At the beginning of the year, we promised you a series of blog articles 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 enabling you to make the right choice when you come to sell. Today we’re delighted to introduce you to Melanie Campbell and Hiram Taylor.
Melanie works in our Kaikoura Office; it’s no secret that Kaikoura has had a hard year, but Melanie, like many other residents of this beautiful coastal town is resilient and believes that in time Kaikoura will be bigger, better and an even more beautiful place to live. With better infrastructure and new buildings going up all the time, it’s a busy time for her!
With a wealth of experience running her own businesses Melanie brings a unique skill set to her work, she’s a great negotiator; committed, driven and honest. She also has an eye for detail having owned and run an interiors store, Palazzo Interiors, so brings many tips to the table that help you present your home to its very best.
While Melanie specialises in residential listings, the Kaikoura office is small, and that means Melanie has had to be prepared to be adaptable. To that end, she’s recently handled some commercial sales. Never one to shy away from challenges or opportunities, Melanie has embraced the diversity and relished the additional experience this has given her.
Asked for her number one piece of advice for vendors, Melanie says, “Trust the experience that your agent brings with them when you engage them to sell your property; they want to do a great job for you and sell at the best price, as much as you do.”
Having lived in Kaikoura since high school, it’s the town Melanie calls home. When she’s not marketing property, you’ll find she’s a familiar figure walking her dogs or on the local squash courts.
Hiram may only have been part of the Bayleys Marlborough team since December 2016, but he’s no newcomer to the real estate industry. He spent 35 years with ANZ Bank, and over those years helped many clients buy and sell properties through organising their finances. Hiram credits his seamless transition to becoming a real estate agent with the wealth of experience he gained in his previous career. He says, “It’s all about people and relationships. For most of us our home is our biggest asset and when a decision is made to sell or buy a home, people want to deal with someone they trust.”
Hiram is based in our Picton office, and because of his business banking background is able to deal with both residential and commercial transactions. Asked why a vendor should choose him to sell their property, Hiram replies, “I think analytically, and because of that work slightly differently. I focus on the actions required to achieve results for my clients, rather than the end result. Being in business banking has taught me that the best result comes as a consequence of taking the right action.”
Hiram has called Marlborough home since he was a young lad, he went to Marlborough Boy’s College. He moved to Waikawa Bay, Picton, ten years ago, and calls it his paradise. When he’s not selling real estate you’ll find him enjoying everything the Sounds have to offer yacht racing, cruising and fishing. If he’s not on the water in his free time, stop by the golf course, you may find him there too!