Barfoot & Thompson


PHOTO: SUPPLIED Barfoot & Thompson sells the largest number of houses of any Auckland agency.

For many Aucklanders, Barfoot & Thompson is synonymous with the local property market.

Responsible for just over 40 per cent of the residential property sales in the city by number, the agency recently marked its 96th year in business.

Founder Val Barfoot’s first sale was a bungalow on Maungakiekie Ave, which sold for £1600 in 1923.

The business is still in family hands – third-generation Peter Thompson, appointed in 1997, Kiri Barfoot and Stephen Barfoot serve as directors. Fourth-generation Henry Barfoot is a branch manager in Milford, on the North Shore, and Matt Thompson works in property management.

But while at one point in 1946, the agency slumped to a low of just six sales in a year, it now deals in very big numbers.