Maxine loves real estate, loves the Greater Ponsonby area, and she loves working with people.
Having moved to Ponsonby from the Waitakere Ranges in the early 1990s, Maxine is no stranger to the area. It was at this time when her partner started working on the far-from-livable villas you would find throughout the area, and she fell in love with their character and charm. Maxine came to real estate from a role catering to the partners and clients of a law firm, where she honed her skills at listening and understanding briefs – skills that have assisted her in real estate as most people are talkers and not listeners.
“I like to think it’s my style of selling real estate that brings my clients back when it’s time to move again, and that’s what makes my job so rewarding.”
Maxine’s wealth of real estate knowledge and negotiations expertise stems from 20 loyal years at Ray White Damerell Group, where her ability to expect the unexpected, think on her feet and put everything in place has given her an edge over the competition.
Being pushy just isn’t my thing. I know how stressful this process can be so when a decision needs to be made, I support my clients to the hilt with in-depth market knowledge and advice, but I leave it to them to make the big decisions.”
With a reputation for being down-to-earth, enthusiastic, highly professional and, most importantly, a calming influence in the negotiation process, Maxine has been able to establish a consistently strong repeat and referral business.
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Maxine did everything she could and more in selling my property. She was always helpful and her advise was always valid.Kim Evans
I recently had the help from Ray White's representatives Susie Calderwood and Maxine lees to market and sell my property. They were amazing in their efficiency, prompt action and determined marketing. In a matter of weeks it was sold and settled. I cannot thank them enough for all they did and it was a huge help in my life.Eithne A S Stirling
Susie and Maxine did a great job in marketing my house. They were easy to deal with, reported regularly, didn't try to talk me up to secure the listing, and closed a good deal. I'd recommend them to anyone, as long as they buy me more champagne soonMichael Thornton
I just wanted to write a few words of praise for Susie Calderwood and Maxine Lees for the sales campaign at 17B Tirimoana Rd. Selling houses can be stressful but Susie and Max's straight up professional approach, reporting, customer knowledge, advice and hard work ethic with passion shone through easing any doubts. They have the X factor (couldn't resist). We are very happy with the result at auction and know there was an incredible amount of work put in by the girls to get that number bidders on the night. Outstanding effort and I will refer anyone to Susie and Max and the team at Ray White Ponsonby in the future.Chris Tittleson
We recently had the pleasure of Maxine and Susie representing us for the sale of our home 1/1 Saratoga Ave, Herne Bay. We found Maxine and Susie to be down to earth, enthusiastic and highly professional agents of Ray White. Always positive and confident, we were truly appreciative of Maxine and Susie's knowledge of the law and legal requirements on selling a home. We had an amazing two-week campaign, and the results were nothing but outstanding. We would highly recommend Maxine, Susie and the Ray White team to represent any vendor in the sale of their property.Brian & Doreen Clayton
We highly recommend Susie Calderwood and Maxine Lees from Ray White. Their expertise and in-depth knowledge of the local property market saw them put together a well thought out, targeted and defined marketing campaign that realised a fantastic result for our property. During the 3 week campaign Susie and Maxine maintained a high level of communication, via phone and written report to keep us well informed. They also maximised all opportunities for potential buyers to see our property – nothing was too much trouble. We were very happy with the entire marketing campaign and were thrilled with the result they achieved for us at auction. Thank you so much and well done Susie and Maxine.Neil and Karen Brumfit
Together, as a team, Maxine & Susie have performed outstandingly and displayed true professionalism and personal attention to the project of selling my property at Madison on the Square. I thank you both immensely and congratulate you for achieving a positive result and a thoroughly pleasant experience for me. Ray White Ponsonby could not have more worthy ambassadors for its brand and you both deserve the respect and success which you will undoubtedly achieve at Ray White Ponsonby.Colleen Arnold
Thank you for your passion and professionalism throughout our house sale from start to finish – and what a successful outcome! We so appreciated the regular feedback and personal contact during the process and you going the extra mile to ensure the queries from potential purchasers were dealt with effectively to secure the sale of our property within a very short period of time. As competent, committed, results driven professionals we would definitely recommend you as the preferred salesperson for any property sale.Anthea Counsell
Maxine was the agent we used to sell our home recently. I found her to be professional, competent and knowledgable on the market and most importantly, had no doubt they put our best interests first in making the sale process easy and in securing the best possible sale price. From the initial appraisal through to the open homes, the weekly updates on prospective buyers and to auction night. Maxine was honest, forthright and always helpful. I would have no hesitation in recommending Maxine to anyone and I will certainly be using them again in future.Hamish & Katie Forsman
To Whom It May Concern re Maxine Lees & Jack Atherton We lost the real official form On which we should have wrote So you'll just have to do your best To file this shopping note. Well Max & Jack are quite a pair At selling real estate They always watch their Ps & Qs And keep us up-to-date. With this fine pair we bought and sold Our house in the city. Our links with them were lots of fun Cos we were all so witty. In just 10 days the mover calls The end of our all our troubles. We'll settle in, enjoy the view And sip on Cliquot's bubbles. We'll drink a toast to Max'n'Jack Who works with just no fluster. So those Blamires could move with ease Along with their wee Duster.Mike & Pauline Blamires (& Duster)
Dear Maxine – I want to thank you again for the fantastic job you did with the marketing and successful auction sale of our home at 65 Rose Road , Grey Lynn. We had bought a home (conditional on the sale of our home) that we very much wanted to move too. It was important to achieve a certain value for Rose Road to make the deal work and you were equal to the task. Your management skills of the campaign brought the interested parties to the auction and bid to a level that was a favourable outcome for my family. Also keeping us informed during a stressful time was well handled. We would not hesitate to recommend your professional services in the future. All the best.MA & TC Smith