I enjoy working with my clients, I want to achieve their goals, whether that is to buy or sell, and will work tirelessly to that end for them with professionalism and integrity.
Hello, I'm Nicola Cooke and I have lived here in the Bay for 36 years watching it grow from a sleepy hollow with two restaurants to a dynamic, diverse, mostly forward looking town of over 100,000 people. After a varied working background in education, insurance, medical administration and the building industry in design and project management, I moved into the real estate industry in 2004 where I have transferred the skills acquired in my previous occupations to this one. Since then I have been constantly upskilling to achieve mastery of this job of selling houses.
Selling houses sounds simple but it involves matching buyer to house - psychology, understanding building and what makes a good home, communication skills to present the home to the public either in print, verbal or on the internet, communication skills with buyers and vendors, time management and last but not least, negotiation skills to close the deal and respect for the parties involved.
I have completed Graduate Diploma of Business Studies in Real Estate at Massey University, am a Licensed Agent under the REAA and an Associate of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand.
I work out of the Gate Pa office by Mega Mitre 10, well placed to cover the growth of the city in the south but also cover the whole of the Tauranga area on this side of the bridge. I also work in the rural lifestyle market on the southern side of the city. I have a special affinity with Welcome Bay as I have lived there for many years and I feel it has great geographic features (north facing slopes with views of the Mount) great schooling (primary) and proximity to the Mount, town and the Greerton area.
Lastly, I enjoy working with my clients, I want to achieve their goals, whether that is to buy or sell, and will work tirelessly to that end for them with professionalism and integrity and I am happy to do that within the large well managed local company of EVES, in association with their sister company Bayleys.
I would like to thank you for handling my house sale. From appraisal to auction you were friendly, approachable and professional - guiding me over pricing and presentation - to achieve a speedy settlement. My thanks to all the team at Eves and I will certainly be using your company again.
Nicola I would like to thank you for your superb service and support in the sale of our home. We have always sold our home privately and after a few months with no interest we listed with you. Our home was tricky to price as it was unique in its size. Thank you for respecting our wishes to get the price we wanted for it. We knew it might take longer but we are so pleased to have found another family to enjoy it. Thanks also for accommodating our dog and her needs (playing ball and letting her assist you in open homes). In the future, if I ever have to sell again I look forward to doing business with you.
Working with Nicola has been a real treat. House selling is never easy but Nicola has been so helpful, encouraging and supportive, with the right information and good communication. Success guaranteed!
Nicola is excellent, straight shooter, good contacts and good practical advice on the best way to present our property. The results were in line with what she said from day one and she does an excellent job of coordinating all parties/activities. If we buy or sell anymore property in the Bay, it will be through her.
We would highly recommend Nicola to everyone who needs an agent. When I was first introduced to her I immediately found her to be approachable yet professional. This view was only confirmed over the time it took to sell our house. Nicola was transparent - not only to us but also to the purchaser - a pleasant surprise from past experiences as a purchaser and vendor. Thanks Nicola.
Michael Emms & Lianne Summerfield
We have had Nicola assist us in buying and selling a number of properties because of her integrity and honesty. She is very knowledgeable in her industry but if she doesn't have an answer she promptly investigates so delivers reliable accurate information which we really respect. We can confidently recommend Nicola for her excellent knowledge, ethics and character.
When I decided to sell my house, I chose Nicola Cooke from Eves Real Estate as my agent, which proved to be a very wise move. From the start I felt at ease with Nicola; she took the time to get to know me a little, to listen to what I had to say, gave great advice and worked hard to sell my house. Within four weeks my house was sold for the asking price. I can't praise Nicola enough for her cheerful, hardworking attitude, her attention to detail, her energy and enthusiasm with potential buyers and the quick results she generated. I would happily recommend Nicola to potential vendors, without hesitation.
This letter is reference to our dealings with Nicola Cooke, Real Estate Agent for Eves. We have found her trustworthy, professional and very personable. In her job as a professional real estate agent, the service we got from her when selling our property in Welcome Bay was excellent and we found that everything was done with the minimum of stress in our lives (we are in our 80s and 90s) and in a very professional manner. We would have no hesitation in recommending her.
Tas & Jessie Sayles
We are very pleased that we chose Nicola as the agent to sell our home. From start to finish we found Nicola to be genuine and personable. Her gentle and easy manner belied her confident industriousness as she worked for us, the vendor. We found that Nicola has an intuitive sense for both the vagaries of the property market and related human behaviour. This skill-set can only come from her perceptiveness of people and her experiences in real estate. Nicola applied this experience to excellent strategic effect, yet she did so with complete integrity, which proved pivotal in selling our home at the top end of the market range. We have a very good rapport with Nicola throughout the sales process. In fact, it's not easy to have Nicola work with you and not become friends with her. We are thankful to Nicola for that friendship and for the very successful outcome she achieved for us. We have no hesitation in recommending Nicola Cooke to others, and when we have real estate requirements in the future she can expect a call from us.
Just a quick line to acknowledge with the biggest gratitude of the amazing person Nicola Cooke who has successfully achieved an amazing sale of my property. Her dedication, time, knowledge she shared, all flowed with her compassion. I feel she has achieved an award of "The Most Holistic Reality Sales Person" (in my opinion). I have sold two other properties on my own over the past 12 years...... Nicola is TOPS!
We are pleased to have the opportunity to say how happy we were with the service we received from Nicola Cooke when we sold our property last year. Nicola was always very friendly and courteous and seemed to take a very keen interest in the property which was conveyed to the clients during the open homes and viewings. When we were negotiating pricing for the auction we found her to have knowledge of the local market and therefore trusting any recommendations she made. We would have no hesitation in recommending Nicola to anyone wishing to sell their property and would contact her again if we decided to sell.
Kevin & Bev Thomas
I contacted Nicola to act as my sole agent when I decided to sell my home in November 2016. From our first meeting Nicola was extremely professional and supportive as she guided me through the process of preparing my house for sale. Throughout the selling process Nicola was well-organised, honest and reassuring. I valued her experience at all times. I received prompt feedback, both verbally and in writing, following the open homes. Nicola also encouraged me to attend a vendors auction seminar in preparation for the auction and to attend several auctions as an observer. This was great advice. Nicola worked hard to achieve the outcome I wanted, and I am most appreciative of her efforts. I would definitely recommend Nicola to anyone deciding to sell their property.
My wife and I first encountered Nicola when we bought our humble home in Oropi, back in 2009, and found her to be both helpful and professional. In fact, because of her considerate approach, we said if we ever sold the house we would ask her to represent our property. That is exactly what we did, some six years later, after re-building the house to create a large country farm house with period features. Nicola was instrumental in our selling the property and we again relied on her professionalism and skill to achieve what we wanted. We would not hesitate in recommending Nicola as a consummate real estate professional, and I should know, as I am a professional Building Surveyor and Designer, as well as a very satisfied client.
Craig & Cherie Dodd
Nicola is great. She had an ambitious appraisal for selling our house and she delivered on it. I found Nicola easy to work with. She had practical suggestions about our home and the best way to present it. She was never pushy or demanding and her communication was professional and forthcoming at all times. Furthermore, Nicola went over and above what was expected in her role and really cared about getting a good outcome for me. I definitely recommend.
Niall & Vanessa Grant
Mike and I would like to take this opportunity in thanking you for the professional way in which you handled our recent house sale via auction. Although the sale didn't take very long, we were impressed with the way in which you handled things throughout and kept us informed of all parties that came through and the comments made. The offer that we received before auction, and which led to the auction being brought forward, was more than expected and led to an even better price in the auction room and we were thrilled with the result. Mike and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending you to anyone we know who are thinking of selling. We would like to wish you all the very best and much success for the future.
Olwen & Mike Cheetham
It is our pleasure to write this recommendation for Nicola Cooke. Nicola listed and sold our previous house as well so we didn't hesitate in using her services again. We listed our home with Nicola and she had sole agency to market and sell our property. She has been professional, friendly and supportive. She has offered advice when needed, kept us up to date with progress and guided us through the quick and efficient sale of our home. We would have no hesitation in recommending her as an excellent real estate agent to anyone considering selling their home.
Rob & Angelique Sanders
I am very pleased to write in support of Nicola Cooke from Eves Realty Tauranga, who was recently involved in helping us to look for a home in Tauranga. We were selling our home in Pukekohe and were keen to check out the Tauranga market.
Nicola was helpful and the end result was that she was the successful agent. She had lots of energy, communicated regularly with us and always remained positive and friendly. She paid close attention to our requirements and followed up in a thorough and professional manner.
Nicola is a real estate agent who is very committed to her career and she displayed a most positive, cheerful and friendly manner in her dealings with us. We appreciated the fact that she was not pushy but entirely respectful.
I have no hesitation in recommending Nicola and would be glad to speak to anyone on her behalf.
Colin and Eunice Driller
Recently we decided to sell our rental home in Welcome Bay and engaged Nicola to market our property after research into which agent we would run with.
Within a few days of employing Nicola the offers were coming in and her steady, calm nature helped make our decision making easier during the selling process.
Nicola is honest and very good at informing you of how things are going.
The auction was brought forward due to an offer and Nicola's marketing campaign was pinnacle to the end result which we were very happy with.
I would not hesitate to recommend Nicola Cooke to other people looking to sell a property in the Bay of Plenty.
Glen and Maureen
We engaged Nicola Cooke from the Eves Realty Team to sell our small lifestyle block and couldn't have been happier with her professionalism, Nicola listened to what we the buyer wanted and needed, she always kept us in the loop and never made any decisions without asking us first. We would not only engage her again if we ever needed to sell but would highly recommend her to anyone wanting a stress free sale.
Brendon & Stephanie Manson
Choosing a real estate agent to sell our home was a decision we put a lot of thought into, the effort we put in though was well worth it. Nicola made the whole sales process easy and she exceeded our expectations on every level. We could not have been happier with her sales campaign, her marketing strategy was highly effective and our open homes were a huge success. We were given constant feedback along the way and would receive a detailed weekly marketing report. Nicola sat with us through a vendors auction seminar at night so that we were fully comfortable with the process, and aware of what to expect on the day. The result at the end of the auction was extremely happy vendors and purchasers. I would highly recommend Nicola to anyone looking to sell their property, she worked hard for us and was worth every cent.
Thanks so much Nicola, you took a lot of stress away from us.
Angela and Peter Proctor
Graeme and I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful job on the Auction you conducted recently on our property at Francis Road, Omokoroa. It was a pleasure to work with you. The information pack that you put together for us was complete with all the information that we needed. We were especially grateful for the advertising and photography information that you gave us. It meant that we were able to make some informed decisions.
From our first meeting we felt very positive and confident that you would be able to do a great job for us. We felt that we could trust you and that the house was in good hands.
Again a very warm and heartfelt thanks you for all the hard work.
"Nicola worked very hard with perseverance in selling our property and achieved a great outcome."
"Good marketing, good matching, good listening, great result - stressfree programme."
"We first met Nicola while viewing an open home and were immediately taken by her friendliness, honesty and professionalism.
When the time came to market our property it was a clear choice to have her as our selling agent. She listened to us, gave great advice and valuable opinions. Our house was listed and sold the same day!
Nicola continued to assist us with our search for a new property. She had great communication and was always available and ready to help. She was extremely hard working and proactive, showing us several homes (all of which suited our taste and requirements). Although ultimately, we settled on a property marketed through another agency, she not only supported our decision, but helped us through the complete auction process without expecting anything in return.
Without her help we would not be living our dream today.
We feel we developed a strong relationship with Nicola and would recommend her as an outstanding agent, to anyone who is planning to buy or sell property."
Andrea & Bob
"Nicola went above and beyond the call of duty for me".
"Nicola Cooke was our sole agent in the sale and purchase of 2 homes in Tauranga. Our family were impressed with her dedication, efficiency, knowledge of Real Estate Protocol and her ability to suit the respective properties to our family needs. Nicola was a woman of her word, respectful, easy to communicate with and I would recommend her as an excellent agent for any prospective buyer or seller."
Nicola is an experienced real estate agent who is very sincere and intuitive to her clients' needs as well as maintaining a very business like attitude.
We have been impressed with her integrity and diligence, two qualities nowadays that are highly south after. She demonstrates good listening skills and the ability to reflect back her understanding of the clients' needs and wants when buying and selling a house. She has earned our respect by the way she has clearly communicated and has offered invaluable advice at each step of the sales process. Always positive and able to assess situations quickly she conveys a sense of confidence.
Dealing on a day-to-day basis with the demaonds of real estate requires resilience, patience and the ability to cope under pressure. We have seen these qualities demonstrated consistently by Nicola throughout the time she has been our agent. Adaptability and sense of loyalty are the hallmarks of her service.
It is our opinion that Nicola is quite an exceptional real estate agent and truly reflects the professionalism of Eves Real Estate Company.
Nicola , Thank you so much for selling our home and finding us a new one.
Philip and Morag Russell
The Manager of Eves Greerton
I would like to thank you and your staff for how they worked closely and so quickly for me on the sale of my house. I have used Eves in the past on our last house sale and you guys have done another awesome job. My thanks to Nicola Cooke for the many hours she gave to the sale of my home. It was also a pleasure to work with Nicola because she always kept in touch with how the sale was progressing. Thank you Nicola you did an awesome job
"Nicola showed us our present house and we found her very helpful when selling our last property. She is a resourceful and competent real estate agent."
David and Marianne Boyd
"We had Nicola recommended to us by a Real Estate Agent we had in Gisborne. Her service was absolutely superb. Her real estate knowledge was a great help and we were always kept informed by mail or phone contact and she was always available to us any time day or night."
Raewyn and Les Todd
"I have had the pleasure of working with Nicola Cooke, an agent from Eves, in the selling of my home. Nicola successfully sold our large family property, which was in the higher price bracket in a very short period of time.
We had been unsuccessful with previous land agents.
Nicola has a quiet and easy personality to deal with. She not only worked hard in getting the sale, but the new owners have told me, they have a lot of respect for the way she handled the sale for them. It was great having someone like Nicola, who takes all the pressures of the sale settlement away for you. I wish Nicola the very best in whatever the future holds for her."
Alison Rowe JP
"We congratulate Nicola for selling our property at Ashers road. Nicola went out of her way matching suitable buyers and resolving any problems that occurred. Her Marketing, sales and service were done with integrity. We can recommend Nicola as an excellent agent for buying or selling a property. We will definitely be using her again when we are selling another property."
Walter and Isa Dyet
"We would at no point hesitate in recommending you as a superior salesperson, ready to go the extra mile to please both vendor and buyer. You have a friendly personable style that is reinforced by your follow-up visits which were most welcome whilst we renovated the property. We consider you a friend and wish you all the best in your endeavours."
John and Susan Butcher
I arrived in Tauranga in November 2007 but did not move into my own home till September the following year. I had a variety of realtors and some rather shoddy experiences including conflicts of interest before fortune let me latch on to Nicola Cooke from Eves.
I had firm ideas of what wanted. I could be viewed as a difficult client but I like to view myself as a discerning one. I wanted to be minutes from a library, public transport, handy to doctors & hospital and hopefully be able to walk to a swimming pool. I was also looking at the lower price end of the market.
Nicola, in her extreme kindness must have shown me over 100 properties and actively looked for what I wanted. As I travelled by bus, she picked me up, showed me properties and delivered me home. She is extraordinarily professional and scrupulously honest. I am certain her commission for my transaction was not much but at no time did I feel I was wasting her time. Nicola is a breath of fresh air, an intelligent, well informed person with a great sense of humour - I really respected her quality of integrity, her principled professional behaviour and her ability to be calmly patient. Furthermore, she upgrades professionally and is extremely well informed re property markets.
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