Having been in the real estate industry for more than 15 years, we have helped and connected with people from all walks of life.
We understand that everyone’s needs and desires in buying and selling their homes are different and we always strive to get the best possible result for our clients. Over the past decade we have built up a reputation for our straightforward, honest approach to buying and selling – you won’t find any smooth-talking or sugar-coating here!
So if you have been considering selling or buying a home, please don’t hesitate to contact a team that has the experience, the skills, and the passion. Call Jong and Sue Kim and get them working for you today.
"I just would like to thank you once again for assisting us in selling our home at 73 Oakway Drive. Both of you came highly recommended by a friend of ours that have purchased the house in the same area. From the initial meeting, we had no doubts our house was in the right hands. Your advice and attention to details become invaluable. As a result of that, we were able to prepare our house for show homes with relative ease. We knew our best interests were well represented during the sale process. We were able to go on holiday and leave the auction in your capable hands without any worries. The outcome of the auction exceeded our expectations and we were very pleased with the sale price. It was a real pleasure working with you, and I have no doubts that you were the main contributor to the success of the sale."
"We had been living in “The Oaks” for the past five years and when we made the decision to sell our property, we had no hesitation in contacting Jong and Sue Kim from Harcourts, to be our listing Agents. This is because of their number one reputation for selling executive properties in the area. From our first formal meeting, then the open home process, and through to auction day and sale, Jong and Sue have worked in partnership with us to give honest and transparent feedback and advice. We felt we could trust them to work in our best interest, to get the best price for our house, and their level of professionalism and service has been outstanding. Jong and Sue worked hard to ensure we had several genuine interested buyers at our Auction and because of this, we achieved a sale price well in excess of our reserve. We are very happy with the outcome and would totally recommend their services to any prospective Vendor looking to sell their home and achieve the very best possible price. Thanks very much Jong and Sue"
"It is my pleasure to write this recommendation for Jong and Sue Kim, a formidable couple whose understanding of the North Shore property market is second to none. Jong and Sue’s reputation precedes them. Renowned for being committed to the needs of their clients, highly self-motivated and very well organised, Jong and Sue are assuredly results-driven; working tirelessly on behalf their clients to overcome the vagaries of any market condition. Sensitive to our need for a quick sale, Jong and Sue quickly formulated a programme of advertising and open homes that saw our house promoted across a wide range of online and print media. The interest this generated was impressive, and when combined with Jong and Sue’s vast network of potential buyers, ensured our auction was ultimately well attended. Modest yet humble, Jong’s well-developed sense of humour and charming personality allows him to relate well to clients from different backgrounds. He has a strong affinity for the needs of potential buyers, is incredibly perceptive, and has a keen social awareness that endears him across cultures. Therefore, it is without reservation that I offer Jong and Sue my highest recommendation.”"
"We have recently sold our lovely family home in the Oaks. It was a successful result due to the complete commitment from our Agents Jong and Sue Kim. From our first meeting with Jong and Sue we felt they were a very professional team and we trusted they would have our best interests at heart. Jong was extremely well organised and efficient, making sure we were well informed at every step. The level of communication and feedback we received throughout the process was above our expectations and was vey much appreciated. Our house was on the market for only 3 days and a short notice auction produced an exceptionally good price for us. Jong understood the market extremely well and he was very good at explaining his reasonings to us. Being aware of our situation, Jong wanted to do everything in his power to make sure we felt comfortable. We highly recommend Jong and Sue to market any house and we would definitely engage them in any real estate dealings we may have in the future."
"I wanted to write to you to thank you for the professional way you arranged the sale of my home in Torbay. From discussions prior to listing the house and all the way through to the final sale it was a very good experience for me. Along the way you kept me well informed and provided excellent advice at the times when this was needed. I have never had open homes in houses that I have sold in times past and was a little apprehensive about this but I needn’t have been concerned – I appreciated very much the way that my home was looked after and watched over during open homes that you held here. I am hoping that the move I am about to make to Warkworth will be the last one I make for a while however when the time comes to sell you can be sure I will contact you and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you both to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. You and Sue were wonderful to deal with. Thanks again for all your efforts on my behalf.”"
"We found Jong and Sue to be most diligent and hardworking in their handling of our property sale. They are lovely to work with and always gave us confidence that everything was under control. They have a large database of buyers, which they keep updated and this really showed on Auction Day. They kept us well informed throughout the process and combined with a great auctioneer, we got a great result. Thanks very much."
"My husband and I knew that when we sold, it would be with Jong and Sue Kim. Their reputation in the area was positive and well thought of. In listing with Jong and Sue, we were happy with how they organised and coordinated the sale of our house. They were professional and conscientious. We appreciated that they listened to our needs and considered things from our point of view, while ensuring our questions and concerns were adhered to promptly. We trusted Jong and Sue with the sale of our home, ending in a positive outcome."
"We have known Jong and Sue Kim for the last 4 years. They have been instrumental in the successful selling of 2 of our properties. Throughout this time we got to know them as people with high standards, exceptional ethics, clear communication and high integrity. They are both highly professional in their dealings and we regard them as two of the best in their industry."
"We had the pleasure of not only buying our house through Jong and Sue but when the time came to sell they were the logical choice to help us sell it. Not only are they the most successful agents in the area, they had kept up contact with us through out the years and their personable approach made it feel like a partnership when we came to sell. We got great advice on how to best prepare our home, they suggested a very reasonably priced marketing plan and gave us great feedback throughout the whole process. Come Auction day we were naturally nervous but Jong and Sue had worked very hard for us and we ended up selling our home for a lot more than we could have hoped for. I highly recommend their professional, personable service, they’re the best agents I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with."
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the tireless effort you and Sue have made to sell my property. From the initial meeting, the constant update by phone, notes and visits, to the final sale… you have shown a very professional and friendly manner. I thank you all for making what has been an emotional and stressful time, simple and easy for me. I would highly recommend Jong and Sue to anyone that is looking at buying or selling their property!"
"We listed with Jong Kim to sell our property in The Oaks, knowing of his success with selling properties in the area. Jong gave us helpful advice to make our property attractive to buyers and kept us in the loop throughout the marketing campaign. His networking ensured we had a considerable number of potential buyers brought through our home in the lead-up to our auction date. Our property sold at auction markedly above our reserve price and we thank him for his guidance and professionalism. We highly recommend Jong if you’re considering selling your home."
"Recently we sold our 5 bedroom home in Torbay that we had renovated. We wanted to ensure we would be able to get value back from the improvement. Jong and Sue were our agents and what an amazing job they did, all the preparation and attention to detail as well as how well they worked with us to guide us through the process. Jong and Sue are extremely professional, thorough, punctual and sincerely caring. The end result was we received great interest at the Auction and got the price we wanted. We could not have asked for more."
This list just touches on a few of the key points when considering buying your home. If you want more information or help call Jong and Sue anytime.
If you are interested in a property it may be time to get some professional involved.
Get a LIM from the local council. Land Information Memoranda (LIM) are comprehensive reports containing all relevant information the Council knows about a property or section. This can include what structures have or haven’t been approved and signed off by the council or potential developments planned for nearby. No one wants to move in the day construction on the new motorway begins just over the fence.
Get a builder in to do a proper inspection. Walk through the property with them. Ask any questions you want. They know what can be done cheaply and what may need to be budgeted. They’ll know what can be easily changed and what can’t.
It is always best to establish how much you can afford to spend on your new home. Talk to your bank.
Whether it is a mortgage broker or your bank manager make sure you do your homework before you go and see them. Banks will want to know what you currently earn and a budget of what you currently spend. They will want to know that there is enough of a difference to be able to service your loan.
You would be surprised how many people buy the first property they look at with a real estate agent. You don’t always have to look at 40+ properties to find one that suits your needs….if you have already narrowed down what you need. You can save a lot of time by sitting down with your real estate agent and talk about your requirements. A good agent will listen and then may ask about some criteria that you may not have thought about. Tell them which of your criteria have some flexibility and which don’t. They will then go to work for you to find what properties on the market or, in some cases, soon to be on the market may meet your needs. Jong and Sue are real estate experts…make the most of their expertise.
Jong and Sue have a lot of training and experience in the residential property market. Don’t be afraid to supplement these few buying tips by asking questions, lots of them. Jong and Sue want you to buy a home you will be happy with just as much as you do.
Just a short list to help make your home’s presence on the "Properties for Sale" list as brief as possible. If you want more information or help call Jong and Sue anytime.
Go out and stand at the roadside and have a good hard look at your lovely home. This is what potential buyers will make their first and often strongest judgement on the value of your home. Is it at its best? Would a bit of hedge trimming, lawn mowing, garden weeding, water blasting or a spot of paint go amiss? First impressions last.
In the hustle and bustle of daily life we often don’t pay much attention to familiar things….potential buyers do. It’s spring cleaning time regardless of the time of year. Clean everywhere. Nothing says “I’m a damp house that’s uncared for” than mould in the corners. And keep it clean for the duration of the marketing period.
Here is the No.1 Selling Tip we have. Get rid of the clutter! Whether it is rarely used toys, boxes of winter clothes or furniture you can’t bring yourself to throw away, get it out. Hire a storage unit or ask family or friends if you could store some stuff at their places while you sell. A home full of stuff you have to navigate around says “tiny” to a buyer. The more room you can create while still looking homely and comfortable will scream “big”, “open” and “spacious”. Clear tables, benches and dressers of everything except a couple of stylish knick-knacks or ornaments.
Attend to all the little things you have been meaning to get around to all that time. The broken door handle, the window that won’t shut, the cracked window. That bit of peeling paint. Some buyers will see things like this as a sign of poor maintenance and start to wonder what else may be wrong that you can’t see.
Not so little jobs need some thought. Is it worth repainting the ceilings, extending the deck, replacing the rotten window sill, installing an outside light? Would one coat of paint on the living area walls cover up a thousand little nicks and scuffs and make it look brand new? If in doubt ask Jong and Sue, they will know exactly what is worth the investment of your time, energy and money and what isn’t. Use their expertise.
Take a moment and step into the shoes of the potential buyers. You want them to be able to imagine themselves and their family feeling right at home in your house. It’s easier for someone to do that if they aren’t constantly reminded everywhere they look that it isn’t their home. Personal photos, kids’ artwork in the living areas, certificates for coming 3rd in the discus ten years ago….slip them away out of sight. Take some of your personality out of the house so the buyer can imagine some of their’s coming in.
We know that real estate clients want to deal with consultants who have knowledge, expertise, honesty and integrity, and are committed to achieving the best possible result for them. Above all they want to deal with real people – that’s why we put absolute focus on creating a relationship of trust and respect with all our clients. We’ve found that this philosophy is great for achieving personal satisfaction, high morale and continued success.
Harcourts offers a full range of Real Estate services. We specialise in Residential, Commercial, and Rural Property sales as well as Property Management services.
Whilst the proud legacy of Harcourts goes way back to 1888, our total focus is firmly on the future. We are constantly asking how we can improve our systems; how we can offer our clients even higher levels of personal and professional service, and how we can train and equip our people to achieve the best possible results for their clients.
Successfully buying and selling real estate is mostly about fulfilling people’s needs and aspirations. That’s why Harcourts people not only receive in-depth professional training (the benchmark for the industry) but are also committed to building meaningful and genuine personal relationships with their clients. And the huge volume of referrals and repeat business generated is proof that this works to everyone’s satisfaction.
Because Harcourts has invested in the development of cutting edge systems, property consultants have the full range of marketing, research and technological tools available to them at all times. Working within a tightly-knit and highly-motivated team environment, the business, customer support and online services which they can draw upon are very impressive.
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