There is a lot to consider when buying a property. We aim to make the process a little easier by providing you with tools and knowledge to make informed decisions.

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What happens when you agree to buy a property?

Financial fees vary greatly, depending on such matters as what percentage of the property value that you will be borrowing, the amount of the loan, the amount of the purchase and which bank you are borrowing funds from.

Buying at auction avoids the often prolonged waiting of the traditional offer/counter-offer negotiation process and uncertainty of what another buyer may be offering. During an auction bids for the property are called in an open arena on a given day and time. If your bid is accepted you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you have purchased at true market value.

When you are ready to write up a contract, the next step is to decide on the price you wish to offer the seller and under what conditions you wish to make the offer.

Inspections of properties take time. We recommend you do not rush or disregard too quickly.
Try not to judge a property from the outside only. Some properties have little or no street appeal, but have much to offer inside. An inspection will confirm your first impression or will pleasantly surprise you.

Knowing your requirements early really helps us help you. Sometimes however, your circumstances and priorities can change. Often, we will check with you to ensure we remain on track.

Investing in real estate long term is one of the most secure and financially rewarding investments you can make.
We can make taking care of your investment easy.

It’s the season most people look forward to all year round & it is also the time where many prospective buyers brave the heat to look for their next home! If you’re thinking of selling, check out these great tips

We all have our own opinions when the best time to list a property is. It has been a long-held belief in the real estate world that the best time is in spring. There is definitely merit to this, but that doesn’t mean you should hold off listing your property as we come into autumn. 

If you’re planning on selling your home, the kitchen is a great place to start to add value. The kitchen is one of those spaces that can make or break the sale for many buyers, but before you make the decision to totally gut your kitchen and start again, here are some tips on how to get the best out of your existing kitchen without breaking the bank.

Decorating with indoor plants is a trend that just won't quit, and for good reason. They bring a home to life, purify the air and add a pop of colour to an otherwise neutral colour scheme. 

Check out this list of fairly low-maintenance indoor plants that love life on the inside.

Ready for the pantry of your dreams? Good news — it’s not as tough as you think it is! You don’t need fancy cabinets or expensive organisation systems to have an efficient kitchen. Here are some easy tips for organising your pantry so it is always looking clean and clutter free

Everyone can do their part for the planet. An eco-friendly lifestyle doesn’t always need to be expensive or involve retrofitting your entire home – It’s as simple as changing your habits a little and finding a sustainable alternative to your everyday household products.

Try these tips for saving the earth and go a little greener in your home and everyday habits:  


There was never any doubt that my husband and I would enlist Deb to market our beloved Churchill Road home. Having observed Deb's work practices and ethics at close hand, we had complete peace of mind knowing Deb would work tirelessly to obtain the best result for us. The outcome was very favourable and although sad to leave our home, Deb managed to find us another home in an unexpected location that we believe has been a good strategic move for our family.

Deb has also very generously advised friends of ours regarding their real estate decisions even if there is no expectation of a listing. Therefore we have no hesitation in recommending Deb as the only choice when listing your home.  We plan to move again in the near future and will enlist Deb once again to assist us through the process.

Ron & Jacinta Brown

Choosing Deb to sell our house was easy – not only was she knowledgeable about the general market, she knew what the market was like for our house.  Not only that, alongside the knowledge and experience she brought to the role, she was just really personable and easy to get along with.

During the time our house was on the market she kept us fully updated on what was going on with the wider market and the impact on the sale of our house.  It was through her persistence and her ability to tap into the wider Harcourts network, that we ended up with multiple offers to consider.  And, for the icing on the cake, we were able to use Deb’s contacts to obtain a rental while our new house is being built.

We would highly recommend Deb to anyone considering selling their house.

Mike & Cherie McCaw

We chose Deb to market our home after talking to a couple of agents from different real estate companies.  Deb was our first choice as she was quick to respond after initial contact and that was how we moved forward.  Deb put everything in place quickly and efficiently from the beginning to the end achieving the result she had promised.  We found Deb and her team to be trustworthy, efficient, always on hand if needed, never failing with a sense of humour. We would not hesitate to use Deb again or recommend her to others.

Charlie & Maggie Prentice

We sold our beautiful home last year through the expert help of Deb and her team.  We approached Deb after meeting her at an open home.  She was friendly, open and very professional.   It was then that we decided she was the person we would like to sell our home through.

Deb was nothing but professional, and we found her communication excellent.  We were so happy with the result and in the process made a lovely friend.

We would recommend Deb to anyone who was looking to get excellent results whether buying or selling a home.


Clayton & Michelle Kimpton

We are very grateful and blessed for meeting Deb through our broker.  Deb made the sale happen for us in less than 3 weeks on the market (4 days before Christmas).  

As first time vendors, we were anxious and unsure of what we would go through but Deb’s expertise combined with her bubbly personality made our experience with the sale stress-free. She provided us with realistic expectations and a lot of helpful tips. All marketing materials were done professionally and in good taste.  Communication was excellent too.


Ryan & Grace Go

Thank you so much Deb for selling our house after just two weeks on the market. We really appreciate the way you handled the marketing, the open homes and the sale with professionalism and also the way we were informed throughout the whole process of what was happening.  Your personality is why you are an amazing salesperson and why we will be recommending you to our friends. (We have already done this!)

Bruce & Vanessa Strang

I have recently sold a house in Murrays Bay.  I hadn’t lived in the home for many years it had been rented so I really didn’t know how to go about finding the right Real Estate Agent.  I knew the property adjacent to mine had sold recently and was able to get the selling agents details which was “Deb McCool” from Harcourts Mairangi Bay.

I met with Deb and was immediately impressed with her professional manner and her resume was very impressive.  As a result of this meeting and listing the property with Deb, my house is sold, the entire process was stress free and I believe a fair sale price was achieved.

Judi Moody

Deb, thank you so much, for making the sale of my mother’s house so easy for us. The marketing plan was great and the quick sale was better than we expected. During what could be quite a stressful time, everything moved along quickly with your guidance and clear, concise communication. Thank you for the better-than-expected result and I will definitely recommend your help to my friends.

Mike Elliott

Deb was a conscientious agent who took on board our situation without filling us with false hopes.  Our property ‘was what it was’ after being damaged by fire, but still a salvageable home.

With Deb’s capable marketing skills, she was able to capture a wide range of potential buyers.  Her scrupulous attention to detail throughout the short marketing period was impeccable and it was her commitment to our property which resulted in an early auction.

We relied on her recommendation to proceed with the early auction, which clearly was the right decision.

Lynn & Philip Lory

We chose Deb to list our Murrays Bay home because she has proven success after many years of selling property on the North Shore and from what we read of her profile on the Harcourts website. And it was very obvious after meeting her for the first time that we had made the right decision.

Throughout the successful promotion and sale of our property, Deb proved herself to be the complete package. We have nothing but the highest of praise in how Deb conducted herself, both with us as vendors, and with all potential buyers. She deserves to be highly rated as a top Harcourts salesperson and we have no hesitation in personally recommending Deb to any prospective vendor.

Peter & Sandra Stacey

After 17 happy years in our home, we reluctantly felt it was time to move on.  We were referred to Deb, who with her absolute undying commitment and very successful marketing strategy, a sale in two weeks was achieved.  We therefore have no hesitation in recommending Deb to anyone who has property to sell.

John & Roberta Murray

Selling a family home is an emotional rollercoaster. Deb’s calm demeanour, coupled with commercial pragmatism, was superb. We always felt like we were in great hands with Deb.

Wayne & Nina Pickup

It has been a pleasure working with Deb. Selling a house is a stressful process.  From our first meeting, we found Deb to be straightforward to deal with, honest and open about the market value of our property, responsive through the open home process and transparent in respect of pre-auction offers.

She proved to be a calm head through the entire process. In summary, should we ever be a position where we are selling a property on the North Shore in the future, we would look no further than Deb, confident that she would act with our best interests at heart.

Jane & Andrew Cochrane

We have bought and sold properties through Deb over the last 6 years and have been thoroughly impressed. Deb has been consistent with a friendly, calm demeanour, ensuring all involved are well informed of the process and timelines. With a solid supply of potential buyers, Deb used innovative ideas to bring potential buyer/vendors together, securing contracts at high, professional standard. Wishing Deb all the best in the future.

Ron & Sally Starnes

We were impressed with Deb’s handling of our successful sale, from the advertising, open days and ultimately, the auction.  Deb’s organised, friendly and professional approach made the whole process easy and met all expectations.

Ross & Barbara Ellery

Thank you so much Deb for selling our house after just two weeks on the market. We really appreciate the way you handled the marketing, the open homes and the sale with professionalism and also the way we were informed throughout the whole process of what was happening. Your personality is why you are an amazing salesperson and why we will be recommending you to our friends…we have already done this!  Once again, thanks!

Bruce and Vanessa Strang

Bruce and Vanessa Strang

We used three real estate agencies over three years to try and sell our property with no success.  We then engaged Deb McCool who very smartly managed to sell for us.  She was fabulous to deal with – always available and replied immediately to all our questions.  Deb is very professional and we can’t recommend her highly enough.

Victoria Wilson & Phillip Cotter

Deb made the difficult journey of selling our home seamless.  She was always available night or day and responded immediately to any queries. Negotiations with overseas buyer and different time zones did not faze her. Excellent service.

Rodger & Gail Mortleman

Deb was very helpful, friendly and professional, going the extra mile to ensure our house sold. We would recommend Deb and her team to all sellers and buyers!  Five star excellent service.

Richard and Janine Presling

Deb was recommended as the best real estate person in the Bays and she was certainly the best for us when we sold our home. She kept us up to date with every development and achieved a result we were very satisfied with. She did this with consideration and good humour – the whole process was almost painless!



Margaret and Tom Fitzsimons

We have been so grateful to Deb for the way in which she handled the marketing and sale of our property and would strongly recommend her services to anyone wishing to sell their home.  Selling and subsequently leaving the home you love can be very traumatic but Deb has made the process so much easier.

Jeanette and David Cox

Deb was recommended to me by a friend. I found her to be professional, knowledgeable and extremely likeable. She was excellent to communicate with and consistent throughout the whole selling process. I am relieved to be able to say that my house has finally sold after a somewhat roller-coaster ride. Thank you Deb for sharing my journey, remaining positive and always being on the end of the phone cheering me on.

Diane Skilton

Deb, thank you very much for your professional advice and giving us support when we needed it. It was a worrying time for our circumstances and you pulled us through. Most importantly you said that you could feel a sale in your bones and indeed it took us going away for a break for you to pull us through.

Wayne & Evelyn McDonald

I found Deb easy to talk to, straightforward, fair, persistent, patient and relaxed.

She has been a pleasure to work with and I have no hesitation in recommending her as a real estate agent.

Anne Lowe

We wish to extend our sincere thanks to Deb McCool for selling our home.  

Her wealth of experience in the real estate industry truly shone through, conducting herself in a very professional manner throughout the whole selling process.

Deb has that unique ability to listen to the client and understand their needs.  Her communication skills are excellent.

She kept us regularly informed, giving us feedback from prospective clients, and when it came to auction time, it could not have run any smoother!

We would highly recommend Deb to anyone considering selling their home as she truly does an exceptional job!

Greg & Bev Wilson