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67 Park Street, Moonee Ponds

67 Park Street, Moonee Ponds


By Beverley in Moonee Ponds

Joe Zucco was very forthright and professional in our dealings. He was personable, but
focused, confident, knowledgeable, and most importantly skilled in negotiation and
achieving a sale.
We were very pleased with the sale price and settlement achieved and his attention
throughout the sale process.
I really liked that he would take the time to keep you informed at every step whether it
be a quick text or phone call.

41 Richardson Street, Essendon

41 Richardson Street, Essendon


By Patricia in Essendon

Simon's personal and collaborative manner in guiding us through the journey from presentation and inspections to auction day resulted in a successful outcome for us and exemplified his approach that 'boutique is better'.

2 Grosvenor Street, Moonee Ponds

2 Grosvenor Street, Moonee Ponds


By Carol and Warwick in Moonee Ponds

Tony was great throughout the entire campaign. Punctual, informative, local knowledge, great sense of humour, down to earth and a pleasure to have on our side.

Super reliable and trustworthy with a keen eye for what's going on in the marketplace. It was a pleasure working with Tony from start to finish

74 McPherson Street, Essendon

74 McPherson Street, Essendon


By Bernard in Essendon

He Did Exactly What He Promised!
I certainly would recommend Simon. He sat down at the start of the selling process, explained everything clearly, up front and was clear, concise and did not fluff or exaggerate. He has an easy-going approach, instils confidence and is a very experienced and competent Auctioneer.
I highly recommend Simon. He is an honest, up front, pleasant, hardworking bloke.
Good Job Simon.

5a Braemar Street, Essendon

5a Braemar Street, Essendon


By John in Essendon

Real Estate Agents You Can Trust

We chose Simon Cookson and McDonald Upton Real Estate as we had previously dealt with them and found them to be trustworthy and professional.
Once again, we were not disappointed and a successful sale was accomplished.

Thank you to Simon and the team.

2c Morton Street, Essendon

2c Morton Street, Essendon


By Maureen in Essendon

Wonderful Agents
Paul was lovely to deal with from the first meeting till the day of auction. His calm and informative manner was professional and appreciated.
Tony was a pleasure to deal with from our first meeting till the successful auction day.
His positive and professional attitude throughout the campaign was greatly appreciated.

3 Riverview Road, Essendon

3 Riverview Road, Essendon


By Andrew and Hariklia in ESSENDON

Great Agent!
Joe was such a pleasant surprise, he was very genuine and attentive to our needs.
Nothing was too hard and very respectful when we were making our decision.
He was honest and a great gentleman, we highly recommend him.

20/32 Napier Street, Essendon

20/32 Napier Street, Essendon


By John and Jen in Essendon

A Top Notch Agent
Simon has a great knowledge of the business and I would highly recommend him to all concerned.

10/10 Ardoch Street, Essendon

10/10 Ardoch Street, Essendon


By Maree and Dean in Essendon

Thank you, Joe!
Thank you for such an easy sale of our property. Your communication and
direct approach for all involved made this such a smooth transaction. Your
advice throughout the campaign was spot on.
We wouldn't use anyone else!

6 Prefect Street Strathmore

6 Prefect Street Strathmore


By Silvana and Nicholas in Strathmore

We decided to use Paul McDonald Real Estate to sell our home in Prefect Street in May 2016. We had bought the home from Paul in 1994, rebuilt it from scratch in 2000 and it served us faithfully for 22 years. Initially we were very worried about selling as we had many small jobs to do around the house and were very worried about getting tradesmen. We spoke to Paul and he said “But that’s what we do!” Well, we had no idea that this could all be arranged and overseen by the agent and could be completed in 2 weeks ……. geez! The lovely Caroline turned up to manage the works, organise to “show” the house and make sure everything went smoothly. Carpet, painting, tile work, plumbing, electrical and cabinet repair. But hang on……the pricing seemed incredibly low and certainly less than we could have arranged in such a tight timeframe. Suddenly the house was on the market glowing in its new paint, new carpet and new matching furniture. Liz did all the back-room detail, Julia was organising inspections, Paul gave us instant feedback on each inspection. Then the big day arrived! We were a bit concerned about Paul’s new beard but there he was out the front extolling the virtues of our lovely home. The price reached was what we were after, more importantly it was purchased by a lovely couple with a young family who we were convinced would look after the house for years to come. What a professional experience, we never thought a real estate agent would offer all those extra services and make what is a nervy experience seem so simple.

We would highly recommend Paul and his incredible team to anyone, but particularly people who need that extra service to list their home…. and maybe, in time, Paul might even trim that beard!

Silvana and Nicholas

17 Marsden Avenue Pascoe Vale South

17 Marsden Avenue Pascoe Vale South


By Pina in Pascoe Vale South

Dear Paul
I sincerely thank you and your team for managing the sale of my home.
Your professional and calming demeanour eased my stress levels, so could you imagine what I normally would have been like?

You’re a true professional which is a testament to your success.
Thank you
Pina.

17 Vanberg Road Essendon

17 Vanberg Road Essendon


By Chris and Beti in ESSENDON

Hi Julia,
We would like to thank Julia Murphy and Paul McDonald for the way they conducted the recent sale of our home. We've now had the pleasure of dealing with them a second time, during both the purchase of a property and sale of our family home via an auction campaign. Julia made it a painless exercise from our end with little intrusion into our daily lives, even with a toddler! She was accommodating at all times and made the selling experience less stressful than originally anticipated! We couldn't have been happier with the result and would have no hesitation in recommending Julia and McDonald Upton to anyone considering the sale of their property.

A sincere thank you!

Chris and Beti Guardabascio

8 Daly Street Gisborne

8 Daly Street Gisborne


By Michael and Marion in Gisborne

At our first meeting with Paul McDonald he outlined a comprehensive scenario to sell our house. This included:
· Full costs for advertising and commissions,
· the decision to go to auction,
· a four week timeline including “Open House dates” through to auction and introduction to the Sales team.
From the first open house through to the auction the sales plan did not miss a beat and we were personally surprised at the number of potential purchasers on each occasion. This was in contrast to my observations of real estate sales in Gisborne: it is not unusual for properties to be on the market for 6 months however the McDonald Real Estate sales campaign was unlike the typical Gisborne promotion in that they recognised a market for the property existed outside Gisborne and they promoted the sale accordingly. We were particularly impressed with the attention to detail and the additional hours put into the sales process by Paul and Simone Tramontana. They were punctual, kept us informed and were always available for advice. With so much attention to detail it was not surprising in retrospect that the auction was a resounding success.

We would confidently recommend Simone and Paul to anyone selling in Gisborne.

Michael and Marion Plunkett

18 Vanberg Road Essendon

18 Vanberg Road Essendon


By Alan in ESSENDON

On the recommendation of a friend, I recently chose McDonald Upton to act as my agent to sell my Essendon home. I was very impressed with how McDonald Upton guided me through each stage of the sale process, as well as their business like approach.

I'd particularly like to thank Tony Clark for his help, his very professional attention to detail and how he handled the auction.

Best regards
Alan

14 Peterleigh Grove Essendon

14 Peterleigh Grove Essendon


By David, Deb and Jen in Essendon

Hi Tony and Paul,
We wanted to thank you for your wonderful efforts and support during the sale of our family home. It was hard for our family to let go of the house but knowing the sale was in such capable hands really helped to put our minds at ease.

Tony we particularly appreciated your encouraging and supportive approach and Paul thank you for your wonderful talent at the auction!

Warm regards,
David, Deb and Jen

27 Mackay Street Essendon

27 Mackay Street Essendon


By Val in ESSENDON

Towards the end of last year I began to consider the timing of when to downsize. Following very strong property valuations from three agencies, I decided to put my beautiful home on the market. While all agencies were extremely professional, choosing the agency to manage my sale came down to two or three key factors. First, having known Simon Cookson from whom I originally purchased this property, I felt his professional style could accommodate my intention to be fully involved in the process. His manner was respectful of my efforts to present my home to a high standard, as well as being prepared to listen to my reading of the market based on various sources of data. So, I felt we could work very well together. Simon reported regularly on progress and answered my questions honestly. The support staff at McDonald Upton managed all the marketing arrangements and processes seamlessly and communication with me was 100% and faultless. As the campaign drew to a close, I felt Simon was doing everything possible to maximise market awareness, to make himself available to answer queries as they arose, as well as to gauge the quality of the matches of the needs of those interested in the property and what the property has to offer. We were on the same page by auction day about the realistic pricing to expect and we were both clear about the process we would follow. The auction ran smoothly and the outcome was excellent for all parties concerned. These decisions are so important.

Thank you for all your assistance.
Val

27 Dublin Avenue Strathmore

27 Dublin Avenue Strathmore


By Karen and Stephen in Strathmore

To Paul McDonald and Simone Tramontana,
On behalf of Karen and myself, I would like to congratulate McDonald Upton Real Estate on the professionalism in providing their expertise on our Family Home of the last 17 years. The idea of getting ready to sell was very overwhelming and then we spoke with a few agents and I still couldn’t get the feel for what was the right way to go. I was recommended to speak to Paul through word of mouth recommendations and that is when I first met Paul and Simone.
Instantly, Karen and I got this comfortable feeling that things would be in experienced and capable hands. Paul explained in our meetings how things would work and through the following weeks that is exactly what took place. Simone was very thoughtful in her ideas and took a real personal involvement in our property. My family is personally involved in fundraising to build a house for young adults living with disabilities. Thanks largely to a very sizeable personal donation form Paul McDonald we are well on our way to achieving that reality.

I would have no hesitation in recommending McDonald Upton Real Estate to anyone in the future. I would be happy to discuss anything pertaining to McDonald Upton Real Estate if you would like to contact me personally.

Kind regards,
Karen and Stephen McGowan

167 Pascoe Vale Road Moonee Ponds

167 Pascoe Vale Road Moonee Ponds


By Jo in MOONEE PONDS

Paul
Just wanted to say a big , big thank you to you and your team.
Julia – what can I say, just a beautiful girl. Mitch – what a soulful human being (I just love him) and you can tell him so. A great asset Paul. Well this will be my last hurrah so I guess there will be no more selling of properties for me.

Thank you once again Paul and I know you and your team did your level best for me.
Jo

7 Hillsyde Parade Strathmore

7 Hillsyde Parade Strathmore


By Greg and Nicky in Strathmore

Hi Paul and Nicole
What a fantastic result from you both and your team. We want to put on record our sincere thanks to you. Every part of our sale was handled professionally. Liz had some issues with the sign writer, but fixed them and then confirmed the outcomes with us. Nicole and Simone always rang to confirm appointments. Nicole almost spent a week at the house showing people through. The team got to know Arthur our sleepy old dog and we had no issues. The quality of the group of buyers were the type of people we wanted to have purchase our family home and the end buyer we feel will keep this house as a family home. We thought the auction ran perfectly, other than Paul’s bad one liner jokes. One best point of difference you have Paul is that at the auction you are pleasant and you do not yell or shout at people. Others yell all the way through the auctions, and make all bidders and sellers nervous.

We would be completely happy to recommend your company to other buyers and sellers.

Well done and thanks again,
Greg Baines and Nicky Ross.

74 McPherson Street Essendon (Property Advocate)

74 McPherson Street Essendon (Property Advocate)


By Bernard Lawry in ESSENDON

Dear Simon,
I would like to express my gratitude and congratulations to you for the way you handled the sale campaign for 74 McPherson Street, Essendon. I have been a property advocate for the past 16 years and during that time I have dealt with hundreds of real estate agents. Some good and some bad. It was a pleasure to work with you over the campaign, your honesty and direct no nonsense advice was a breath of fresh air and you carried out your role exactly as you said you would at the time you were appointed to sell the home. Your care and concern for the vendor’s expectations were much appreciated by our vendors especially as this had been their family home for the past 31 years and it was quite an emotional decision for them to sell. You acted professionally and your advice was honest and sound. Your auction style was relaxed and encouraging to buyers and right up there with the best.

I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending you to prospective vendors and I hope that I will have the opportunity to use your services in the future.

All the very best
Bernard Lawry CEA - Principal Partner Advocate

26 Brewster Street Essendon

26 Brewster Street Essendon


By Tracie and Darryl in ESSENDON

To Julia and Simon,
Thank you it was an absolute pleasure to deal with you and the team at McDonald Upton. A good result is not only the price achieved at auction, but the whole process itself. We felt so comfortable throughout the campaign, we were always updated and well informed. Our experience with Simon was one of honesty, integrity and professionalism. His knowledge and advice is first class. Julia thank you for all your assistance. We were confident we had appointed the right agent to market our home, your enthusiasm in the home and campaign was genuine. Our dealings go back to the purchase of Brewster Street, and if we were to stay in the area, without a doubt, we would entrust your services again. Your communication skills, support and services are standout.
We cannot thank you both enough for all your efforts.

We would highly recommend McDonald Upton Real Estate. Boutique is Better!

Tracie and Darryl

18 Lorraine Street Essendon

18 Lorraine Street Essendon


By Paul and Nicola in ESSENDON

We recently listed and sold our home in Essendon. We appointed Tony Clark of McDonald Upton Real Estate to manage the process. We found the whole team at McDonald Upton extremely professional and helpful and “honest” which is rather refreshing in the Real Estate game! Tony led the team and did a terrific job, we were kept well informed during the entire process and the campaign played out exactly as Tony said it would. We felt very comfortable working with Tony and the McDonald Upton team. Tony did his best to achieve a great price on auction day – he delivered as we had hoped and as he expected. It was a pleasure dealing with Tony through the campaign. His approach was open and warm but still very professional and his attention to detail was excellent. It was very apparent through the campaign that he had built good relationships with potential buyers that no doubt helped us achieve the desired result on auction day but also delivered a good result for the buyer.

We would highly recommend any potential seller to appoint Tony and the McDonald Upton team to help through the your sales campaign.

Paul & Nicola

34 Lincoln Road Essendon

34 Lincoln Road Essendon


By Pam Hallett in ESSENDON

I recently listed my home with McDonald Upton Real Estate, with my agent being Simon Cookson. While selling my family home of 39 years could have been a daunting experience, Simon was able to guide me through this “journey” with sensitivity, humour and a wealth of experience. Not only does he have a great knowledge of the local and surrounding area, but his “people skills” are excellent – he is an effective communicator who works hard to achieve the best outcomes for both the seller and buyer. Simon communicated with me on a regular basis – I felt fully informed and listened to at every stage of the process. He also ensured that his team at McDonald Upton were fully aware of the progress of the sale and each member of the team was extremely helpful and very professional. The advertising campaign that was put in place was effective, targeting a wide range of potential buyers through different media, with the quality of material produced of an excellent standard. The company promotes itself as offering a personalised customer service and that is certainly what I experienced. I would highly recommend Simon and the McDonald Upton team to any prospective seller or potential buyer and wouldn’t hesitate to use their services in the future.

Thank you Simon and the McDonald Upton Team.
Pam Hallett

48 Hoddle Street, Essendon

48 Hoddle Street, Essendon


By Michael and Cyraine Duncan in Essendon

Having had a family back ground in real estate (my late father was an estate agent for 50 years) we were more than satisfied to let Tony and Paul run the show. We never had an occasion to second guess them.
Their communication with us was first class. We obtained our price with the correct strategy from Paul McDonald on Auction Day.

We have no hesitation in recommending McDonald Upton Real Estate in particular Tony Clark to prospective vendors.

1 Levien Street Essendon

1 Levien Street Essendon


By Jason and Julie in Essendon

Many thanks Nicole for all your efforts selling Levien Street, we appreciate all that you did for us.

7 William Street, Essendon

7 William Street, Essendon


By Brett & Kellie in Essendon

My wife and I wanted three things from the real estate agents who were going to sell our our beautiful home, honesty, integrity and to be kept informed of the progress, and we are pleased to say we received all those things and a whole lot more! We did a considerable amount of enquiring with friends and acquaintances prior to selling and the one name that kept on coming up was Paul McDonald, so we met with Paul to discuss the process. From the outset Paul and his fantastic team LISTENED to what WE wanted, identified and implemented a strategy to sell our home at our price, and that is exactly what they did!
We did not want "open home" inspections where you inevitably have people through your home with no intention of buying, Paul and his team petted potential buyers and the every inspection was organised and completed with the upmost professionalism and respect for us, even the predicted time line for sale was accurate, and most importantly they did not renege or talk down. the price we wanted and to our delight, it was achieved!

We were so impressed with Paul and his team, there is only one company that we will use when we buy or sell again.

90 Athol Street Moonee Ponds

90 Athol Street Moonee Ponds


By Nathan Cuscadden in Essendon

Hi Simon,
Thanks again for the great work in closing the sale on our property. Sarah and I are stoked that we could get a great deal done with so little pain.
Our previous experiences selling a property have been a nightmare compared to this and we're very impressed with the services you have provided on behalf of McDonald Upton.

3/972 Mt Alexander Road Essendon (under bidder)

3/972 Mt Alexander Road Essendon (under bidder)


By Raghu and Darshi in Essendon

We just wanted to email you about how genuine and pleasant Simone was to deal with during our attempted purchase of 3/972 Mount Alexander Road.
We were quiet upset at missing out on the property but Simone was lovely enough to keep in touch and even help us with property finding or general advice. This was something she didn't need to do especially considering the sale was over but it was a testament to Simone's genuine and thoughtful nature that she went above her call of duty in aiding us. Property hunting can be hard on even the most experienced let alone inexperienced first home buyers. We feel truly grateful to have met and come to know Simone over these last few weeks. She feels now more like a friend to us. We hope to deal with her for future sales and would definitely recommend her to friends and family without second thought. We just wanted to take the time to write this short testimonial to thank Simone.

66 Buckley Street Essendon

66 Buckley Street Essendon


By Barb and Karl in Essendon

Thank you very much for your advice and support leading up to the sale of our place. And a special commendation for the auction itself. We would love to buy our next home through you!

22 Tweedside Street Essendon

22 Tweedside Street Essendon


By Michael and Marah in Essendon

Dear Nicole and team
We would like to pass on our sincere thanks to you all for recently selling our house at 22 Tweedside Street Essendon. We had sold our previous home through McDonald Upton Real Estate many years ago, so when the time came to sell again, the decision on which agent we were going to engage to sell again was simple.
Nicole and the team made the whole process run smoothly. We were kept informed throughout the whole campaign and Nicole would call us after each inspection and was always available to take our calls whenever we had any questions. We were quite impressed at the high level of communication.
The team appeared relaxed on auction day which helped us to ease our nerves, and our auctioneer, Simon, gave us a great final result, which was beyond what we expected.
Thank you to Nicole and the team, we will definitely be recommending your services to our family and friends.

The friendliest and most helpful team

The friendliest and most helpful team


By Lisa in Coburg

From the get go, I was told by my boss that "I wont find a more honest real estate agent than McDonald Upton" and my boss is a man that has the highest standards, in fact at times quite impossible. He was right Paul is not your stereotypical real estate agent and his manner filters through to his team. I found my experience quite painless which helped ease the stress of selling and buying, There is really a lot I can say about my experience with McDonald Upton Real Estate.
I was never pushed into doing things I didn’t want to do e.g. I didn’t want to re-stump, paint and lots of other things that would probably help to sell my house, I really didn’t want to renovate which is why I wanted to sell, let someone else do it. I appreciated not having pressure put on me. I realized it would be a tough job to sell as is but we did and I was happy with the result even though it wasn’t the best mar-ket to sell in.
All my dealings whether it be by phone or if I called in, I was greeting with the friendliest and most helpful team. I felt like I was dealing with friends not a business. Also being invited to the movies weeks after the sale and purchase shows good "after sales" service.
Thanks again Clare for everything you and the team did for me.

A non-stressful approach to selling your house

A non-stressful approach to selling your house


By Anna Green in Aberfeldie Street Moonee Ponds

When it came time to sell our house after 20years, the decision of which real estate to choose was the easy part. McDonald Upton sold us our house way back in 1988. What struck me then about Paul were his honesty and his accuracy in determining the market value of both the property we had purchased and the property we sold. Over the years I maintained contact with Paul in looking at other houses in the area and gauging what our house was valued at.

Early in March 2011 we found a dream property to purchase but needed an accurate valuation of our house to decide what our spending limit was. Paul came over that day and discussed all the possibilities with us and went through an outline of what was required to put our house on the market. This first initial contact allayed our anxieties and allowed us to be-lieve this was feasible.
The following Saturday I contacted Paul to inform him we were successful in purchasing our dream property and needed to proceed with putting our house on the market as we were leaving for Europe in 5 weeks. So you can imagine the pressure cooker we were in. Paul was over in the afternoon and spent several hours in discussing the selling process. He provided us with numerous contacts in preparing the house for sale. All of the contacts he gave us were fabulous and provided a prompt, efficient and highly professional service at very reasonable McDonald Upton’s team were terrific from answering our numerous phone calls and in keep-ing us well informed along the way. We went to auction and got the result Paul said we would get! Even better we went to Europe stress free!
McDonald Upton real estate provides a non-stressful approach to selling your house, with ac-curacy in determining market value. Paul’s interest in you as a person continues pre, during and posts the selling/buying of your property. My experience in dealing with Paul in 1988 and again in 2011 has been positive. I would highly recommend McDonald Upton real estate to all those thinking of selling their house.

Honesty in assessing our home’s potential

Honesty in assessing our home’s potential


By Peter and Bronwen Stephens in Essendon

We would like to thank you and all your colleagues at McDonald Upton for your assistance in selling our house.
Your professionalism, ready availability and feedback were all greatly appreciated. Your advice regarding presentation of the house and suggestions regarding others who could assist us were also valuable.
The most important attributes for us however were your honesty in assessing our house’s potential and your ability to obtain what we regard as a very good price in a market that is uncertain.
We expected the sale period to be very stressful but in the main that wasn’t the case and we must thank you in large measure for that.
Yours sincerely,
Peter and Bronwen Stephens
97 Lincoln Road Essendon

Understanding our situation

Understanding our situation


By John & Pauline Laverick on behalf of Nellie Spottiswoode in Essendon

We would like to thank the team at McDonald Upton Real Estate for the successful sale of our Sister In-Law’s home.
It was a stressful time for Nellie when she realised that she could no longer live on her own and needed to move to a more assisting environment. It was probably just as stressful for us when we were given the task of finding an agent who understood Nellie’s situation and not blind us with high expectations and sales hype.
We contacted several agents and listened to what they had to offer, but, when Simon Cookson walked through our door and sat down with the three of us, we knew immediately we had found the agency we were looking for.
Simon’s manner, approach and understanding of Nellie’s situation put us at ease as the procedure was explained to us and the fact that we were dealing with the person who would be handling the whole sale process through to, and including, the auction.
We were more than satisfied with the auction result and have no hesitation in recommending McDonald Upton Real Estate to anyone contemplating the sale of their property.

13 Riverview Road Essendon

13 Riverview Road Essendon


By Leigh Penberthy in Essendon

My wife Cheryl and I wanted to thank you and your team for a job well done in the selling of 13 Riverview Road Essendon. When we looked around we chose McDonald Upton Real Estate for a number of quite simple reasons, these include the following;
We wanted a small boutique agent that would give us the level of support, service and options available a larger agency couldn't provide
We wanted the agent to listen to us and what it was that concerned us, as well as assist us in finding alternative solutions.
We wanted an agency to think strategically and offer tactical opportunities that were designed to get a positive result.
Finally we wanted an agency that we felt we could trust and look after our best interests when selling our home.
These were and still are the reasons why we chose McDonald Upton Real Estate and why we would recommend to anyone the levels of service, support and integrity on offer through the agency.

Thanks again and as always well done on achieving such a great result.

8 Sapphire Street Essendon West

8 Sapphire Street Essendon West


By Samantha Vivian in Essendon

Dear Paul,
On behalf of my family thank you so much for everything you and your amazing team did handling the recent sale of our parents home. As you would be aware this has been a very emotional time for our family and we are very grateful for the wonderful service provided by your team. The communication and support given to us was amazing and we would have no hesitation in recommending your services to others. Having worked in customer service for a long time now I am very aware of what makes a memorable experience ! It is your people!

Thank you Paul McDonald Real Estate !! I would highly recommend you to others!
Kind regards

Boutique is indeed Better.

Boutique is indeed Better.


By Jim and Val Saunders in Essendon

A note to thank you all for your efficient handling of the recent sale of our property in Thomson Street.
We greatly appreciated your sensitive approach, straightforward advice, regular feedback and personalised service during the period of our sale.
After a five week campaign, our home sold on auction day for a price that we had hoped for and which you advised was realistic.
Your competency has convinced us that we were right to select your company and that Boutique is indeed Better. We have already recommended you to friends who are considering selling in the not too distant future and will readily suggest your company to others.
Many thanks, may your success continue.

17 Levien Street Essendon (Purchaser)

17 Levien Street Essendon (Purchaser)


By Jam Hibberd in Essendon

Although some time has now past—I would like to let you know about the positive experience I have had with your Agency and your staff.
In each and every dealing that I had with the range of people who work with and for you, I can only state how much I felt that I was indeed a client who would be listened to and dealt with respectfully.
In particular, and with great appreciation, I would like to thank Simon Cookson for the considerable effort that he expended on my behalf. Simon was never too busy to take my calls or to answer the many questions with which I bombarded him. There were many times that I know he was busy, yet he did make me feel that I was the important client to him. He was at all times considerate of my home and my feelings around the sale of my home which, of course as you know, can sometimes be a rocky path. I felt that Simon was able to balance the very fine line between being a confidant to me in this undertaking, as well as maintaining the appropriate business inscrutability that must be required to successfully manage these transactions. I would be most happy to personally attest to the experience that I had with your Agency and I would have no hesitation to use your company again.

Kindest regards and thank you

PS. I liked the relationship so much that I stuck with Simon and bought another house from him!

24 Kernan Street Strathmore

24 Kernan Street Strathmore


By Greg Bird (and Family) in 24 Kernan Street Strathmore

I can clearly understand why my father engaged your services for all of his previous property sales in the local area; you certainly appear to have a great understanding of the Moonee Ponds, Essendon and Strathmore property markets, and this shows through in the fuss free, open and honest discussions you had with us throughout our dealings. It would be my privilege to endorse your services and expertise to others, and I have no hesitation to recommend that anyone looking to sell (or buy!) a property should consider the Paul McDonald “Boutique is Better “ experience!

Warm regards and genuine thanks – once again.

In capable hands

In capable hands


By Peter & Cathy Jeffrey in Essendon

This is just a short note to thank you all for the professional manner in which you sold our house. As you are well aware selling a house is a big step in most people’s lives especially when it has been home for the past twenty five years. For us, we felt we were in very capable hands from the very first day.
Your initial visit was informative and the advice offered regarding preparing a house for sale was realistic and much appreciated. It was obvious you worked as an effective team and this was particularly evident on the day of the auction.
Nicole, we really appreciated the number of phone calls you made to us to update on how each open house went. You knew the buyers and their interests. All our phone calls were answered promptly and we were never made to feel we were wasting your time. We feel you were realistic, presenting all scenarios and offering possibilities along the way. The idea of standing outside on auction day was fantastic even if it was a little nerve wracking! We were so pleased to have been part of action and sharing it with friends and family.
We are delighted, than an experience such as selling our house, which could have become a very stressful event, was managed by your team in such an efficient manner. Our sincere thanks to each of you and we would be happy to recommend your services to our family and friends. What else can we say but "Boutique is Better".

Best In the Business

Best In the Business


By Johnny & Norta Mazza in 72 Forrester Street Essendon

Dear Paul and Sales Team, thank you for all your help and guidance in the successful sale of our home in Essendon.

Your advice and knowledge is the best in the business!

A quality agency

A quality agency


By Christopher King and Heidi Drummer in Pascoe Vale South

Dear Paul and Nicole,
Heidi and I just wanted to let you know how pleased we were with your agency's guidance through our recent auction campaign, and with the responsive support by your broader agency staff, in particular, Liz. What a champ!
The weekly meetings and 'on-the fly' discussions we had, provided us with peace of mind and a strong sense of vendor-agent partnership in the sale of our home. The additional specialist and décor consultancy services with which we were provided, enhanced the look and feel of the property. Passers-by even commented how lovely the house looked!
Having heard of your reputation as a quality agency and now having experienced it as vendors, we would have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending your boutique services to one and all. It was a pleasure to be associated with Paul McDonald Real Estate.

Pleasant and Professional

Pleasant and Professional


By David and Judy Dippie in Essendon

As you are aware we gave a lot of consideration choosing between your company and one of the local major companies to sell our home. Both presentations were professional; your estimates of the probable price, commission and advertising approach were similar. In the end the choice apparent was between the safety of a large company where we would be one of the many customers or the personal service of a smaller company.
We were very pleased with the way that you and your staff looked after our sale. Having your entire team visit our home made them aware of what we had to offer and the personal contact we had with them was pleasant and professional. We felt at all times that they cared about selling our home.
While the viewing process is disruptive we felt your team did as much as possible to keep us informed and make it easy. Your personal performance at the auction was excellent, which is probably the way that most people feel when they get an excellent result.
However it was only after the sale when trying to buy a home that we began to understand the difference. Many of the homes we were interested in were advertised at the wrong time. When we contacted the office when no-one had appeared at the advertised time, often no-one could tell us when the correct viewing time was. This approach did nothing to inspire us to make a second visit and we felt sorry for the home owners who were being poorly represented.
When you are all using a similar marketing approach success depends on how you handle the enquiry, which appears to be the key to the way you run your business.
We wish to thank you and your team for their help and wish you well for the future.

2c Wilson Street Moonee Ponds

2c Wilson Street Moonee Ponds


By Irene Sawczak in Moonee Ponds

Dear Julia,
Thank you so much for your professionalism and thoughtful planning in getting my property ready for market as well as seeing it through the selling campaign. I cannot thank you enough. I’m sure the brilliant result was evidence of your hard work and the professionalism of your boutique real estate company. I certainly will sing the praises of your company whenever I get the chance. Thank you again.
Irene Sawczak

76 Park Street Moonee Ponds

76 Park Street Moonee Ponds


By Margaret Dodd in Moonee Ponds

After speaking at length with several agents, our family selected Simon Cookson to handle the sale of our family home and we felt throughout that this had been a sound choice. Simon understood the sensitivities involved in selling a home which had been owned by the family for over 100 years, and the dynamics of having four adult siblings needing to make joint decisions. He communicated well with all of us, providing a very clear and thorough briefing on how the sale process and eventually the auction would be handled. On the day, the outcome was excellent and we cannot commend the Simon and the Paul McDonald team highly enough.

Margaret Dodds

2 Henshall Road Strathmore

2 Henshall Road Strathmore


By Kate & Peter in Strathmore

Dear Simon, Paul, Julia and Liz -Peter, our girls and myself would like to thankyou all for the care and professional manner you showed to us during our campaign. We are grateful for your hard work as a team which resulted in the sale of our loved home. We will strongly recommend you to all the other ‘downsizers’ but I feel Simon, the way you conducted our auction on Saturday any interested party will already have your name in their contacts.

Well done!

I made the right choice

I made the right choice


By Ron in Essendon

Julia,I would like to take this opportunity the thank you for your assistance in the sale of our family home. When looking for a Real Estate Agent the basic offers are very similar, so I look for what makes me more comfortable, your confidence is very professional, your honesty, not only to me but I feel that you would be the same when talking to a prospective buyer, the reports after each open house convinced me that I made the right choice.On the day of the Auction your electrifying personality just sparked everybody into action,the buyers felt that they were buying a great property and just kept bidding and my whole family were buzzing with excitement, what a great day and what a great result!
Thank you once again

A fantastic result above our expectations.

A fantastic result above our expectations.


By Matt and Lisa in Strathmore Heights

All at McDonald Upton Real Estate.Boutique is better? Couldn’t agree more. Over the 4-5 weeks we had some form of communication with every member of your small team. More directly our dealings with Joe and Julia were of a professional yet relaxed manner. We were somewhat hesitant after seeing online the majority of your listings were above the million dollar price tag, however throughout the whole campaign we were made to feel like our humble little three bedroom home was the only one that mattered.Prompt feedback after every open kept us more than informed as to how many “interested” parties attended, not just how many, how many “interested”.Being able to somehow organise a sunny 21 degree day in August no doubt also helped us achieve a fantastic result above our expectations.

Great understanding and kindness

Great understanding and kindness


By Marilyn Presnail in Avondale Heights

Dear Simon, Nicole & staff at McDonald Upton I recently had to sell my Mother's house and right from the first meeting I knew that these were the Agents for us. I was most impressed by their presentation, appearance, experience and professionalism. Both Simon and Nicole were very sensitive to the needs of an 83 year old who was selling her home after more than 50 years. They showed great understanding and kindness to her. With their advice, I achieved a sale in a flat market which suited me and the buyer, allowing plans for my Mother to proceed. I would have no hesitation in recommending McDonald Upton Real Estate to anyone. I wish them all the best in a competitive business and I'm sure that their delivery of service will bring success in the future.

180 The Boulevard Essendon

180 The Boulevard Essendon


By Marie and Terry O’Connor in Essendon

Simon it was a pleasure to work with you in selling our home in Essendon. The professional manner in which you demonstrated your earnest, efficient and exemplary business ethics were noted and greatly appreciated. You were always so keen and willing to do whatever had to be done and in so many ways helped to take the stress out of selling.

We thank you so much for a job well done.

A very big thank you to all at McDonald Upton Real Estate.

A very big thank you to all at McDonald Upton Real Estate.


By Jeanette Lyons in Keilor East

Hi Paul,
I would like to thank you for your support and help in regards to the sale of Mum's house in Brees Road. Yourself and Nicole have made the sale process seem less stressful. After living in the house for nearly 30 years Mum has had some reservations but with the reassurance from yourself and Nicole and with the follow ups to myself and Mum we always felt we were involved with sale proc-ess and kept up to date.
Your staff at the office are truly wonderful and caring and show a genuine interest in assisting us during the sale process.

Once again a very big thank you to all at Paul McDonalds Real Estate.

Professional but personal approach

Professional but personal approach


By Dean and Toni Warren in 4 Danin Street Pascoe Vale

Dean and I want to personally thank Nicole Barrow for the outstanding result achieved with the sale of our property. Living interstate, Nicole went that extra mile by helping to organise & prepare our house for sale. Meetings with Dean at his Melbourne office from the initial enquiry stage through to the signing of documents was never a problem. We appreciated that Nicole was always contactable and if not our calls were returned promptly. We were always well informed and involved with the progress of marketing and enquiries. I can't give enough praise for the outstanding service that was provided. Paul McDonald Real Estate’s boutique style of selling really worked for us. It was professional but personal at the same time. Nicole, it was such a pleasure to work with an honest, professional and truly lovely person.
I would like to mention that it was also a pleasure to deal with the girls in the office. Dean and I have already started promoting Paul McDonald Real Estate to our fellow friends in Melbourne.
Thanks again to all… and we will pull out the champagne on settlement date!!

Smooth Sailing

Smooth Sailing


By Rita Del Ciotto in Essendon

I cannot express in words how pleased l am with your team. You have made the process of selling our family home an unstressful experience, your never ending ability to always please me has been felt along the entire journey and your industry knowledge is outstanding. I am forever grateful. I stand firm in that, I chose one of the best Real-estate Agencies that Essen-don and District has to offer.
Your "Boutique" style approach to sales made me feel special and the way you marketed my home was first class, you were able to draw an overwhelming amount of genuine interest thus obtaining the best price possible. It was obvious throughout the sales process that people trust and value your opinion as I do.
Nicole l can't thank you enough with putting up with some of my more difficult moments, espe-cially when l was overseas and oblivious as to what was happening and making myself not eas-ily available. You were a real trooper and soldiered on to achieve a great result.
Paul thanks for our regular meetings. You always made me feel that it was smooth sailing; you answered all my questions patiently and took proactive measures to deal with any situation that would arise.
Impressive, friendly, honest, understanding knowledgeable and humble sums up the Paul McDonald team. Great job all.

6 Norfolk Street Moonee Ponds

6 Norfolk Street Moonee Ponds


By Luisa and Anthony in MOONEE PONDS

Hi Paul, Anthony and I would like to extend our sincere thanks to yourself, Julia and your team. We are extremely happy with the result and we both feel that our campaign was in the best of hands at all times. Everybody we dealt with was friendly, professional and reassuring which made a very daunting experience far less stressful for us. We would certainly recommend pmcdre to family and friends without hesitation!
Warmest regards
Luisa and Anthony

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