City Sales Ltd is a uniquely positioned city apartment realtor expertly geared for Auckland’s challenging dynamic Apartment market.
City Sales Ltd is a company of dedicated Apartment Brokers which started from scratch on April Fool’s Day 1997. It is solely owned by Martin Dunn and his wife Shelley Dunn.
Martin pioneered the City Apartment Market from 1991 when the Auckland City Council relaxed zoning laws to allow apartments. He quickly identified and predicted a bright future and a healthy appetite for CBD apartment living in the country’s largest metropolis.
A torrid period ensued where he gradually persuaded banks, valuers and many other professionals that a real appetite existed. From achieving No 1 status in New Zealand’s largest Real Estate Agency Martin set up his own Specialist, City Sales, to solely service this complex but hugely important market.
City Sales employs over 50 staff and services sales, rentals and property management. It holds a database of 26,000 apartment owners which are often future multiple investors. Owners are contacted regularly through sophisticated marketing campaigns.
The Agency holds a library of every original brochure and floor plan in the Auckland CBD allowing Agents to often sell ‘from the boardroom’ without disturbing tenants.
A complimentary ‘Sales Market update’ of recent sales in your building can be provided on request and a Market Appraisal service is also available, also with our compliments and often without disturbing your tenant.
A series of trigger points monitored by administrative staff means a Vendor listing will never be neglected, neither can a Broker ignore or avoid contact with you, our client.
Many we engage with find our motto ‘Tell it like it is’ refreshing.
We would love to work for you.
You will find no other agency more qualified to service this market than City Sales Ltd. Our track record speaks for itself.
Is an appointment to sell your property with two or more real estate agents. The perceived advantage is of an extended buyer pool and an opportunity to sell privately. It is likely however, your property will not receive the focus it deserves. The agencies involved are not bound by any serious responsibility to account for their performance or lack thereof.
An exclusive contract with a single real estate agent for a specific period to market and sell your property on your behalf. Under a Sole Agency the agent is obligated to expose your apartment to the company’s collective sales force, extensive buyer pool, and extended media reach. A Sole Agency with City Sales receives the intense attention of Management, the entire Sales force and the backup of professional administrative support staff.
Selecting an agent can be daunting. How can you be sure they will be committed to acting in your best interest? We give you a few pointers.
Employing the services of an experienced and informed agent, as with employing any professional allows you peace of mind devoid of the pitfalls of doing it yourself. To coin a phrase, DIY disasters are just as prevalent when negotiating a private sale as it is when attempting that bathroom renovation. It is every bit as stressful and expensive to resolve, and can involve unnecessary exposure to litigation.
The apartment market is particularly fraught with complexities, including but not limited to Pre-Contract Disclosure Statements, Body Corporate, AGM and EGM minutes, Pre settlement disclosure, Additional disclosure… among others. You need an agent who is expert in all areas of compliance.
The apartment market includes further considerations such as complex leaseholds (see our page on leasehold apartments), hotel pooling arrangements, hotel lease variations, termination clauses and GST. Serious legal implications can arise should the above be misunderstood or neglected.
Your appointed agent should provide a proven sales record and genuine evidence they are qualified to advise on all of the above.
The agent should be licensed by the Real Estate Agents Authority, a governing body under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008, endorsing professionalism, integrity, and consumer confidence. Confirmation that your agent is licensed will be clearly stated on or near their company logo.
"I engaged Chris and Lucy to sell my apartment. I found both of them to be very clear and concise communicators, being accurate and knowledgeable on the status of the market and the value of my property specifically. After a very brief and effective marketing campaign, we went to auction, and got 10% over the realistic reserve price, a result in the range that Chris and Lucy said would be the current market value. You really cannot ask for more than a committed, honest sales team, and that is what I found. Thanks once again."
"Thank you for employing Habeeb to sell my apartment! I want you to know that of all the agents I have dealt with I found Habeeb to be the best. He is an efficient and effective communicator, and overcomes objections easily. My apartment was difficult to sell due to objections such as "messy untidy tenants", "price", and "big pole in the middle of the living room" which other agents regarded as impossible to overcome."
"Thanks so much for all you have done to sell one of my apartments. Right from the start you made the process smooth and easy with your calm, professional manner, your friendly approach and honesty. Even though I had auction jitters, I had utmost confidence that everything was in your very capable hands and that you had been working diligently on my behalf. And what a successful outcome! It has been a pleasure dealing with you Gabrielle and when I am ready to purchase again I will have no hesitation in coming straight to you and to City Sales."
“Very skilled and helpful in a stressful situation and I can highly recommend her”
"Quick note to let you know that Habeeb performed and delivered on the sale of our unit at 96 Symonds St beyond expectations. We were sceptical that a sale would be possible under current market conditions. He persevered and got the job done in a timely and professional manner. I am impressed."
“I engaged Gabrielle to sell my apartment in central Auckland. Being an overseas vendor provides a number of complications in selling your property. These complications were completely negated by Gabrielle, through thorough and timely communication, Gabrielle made the process smooth and easy. Gabrielle and her team provided excellent market advice and through hard work managed to achieve a record selling result for that building. I have no hesitation to recommend Gabrielle.”
"I have known Steve Kirk for two years. With his help I purchased my first apartment and now, two years later, he successfully sold this same apartment. I found Steve to be a good communicator who clearly and effectively made the entire process fast and stress free. He shows pride and confidence in City Sales and is the most valuable asset of any company. He is productive, responsive and responsible for clients’ outcomes. Steve has a talent to bring people and information together quickly, simply and securely with a suite of services available. He is able to strengthen relationships with clients, giving them a new voice and including them in his business processes, providing free and open information. He maximizes clients' potential enabling drive for business growth with vibrant communication and empowered participation across customers. I would have no hesitation in recommending Steve as an efficient, reliable and trustworthy Real Estate agent."
"We would like to thank you most sincerely for the excellent service that we received with the sale of our Apartment at The Landings. If your lovely Lucy had not visited us personally in February and spent quite a lot of her time with us we would still be in the awful position we were in. At first we did not believe what she said to us would happen, but thankfully it did. We will be forever grateful to her. Our sincerest thanks to you all."
"I was impressed with Habeeb’s efforts to negotiate a deal where there was initially considerable difference between offer and expectation. Also Habeeb put real urgency on every matter and detail which kept the heat on the deal and so that it went through. Habeeb's advice and efforts were very valuable to me. I have had dealings with other agents before from another agency but there is no comparison, I don't know the statistics of these agents but I would be very surprised if they were not amongst the best in the business. Making the sale was really about putting in the work and that is exactly what they did."
"Your hard work has reaped big dividend when my apartment was sold with a record price. You have turned a usually stressful process into a painless and joyful adventure for me. I thank you sincerely and look forward to working with you again."
"Big thanks to Georgia Featherstone for [the sale of] my two apartments. Once I decided to sell Georgia swooped in and organised marketing, set up open homes (despite cranky tenants) and made sure we had the correct paperwork. She showed enthusiasm, drive and a professional attitude throughout. In just three weeks the apartments were put on the market and then sold at auction. One even fetched a record price. So thanks for helping the process quick, painless and profitable."
"Gabrielle, Tom and I really value the part that the City Sales team played in the sale of our apartment in George Courts. It was very reassuring to have your experience and support through the whole process right through to the successful outcome. We thought that the initial proposal you put forward showed professionalism and market knowledge that was clearly superior to the other prospective agents we interviewed. Your low key professional approach and attention to detail as you shepherded us through the presentation and marketing process gave us confidence that we were on the right track. You were accessible and responsive to our phone calls and emails and provided regular feedback and reminders along the way. The auction itself was an impressive experience and the fact that Tom was able to watch it live from New York was the icing on the cake! City Sales clearly has the ability to harness new technology to enable it to reach into the international market. Thanks again, Gabrielle, for making the whole thing easy for us!"
"Thanks for your help with this sale. I was very surprised that you were able to sell it so quickly. I have been very satisfied with the service you have provided and your willingness to be of assistance to me. I was impressed that you came to our first meeting prepared with recent sales information for other apartments in the building. I would be happy to recommend you to my friends. Thanks again from a very happy client."
"I would like to thank you Maryanne for the effort you have put into marketing our apartment on Symonds St. Your regular emails keeping us posted on the current market pricing for inner city apartments gave us a good indication of where things were going. Your efforts in arranging viewings has been outstanding considering the difficulty in timings especially with the Body Corporate stipulations. This input has resulted in a very good outcome for us and I would highly recommend you and City Sales to any prospective vendors."
“Sherryl, many thanks for your hard work and determination to get the deal done. I greatly appreciate your efforts and it has been a pleasure working with you. I shall be recommending you all over Auckland City!”
“… We just wanted to say that we have been really happy with your professionalism, enthusiasm and persistence with the recent sale of our apartment. We were kept well informed throughout the time the property was on the market and whilst contract negotiations were taking place. We were also very impressed with the extra service you provided in facilitating and liaising with the body corporate and property managers in order to expedite and simplify the process for us. This was of enormous help given our offshore location. You clearly have an excellent knowledge of the specialist nature of apartment sales and we would have no hesitation in working with you again or in recommending you to anyone else looking to sell an inner city Auckland apartment."
"Thank you for getting record high prices for the sale of my two apartments. All the best for future sales."
"Many thanks for sending this through to my solicitor. I am very pleased with the result and the price the apartment sold for. Special thanks to you for your hard work marketing and showing people through! The auctioneer was excellent, and I am grateful for the efforts you and the auctioneer all put into making the sale a success story!"