19 March 2022
To Whom it May Concern
Dave and Blair were recommended to us when we were looking at selling the family farm. We were impressed with their knowledgeable, professionalism, and understanding of the farm and our position.
From the very beginning of the process there was a very clear strategy and well thought out campaign. This was essential as the property is unique and any standard selling campaign would not have achieved the outstanding results that we got.
Nothing was ever too much, and Dave was always available to talk with and had answers, thoughts, and drive to keep the momentum going as there was a lot of moving wheels in the background. His professionalism and knowledge were appreciated and enjoyed. Both Blair and Dave made the process seem easy and we enjoyed ourselves through it all.
We are so happy not only that the farm sold, but that Dave and Blair found the most perfect new owners for the property who will bring their own touch and get to enjoy the magic of this property.
We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Blair and Dave and will really miss dealing with them.
Thanks again Dave and Blair and NZR.
Jennifer Wilton & Karen Koers
Alan & Margie Schofield
To Whom It May Concern
We were recommended Blair Stevens and Dave Hutchison from NZR, when we made the big decision to sell our farm where we had lived and worked for 38yrs.
From the initial meeting to the finalised sale, nothing was too much trouble. There was a clear plan with great communication, and excellent advertising and marketing.
Dave kept us informed all the way, was always friendly, respectful and discreet and made the whole process seamless.
We would happily recommend this highly professional team
Thankyou Blair and Dave
Alan & Margie Schofield
12th August 2021
The decision to sell Hutinga arose because of my decreasing mobility and I realised matters were not being addressed.
Selecting a real estate agent/s to assist with this process was given careful consideration, and on reflection, the selection of Blair Stevens and Dave Hutchison of NZR was pivotal in achieving a strong result.
Both Blair and David were very highly organised and particularly respectful of everyone involved.
The process of negotiation is not for amateurs and their numeric skills and knowledge of farming are excellently honed after both having significant careers in rural banking.
Margot and I have no hesitation recommending both Blair and David for their excellence and knowledge in the sale of rural land.
Douglas and Margot Barton
9 February 2021
To whom it may concern
We sold a 126 ha block of land through NZR with Dave and Blair November 2020.
We found these two agents professional, personable and extremely helpful.
They have a huge amount of knowledge about marketing property and got us a very pleasing result.
Selling land can be a stressful experience but Dave and Blair eased us through the process and made it much easier, especially seeing as they both were farming bankers and understood our aims in reducing our workload.
I thoroughly recommend their professionalism and personally found the whole process a pleasant experience.
9 December 2020
To whom it may concern
Our family worked with Blair and Dave from NZR in the purchase of two adjoining blocks totalling 154ha just south of Greytown. We had previously indicated what class and size of land we were after, and received a proactive notification from Blair. Throughout the rest of the sales process we worked with Dave, and were extremely impressed with his service.
Dave was extremely professional and prompt in responding to requests. He had clearly done his research and knew the property well, and acted with integrity throughout the process.
The process involved some complexity due to one of the adjoining blocks being marketed by another agency and under different processes, and us requiring both blocks to suit our requirements. Dave managed this complexity, ensuring that we primarily only had to deal with NZR.
I would not hesitate to recommend the services of NZR, Blair and Dave to others. For us the process was hassle free, with the outcome being the result we were after.
14 June 2020
To whom it may concern,
In the Spring 2019 Blair Stevens and Dave Hutchison marketed our Eketahuna farm, “Clyro”. The farm was sold on time and to price expectations, which was an excellent result for all. Blair and Dave were professional at all times and clearly experienced.
Their marketing systems work smoothly exploring all options to bring potential purchasers forward.
I found that they were courteous at all times and showed good communication in keeping us informed throughout the sale process. With their marketing skills and reputation for achieving good sale results. I would recommend Blair and Dave for marketing real estate.
11th June 2020
Thanks Dave & Blair for your work in securing us our farm. We have dealt with a large number of real estate agents over the last few years throughout New Zealand in trying to find our piece of paradise and by and large it has been a frustrating journey.
It has been such a breath of fresh air in dealing with Dave, his communication has been flawless, his knowledge of the property he was selling was the best I have seen and the viewing was a great experience as Dave made it enjoyable even through the Wairarapa weather was throwing everything at us. I can hand on heart say it is the best real estate experience I have had and that really was the icing on the cake of the purchasing process. Thanks for making it so fun and easy.
Chief Executive Officer
3rd May 2020
To whom it may concern
I chose to use Blair Stevens and Dave Hutchison of NZR Real Estate to conduct the sale of our 775 hectare property Te Rau Station at Pongaroa. This was a decision I didn’t take lightly.
After a busy marketing period we received multiple tenders. This became an intricate sale process that they handled with particular care and detail, leaving no stone unturned. The result was Te Rau was sold three ways to maximise the total sale price.
They were happy to take whatever pathway either of us thought necessary or beneficial.
Every facet of the sale process was conducted at the highest standard making it seamless and faultless going beyond any high expectations I have.
How they have conducted the sale process right through has been outstanding, with the results to match. If I have this decision again it would be easy, “Blair and Dave” - their level of expertise goes above and beyond.
After the lengths they have gone to for us I would be happy to verify and discuss this on the phone if it helps.
“If you want something done well give it to the busiest person”
Ph 06 3088857
10th February 2020
Thanks for all your and Dave's help with the sale of Langdale Station, Craig and I were stoked that we chose NZR as our agents and will certainly recommend to other people your highly professional service and attention to detail.
Craig & Jenny Booth
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)