What John's clients are saying
Recently we had the pleasure of the services John McNee of McConnel Bourn for the sale of our property in Roseville.
The situation for us had the potential to be fraught with pitfalls as the sale occurred under the following circumstances:
- We were in lockdown in Victoria during the Covid-19 pandemic
- There were tenants in the house whose needs needed to be managed
- The property market was very unsettled
Throughout the process, John was the ultimate professional and shepherded all parties through the process. He stepped in on a number of occasions to fulfil the role of the letting agent in order to ensure that the property was shown at its optimum and that the tenants were not inconvenienced.
His strategy for the sale was well thought through and when we wavered, he provided the reassurance that we needed and encouragement to make the right decisions, all of which resulted in the sale of the property at a price we are very happy with.
We would have no hesitation in recommending the services of John McNee as your next agent.
ROB & EURIKA DUVEL
After a lengthy period of reviewing downsizing options we finally found our dream home and completed the purchase very quickly. We were then acutely aware of the need to engage an agent who could sell our house within a specific and somewhat challenging time frame for the desired price.
We had been impressed with John’s very methodical approach leading up to his engagement whereby he maintained respectful contact and provided us with relevant information related to the potential sale of our home. He also has a great deal of experience combined with a very honest and realistic approach which gave us the confidence that the sale outcome would meet our expectations.
We were able to effectively adapt to changing market conditions based on constructive feedback and thorough consultation at various steps in the process. John approached worked extremely well and we were delighted that the final result met all objectives. We are therefore very pleased to highly recommend John.
IAN & SANDRA HOLMES
On behalf of myself and my two sisters, I write to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the magnificent way in which you handled the sale of our mother’s home. As you are aware, the situation was very emotional for us because of the connection with our family and the fact that this had been our home for 38 years.
Not only were you honest with us in all of your dealings, but you provided a professional and sensitive service as real estate agents to the extent that we now consider you our friend.
You achieved a very good sale price for us in a difficult market in only 6 weeks. The fact that we had a very ’realistic’ offer within 2 weeks of the house being available for sale (but not yet advertised) gave us hope. Your advice to wait for a sales campaign resulted in us achieving another $80,000 over and above the initial offer.
Thank you for a job very well done and for your very sound and unwavering advice throughout the campaign.
My sister and I made the hard decision to sell our family home a year after we lost our Mother, we were very definite that the right real estate agent to handle the job should be researched in depth.
I am a local in the area as the home we were selling and had the advantage of being familiar with many of the local agents and their sales approach.
After talking to several agents I spoke with John McNee and quickly decided that he offered exactly what we were looking for. For us the sale of this house was both financial and emotional and I cannot speak highly enough of the advise and assistance John offered us. From the beginning he made a difficult job very easy, he kept us well informed, handled some minor work to bring the house up to standard and above all was very honest and accurate in his estimations.
The end result was fantastic, I know he saved us money in costly advertising, our sale was quick, the end figure very pleasing. John was a delight to do business with and very sensitive to our requirements. I would happily recommend John to anyone looking for great service, local market knowlege and integrity.
I would like to express my appreciation for your professional assistance in the sale. You were able to achieve a price which was well in excess of our initial expectations (and in excess of estimates that were provided by other agents) and, just importantly from our perspective, the sale was achieved within a short period of time.
I also greatly appreciated the fact that you kept us fully informed of progress and any developments during the sale period, including the weekly written reports. Thanks again for your professional skill in selling our property.
We would like to thank you for making the sale of our house in Killara a smooth and pleasant experience. Your professional yet personable approach to all matters were qualities we both appreciated and valued.
MARK & RUTH COX
We were pleasantly surprised at the short time it took you to wrap up the sale and we believe the price you negotiated was above market value, certainly above our expectations.
As a real estate agent I knew it was advisable for me to engage another agent in order to distance myself from the sale and you were the only agent in this area that I knew we could trust implicitly. The strategy you suggested was excellent and we are certain this was instrumental in closing the deal.
DON & PENNY MACLENNAN
Thank you John for your efforts on our behalf in securing the quick and stress-free sale of our home.
I am very pleased that you did not recommend or try to persuade us to auction the property, as in our case, the ’offers over’ method of private treaty was very successful.
We have found you to be very easy to deal with and extremely diligent, helpful and honest. Your negotiating skills were excellent and you were able to secure several offers and a sale within 10 days of going to market within the price range you had promised (which, as it happens, was higher than the two other agents I had spoken to).
Lastly, it was a pleasure dealing with you on a personal level and both Justin and I would be happy to recommend you to prospective vendors without reservation.
Selling a house is one of the biggest projects people do. I knew I wanted to sell my house but the process seemed so overwhelming. Then along came John McNee.
John explained why he thought the time was right to sell my particular property and outlined a clear plan of action that was designed to cause the least upheaval for me personally. Suddenly the process became streamlined, and before I knew it the house was sold.
I cannot thank him enough for his practical suggestions and making something that I dreaded into a pleasant as well as successful experience.
Our family would like to thank you for being the only possible agent who could have sold our home after living there for 32 years.
From the beginning John understood that we didn't want the advice and marketing that we had received from several other agents in our area.
He was very prepared to sit down and listen to how we wanted to go about selling our home, taking on all our thoughts and suggestions! His understanding of the market meant he was both professional and skillfull, and we were very happy with the outcome in a difficult market.
Selling your family home is meant to be one of the big stresses in life, but with John it was a pleasure, so thank you very much for everything!!
Firstly in my belief there is;- as one door closes another opens. No mean task is closing the door on a family home lived in since childhood.
To you John forever my grateful thanks. Your wonderful work ethic was in evidence from our first meeting and inspired great confidence in your ability. You offered such understanding of my position and friendship to me along the way.
Now owing to your astute management and knowledge of human nature you have achieved a greater than expected outcome of my sale. Thank you again, the door is now open for my future contentment. May the future hold much that is good for you and your family.
John, thank you so much for selling our home. I was very pleased with the end result but more importantly with your whole approach to selling.
Your advice on marketing and price expectations was very sound and very much in touch with the current market. As I do not live in Sydney, you certainly made everything easier for me by organising gardening assistance, cleaners etc. I do sincerely thank you for all those extra tasks for which you cheerfully volunteered.
Your honesty and integrity were never more in evidence than when you told me you had not spent all of the marketing budget and returned the unspent money to the appropriate bank account. I had no idea that there was money left over so this was greatly appreciated.
Overall selling was a painless experience for me because of all your sincere, genuine help. Many thanks.
Our advice to anyone selling their home is to place your TRUST John to take the stress out of your sales program. From our experience, we have found it is rare to find a more sincere, professional and consistent approach and have no hesitation in recommending you to future clients.
John, you define what great customer service is all about. Your approach was consistent from the day we decided to sell right through to the final settlement. We knew and trusted your judgment would achieve a successful sale and many of our neighbours were stunned when you achieved the sale in less than 20 days from the commencement of the marketing program on the internet to exchanging contracts.
Over a number of years when we were deciding the right time to sell, your patient and consistent follow up to our inquiries about the Lindfield market were without peer in the local real estate industry. No amount of research on Lindfield property could match your level of knowledge of property valuations in the suburb. Ultimately when the decision to sell was made, we knew we didn’t need the high profile agents to achieve the best price for our property.
Glenda and I would like to place on record our gratitude for the professional approach and cost effective marketing program that lead to a successful sale of our home of 24 years.
JOHN & GLENDA SCUTT
It's always reassuring to deal with experienced professionals, particularly when handling something as major as the sale of the family home. In our situation we had some particular hurdles to overcome with our property.
John's many years of experience shone through as he engineered the selling process to its successful conclusion, achieving a price that met our expectations.
In the final stage we were living on the other side of the world and it's hard to imagine any other agency inspiring the same level of confidence and trust from that distance. John's superior negotiating and communications skills were hugely impressive.
Rosemarie and I can unhesitatingly recommend them as an outstanding real estate agency.
JOHN & ROSEMARIE GILPIN
Thank you for all that you have given and congratulate you on a business based on engagement, communication and values. It has been wonderful getting to know, which I hope to develop and continue into the future.
Selling our home of 33 years was an extremely emotional time and you steered us through the ups and downs with sensitivity and reassurance.
During the campaign you constantly kept us informed of developments. Without your singular negotiating skills and rapport with prospective buyers we would not have been able to achieve the optimum price in an unpredictable and brittle market.
Thank you John, you made this awesome experience almost easy.
TRACY & BRYAN DAVIES
Ultimately when the decision to sell was made, we knew we didn’t need the high profile agents and expensive marketing programs to achieve the best price for our property.
When selecting John to sell our house we were sure that your efforts would be driven by achieving a fair price for the house within the range of your valuation and not by simply seeking a quick sale. As is well recognized the market has been difficult yet at all times you maintained this approach and achieved a result with which we are very satisfied. Too many agents are only interested in a quick sale and do not have the integrity, skill and experience to truly act in the vendor’s interest. Our thanks to you for your help and advice and on the result achieved.
PAM & ALASTAIR FOTHERINGHAM