hard to find you the right buyer whilst giving you good, honest, service.
Coming from a background working within the service industry, Anna is most definitely a people person; her empathetic nature means she understands that selling a home can sometimes be daunting, but assures her vendors that they need not be worried about change, and the support she offers throughout the sales process, ensures that very few are!
Anna also comes with a wealth of personal knowledge about what needs to be done before a house is brought to market, she and her husband, Joe, who runs their construction company, are busy renovating their seventh home, so you could say they have an eye for detail when it comes to property.
When Anna’s not marketing property, you’ll find her boating in the Sounds, or enjoying time with friends and a delicious glass of Marlborough wine.
Here’s the thing about Richard… He knows rural! Growing up on a Kumara farm in Gisborne, a decade of experience working within the viticulture industry plus four years as a shepherd on a large scale North Island sheep and beef farm have all done much to prepare him for the pivotal role he now holds as part of the Bayleys Marlborough Rural and Lifestyle division.
Bayleys Marlborough holds approximately sixty-five per cent of the local rural market and that keeps Richard out and about doing what he enjoys most, meeting vendors and purchasers, having a good yarn, and making a match. Richard finds the stories behind the sales and purchases fascinating, and he enjoys playing a part in those stories; he recently helped to secure a first home for a keen buyer after they had placed numerous offers on houses in a competitive market. Richard says, “It can be really hard to get your foot on the property ladder in this market, but by working with a good real estate agent and a with a little persistence, buyers can get quality homes within their budgets.”
Asked for his number one piece of advice for vendors, Richard says, “Just enjoy the process!” We know you will with Richard, because of his enthusiasm and down to earth approach, all combined with great communication and an understanding of an individual’s needs.
Richard’s a family man, and when he’s not selling real estate, you’ll find him hanging out with wife, Alexandra, and kids, Rosie and Gus, enjoying sport and the quintessential Marlborough lifestyle!