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A long-time resident of Mt Eden, Colleen is one of the founding members of our highly successful Mt Eden Branch. It was her drive and vision that encouraged us to purchase the prime site we enjoy in Mt Eden Road and redevelop the stunning office we now occupy.
Married to highly respected Architect husband Dave, they have lived in Mt Eden raising their 4 children at the local schools. After 35 years in the area they are now empty nesters and have just completed a new home appropriate for the next season of their lives – on Mt Eden Road.
They have 3 sons all in the property business as builders and a landscape architect, their daughter Annie is currently completing her BA in Wellington.
Colleen has been involved in over $500 million of sales over her 18 years in the industry. High on personality and committed to getting it right, Colleen’s reputation has seen her consistently perform at the top of the industry. Needless to say her experience has few peers.
“I’m passionate about real estate, you could say, it’s in my blood – it’s 24/7 – and for me the UP brand and philosophy of providing an intimate bespoke experience for each client perfectly encompasses the real estate service I am proud to provide”.
Time out for Colleen includes gathering the family at the classic Strachan designed “Kiwi Bach” in Mangawhai and occasionally, jaunting to warmer climates.
An avid netballer and all round kiwi sports advocate, she can often be seen on the side-lines of local sports events.
Colleen’s connection with the community extends to fund raising for the Pink Ribbon Cancer Breakfast, an annual event at her home.
Colleen’s high energy and infectious personality is instantly endearing, while her experience brings measurable added value for clients.
Rob and Helen Bird
We cannot speak highly enough of Colleen Strachan and Richard Hart. After making a life changing move into apartment living and purchasing an apartment in winter, our plan was to sell in November when our property was at its best. We met with Colleen and Richard to discuss our plans and talk about the market. It wasn’t a meeting about them and us, it was an open and honest discussion. They are an amazing team to see at work, their knowledge of the market was extensive capturing a wide market area from two Auckland offices, they bounced ideas around between themselves and us, then came up with options we were happy with. We decided to take their advice and go to market straight away, we were a little hesitant due to the type of market but the strategy they put in place made us confident that we were doing the right thing. They worked extremely efficiently, photos, marketing booked and buyers through our place within 48hrs. Communication between themselves and us was excellent, we were informed of everything throughout the whole process.
One of our highlights was going to their head office where we could see the marketing team at work on our photos and layouts. Then we were advised on the best marketing options. Colleen and Richard have close access to and a great rapport with the marketing team.
We both have knowledge of the real estate industry but at a time like this we felt it was important to listen and take advice from the experts. We would not have achieved the results that we did if we had done what we thought was right, thanks to an amazing team there are two happy sellers and two happy purchasers that are over the moon! Thanks so much Colleen and Richard for your friendly, relaxed yet professional performance in selling a much loved property.
40 Pine St
It was such a pleasure to work with Colleen and Richard during the recent sale of our house. They were both meticulous with follow up and information through the entire process. In the past we had been given the impression that selling your home could be extremely stressful. The combination of their being sensitive to our requirements, combined with the excellent result they achieved for us meant the process was so simple and definitely stress free.
James and Diana Mitchell
190 Orakei Road
Using Colleen, Richard and UP to market and sell our home was trouble free, stress free, efficient and effective. We cannot recommend them highly enough.
Moana Ave, One Tree Hill
Colleen and Richard recently navigated us on the roller coaster ride that is selling your home! We would have to say that they did this very well and it ended up being a remarkably smooth ride. We had known Colleen for around 20 years, however this was the first time we had, had the pleasure of having her involved in our home sale. Her straight up approach, peppered with lots of good humour was exactly what we wanted. Colleen doesn’t mess around and will keep you informed right through the process. Richard was also great to work with, his experience and knowledge of the real estate market was fantastic. With the pair working together we felt we had a formidable team to represent us, and everything went to plan".
14 Cecil Road, Epsom
“ I enjoyed working with the team from UP. They always accommodated my requests, kept me informed, were always gracious and pleasant, and remained both reasonable and realistic throughout the sale process. Would I use them again? Definitely.
10 Belmont Tce
Having tested other real estate companies and with determined advice from family and friends, we made the very wise choice asking Colleen Strachan and Richard Hart to market and sell our 1890's cottage.
With her realistic advice, experience and knowledge of the local area, Colleen and Richard Hart guided us through the marketing process and lead up to the auction with expertize, thoughtfulness, honesty, much humour and patience, which made the whole slightly daunting process fun and amazingly short.
The photography and video of the little cottage was wonderful making it look spectacular, which we are sure had a prominent part in the outstanding sale.
We felt very privileged to have Colleen and Richard guide us through the sale of our very special cottage, always an emotional time, and would thoroughly recommend them both for their exceptional skills.
31 Dexter Ave, Mt Eden
"Working with Colleen was a real pleasure and so, so simple. Colleen sold my house on the first day literally and I was very happy with the price. She really knows the local market and how to get the best price for sellers. Thank you Colleen for what you did for us.”
Ruth Bilj and Colin Brown
84 Grange Road, Mt Eden
We asked Colleen if she could sell out home of 17 years with minimal fuss, advertising or disruption to our busy lives. She achieved exactly that – in a week our house was sold for a price that met our expectations. Colleen knows the market, the local area and understands the people side as well as the business side of negotiation. She provides realistic advice and her years of experience and knowledge of real estate show in her results. We highly recommend Colleen if you are thinking of selling – or buying.
80 Grange Rd, Mt Eden
Through their professional skills and personalised approach, Colleen and Lisa ensure that buyers and sellers’ expectations actually match. While no one can guess what buyers would actually spend on a property, Colleen and Lisa's marketing campaign aimed at successfully inviting a significant amount of bidders within the desired price range.
During the whole campaign, feedback and updates were timeous and precise.
1/1A Invermay Ave, Mt Eden
We recently had the pleasure of working with Colleen and Paul on the sale of our first home. We very much appreciated their approachable attitude, in-depth market experience and availability at all times - it made the process as simple a possible. Nothing was too much trouble and every request was actioned immediately. Our video and photography looked fantastic and we were very pleased with how and where our home was marketed.
Throughout the sales process we were kept fully informed of our options in terms of selling, the campaign's progress, potential buyers and the results of our open homes. Upon auction day the UP team were informative, relaxed and professional at all times, giving us confidence to see the sale through to an unconditional result.
We would definitely work with Colleen and Paul again and would not hesitate to recommend them, along with the UP team, to others.
6 Fern Ave, Epsom
We were delighted with Colleen and Lisa's exuberant and professional approach to selling our property, and with the support given by the wider UP team, from the stunning marketing materials to advice and guidance through the auction and negotiation process. We would definitely use UP again and have recommended the team most highly to our circle of friends.
Patrick and Jude Moyne
Kakariki Ave, Mt Eden
We first met Colleen and Lisa when we were looking to buy in Mt Eden years ago. We were then impressed with their integrity, honesty and commitment to helping us find the right house. When we recently decided to sell there was never any doubt that we would choose this 'Dynamo team'.
They gave us an honest appraisal, ran an excellent marketing campaign, kept us informed throughout and achieved an excellent result. They and the team are unlike any other agents we have ever met and would defiantly recommend to others, especially if you enjoy a glass of red and a sense of humour!
26A Calgary Street, Mt Eden
“I am thrilled with the result UP Real Estate achieved for me in the sale of my property.
Throughout the whole process I was treated with sensitivity and respect.
I was kept informed and up to date with progress at all times and found the whole episode much less
stressful than I had anticipated having not sold a property for 23 years.
I would recommend Lisa & Col to anyone looking for a real estate agency.”
Pete & Morri Alexander
1 Disraeli St, Mt Eden-Oct 2012
Colleen & Lisa from UP Realty, ran a great auction process to sell our house at 1 Disraeli Street, Mt Eden, in October 2012. The successful campaign took just three weeks and was supported by quality marketing. The open homes were well managed and followed up with informative reporting. The auction was held on site and well resourced by the wider UP team. The property sold under the hammer and we were very pleased with the outcome.
Lisa & Colleen have a thorough knowledge of the local market and community, and we have no hesitation to recommend them to others.
I found the level and consistency of your assistance and communication was outstanding without being pressured and helped me enormously in making a tough decision. I have had numerous real estate agent interactions in purchase and sales over the years but dealing through you was far beyond these experiences - with a sense of being able to trust your efforts, skills and judgement. The process was as close to being trouble free and optimal as possible!
Colleen and Lisa from Unlimited Potential provided an excellent service in the recent sale of my house in Mt Eden. As they both live and work in the area they have a very good understanding of local market conditions, and were able to match up the right buyer for the house. They were able to conclude a sale very quickly to the satisfaction of both parties, which made for a very easy and painless transaction. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to future clients.
5 Prospect Tce
I would like to compliment two of your staff Colleen Strachan and Lisa Pringle who handled the sale of my house at 5 Prospect Tce, Mt Eden.
I originally met Colleen and Lisa last month when I viewed 43 Truro Rd and they assisted in organising an extension to the settlement date so that I would have enough time to sell my existing property. Colleen and Lisa impressed me so much during the auction process that I asked them to assist with the selling of my house at 5 Prospect Tce.
I found Colleen and Lisa were both very professional and on a personal level it was a real pleasure to interact with them. Both were extremely friendly and helped reassure me during the periods when I became a bit stressed over the uncertainty of whether my house would sell in time and and at an acceptable price. And of course both these objectives were met now that the house sold at auction yesterday. At all times they kept me and my lawyer Frank Sing up to date with information about the sale process and their advice and suggestions were genuine, practical and realistic.
I would have no hesitation in using Colleen and Lisa for real estate matters in future should the need arise and am happy to warmly recommend them to other prospective clients.
9A Woodhall Rd, Epsom
With my husband overseas on a work contract it was up to me to select
agents for our sale. Colleen and Lisa won me over with their down-to-earth, flexible and efficient partnership style which made the whole process easy.
Things happened faster than expected - with the auction brought forward due to buyer interest . We only had two weekends of open homes.
11 years ago we bought this house from UP and now we have successfully sold with UP. The stars were aligned, as when I first met Colleen and Lisa we discovered that Colleen was the partner of the agent we originally bought off.
Thanks to the whole team at UP including the photographer and the
auctioneer - who had an unexpected creative style which has positively changed my perception of auctions.
I am very happy to recommend Lisa and Colleen.
Susan and Bruce
16 Henley Rd
With the recent auction of our property being our first shift after 25 years we found Colleen and Lisa's experience and professionalism invaluable. Their local area knowledge and obvious enjoyment of the village and the community is very beneficial when they are matching buyers with properties. Their approach and manner is enthusiastic and helpful.
Communication is clear and open and they are extremely easy to get along with. We achieved a fantastic result that we feel was a direct result of their marketing, advice and efforts.
Rae and Modi Henis
23 St Leonards Rd
"Just wanted to thank you both for all your efforts on our behalf over the last 18 months. We're happily settled in our Parnell apartment now and very glad to have all the "housing decisions" behind us!!
The two of you helped make the whole process easier and we enjoyed working with you both."
So many, many thanks and good wishes from us
Gilly and Dave
133 Owens Rd Epsom
Selling your house is apparently one of the most stressful things you can do in life……. but not if you have Colleen and Lisa to sell it for you. Almost as soon as they walked through our front door we knew we had made the right decision to choose this team to market our property.
Colleen and Lisa are down to earth and straight forward but also fun to deal with. Their knowledge of the market impressed us, but so did their communication style, which was open and honest – and perhaps most importantly – they listened. At no time in the process did we feel pushed or coerced into decisions.
Their market appraisal was absolutely spot on and the marketing plan was well laid out and made sense to us and their price expectation was both realistic and accurate. We were very impressed by the fabulous photography and the layouts that were chosen.
The fact that our property sold within a few days of going to market is testament to the fact that Colleen and Lisa are experts in the field who have a wealth of knowledge particularly in the Mt Eden/Epsom area. We were consulted and kept informed throughout and the whole process was far easier than we ever envisaged. We would highly recommend this team to anyone who wishes to sell their house.
Paul & Tina Lucas
To Whom It May Concern
My wife Tina & I had the pleasure of recently working with Colleen Strachan and Lisa Pringle, both of whom are part of the Unlimited Potential team at the Mt Eden branch.
We are long term residents in the area and over many years have had considerable experience in buying and selling property. Subsequently, we have been exposed to a number of real estate agents and agencies and know what's good and bad.
What we can say is these two real estate agents are complete professionals, with a deep understanding of the marketing and sales process, to achieve exceptional sales success results for their client's. They listen when working through the marketing program, offering informed advice when developing the sales program, because they not only know the Mt Eden and surrounding area, but bring to the table considerable selling experience. Once the program is agreed they work tirelessly to achieve the best possible result for all parties. They provide regular feedback and do all the follow-ups required.
We have no hesitation in recommending Colleen and Lisa as true real estate professionals and also recommend the company Unlimited Potential.
They were a pleasure to work with.
Neil & V Scott
Mt Eden-December 2012
In November 2012, we purchased a new home by Auction. We needed to sell our existing home immediately, so we met with Colleen and Lisa a few days after.
From the very beginning, Colleen and Lisa were warm, clear, realistic & efficient with their advice and expertise. At our initial meeting, they set out the timeline to sale by auction, their fee, marketing costs and gave us advice on staging our home.
Over the following three weeks, we received regular updates and discussed aspects of the marketing plan as well as buyer feedback. In December, we successfully sold the house at auction. We were kept well informed and received constuctive advice on the sale procedure.
Colleen and Lisa were a pleasure to work with. We always felt well informed, with a concise and realistic objective which made the arduous process of selling a house, a breeze.
Margaret & Malcolm Stapleton
We first met Colleen and Lisa as agents for the vendor we purchased a home from in July 2012. It was obvious they were representing their vendor's interests well, in meticulously following up every question we had as purchasers, and also proactively providing us with additional information they thought might be important to us. Being available for extra viewings at a time that suited us was really appreciated, and seemed to be no trouble to them (unlike many other agents we encountered in our search for the perfect home).
Auction day went smoothly, with Colleen and Lisa both available to answer questions. We were impressed by the smooth running of the auction and the relaxed nature of the post-purchase process, supported by the whole UP team.
Colleen and Lisa were so great to work with, it was natural to turn to them when it came to selling our own home. Their calm and relaxed approach put us at ease, there was no attempt to "buy" the listing with an overinflated estimate of likely sale price. In what was to prove their ultimate strength, they put together a very professional marketing package - amazing photography which brought out the best in our property, and excellent advertising placement - we particularly appreciated their advice on the level of advertising, certainly not excessive, but adequate to bring in a good number of potential buyers.
Again they demonstrated a real focus on addressing potential purchasers' enquiries, so we felt those buyers were well equipped with the information they needed to make a purchasing decision. All the way through the 3 week sales period, they kept us well-informed with useful reporting, and gave us the level of comfort we needed going into auction day.
In summary, they stimulated significant interest in our property, achieved an amazing price on sale day and, most importantly, made it an extremely stress-free experience. If you want to take the stress out of the sales process, we would highly recommend this incredible team.
Mike & Karena
"As it has been a number of years since we last bought or sold a house, we first approached Colleen and Lisa a couple of months before we took our home
to market, to give us an informal appraisal of our home of 22 years and offer their advice regarding the preparation of it for sale. Their down-to-earth manner, reassured us from the outset that they knew their business and the Mt Eden market well and their advice was sound.
When it came to time to sell, we were presented with a well thought out marketing campaign and throughout the campaign the open homes and follow-up
meetings reaffirmed that we had chosen the right team to sell our house. Their professionalism and friendly and approachable manner helped dissipate
any anxiety regarding selling by auction. In fact, the whole UP team were very easy to deal with. We have no hesitation in recommending Colleen and
LIsa of UP Realty to those considering putting your house on the market."
"We write to express our thanks and appreciation for your energetic approach to the sale of our home displaying always as you did professionalism and integrity that was a source of comfort to us. We felt at the outset a high level of trust in you both that such a sale procedure entails and this was reinforced each step of the way to a very successful conclusion-- we deeply thank you for this."
4A Fairview road, Mount Eden-May 2012
Prior to selecting Colleen and Lisa we also got proposals from the other major real estate companies that service the Mount Eden market. It was important to us that we chose a sales team that were up to date with sales in the local and wider market, demonstrated that they understood our property and how it should be marketed, and were committed to representing us as owners in a professional way.
We ran a three week marketing campaign that ended with a successful auction at the end. During the process we were updated honestly on the feedback received from buyers after the open homes and had over 90 couples through over the 3 week period. As is the case in most suburbs nosey friends and neighbours take the opportunity to look through the house and in all cases with us gave very positive feedback about the friendly and professional the open homes were managed.
In the end we simply wanted a team we could trust and in this context were very under whelmed by some of the other agencies.
We are happy to recommend the Unlimited Potential team to any family looking at selling their property and are available if you did want to contact us directly to discuss it.
Bruce & Diane
From our first meeting you listened to us and gave us the benefit of your professional advice of which, as the old saying goes, 'the proof is in the eating'.
In our case the marketing strategies, the advertising programme, the timing and number of open homes, the manner in which open homes were conducted, the follow ups, the auction and generally just the way in which UP performed all lead to a very success outcome for us.
Every aspect of our dealings with UP were conducted professionally and with that touch of comfortable personality and style which leaves us very happy that we selected UP.
Thanks again and all the very best.
"We had Colleen & Lisa sell a rental unit of ours in Royal Oak. Whilst it wasn't as stylish as their usual listings they were most happy to take it on and provide their usual fabulous service. Listing the unit couldn't have been easier, Colleen & Lisa were always available when we needed them and we had the unit listed and sold within a week. We managed to get a sales result better than we anticipated and we were thrilled with the terms & price they managed to secure. Dealing with Colleen & Lisa was an absolute pleasure. Nothing was too hard or too awkward, they handled all the necessary tasks with ease & professionalism. Mostly we really appreciated their fun, positive and easy-going relationship. We'll be happy to both use and recommend them to anyone in the real estate game"
If you are looking for the best real estate specialist in the area, Colleen Strachan stands head and shoulders above all others. Having bought and sold with Colleen (plus recommended her on countless occasions), Colleen has delivered outstanding results for us as a family and to the friends who have used her in selling their homes. The reasons I hold her up as the preeminent real estate specialist in the area are:
Colleen builds strong relationships with both buyers and sellers of properties enabling her clients to sell to the right people for a very good price. Other agents are known as being good for buying or good for selling; Colleen does both to an exceptionally high standard and very consistently.
Colleen has uncompromising integrity. Her reputation is built upon doing the right thing for everyone in the property buying and selling process. Unlike many others, she treats people with pragmatic reliability, honesty and charm. Seemingly nothing dents her good humour even in the face of difficult or complex negotiations.
Colleen knows her stuff - with over 12 years in the area, she understands the Mt Eden/Epsom market intimately down to which streets are best value, where the sun might be on particular houses and what alterations might work best. Her service is not simply to sell your home or direct you to a good option, she goes way beyond these simplicities to offer a complete real estate service to her clients. Colleen is well placed to sell at the mid to high end of the market with ease.
Selling or buying a house can be a very stressful situation. Colleen makes the process fair, enjoyable and cleverly directed. I would unreservedly recommend Colleen Strachan and Unlimited Potential to anyone wanting to buy or sell in the Mt Eden/Epsom area.
Mt Eden- 2011
There were three things we looked for when we asked Colleen Strachan and Lisa Pringle of Unlimited Potential to sell our Mt Eden villa; be straight with us on the house’s potential, work hard to maximize it and help keep the sales process as stressfree as possible. They delivered on all three. Colleen and Lisa were great to work with. They were always straight up and honest about the market and our chances within it. They kept us informed at each stage, to just the right degree so we felt involved but not overwhelmed. And, they delivered on the price we hoped for. Colleen and Lisa set high standards in their marketing, sales and interactions. They were professional and friendly. It was a pleasure to work with them.
I have chosen Colleen Strachan as the agent to sell my two previous houses and will continue to choose her in the future. The most recent sale was in a depressed market and was a forced sale due to marital separation. Obviously this was a situation that required both a high level of selling ability (to achieve the maximum possible price) as well as great interpersonal skills! Colleen demonstrated both and got a very good result. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending her as someone who can get you the best possible outcome for any given situation.
We dealt with Colleen from UP Realty when both unsuccessfully purchasing a house, as the vendors agent and successfully selling one, as our agent. On both occasions Colleen illustrated nothing other than the utmost integrity, professionalism and market insight. Had it not been for our skepticism of Real Estate agents she would not only have exceeded our expectations in selling our house she would have exceeded them with the purchasing of one. The current poor perception of the Realty industry would be all but removed should the approach of Colleen and UP Realty be more widely adopted."
Robyn and John
Real Estate is about timing and location but when you are selling more than anything it is about trust. We have now been involved in four sales of our homes with Colleen Strachan and felt nothing but confidence in the advice she has given us. She has advised when to sell, guided us on the market to pitch to and then delivered by fully representing us at the negotiating table. In our recent sale Lisa Pringle proved the perfect partner and in fact secured the final sale - totally to our satisfaction.
Soren & Choo Ying
A lovely positive, friendly, no nonsense approach to selling our house that achieved a top price for us. Thoroughly recommended.
Jane & Nick Ainley
We were very pleased with the way our house sale was managed. The marketing was of a high calibre, the communication throughout the open homes was transparent and open, the auction was handled professionally and we felt totally supported. Thank you Colleen and Lisa for making the process as stress free as it was with a great result.
Anna & Shane Brealey
We have recently listed and then successfully sold our Mt Eden villa with Colleen Strachan and Lisa Pringle. We found Colleen and Lisa to be approachable and friendly whilst always remaining professional. We had a short timeframe in which to sell the property and they went out of their way to meet advertising deadlines and ensure that all prospective buyers had ample opportunity for viewing prior to the auction. Our house took 21 days to sell and thanks to Colleen and Lisa it was the least stressful it could possibly be.
The one statement that says it all is “Our house sold because we used Colleen and Lisa”. They managed the whole marketing process with complete
Professionalism and were nothing other than completely transparent with what information was available and were very approachable and responsive whenever we had any questions. They worked hard to achieve the right results for us and we are extremely satisfied and pleased with the results.
Kieran and Jo Forde
We found Colleen and Lisa to be a great team who worked very well
together. They always had our best interests at heart whilst providing
excellent service to all potential buyers. It's really important that you
have someone you trust looking after the sale of your family home and we
felt very comfortable with them all the way through the process. If you're
thinking about selling your home we would highly recommend Colleen and
Through their professional skills and personalised approach, Lisa and Colleen ensure that buyers and sellers’ expectations actually match. While no one can guess what buyers would actually spend on a property, Lisa and Colleen’s marketing campaign aimed at successfully inviting a significant amount of bidders within the desired price range.
During the whole campaign, feedback and updates were timeous and precise.