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Iain McAlpine

Business Partner & Sales Consultant
Manawatu / Palmerston North

About me

Here’s the man with the experience and knowledge of the Manawatu market you’re after. He’s down to earth, easy to get along with and extremely good at what he does. Business Partner for the Manawatu region, Iain understands the Tall Poppy Way of real estate and will happily take the time to sit down with you to explain how smarter systems achieve better results.

In the last couple of years alone Iain has sold over 100 properties in the Manawatu region and saved his clients bucket loads of money in the process. He’s come a long way since being awarded Tall Poppy’s ‘Rising Star of the Year’ in 2013/14, with numerous ‘Sales Consultant Awards’ now behind him, his spectacular results have earned him a place as a ‘Tall Poppy Legend.’

Iain’s clients describe him as “a breath of fresh air” in the real estate market with his honest, straight up approach. He tells things as they are -  listens, offers sound advice where needed and always acts in his vendors best interests.  

In 2016, he was awarded the Tall Poppy ‘Going Beyond’ award for his record of outstanding customer service in going that extra mile. Not surprising that he previously co-owned and fronted one of Wellington’s most successful hospitality businesses - he knows how to think on his feet to overcome obstacles and get the job done to a very high standard.

A strong and seasoned negotiator, Iain has a sharp mind for figures and a knack for knowing just what to do and when to do it. He thrives on achieving the best possible result for his vendors and gets a buzz when he brings them a price surpassing their expectations. Iain’s vendors are continually thrilled by what he achieves for them - but you don't have to take our word for it! Read their testimonials and find out for yourself. 

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What my clients say

Iain's testimonials

Scott Robinson

With just completing the build of a new home and a change in personal circumstances I had a need to sell my home. The house had only just been completed and was of a very high spec and at the top end of the market. I knew this would not be an easy sell and could take the best part of two years to get the price I required so the agent had to be right for the task. When first meeting with Iain he was very polite and courteous and made the decision to sell my house through him and Tall Poppy a very easy one. I found him to be very informative in keeping me updated weekly on how the marketing and open homes were going. Selling a home above the $900,000 price bracket isn't an easy task with a very limited amount of purchasers and he put in a phenomenal effort and was always enthusiastic in selling my home. My asking price was moderately over R.V. for the home but Iain put in the hard yards and within 6 months achieved an awesome price that I was thrilled with. I would not hesitate in recommending Iain to my family, close friends or anyone who is looking at selling their home. The service I received from him was nothing short of a committed and professional approach. Many thanks Iain for doing such a wonderful job and achieving the price I wanted in a much shorter time frame than expected.

Sandie Murray

Iain is a true professional and a gentleman. We have found him to be very courteous and insightful in all of our dealings when selling our house. He was able to offer a range of selling options, and he worked hard to achieve a very satisfactory outcome for us. We thoroughly endorse his services. Many thanks Iain and the team.

Jeff Dalzell

Stop looking, you've found the best!! If you want the best results and the most reasonable rates then Tall Poppy is who you need. In all my experience with real estate agents I have found Iain McAlpine to be worlds apart from the rest. Most agents are just there to clip the ticket. Iain is different; he is there for his client first and foremost. Throughout the whole selling process Iain's advice and communication were superb. Iain was the only agent to completely inspect the property and suggest the best ways to prepare for the sale. The end result far exceeded our expectations. Next time we sell we will only ever use Iain McAlpine. Simply the best!

Brendan Faith

I Brendan Faith of Te Horo have just sold a lifestyle property using the services of Iain McAlpine of Tall Poppy Real Estate, in my dealings with Iain I found him to be professional, polite, fair and reasonable to work with. As said property was for sale as a result of a marriage break-up and pending expressway affecting the property. Iain was open and honest throughout. I would not hesitate and would recommend Iain McAlpine to help with the sale of any property. It is refreshing to find someone of Iain's personality working in real estate.

Michelle Thompson

I had the pleasure of dealing with Iain McAlpine, he was professional and very helpful, it's not often you come across an honest and genuine agent whom, not only is respectful of individual requirements but is truly a good person. Thanks for all your help Iain, I will definitely be dealing with you again in future.

Teresa Brougham-Barclay

We have recently sold our house through Iain at Tall Poppy. He is the ultimate professional who is committed and dedicated to giving 150% service and working in the vendors best interest. He has been supportive and understanding of our needs throughout the sales process, despite some obstacles along the way relative to our new property that were out of his and our control. He's a sharp operator and someone who you can trust and respect. I have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone that wants to deal with an agent that 'keeps it real', is confident and optimistic and loves what he does. Thank you again Iain for everything.

Jade Smith

We highly recommend Iain to sell anyone's home. He was extremely professional and respectful and followed through on all the companiesе promises. He gets the job done without any fuss.

Robin and Glenis Reynolds

We appreciated the high level of professionalism and enthusiasm in marketing and selling our Step Motherеs home. We would certainly recommend Iainеs services to those considering selling in the future.

FD, Palmerston North

Truly unbeatable service and value for money from start to finish - thank you Iain. Would highly recommend - why use anybody else?"

Kylie Sheridan

We are pleased to recommend Iain McAlpine of Tall Poppy to anyone looking for an outstanding agent to sell their home. Iain displayed a high level of professionalism, integrity, offered fantastic service and unbeatable value for money. Iain was extremely personable and made the whole process a stress-free and enjoyable experience. We were absolutely delighted with the whole experience. Thanks Iain.

Rachael Bartholomew

Thank You to Iain McAlpine & the Tall Poppy Team. I have recently SOLD my home with Tall Poppy and it could not have been easier. Iain was very easy to deal with and made everything very simple. After the first open home, early the following week Iain presented us with several offers. The house had been sold within 10 days of it entering the market. At the time, the home had tenants in it - however that was no issue at all. Thank you very much to the Tall Poppy Team - would definitely use again and highly recommend to other vendors.

Lisa Borthwick

Tall Poppy offers a great service at a portion of the cost of other real estate agencies. Iain McAlpine sold my house in 6 days and far exceeded the advertised sale price. Iain controlled the whole process and made it smooth and stress-free. I would definitely recommend Tall Poppy, Manawatu to anybody.

Kelz Day

We were considering privately selling our home however the fixed fee Tall Poppy offers is very reasonable and removes all the extra stress, time & likely incompetence one would have when selling your home yourself. Iain was easy to deal with & there were no smokes and mirrors, you knew exactly where things were at. The photographer Iain used did an outstanding job with our home & the write up was cleverly done in line with a current focus (Olympics) at the time. Our home sold within 2 weeks & we are thrilled with the result. I highly recommend Iain and Tall Poppy if you are considering selling your home.

Sarah Schofield

We can't recommend Iain from Tall Poppy enough for the outstanding service received when recently selling our house. A true professional in his field. We appreciated his non pushy approach, in an industry saturated with traditional 'sales agents' Iain stands out as someone who truly cares about your family and the sales process of your home. Our house sold after the first open home with multiple offers presented and we couldn't have asked for a better outcome. Thank you Iain and we look forward to dealing with you and Tall Poppy in the future.

Deborah Anderson

Iain McAlpine has been absolutely fantastic. He has kept us totally informed at every step. He has gone the extra mile in every detail. Thank you Iain; you secured for us an extremely good contract within a week, above our expectations. Gone unconditional and if it had not, I know that Iain would have kept persevering to accomplish that - safe hands and great knowledge of the market and of how to look after people which we appreciated. Thanks again Iain.

Jonathan Batty

I was considering selling my house privately but when I heard about how cheap the agentеs fee at Tall Poppy was it was an easy decision. Iain sold the house within two weeks and was there for me through some complications that I really would have struggled with if it had been a private sale. They are changing the estate agent industry for the better! Easily 5 stars!

Elizabeth Longley

Another great job by Iain. He is a true professional and a standout in his profession. Yet again he achieved above our expectations, whilst leaving the purchaser feeling stoked about their purchase. Thanks again Iain!

Marama McGrath-McDonald

Cannot fault the amazing service that Ian McAlpine provided during the very short weeks our house was on the market. From the very first meeting to the congratulatory handshake he was professional in manner, knowledgeable, tenacious, excellent communicator & negotiator, personable & was prepared to go the 'extra mile'. Aside from the fact that Tall Poppy have an unbeatable flat rate with no hidden costs, I have experienced first-hand their aim to 'act as the sellers champion putting you at the centre of the process' and 100% support them to 'revolutionise real estate' regionally and nationally. Thank you Ian, for leading us through a fairly stress-free time and backing us all the way - you rock! Would do it all over again but only if you were our agent!

Paije Raukawa Kendrick

A huge thank you to Iain for the flawless effort in helping us into our first home. You were a great help and made the process so much easier with your approachable manner and friendliness. Definitely recommend to anyone buying or selling. Thanks so much!!

While preparing to sell our home, we came across Iain on one of his open homes. Due to his warm and genuine presentation, we begun considering listing our home with Iain. That was one of the best decisions we made in the whole process. He was readily available to prepare an appraisal and explain all steps of the process; Tall Poppy had excellent strategies and was constructive with all questions and comments we had. Photos, adverts and overall management of the process was very clear, professional, and very prompt. Within a few days our house was on the market. First open home was meant to be within 8 days, but we decided to have one with a short notice anyway, so the open home was on the day it was listed. Interest was better than expected. Shortly after, more potential buyers went through the house, and by the end of the week, we had already received a better offer than our asking price. We were astonished. Price was better than expected, and there were still potential backup offers discussed. In the end, the whole sale process right through to the fast and easy settlement went smoothly and quickly. We'll always attempt to use Iain's services in the future.

Alan Stockwell

Iain did a fantastic job selling our house. Patient, courteous and professional service throughout. We've dealt with many real estate agents in the last few months and he is far away the best.

Rod Fleming

This property was first listed back in July 2013 and settlement was completed 30/10/13. During that time Iain worked tirelessly for us and kept in constant touch with us (to the detriment of his mobile phone bill!). I have no hesitation in saying that without his dedicated input, this sale would never have been completed. We had tried several times to sell the Unit previously; but because the ownership was in a Company Title (one of 6 flats) it had proved very difficult to sell. The complications of dealing with memorandum & articles of Association, Deed of Lease and consequent sale restrictions always proved insurmountable. However, Iain was different. Despite being new to his profession, he quickly came to grips with the ownership model; his marketing generated a considerable amount of interest (in NZ and overseas) and he showed dozens of people through in many Open Homes. Once again the ownership mode scared most of these away but heеd always look me in the eye and say вIеve got someone else to show through, we WILL sell this unitг. And his determination & persistence paid off. He has an excellent manner in dealing with people; heеs positive, optimistic and a very hard worker, dedicated to his clients and his profession. I have bought and sold a number of properties in my life (both commercial and residential) and I have never dealt with a better real estate agent than this man. He has my thanks & total recommendation. He will do well!

Charlotte Thomas

Ian is amazing. Such an easy process even though the seller wasn't in the same town. Love the new house with renovations well underway. Thank you so much Ian for your help and advice.

Harrison Howard

Dealing with Iain was an absolute joy. Iain offered valuable help and was always available and friendly highly recommend selling your property through Iain and Tall Poppy.

Shona Nairne

Great advice that was bang on and helped us exceed our selling price Iain was an excellent agent and was truly amazing our property sold within approx. 2 days he had some great advice for us prior to putting on the market that was bang on and helped us exceed our selling price. I know the new owners will be happy there.

Sheryl & Grant Hepburn

Would like to say a big thank you to Ian, professional and patient, not pushy like some agents, would definitely recommend him to sell yr home, good luck Ian for the future

Dave Hislop

After a bit of a crazy journey, almost unbelievably we have got there!!! Thank you so much Iain, am totally happy to confess that before working with you, I had little time for you real estate types, but I was blown away by your hard work and commitment to helping me get through to a successful sale. It was a tough decision deciding who I could trust with a project that I had committed almost 4yrs of bloody hard work and the trust I placed in you was paid back in spades!!!! Without hesitation I recommend anyone in Palmy or Feilding that may be looking to sell their house to talk to you and weigh up the options of getting every bit of service from you (and more) that they would from other companies for _ the price!!!! It was refreshing to be dealing with a professional that had a well thought out and tested strategy about how you would control the process and maximise my return. Things donеt always go to plan but you never failed to have a creditable alternative or back-up that we could action without delay!!! (we being you :)) The $$$ I saved using Tall Poppy was just part of the story, I have no doubt that in years to come Tall Poppy will become a dominant force in the real estate game here in the Manawatu and дrattle the cagesе of those traditional companies who simply look like they are just resting on their laurels. I wish you the absolute and very best for the future and thank you so very much!!!!

Tahlia Dredge, Daniel & family.

Wow!! Iain has been AMAZING to deal with through the entire process of selling our home which went unconditional today! He personally is getting nothing out of the sale as he is donating all his commission to Issy's fundraising efforts & yet the service we received from him was above & beyond what we expected at all times. Each of the offers Iain bought us far exceeded our expectations & we are absolutely delighted with the final result! Thank you so much Iain for all your hard work (and I know it was hard work at times!) I cannot speak highly enough of you & your service.

June Thompson

Ross and June would like to convey our appreciation the way in which Iain handled the sale of our house. Very professional in every way, we shall recommend when needed to our friends. Gratefully,


Thanks for your amazing skills and the top class communication. This has been an enjoyable process and I would enlist you to sell my properties if I were to in the future.

Derek & Margaret Medden-Smith

We thank you for your personal attention and assistance in bringing the sale of our property to a successful conclusion, we would not hesitate to use you again and will definitely recommend you.

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