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Adam Cockburn
Lowe & Co Realty
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (REAA 2008), Member of the REINZ
About Adam Cockburn
Hi, my name is Adam. I love Wellington real estate! I caught the bug after reading a Dolf De Roos book in 1998, and bought my first property in Adam's Terrace, Aro Valley, just before I headed off to London for a number of years. I kept buying property, mainly in London and Auckland, whilst living in the UK, returned back to Wellington in 2005, and have been selling Wellington real estate since 2007. Having started out in sales during the biggest recession since the 1930s, this means that I have had to develop good habits from the start, to make sure I deliver the best service, and achieve the best results, for my clients when they want to sell their Wellington real estate. I have lived in many different neighbourhoods, including Wadestown, Kelburn, Ngaio, Thorndon, Highbury, Rongotai, Miramar and Seatoun. Wellington is a great city and we should be proud of it. It is vibrant and alive, it is the cultural and coffee capital of the country, it is beautiful whilst also being an easy city to live in, due to it's compact nature. So if you are looking to buy or sell Wellington real estate, give me a call. I will follow up every lead and turn over every stone, to make sure we achieve the best results possible together. I look forward to working with you.
Happy Clients...
Dear Adam, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your hardwork on the sale of my two rental properties. I realize it is a flat market at present but you managed to get me very good prices by your use of marketing and your diligent follow-up with prospective buyers. You were excellent in keeping me informed of progress and interest (or lack of!) and I appreciated your honesty. You were also very good at going back to the two prospective buyers on my behalf to ensure I got the top dollar for both of them. I especially appreciated you organizing to have the trees cut and some of the requested maintenance to get the sale of Mt Pleasant "over the line". That is what I call going over and above so thank you! I also enjoyed your lateral thinking, positive outlook and sharing of your knowledge of the marketplace. I would definitely use you again and recommend you to others. We will keep in contact and if you would like to use me as a referee for you please don"t hesitate to.
Lindsay Jackson
Thank you very much to you and your team for all your efforts with Thurleigh Grove. Both Hema and I are extremely pleased with the outcome and we look forward to doing business with you again in the future.
Ash Deva
I have known Adam for nearly 15 years and during that time have found Adam to be honest, hard working, enthusiastic, and straightforward to deal with. Adam will go the extra mile for his clients in order to achieve the best possible results. In a recent sale of a Mt Victoria investment property in what was generally regarded as a buyer's market, Adam achieved a great result with a sale price at the top end of my expectations, and significantly above RV. He also knows the Wellington investment property market inside out, and you won't find an agent that walks the talk more than Adam when it comes to property investment. I have no hesitation in recommending Adam to sell your property in Wellington.
Martin McGregor-Macdonald
We'd like to express our thanks and appreciation to you all, in particular Adam Cockburn who looked after us during the sale of our home. From the beginning, Adam kept us informed of the process of selling our home, including national market analysis, realistic values, and state of the market in our area. He continually kept us informed, even while he was on holiday and then when we were on holiday. We appreciated his straight talking honesty instead of the general sales fluff that some agents think a vendor would want to hear. It was easy to see that Adam knew his stuff, knew the market, and was working to get the best result in a realistic timeframe. From our first meeting we felt confident that we were in good hands. Adam came to our home, gave us useful pointers for preparing for sale - even while in a state of chaos from renovating, and could see all the positive points about our home. He devised a marketing plan that was not overly expensive and took advantage of technology. The end result? Adam was able to get us three realistic offers, with us finally selling our house for 20% above the GV, without even completing our marketing plan! His services and the sale price far exceeded our expectations, and we have been raving to friends about our Real Estate Agent since. This has taken a huge weight off our shoulders while we prepare to relocate to different cities. We would happily recommend Adam and the Team to friends and family!
Huia Lloyd
Adam recently sold our two-flat rental property in Hataitai. We were extremely impressed with the level of research, preparation, professionalism, courtesy and energy that Adam displayed in abundance at every step of the process. Following a hectic tender period with considerable interest in the property, we accepted the best of the 10 offers we received. Overall we couldn't have been happier with the amazing job Adam did for us and we would unreservedly recommend Adam to anyone wanting to list their property with him!
Terry Hills
I recently used Adam Cockburn to market and sell my investment property in Newtown. Although the market was very tough, Adam always remained confident, although also realistic and transparent about market conditions and feedback. Adam regularly kept me informed regarding progress, including both good and bad news, and worked tirelessly for me to make sure there was no stone left unturned. At the end of all his hard work, Adam brought me several offers and we gladly accepted one. If you want an agent who is hard working, straight up, and someone who will go the extra mile to get the best price possible for your property, I can recommend Adam without hesitation.
Fabrizio Abbate
I engaged Adam to sell our property and was pleased with the outcome. Buyer demand wasn’t strong and Adam worked extremely hard for us. He was creative, energetic, diligent and enthusiastic - all of which contributed to a successfull sale. Adam proactively communicated developments and outcomes daily and through his efforts he ensured our property was comprehnsively advertised and had maximum exposure to an extensive set of prospective buyers. Thanks Adam, I certainly recommend you to prospective vendors........ Rob Clay
Rob Clay
Simply put, Adam has delivered a result well beyond my expectations - not just in the final sale but throughout the listing and sales process. If it wasn't for Adam's insightful advice, attention to detail, abundant enthusiasm and tireless energy I would not have had 17 cash buyers actively competing for my property at auction. And to think I was going to sell privately! There was no way I would have achieved a result anywhere close to what Adam did. Thanks Adam for your professionalism, dedication and energy you brought to my house sale.
Guy Lane
Having already delivered an exceptional result with the sale of our first property, we did not hesitate to use Adam to sell our next one. Adam has a hard working ethic and comprehensive knowledge of the property market which ensures that we always get full market price. He uses technology to his advantage to maximize exposure to the market and to keep within our limited budget. Adam exceeded our expectations yet again, selling our property quickly and well above the RV. I will happily use him as my agent in the future and will gladly recommend his services to my family and friends.
Ash Deva
We wish to write about the great service and support we had over the sale of our house in Miramar. From the beginning Adam came around and consulted us with options and gave us a clear and correct cost of his prices and what he would do for us. He kept his word and worked far above our expectations. We were always informed of his visits and follow ups and he even went the extra mile delivering pamphlets in the local area to attract potential buyers. We liked Adam’s approach he was professional and worked to get the very best for us. The end results was we sold our house really quickly with a top dollar result all due to Adams hard work and advertising. We would definitely recommend Adam to anyone who was considering selling their home and know he will do the very best for you.”
Penny Parkes
Just a very quick note to thank you for the excellent job you did for me recently in listing, promoting and selling my property in Townsend Road. I was delighted with the result and wish to compliment you on your Professionalism, Commitment to the process, and Communication style (both with me and prospective buyers). The selling process was made very straight forward by your professional approach and I felt at all times that I was totally informed and told the absolute truth. I would like to compliment you on your absolute commitment to the sales process and believe that the sale was achieved because of the way in which you conducted the campaign and the relationships you managed throughout the process. I will be recommending you to friends and colleagues and will most certainly be in touch when I wish to sell my next property. Thank you for all your efforts – you are one agent who really earns his fee. All the very best and again a sincere thank you for a job exceptionally well done. Regards, John
John Spillane
Doing business with family and friends is usually not recommended but in this instance my husband and I decided that Adam (my cousin) had the best marketing strategy for selling our house. Not an easy task in this market and with our property that had some 'limitations', much as we loved it. Adam worked very hard on our behalf, endured regular grillings about progress and approach as we second guessed ourselves. It is great to work with someone with a great grasp on the market, someone who will tell it like it is and with humour...because at the end of the day you want a result...and that is what we got, and one that we are very happy with!
Ash & Philippa Flowerday
Adam has done a superb job selling our family home for me. I was apprehensive about this project, but he has reassured me with constant progress reports and hard graft throughout the process of open homes and tenders. It’s hard to let go of such a long-time family home, and I recommend Adam for guiding ‘not-so-young’ downsizers towards a smooth transition and good return on ones property.
Ellen Hannigan
I never for one second doubted that Adam was the right person to sell my property. I needed someone I could count on to be completely honest and reliable and someone I could have peace of mind dealing with as I was trying to sell my property while living overseas. Not only that, but my property was a unique property that needed a very specific buyer. In this market, it certainly did take a while, but it happened eventually. As a motivated seller, I was delighted to get a price that I could accept. Adam constantly kept in touch and he really did care about day to day activity and interest. Thanks Adam!
Philippa Morton
I was impressed with Adam the first time I met him - when the boot was on the other foot for me, as a buyer rather than a seller. At that point he got my attention and respect because I liked the efficiency, the straight talking, the reasoning and logic that Adam provided. He knew the market very well and could talk about aspects of investing, financing, yields etc for rentals as well as the facts and figures (and empathy) for owner-occupiers. I found Adam to be friendly and professional, and he also took the time to meet me for coffee and discuss my questions and position - and even pick me up and deliver me back to work after viewings! Another impressive characteristic was Adam's ability to be persistent and to keep active - keeping a bit of pressure on, but in the nicest of ways! That is often essential to 'close the deal' and get people to take action, whether buying or selling. So although I have been involved as an investor in the Wellington property market for over 15 years, and had quite a few 'favourite' agents, when it came to selling a couple of properties recently, Adam got the job. He is very good with the paper work and arrangements, is superb at keeping in touch, and he will go the extra mile and do whatever it takes to keep both the vendor and the buyers happy during the process....always committed 100% to the best marketing and sale of the property.
Sally Wright
Hi Adam, just wanted to thank you for your professionalism and providing a great service in selling the Wadestown property. It was great how you kept us updated on the progress via your prompt communication and I am really satisfied with how it all went smoothly. Once again thanks very much and I’ll have no hesitation in recommending you and your team.
Chan Kulathilake
We recently engaged Adam to sell our rental property in Newtown. We immediately liked Adam's straight forward approach and his knowledge of the local area. Adam provided sound practical advice on how to the market the property and gave us regular detailed updates on progress. He worked hard to attract as many potential purchasers as possible, resulting in several offers. This was an excellent result in a difficult market. We were also impressed with his use of up-to-date technology in identifying and targeting potential buyers. It was easy doing business with Adam, and we have no hesitation in recommending him to prospective vendors.
Robyn and Simon Williams
Adam is one of the most diligent agents I've met. He did a fantastic job selling my house in Kilbirnie this year. I found him to be very honest, hard-working and easy to deal with. His excellent market knowledge and marketing expertise also helped make things run smoothly. I will be looking forward to working with Adam again in future and will happily recommend him to family and friends. Thanks again.
Sebastian Grodd
We have known Adam for a number of years, as members of the Capital Property Investors Association, before we started working with him. He has always come across as very knowlegeable, professional and friendly. During the tender process, I was particularly impressed by the following: * the comprehensive market analysis of similar properties sold in recent times in the vacinity; * Adam's intiative to know the property inside out, including renovation history; * the useful advice on the necessary improvements that made the property more attractive; * his assistance in liaising with our subdivision planner. In partcular, Adam always kept in touch after every viewing and let us know what the buyers' feedback on the property was as well as feedback on pricing. We always felt that we were given his honest opinion and were never pushed to accept a deal. I was confident that Adam would be able to present the property well to the potential buyers and provide them with all of the necessary information. In the end, we received better than expected offers on the property, all thanks to Adam's hard work!
Lily & Jonathan Brown
Wow - thanks for your awesome work, that seemed like a dream, it hasn't quite sunk in yet. Your full, frank and very regular communication helped us to understand the market really well, enabling us to make sensible decisions when we got offers for the house. We will highly recommend your services to friends and family and, if we ever sell in Wellington again, you will definitely get the job.
Daniel & Courtney Murphy
Selling a home after it is has been in family for many decades can be emotional. It is also important to know that the house sells for full market price. Adam was awesome - he guided us with a firm yet understanding hand, and strongly encouraged us to invest in a comprehensive marketing campaign in order to maximise the value of the house. He executed it with high energy and excellent follow-up, and we ended up with 9 cash bidders competing at auction. We were very pleased to have chosen Adam and to have taken his advice. We will happily sell with Adam again if the need arises.
Perry Carter
Thanks so much for doing such an awesome job selling our house! Even though we were on the other side of the world, we always knew you were doing everything you could for us. We particularly loved how you went back and negotiated another $20,000 for us, without us even asking you to do so. This way, you earned your fee just from that one negotiation, let alone all the other hard work you did for us. Legend!
Haylee & Michael Slater
When I decided to sell my house in Wellington (from overseas), I knew Adam was the one person I could trust to get it done. I knew he would come up with a smart marketing campaign that reflected his knowledge and insight into the market and he would be professional and work hard. That said, Adam far exceeded my expectations:- • He recommended contractors to complete the fixes to the property prior to the sale, advised me how to get the most out of my budget and then made sure everything was completed within a very tight deadline; • He kept it real with honest and frequent communication through out the entire process; • He presents you with options, provides sound advice yet never pressures you; • He is a brilliant negotiator as evidenced by my auction results. Oh and given I was getting married in the midst of all this…I cant tell you how much it meant to have the peace of mind that Adam was handling the sale. Adam is a rare breed among agents. He genuinely cares about getting you the best result possible and then works his arse off to make that happen. If I ever buy or sell in Wellington again, I will work with Adam and highly recommend him to anyone selling or buying a home.
Belinda Marment
Adam is surely the hardest-working real estate agent in the country! He more than delivered on all the undertakings he made at our first meeting, and he went about his work with real focus, energy, and enthusiasm. I always felt I was in safe hands with Adam. He has an excellent knowledge of the market, he knows where the buyers are, he has great contacts, and his marketing strategy is second to none—I just sat back and left him to it! I also really appreciated Adam’s communication skills. We were in close contact throughout the campaign, he always kept me in the loop, and at any given point I felt I knew exactly how things were going. Finally, I’m so grateful for Adam’s obvious negotiating talents. He worked hard to secure a result far better than I could have hoped for. I will have no hesitation in recommending Adam to anyone looking to sell their house.
John Greenlees
Adam is a great salesman and a man of his word. He kept us up to date with progress and feedback at open homes, provided a very comprehensive summary of the marketing impact, and negotiated strongly on our behalf to secure a very good sale. Our house was sold during a very emotional family event and Adam was very respectful of that, always checking in to see just what we needed from him and when. I would recommend him to other vendors in a heartbeat.
Janine Sheehan
Great job Adam, you made the entire process so easy, excellent communication throughout, you're a star!!!!
Brendan Burgess
Adam has just sold my apartment in Wellington and I have been totally impressed with the whole process. Adam has given me good honest advice with regard to the sale, kept in constant communication and negotiated well on my behalf. I will have no hesitation in using Adam again with the sale of a property.
Hilary Whenman
That was the least stressful sale of a property that I have ever experienced. And I thought apartments were supposed to be difficult to sell! It all came together rather easily. I highly recommend Adam to sell any property – he was top class on everything he did.
Kieran Peckston
We have used Adam Cockburn to sell 3 properties now, over the past 3 years. Adam has delivered the same fantastic service and results each time. Excellent advise on maximising the property's value, high impact marketing campaign, fantastic communication, and great negotiation. If you want it done properly from the start, if you want to be sure you get the best price, then don't muck about - Adam is the man for the job.
Ash Deva
Adam has done an awesome job selling our property. The marketing was fantastic, the communication throughout was frequent and honest, and Adam negotiated hard on our behalf. Here is one agent who sure works for his clients. We will happily use Adam on the next one.
Carl Webley, Sam Hyde & Steve Carlin
Adam’s name should either be the Energiser Bunny or The Postman – because he always delivers! Adam’s one of those guys who really works for the vendor – he’s not interested in just getting the sale and getting his commission. He does the best thing for the vendor and I can honestly say 100% that’s what Adam did in my case.
Greg Kerr
Adam was recommended to me by my property managers in Wellington to sell my property in Plimmerton. Not situated in his usual Wellington area I was unsure if he would take it on but in his inimitable enthusiastic manner, nothing was a problem. I had previously tried to sell this house twice before, both times with well known local agents. This process and the costs involved with no success had made me very sceptical of all estate agents. However what a revelation Adam turned out to be. He attracted good interest, kept me fully informed at all times and obtained several offers in a very reasonable time frame. His diligence, hard work and professionalism mean I will be using him again and would happily recommend him to any seller, regardless of location, it would seem!
Sherril Harries
Adam is extremely passionate about selling property – it’s not just a job – he does it because he LOVES it! He knows his stuff, is well grounded and has a level of integrity that’s hard to beat these days. Adam managed to exceed our expectations by pulling out all the stops and going the extra mile to get us a result we really didn’t expect! So we’re really happy to have worked with Adam.
Dale Burrell
Around Christmas 2013, Adam sold our house in Highbury. When we engaged him, we specified we wanted a no-nonsense, honest appraisal – Adam certainly gave us that. He ran a tender process with a set budget for advertising, and Adam came in under that budget. The advertising was superb. It was really high quality and we got a lot of hits on the website, and the open homes were extremely well attended. As a consequence, we received a record number of tenders. Adam worked closely with us to achieve the sale, which exceeded our expectations beyond anything we could have hoped for. The communication was absolutely fantastic. Adam never left us out of the process and I honestly believe that he sincerely worked for us – some agents you feel don’t work for you, they just act to get a quick sale. I have no hesitation in recommending him to anybody who wishes to sell a property in the Wellington area. He’s an expert, he’s passionate about his job, and his communication is second to none. Thanks Adam!
Phil Chandler
We are delighted with Adam’s process and results. Two things really stood out – Adam’s an absolute professional: his meetings process and communications were really fun to deal with. Secondly, the results: he got us an outstanding result on the property we have just sold, much higher than I thought we would get. I thoroughly recommend him.
James Burkitt
Adam achieved the sale in tough market conditions, when 4 other tenders ended on the very same day/same area. From these only ours was sold at the end. There were also 15 other houses up for sale in the area in the same time, 12 of these are still on the market. On top of that he has sold it for about 13% above RV. He is not the cheapest... but he will get your property sold. So, if you want to have your place sold, call him, if you want to save on fees, call someone else!
Balazs Kiss
Superb communicator and negotiator - these two words would sum up why we would recommend Adam. We knew where we were at every single step of the way. Text messages immediately after open homes, ongoing feedback even when there was no word from potential purchasers and when the rubber hit the road, he worked hard in such a tough market. We would definitely use Adam again!
Livia Esterhazy
I am very pleased to recommend Adam without any reservations. Adam was direct and honest with his feedback from every potential buyer and the best thing was his outstanding communication. I was never left wondering how things were going. He always got back to me if I had any questions and he is a highly skilled marketer utilising the internet as a way of getting my property noticed ahead of others especially in a slow Wellington market. If you don't want to be disappointed or let down and you want a man of action and commitment to getting you the best price then he's your man.
Brett Skjellerup
After having our property on the market for almost 2 years with two other larger Real Estate companies, Adam achieved a fantastic result, within a small timeframe, for an ‘over-exposed’ property. If only we had listed with him from the beginning! We found his honesty, feedback and open communication refreshing. His professional advice was sound, grounded and innovative. At the time of contract he negotiated hard for us and we really felt he had our best interests at heart. Adam you are a master at your job, focused on achieving excellent results!
Heather Daymond
We first met with Adam in February to discuss selling our Johnsonville home and the approach we would take. 18 days later our house was sold. Adam is a true professional, who operates with real integrity, selling your home for the best price he can negotiate from the market. He does his job exceptionally well when canvassing and nurturing vendors, maximising the real potential of prospective buyers. Most of all he communicates throughout the journey with all parties and makes selling your home a positive experience.
Penny Wilson
Adam did a really outstanding job recently on selling my parents’ place which was quite a unique property, and many agents would have shied away from it. We ended up having multiple tenderers (way more than anticipated) and at very good levels. Adam is a smart cookie and very knowledgeable in property matters. I was impressed with his integrity and he worked hard for his fee, with excellent communication, and excellent negotiation skills with potential purchasers. I would certainly rate him as one of the best if not the best agent I have come across, and would have no hesitation in using him again. Decent bloke too.
Vinnie Gardiner
YOU ROCK!!! Thank you for taking up the challenge and succeeding so well. We are very impressed with your professionalism at all times, your honesty and guidance. You have continuously and relentlessly worked hard and never wavered one bit. You have a wonderful sense of humour and a set of good ears too! As I said to you before, even my dear young son was so impressed with you, you made such an impression on him. I would recommend you anytime to anyone down your way in Wellington, should they ever need a real estate salesperson to carry out a good sale. To my Wellingtonian friends, which I have plenty... remember this name - Adam Cockburn. Thank you very much again.
Aliah Jan
I've used Adam twice over the past couple of years. There are tons of agents to choose from out there, but when you are dealing with large sums of money, choosing the right one is important. An agent earns their fee when they do absolutely everything to make sure the result is very best it can possibly be, with no corners cut throughout the process. Adam's advice is spot on, his service is second to none, but most importantly, he is unquestionably working for me as the seller, and the results he gets are fantastic. If you want more money in your pocket at the end of the day, get in touch with Adam.
Lester Kueh
We found Adam very experienced and always gave good advice in our marketing campaign and throughout the process. He understood the Wellington market well, and worked very hard in getting the best result for us. Definitely recommend to anyone who is thinking of selling.
Darryl Lin
There was nothing left unanswered working with Adam. He provided us with valuable advice and kept us extremely well informed during each stage of the selling process. After working with Adam it is very clear to see why he has been NZ's top selling agent in his company for several years. He worked effortlessly to get us the best possible outcome and we would not hesitate to trust in him to sell property for us again in the future.
Sarah & Andrew Durante
Thanks so much for selling our house this year! What an AMAZING job!
Julian Osborne
You did an amazing job of getting me ready for the sale and keeping my nerves steady throughout the whole process. Thanks a million!
Claire Cockburn
We found Adam very experienced and always gave good advice in our marketing campaign and throughout the process. He understood the Wellington market well, and worked very hard in getting the best result for us. Definitely recommend to anyone who is thinking of selling.
Darryl Lin
Thank you again for your efforts everything has sunken in now. I was secretly hoping for $xxxk or $xxxk at best. $xxxk is a magnificent result. You have earned every bit of your commission and I’m really pleased that we ran with you Adam. Appreciate your professionalism throughout the whole exercise. You’re the best in the business and we were very lucky having you sell our house.
Dean McNicholls
Adam has a very solid work ethic and you can be sure he is using his years of experience and knowledge of the market to ensure maximum exposure of your property to the market in order to secure the best possible result.
Steve Carlin
Adam has proved himself time and again as an astute, hard working & thoroughly professional agent on our behalf. He has a pleasant & friendly demeanour despite working in stressful situations, and I would recommend him in a heartbeat to anyone looking for great result within real estate. 5-star.
Sam Hyde
Adam handles the sale of properties with integrity and honesty and handles his clients with courtesy and consideration. His unmatched enthusiasm, his superb negotiation skills and his excellent marketing advice never fails to get the best price for a property. We would not hesitate to recommend Adam to anyone looking to sell their property.
Judy & Zeke Alley
Adam recently handled the sale of two properties in Brooklyn and Mornington for us. In both instances, the strategy was clear, the execution was outstanding, and the results far exceeded our expectations. We got great advice and the communication was frank and frequent. We would happily engage Adam and his team again and have no hesitation in recommending them to friends and family.
Fiona & Alistair Gillespie
Adam, you have been great. Thank you for handling all aspects of the sale so well!
Stephen Wong
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