Blair Stevens B.Com(VPM) MPINZ AREINZ | Rural Sales
Blair is in the unique position of understanding farming and rural issues from most angles having had two decades as a senior rural banker, being a registered valuer and farmer advocate and growing up on a Southland sheep and beef farm. He believes that this extensive knowledge, combined with well thought out and creative marketing and excellent negotiating skills, assists him to understand the issues associated with selling rural assets and importantly, to maximise a farm's value.
Maintaining a proactive relationship with customers and the ability to offer sound, unbiased professional advice is just as important as negotiating with a variety of parties to get the very best deal possible. This means treating every property he sells from the perspective that if it was his own, he would want the very best in terms of professional project management.
Blair has a B Com. in Valuation and Property Management, he is a member of the New Zealand Property Institute, an Associate of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand, has completed a Kelloggs Rural Leadership Scholarship through Lincoln University, a National Diploma in Real Estate (Agents-Level 5) in October 2016 and completed the Company Directors Course through the NZ Institute of Directors in August 2017.
Blair has been recognised as one of the country's leading real estate agents with many company awards including the coveted Bayleys National Rookie of the Year Award for 2008-2009.
Blair has now sold in excess of $360 million of real estate in 11 years specialising as a Rural Real Estate agent.
3rd April 2019
573 Te Wharau Road
Thank you so much for all the advice, recommendations, discussions and fun which created the perfect recipe for the very successful sale of Ngahere. Deciding to sell our farm, which had been in the family for 90 years, was a major life changing decision which naturally brought moments of doubt and a degree of caution as we worked through the process. It was extremely important for us to work alongside a person of total integrity who considered us part of the decision making team.
Blair, from the outset we felt very comfortable working with your honest, open and up front approach. We respected your highly professional manner and excellent business skills which together with your farming knowledge, enabled us to work through the questions and scenarios which decisions of this nature inevitably pose.
All the very best for the future.
Tony and Louise Bayliss
2nd July 2018
We have been fortunate enough to experience both selling and buying a farm through Blair Stevens as the agent.
We purchased Hadleigh in 2012 and sold the same property in 2018.On both occasions we were totally impressed with Blairs professionalism. He was organised, left nothing to chance and worked hard for us both as a buyer and a seller. He has an excellent knowledge of what is required by both parties, which is essential in getting a result both parties will be happy with.
Blair has also built up a huge list of contacts over the years and has a network which not only has a national reach but also an international reach, which gives him an advantage when selling large scale properties.Blair also has the advantage of having two colleagues in the lower North Island that are of similar capability that have their own contact databases to source for you as a vendor.
If you require someone who is easy to deal with, has excellent knowledge of the industry, and will work relentless to get results, then I have no hesitation recommending Blair Stevens to you.
Lone Star Farms.
Koromiko Station June 2017
I have known Blair Stevens of NZR Real Estate for a number of years. I have always been impressed with his professional manner and passion for whatever he does.
I/we didn’t need much time to decide that we wanted Blair to market our property. Blair is thorough in his approach leaving no stone unturned to make sure that when we marketed that we had all our i’s dotted and t’s crossed, a great advertising plan and marketing strategy in place backed up with great feedback and personal contact.
I have no problems recommending Blair and his company when selling your property, Blair is driven, efficient and professional, not everyone can put all these together.
“I have emailed several Real Estate agents over the year(s), and you are by far the most pro- active. It is refreshing to see, as I have found 98% are useless, lazy and haven’t got the foggiest idea of being a salesman/marketer , or customer service.
No wonder more people are disillusioned with non-results they get from agents.
Thank you for being proactive"
"Anerley" July 2016
When Tinks and I decided to sell our farm, “Anerley”, we were both adamant that Blair Stevens was the agent we wanted to handle the whole process for us. At the time, Blair was selling rural real estate for another company in Masterton and we listed our farm with him. When Blair left to set up his own company, NZ Real Estate, we had no hesitation in moving the listing of Anerley, and in fact, I believe we were his first clients!
Right from Blair’s first visit to Anerley, we have been very impressed and happy with his attention to detail, level of professionalism, and very open and frank level of communication. His advice that “you can only sell you asset once, so let’s do it right” has kept us both positive and optimistic throughout what has at times been a rather stressful process. The decision to sell Anerley was a big one for us to make and Blair has at all times been aware of the emotional rollercoaster the sale process has at times put us through, and has supported and mentored us through the process at all times.
Both Tinks and I have no hesitation what so ever in recommending Blair Stevens from NZR to manage the sale of your property in the most professional and personable way possible and obtain the absolute best result possible for you as the vendor.
Andy and Tinks Pottinger
'Late in 2016, we made the decision to sell part of our farm. Blair Stevens was recommended to us by a friend. We found Blair to very professional in all aspects of marketing, farming, soil types and finance. He guided us though a marketing plan, advertising budget and talked us through the viewing plan by interested parties.
The many viewings were arranged to cause as little disruption as possible and went very smoothly. Blair ensured that we were kept up to date with questions, comments and interest, after each visit.
Blair is a motivated and knowledgeable individual. He was thoroughly professional and respectful during the marketing process and the tender process. Our farm was really well marketedand we received amazing interest in our property.
Selling a farm is a stressful time and being older clients, we felt that Blair took a lot of the load from our shoulders. It is our pleasure to recommend Blair Stevens as your selling agent.'
Stuart and Annette Kelynack
"Tamaihu" December 2015
Blair has recently successfully transacted the sale of our much-loved family farm. Our instructions to him pre-sale were simple - we would sell if the price was right and his brief was to leave no stone unturned to achieve this end. We need not have worried.
Marketing is a talent that comes naturally to Blair. Add to this his high level of integrity, reliability, discretion, the experience previously gained in the banking industry and you have the complete package - the totally professional rural property agent.
Preparing any farm for sale is always a demanding and often traumatic exercise. In our case it involved a real team effort with Blair very much our team leader. We will always be grateful to him for steering us through what to us was a huge event.
Thanks again Blair - we enjoyed working with you. The price we achieved for our property was above our expectations and this was due largely to your expertise.
Dave and Rosey Wellbrock
Our 125Ha seasonal supply dairy farm at Browns Rd, Pahiatua was successfully sold at auction in December 2014. The marketing and sale was conducted by Blair Stevens of NZR Real Estate.
The process began many months prior with a clearly defined marketing strategy being developed for the auction on 11th December. The strategy included such elements as a timeline of critical dates, a clearly defined advertising campaign targeting key geographical areas outside the immediate location and details such as the location of the auction and the auctioneer himself. All relevant farm data was collated, including the financial performance over the last five years and presented in hard copy and DVD to prospective purchasers.
I was impressed by the level of professionalism and dedication to details displayed by Blair throughout the process. The strategy was successfully implemented, all timetables were met and the farm was successfully sold at auction 11th Dec 2014. Testament to a successful marketing strategy was the fact that despite the difficult market conditions - at the outset Fonterra's milk price was $7 Kg Ms which declined to $4.70 Kg Ms just prior to auction - the price received per Ha was a record for the area.
Well done Blair. AAA rating.
Ian & Rosalie Manderson
The Daisyburn Trust would like to say THANK YOU. The selling of the family farm was a very difficult thing to do, but having you as our agent made all the difference. We feel like we have done all we could to obtain the best possible outcome and with your help and expertise we have achieved this.
Your attention to detail, professional yet friendly manner and communication were outstanding and made a difficult time feel like it was all going smoothly and according to plan. We felt you left no stone unturned in your quest to achieve a sale and this show in the result you accomplished.
I would highly recommend you to anyone and would be happy to be a verbal reference any time.
Ngaire, Ian, Robyn and Kay (The Daisyburn Trust)
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