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$30 million in Kiwis’ Pockets

14 March, 2019

A smaller mortgage? A bigger retirement nest egg? We’ve talked to two families who recently sold their homes with Tall Poppy to find out how they’re using the extra money in their pockets.

Three offers within five days and savings of more than $8000 in real estate fees completely blew away the expectations of George and Carolyn Maipi, a retired couple from Canterbury, who wanted to downsize their home late last year.

The Maipi’s are just one of thousands of vendors who’ve collectively saved more than $30 million in real estate fees by selling their home with Tall Poppy Real Estate. 

George and Carolyn Maipi say being retired, any money they could make on top of their house sale was significant.

“Being older, it was time for us to downsize, so the fact we could save on real estate fees was an added extra in working with Tall Poppy.

“We were 100% blown away by our agent Richard Green’s service, his team’s service, and his 100% commitment to go beyond.  Richard did completely right by us, and we’re so happy we went with him”.

The Stones are a New Plymouth family of six who recently sold their family home with local franchise owner and salesperson Kim Fever, and also bought a new one through Tall Poppy. 

Katie Stone says their savings in real estate fees helped secure their dream home.

“As a family of six - with two school-aged children and two preschoolers - we needed to upsize and move to a bigger house with more bedrooms and storage space.

“The money we saved in fees (between $7,000 and $9,000) means we can move into our new home with a smaller mortgage”, says Katie Stone.

We Love Fairer Fees

Between 2017 and 2018 interest.co.nz estimates real estate fees increased by 7.2% in New Zealand, and agents collected $1.5 billion in residential sales commissions in 2018. 

Sam McIntyre, an Owner of Tall Poppy, says he’s proud to offer Kiwis like the Maipi’s and the Stone’s choice when it comes to selling their biggest asset.

“I’m extremely proud to have kept money in Kiwi’s pockets instead of it going to big corporates -  who are often owned by overseas companies. I’m also proud to have given Kiwis choice.

“For us, it’s not only about saving money, it about exceptional results and service too. When you’re offering top agents, top results and a job really well done, it’s a no brainer”.

What did you use your savings in real estate fees for? Home improvements? A smaller mortgage? Maybe a holiday? We’d love to hear from you - email us on enquiries@tallpoppy.co.nz