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Client Testimonials

Here's what our clients have to say;

Rod and Jan McKinley - Nov 2014

With 4 offers in one day and receiving more than we asked for we cannot wish for more.

Simon and Theresa - Nov 2014

'Having been in New Zealand for less than three months and never having bought a house here before, we were fairly nervous about the whole thing.  As soon as we met David we felt confident that we were dealing with someone who really knew about homes in Ohope.  He was very professional in providing advice about our offer and gave us good, clear information at all stages.  Once our offer was accepted, David and Kim were efficient and really helpful in getting us through the various stages.  David went 'above and beyond' in getting us moved in and it has been a real pleasure to buy a house through him.'

Colin and Grace Hussey - Nov 2014

Hi David, Just a short note to thank both you and Kim for the excellent service you have provided to us in selling our house in Ohope.  We were very impressed with both yourselves and Harcourts in the professional way that the property was marketed and were pleased with the result.  Your guys are the best. Thank you once again.

Grant Norton - Sept 2014

David, as a follow professional I would like to commend you for your honest and upfront appraisal to us for either selling or not selling our beach home.  It is refreshing to deal with people who still retain good old fashion values, even at the expense of losing a possible listing.  All the best, may you have a great Summer personally & selling wise & I will certainly have no hesitation recommending you to anyone buying or selling in the lovely area of Ohope.

Richard Moore - Sept 2014

In March 2014 our family sold my mothers property in Ohope. After interviewing 3 agents we listed the property with David and Kim Marshall based on their honesty and confidence to achieve the price expectation we discussed within the appraisal range they had given.  David and Kim provided a fairly rapid transaction which suit our situation. They were very much on-hand to answer any questions.  They are experts in their field in my opinion, and I definitely would recommend them if asked.

John and Lorraine McNaughten - June 2014

Many thanks David & Kim for the professional way in which you helped us to buy our new home. You helped us through a very stressful time with understanding & care like true friends. We shall never forget your kindness & help. You have called into see how we are settling in which we have really appreciated. Long may your business flourish. We treasure your friendship.

Midge and Mike - May 2014

We bought a house at Ohope Beach from Kim and David just over four weeks ago and it was an absolute pleasure to deal with them both. Nothing was too much trouble and their communication was great, always on the ball and follow up was immediate, so we were always kept in the picture. With their honesty, warmth and passion for Ohope Beach, it would be hard to find anyone who knew more than them, about property at the Beach. They have an inherent perception and understanding of what people want in a home so there is no wasting time with unsuitable showings. Even after the deal had gone through and we were settled in, Kim and David were there to make sure we were happy and comfortable and on several occasions went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure everything was right. We would highly recommend them to anyone with property to sell or buy at Ohope.

Ailsa Barton - March 2014

Dear Kim and David, Thank you very much for sending me the photo's of Unit 2 Paradise Court - they will be a very good record of our unit and I shall enjoy looking at them for time to time.  I have enjoyed my contract with you both for Unit 2 but also over the sale of Unit 8 and 58 West End.  You have helped to make the sale easier and more pleasant.  All the best for your future real estate business.  

Maurice and Helen Brown - Nov 2013

Hi Kim and David. Now that the sale of the above property has been finalised Helen and I would like to thank you both for the excellent service you gave us during the process. We were very impressed with the professional manner in which you dealt with us and the smooth transaction of the sale. Your telephone manner was a pleasure to listen to and your explanations were clear and informative. Thanks David for your negotiating skills, it certainly impressed us.  Cheers

John and Denise Siviter - May 2012

Hi Kim and Dave, We think you two are the one who deserve the congratulations – well done. Denise and I have been very impressed and extremely satisfied with your marketing, suggestions and constant feedback on what is happening with the property. This is very important when you don’t live on-site or live in another town. We are now in a position to invest in another property that the family can enjoy whilst still being able to rent out. The areas of choice at the moment are Ohope or Whitianga (great fishing). We have dropped Waiheke Island off the radar at the moment because of price etc. Once again – thank you.

David and Janis - Aug 2010

Hi Kim and David, Just a note to say thanks for all your efforts in the purchase of the apartment - from start to finish. We loved your style, very different to any of our previous experiences with a house purchase. It was good to operate with normal, sensible people who knew their stuff and made time. As you can guess we are now back in the UK for Janis' final year as a Headteacher and for me to focus on my golf!! We will be back for a much longer visit (5/6 months) next year - so hopefully we will see you about Ohope and take an opportunity to "catch up" over a glass of vino or two!! Again, many thanks. All the very best from the U.

Gary Hook, Ph.D.,D.Sc.

"The web site by David and Kim Marshall may have contributed substantially to the ultimate selling of my house in Ohope. Prior to David taking over the listing, the house had been on the market for a period of about 2 years, but with other realty companies that shall remain nameless. Kim and David had the house sold within approximately three weeks of their taking over and I was absolutely amazed. The web site allowed Kim and David to keep me informed of all new developments while minimizing intrusions into my busy life. Kim and David’s use of modern technology in the selling of real estate is undoubtedly a valuable part of their marketing, informing, and obviously successful business of selling real estate".

Alun and Kerry Jones – August 2008

"We had been looking for a property at Ohope for several years, not easy when you live in the UK! After countless emails and phone calls and the occasional fleeting visit to view, we have finally succeeded in finding our beach front home!. Huge gratitude to David and Kim for all their efforts. For continuously fulfilling our demands for more and yet even more property photos to be taken and emailed to us. (and for tolerating the accompanying directional guidance as to where to stand/angle/height when taking said photos!) Also for all of the late night and early morning phone calls! They have both worked extremely hard to help us through some quite stressful situations - trying to buy a house in an auction on the telephone from the other side of the world - is a good example. Many thanks Kim and David. Kind Regards”

Mark and Yvonne Geraets – August 2008

“The key to a successful sale for both a vendor and purchaser is feeling that you are well placed in the market and that your needs have been addressed. David Marshall is superbly located to offer this information to both the vendor and purchaser. He knows the Ohope market like no other. His calm, relaxed and unaggressive nature sets his clients at ease and secures them in the knowledge that he is there to assist them according to their requirements. Both David and Kim are an excellent Team who work tirelessly for the client. They are knowledgeable, informative, honest and treat you as a friend from the outset. They do not focus on gaining a sale but on customer satisfaction as they know those who work through them will come back, as I have done and will do again. I recommend David Marshall for any sale or purchase of property in the Ohope region.”

Paul and Alison – August 2008

“We first met David at an open home and both remarked on what a friendly laidback manner he had. A hundred weeks and thirty houses later we were able to make an offer on a house that David had been saying right from the first day was for us. His patience and relaxed approach over this time was a breath of fresh air compared with others we had had dealings with.. Kim and David have always been approachable, friendly and nothing has ever been too much trouble. Kim and David, we thank you both for all you have done in helping us find our dream home. We pass your name on to others with the highest recommendations – we would use no other agents.’’

Debbie T and Tony C – July 2008

Tony and I would like to thank you both for your generosity and the professionalism you displayed in assisting us with the purchase of our property at Ohope. It is approximately one year since we contacted you. From the time that you responded to our first enquiry nothing has been too much for either of you We made our trip to New Zealand in June of this year to view properties in the area. On arrival, you welcomed us into your home. You listened as we told you what we were looking for and only showed us properties which met our needs. We both felt comfortable and under no pressure whatsoever to make a purchase. It took time for us to do this, but you displayed patience and friendliness giving us the time we needed to help us make our decision. We felt that you were looking after us as if it was you making the purchase yourself. The old cliché that you get out of life what you put into it is very true in respect of the success you have achieved in your chosen vocation. Thank you again for helping us find our little piece of Paradise .”

Paul Robilliard – March 2008.

“I would like to sincerely thank you both for the recent sale of my Beachpoint Apartment, this is the third property that you have sold for me and your local knowledge of the market was invaluable in achieving a good result. I regard you both as very close friends, and have the upmost respect for your commitment and enthusiasm for achieving positive results along with consent feed back at all times. Your professionalism and integrity is to be admired with a “can do attitude”, I will certainly recommend you both to any prospective buyer looking for a property in the Eastern Bay and your data base is exceptional. Once again thank you. Kind Regards”

Kate & Perry King. – March 2008

“We spent many happy holidays in Ohope before finding the perfect place to purchase. David and Kim were very professional and patient as we took a few years to get the formula right. They are up front and honest. They know many properties better than the owners because they've sold them more than once! It's like anything. When you're about to make a big investment, you want professionals who really know their stuff to help you and these guys do. There's no pressure either. Thoroughly recommend them!”

Len and Barb Keys – Feb 08

“After 12 months of trying to sell our property at Ohope by our selves with no luck we decided it was time to hand it over to someone that knew what they where doing. We chose David Marshall as we believed him to be the best in Ohope and are very pleased with the results. The marketing was outstanding the regular communication throughout was fantastic. David’s enthusiasm and knowledge of Ohope and his large client base made us realise that our only mistake in choosing him was that we had wasted 12 months trying to do it ourselves. A big thank you to David Kim and Lydia for making our retirement dreams come true. Keep up the good work and we will not hesitate in recommending you to anyone looking at buying or selling real estate.”

Ann Woolliams - Feb 08

“I was lucky enough to have had a referral to David Marshall. I am very busy, with my motel in Rotorua, and really haven’t much time to call my own. I dreaded the process of selling my beach house at Ohope. But I shouldn’t have worried. From the first contact I knew everything was going to go smoothly. David and Kim are an efficient, professional team! They do not waste time, there is no confusion, there is no bulldust! They are a pleasant, genuine couple. They know what has to be done and how to do it. I was totally impressed and will be referring others Kindest regards and best wishes” 

Warwick & Pauline Thorburn – Feb 08

“We have a family history of holidaying at OhopeBeach since the late 70’s The fish & chips at Ohiwa Harbour are a big draw card and when it came time to find somewhere to enjoy eating them (where the tomato sauce is always in the cupboard) we contacted David & Kim who appeared the guru’s in real estate in Ohope. We looked for several months, always with an eye on one particular property. David & Kim were informative, authoritative, professional yet relaxed with regular contact to us – just waiting for the right time for us. Since our purchase, David & Kim remain in contact, “pop in” to see us and keep us informed of changes & developments in the Ohope market. They ARE the guru’s in real estate in Ohope and we enjoy their contact. We have been very comfortable with all dealings with David & Kim.”

Anton Meier – February 08

"Despite a long standing relationship with Ohope and New Zealand we had decided to sell our property at Ohope Beach . At present living and working in Switzerland we came to the conclusion to let the section go to someone that has the time to enjoy the Beach more so than we could do from over here. Knowing a friend and family owning a holiday home just behind Kim and David Marshall’s place we did get in contact with the two and were pleasantly surprised of their professional approach in selling properties. We enjoyed a great service although we were half around the World away and managed to sell our property at a fair market price within a short time. We certainly will keep in touch with Kim and David when ever we will be visiting Ohope Beach as we still like the place and its people. We wish the two and their family the best of luck, good health and we will keep Ohope in our minds................"

Karen Lenne – Feb 08

“I have both bought and sold in Ohope with David and Kim. I would thoroughly recommend them both to prospective buyers and sellers. You can be guaranteed that they both know the market extremely well, your property will be perfectly appraised and marketed extremely well. When I purchased my home David went the extra mile and used his creative selling skills to make my dream come true. The service I received when selling my home was exceptional. The marketing was outstanding, the regular communication I had by phone and e mail was fantastic. I knew exactly what was happening at all times. No one does it better at the beach. “Happy buying and selling with David and Kim.”

Rosemary and Raymond Tully - Oct 07

"When we decided to sell our home at Otarawairere we chose David Marshall from Harcourt's. We had known David for a few years and found him to be a very friendly, pleasant person. You need friendliness when dealing with prospective home buyers. He was not pushy and listened to our concerns regarding selling our home. David is now classed as a friend and not someone just selling houses. (which I might add he is very good at). Thank you David for all your help during the selling process, it made what can be a very stressful time plain sailing."

Mark and Carmen Meikle – Sep 07

“In February this year Carmen and I purchased a property through David Marshall at Harcourts. The deal was made easy by David and we decided to use David to list our existing property to sell as well. David and his team kept in contact with us and gave us good advice when a prospective buyer came forward. David was professional, relaxed to deal with and knew the market and his clients. We would not hesitate to recommend David and his support team Kim and Lydia .”

Philip Newdick and Jenny Beeching – August 07

“We have known David and Kim Marshall for a number of years and found them to be open and honest. David’s extensive knowledge of Ohope Beach real estate market makes him the first person you would want to call if you are buying or selling in this area. With Kim and Lydia handling the marketing you have a very strong and successful team working for you.”

Julie & Doug Batt – August 07

“Our experience with David was excellent from start to finish. His high moral integrity, enthusiasm, great people skills, and in-depth knowledge of all areas associated with the real estate market provided us with absolute faith in his ability to achieve a positive outcome. Our house went unconditional within 18 days of being listed due to David’s high level of competency, commitment, and friendship. If you are investing in real estate in Ohope then David is the only person to deal with.”

Wendy Chisholm and Grant Drury – August 07

“We have been very impressed with the Marshall team for some time now and have stayed in regular contact with them through their internet service of market reports and just listed properties. Therefore there was no hesitation in listing with them ourselves. Their regular contact and constantly changing advertisements in the paper kept us updated on our property and though we were reluctant vendors we could not fault their professionalism and service. We are happy to recommend David as an agent with good advice, personal service and oodles of patience.”

Stewart and Glenys Hyde – August 07

“Up until recently we had lived in Ohope for the past 7 years. During that time we had many dealings with David and Kim and always found them to be not only professional in there approach to dealing with you but also they treat you more like a friend and to top it off “ they always go the extra mile for you”. In our experiences of living in Ohope no one knows the Ohope real estate market better than David and Kim. We would recommend David and Kim to anyone contemplating buying in Ohope”

John and Robin Washburn – July 07

As a land developer for 30 years, I've gotten to know dozens of realtors. David and Kim Marshall are at the very top. The best realtors are the best consultants and give the best advice. My consultations with the Marshalls were accurate and insightful. They're just the best!

Your friend Gordon Tietjens – June 07

“Thanks David for making the purchase of our Ohope property such a stress free experience. From our 1st meeting you clearly understood our wants and needs for our Ohope beach home. We were impressed with your promptness in finding us a property that suited us perfectly. David and Kim a very big thank you for your ongoing enthusiasm and generosity. When we’ve needed someone to check on things at the property you’re always there for us. Your knowledge of local amenities, resources and tradesmen has been exceptionally valuable to us. Yes I’m very much a David Marshall Supporter. Without hesitation I recommend you to all those that mention the word property at Ohope Beach .”

Gaie and Don McGlashen -June 07

“The recent sale of our property was carried out in what we believe was a thoroughly professional manner by David and Kim Marshall. We were appreciative of their positive attitude and communication skills and ultimately the early success of their marketing strategy. We would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone wishing to make the house sale process as stress-free as possible.”

Malcolm Innes-Jones – June 07

“ David Marshall over the last 20 years has assisted us with buying and selling properties in Ohope. We have found David has always operated for us in a professional and highly confidential manner. He has astutely given us appraisals on properties. We wouldn’t hesitate to use him again”.

Robyn and Alex Harvey – June 07

"Over the past several years we have had real estate business dealings with David. We now look upon him as a trusted friend and part of our family. He has excellent negotiation skills, an extremely pleasant manner, always immaculately groomed and his knowledge and dedication to his profession and clients is a credit to him. He is always available to discuss any real estate businesses and has worked extremely hard to achieve the success expected by his clients. David is highly respected in our local community and his hard work and dedication is backed up by wonderful support from his family."

Warwick and Victoria Simpson – June 07

Dealing with David Marshall is a real pleasure...His knowledge and integrity are exceptional. Trust David Marshall - Sure can!

Jim Henneberry – June 07

“Ellen and I have bought and sold a lot of homes together. Each has been an emotional experience. We've seen first hand really good realtor's, however, Kim and David Marshall are simply the best. They are a remarkable tireless team who seem to know everyone living in, coming in or heading out of Ohope. They will find you the buyer you want and the deal you need. There will never be a question of unaddressed issues or forgotten details. I trusted the Marshall 's, they delivered and are still our good friends today.” 

Bryan Thomson, Chief Executive Office, Harcourts New Zealand - August 2005

“When one excels, and continues to excel time and time again, it is always because of an incredible level of commitment to providing clients or customers and with service that is well in excess of expectations. Because there are so few anywhere who consistently achieve at this level, I find it increasingly difficult to find works to express yet another major accomplishment, but certainly gives me enormous pleasure to welcome you to the Harcourts ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY MILLION DOLLAR ($150,000,000.00) CLUB Yes continue to set new standards of achievement, and rather than repeat those same accolades which have been contained in letters of congratulations previously, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you and any client or customer who might require additional information about why they should have a sales consultant working with them who numbers in the rarefied atmosphere of top performers international, to call me at any time. This is most definitely is a recommendation at the highest level for David Marshall to any person contemplating a real estate decision.”

Jenny and Bob Geddes - August 2002

"David and Kim. Thank you so much for your continued efforts in selling our house. No wonder you both have such a good reputation in the whole area. I have now recommended two different families with houses which are shortly going on the market and have praised you both to the highest. Kind Regards"

Mike Green - Managing Director,  Harcourts International Limited - November 1992

“I am writing to commend you on your Harcourts National Top Twenty ranking for October 2002. This is the 26th time you have ranked in the Top 20 since October 1995. It takes extremely high standards and great customer service to attain a top position in an already prestigious group of real estate professionals. Your achievement is indicative of the commitment of excellence that anybody appointing you as his or her agent can except to receive. I know that it is sometimes difficult for many people to know who represents them when they are considering a real estate transaction. Please use this letter as a personal recommendation to anyone talking to you about buying or selling. I also know and appreciate the dedication and focus which is required to become the best of the best – it’s a privilege to have you on the Harcourts team. I wish you continuing success.”

David Martin AREINZ, Business Development Manager, Harcourts Group Limited. – November 2002

“CENTRAL REGION TOP 5 FOR OCTOBER 2002 Congratulations! You have placed No. 1 in the Central Region for the month of October and No. 2 in the Central Region year to date. It gives me a great pleasure to write this letter. A very warm congratulations on the results of your hard work. In such a competitive industry as ours, it really says something about the courage and expertise of the person who achieves results such as these. We are very lucky and proud to have you on our team.”

Fred Forge - January 1997

"Over the years I have had many dealing with Land Agents, but never had contact with one who was so open, honest and helpful as Mr Marshall"

Sue and Ken McNeil - April 1994

"We have recently had our home listed with Harcourts and David Marshall was our listing agent. David's personality and manner and his obvious concern in seeking to address our specific needs was the reason Harcourts was chosen. Throughout the entire sale period David worked tirelessly on our behalf. His approach was professional and friendly and we enjoyed dealing with him."