Marlborough Popular for Out-of-Town Buyers

Marlborough Popular for Out-of-Town Buyers

Auckland vs MarlboroughMarlborough is becoming a desirable destination to people looking to escape the hustle of city life, with a growing number of buyers moving into the region, sales consultant Rhonda Stewart says.

“They’re coming from all over the place, from the far north, to the deep south.”

“They’ve heard about the good weather, and we’re central, whether you want to go to the ski fields, or the Queen Charlotte Sound, or Kenepuru Sound, or fly to Auckland, it’s a great central place,” she says.

Rhonda recently helped former Auckland couple Kay and Craig Hall with their move to Blenheim.

“I got a job down here, but I was looking for something down here because we were keen to get out of Auckland,” Kay says.

Craig’s parents live in Picton, and Marlborough seemed like the ideal place to come after finding they weren’t enjoying their city lives as much as they once had.

“We both really enjoyed living [in Auckland] until about three or four years ago, then the population grew too fast and the infrastructure wasn’t good enough, it [became] too busy, there were too many people, it was just becoming an unpleasant place to live,” Kay says.

Rhonda’s own daughter will be making the move from Wellington back to Marlborough in the near future, and she’s also been chatting with a couple who want to make the move from Auckland to the Marlborough Sounds.

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Rhonda Stewart

“They want to get away from all the rat race, and have a quality of life, and that’s what people are doing, they just want quality of life, they don’t want to be competing with others for everything.”

When making their move, Kay and Craig ended up buying a property without even viewing it, after two unsuccessful trips to Blenheim to view other houses.

They made the purchase with the help of Rhonda, and Craig’s parents.

“We’d only seen it online, we hadn’t seen the place in real life. Rhonda took us through and did a video … we relied heavily on what people’s opinions were.”

Selling a home to a buyer who hasn’t viewed the property is uncommon, but doable with the right circumstances, Rhonda says.

“People have got to trust you and they have got to have the trust in the agent, if they’ve got trust in you then you’re good.”

Kay and Craig felt the distance didn’t impact too much on finding a home, thanks to Rhonda’s help.

“I don’t think it was any different than if we had been here [during the process], Rhonda was really good in terms of making sure that we had a good chance to have a look around,” Kay says.

Contact the Harcourts Marlborough team for help finding your perfect property in Marlborough.

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