Westbay Real Estate Limited is a non-franchised boutique style real estate company established in 1980 with an enthusiastic team of salespeople offering a wide range of expertise and experience within the real estate industry. The Westbay staff come from a wide background of professions including surveying, building, marketing and policing, and can offer a wide perspective on life skills and practical advice.
The business provides a full range of marketing tools from the internet to mobile phone apps and hard copy property newspapers. All staff are licenced and fully qualified in all facets of real estate work and provide a personal tailored service for each client.
The office is sited in a convenient location on the fringe of the Central Business District at 271 Cameron Road (between First and Second Avenue), and has free client parking off Westbay Lane at the rear.
Westbay Real Estate proudly provides a full service campaign on all exclusive listings at a commission rate that very few can match. Using a base fee of $500 then 2.95% to the first $400,000 then just 2% plus GST, the savings can be up to $4,600.
The company has been built on a reputation of integrity, honesty, professionalism and ethics and prides itself as being an independent office in the real estate market in Tauranga. The measure of a successful business is the number of ongoing repeat customers it attracts. Westbay attributes a large measure of its success to past satisfied clients.
Is the Westbay reduced commission a discounted fee?
It is important to recognise that our reduced commission rate is not discounted, nor are we a discount Agency. The reason we can charge such a competitive fee is because the company has been a bit smarter about the way the business is structured, which is far more efficient, cost-effective and streamlined. Unlike a typical Agency business model, the Westbay commission earned does not have to cover overheads such as franchise fees, CEO salaries, multi-tiered management structures, and lavish offices none of which contribute directly towards selling your home.
Westbay will sell my home for less?
The property market is different to most other markets. The buyers determine the price offered on your home, not your neighbour, lawyer, or real estate agent. With Westbay’s marketing methods, your property is exposed to all buyers in the market with the intention to achieve the best possible price for you, in the shortest possible time.
Wouldn’t a big brand company have access to more buyers?
Some of our salespeople have previously worked for big corporate companies and understand this perception. The reality is that in this technological age, buyers are not brand preferential and they don’t care who has the property listed – the internet is their first port of call, often on their mobile phone. The statement ‘we are bigger, have more agents so we have more buyers’ is simply not true – the right marketing will bring the buyers no matter who has the property listed. In Tauranga, in most cases, all agencies are working with the same buyers.
Low commission agents don’t work in with other companies and their buyers?
At Westbay, we work in with ALL other real estate companies in Tauranga. If a buyer is introduced to your home by another agent we will happily pay the referring agent their share of the commission, without charging you a cent more. You simply cannot lose.
Meet our team
Ross Steele Company Agent , Westbay Real Estate
Commenced in real estate with Westbay in 1980, attaining my AREINZ in 1984 and have been Principal Officer of Westbay since. I am passionate about real estate and with my many years in real estate, I have a huge depth of knowledge of the real estate market in Tauranga. Being a landlord personally, I am able to assist with many aspects of the rental scene.View Profile
Jim Peterson Company Agent , Westbay Real Estate
The best measure of a successful agent is the repeat business they attract. Jim Peterson succeeds in volumes here with returning vendors, purchasers and their families from his 25 years selling at Westbay Real Estate.View Profile
Tim Lapwood Company Agent , Westbay Real Estate
Commenced real estate in 1999 with Westbay and have remained with the company successfully selling since that time. I particularly enjoy the freedom of being a non-franchised environment and the high standard of ethics and integrity which are the hallmark of the company. I enjoy the lifestyle that selling real estate offers and have no doubt I will be active in the industry for many years to come.View Profile
Steve Moyes Company Agent , Westbay Real Estate
My involvement with the Real Estate industry spans some 30 years and includes everything from company owner/director, salesperson/manager and President of the Real Estate Insitutue (Tauranga) for six years. In 1998 I was honoured as a Fellow of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand.View Profile
Bruce Rae Company Agent , Westbay Real Estate
I have worked in real estate for over 25 years including 10 years as a branch manager in the United Kingdom. I immigrated to New Zealand with my wife, Francesca, in 2006 settling in the Bay of Plenty. I work as a team with Francesca who has over 30 years of sales, marketing and public relations experience.View Profile
Glenis Pickelmann Company Agent , Westbay Real Estate
Glenis has immersed herself in the Real Estate industry since 1986, covering the wider Tauranga/Mt Maungaui areas. Glenis has 31 years of experience in the Tauranga/Mt Maunganui Real Estate market and enjoys working with the very experienced team at Westbay Real Estate Ltd, 271 Cameron Road, Tauranga.View Profile
Cara Davies Company Agent , Westbay Real Estate
A former hospitality manager with a wealth of customer service experience Cara has made the excellent decision of joining the team at Westbay Real Estate. Cara’s happy outlook on life and positive attitude to all situations give her a new, refreshing view on the sale and purchase of real estate.View Profile
Ray Smith Company Agent , Westbay Real Estate
A former Sales Manager with an electro-mechanical engineering background. Relocated to Tauranga in 2005 and now enjoying working in real estate sales. I have enjoyed a very good track record with more than 30 years in sales as a sales manager, senior national account manager and marketing executive. As a manager I have worked to BSI/ISO total quality management principles. I was appointed to manage part of the prestigious UK Government Sector (official secrets act and enhanced police checks applied).View Profile