Testimonials

Ben and his staff with whom we interacted very helpful and efficient as well as empathetic to our needs.

Ben recently sold our old home in the Auckland RUB zone as well as finding us a new one in Albany. Throughout the whole process, we found both Ben and his staff with whom we interacted very helpful and efficient as well as empathetic to our needs. Ben has a lot of sales experience within […]

Ben recently sold our old home in the Auckland RUB zone as well as finding us a new one in Albany.

Throughout the whole process, we found both Ben and his staff with whom we interacted very helpful and efficient as well as empathetic to our needs.

Ben has a lot of sales experience within a number of environs as well as his 10 years within the real estate space which was definitely very apparent in the energetic, professional and knowledgeable manner in which he conducted himself throughout.

We had several long conversations where Ben displayed high levels of integrity as well as being prepared to give us candid comment when he considered our approach to possibly not to be ideal.

Ben emphasised throughout that his primary objective was to get the best price for his vendors which was very well highlighted during our negotiations for the house we purchased through him.

One of the most pleasing aspects of our experience with Wallace & Stratton has been within the post sales period where I have required a range of supplementary information to be sourced through them to which they have responded quickly and effectively i.e. definitely not a question of “we’ve got our fees so on to the next sale”.

Finally, we spoke to a number of agents as well as one or two consulting engineers regarding what the current status of the RUB zone is and from all of those contacted Wallace & Stratton and Ben in particular demonstrated a greatly elevated knowledge of the prevailing scenario than all of the others; as well as a superior understanding of how best to promote and sell properties within the zone; Wallace & Stratton therefore, from our perspective, appear to be “ the only game in town” for anyone wishing to seal that area.

I am a sales & marketing professional of 25 years so these comments are offered from a position of personal experience and from someone who will not accept less than optimal customer service.


Adrian & Jane Burden

Matthew. His service, professionalism, knowledge and skills were second to none.

If you are looking for an exceptionally hard-working agent that prioritises your situation as an owner first, then I couldn’t recommend anyone better than Matthew. His service, professionalism, knowledge and skills were second to none as he was able to get my home sold under the unique circumstances that many would have failed upon. Matthew’s […]

If you are looking for an exceptionally hard-working agent that prioritises your situation as an owner first, then I couldn’t recommend anyone better than Matthew. His service, professionalism, knowledge and skills were second to none as he was able to get my home sold under the unique circumstances that many would have failed upon.


Matthew’s energy, confidence, character and willingness to work around diverse situations were nothing short of remarkable. For someone that is all about doing the absolute best job for their clients, I would highly recommend Matthew and would use him again without any hesitation.


For all agents that are about the fee, it was a real relief to have an Agent that was, over anything else, solely focused on his client and working to achieve the best possible result.


Rosalind Clark

Ben, not only delivered but exceeded our expectations of him.

We engaged the services of Ben Macky and Wallace & Stratton to sell our lifestyle property in Dairy Flat. This decision was based on the excellent information we had found online while researching for real estate agents. Our first meeting with Ben reinforced the fact that Ben knew our target market perfectly. Ben presented a […]

We engaged the services of Ben Macky and Wallace & Stratton to sell our lifestyle property in Dairy Flat. This decision was based on the excellent information we had found online while researching for real estate agents. Our first meeting with Ben reinforced the fact that Ben knew our target market perfectly. Ben presented a plan setting our price expectations and a timeline to obtain the best result in a rapidly changing market. Needless to say, Ben, not only delivered but exceeded our expectations of him. Ben managed multiple offers while we were in Thailand on holiday and we came home to a deal with a backup option both of which were above our price expectations. All of this was achieved with a calm confidence, clear communication and in a difficult market. Ben is the best real estate agent I have ever dealt with and I certainly have no reservation in recommending his services.


Earl & Bernie Tipene

He was knowledgeable about market conditions and we felt that we could trust his advice and judgement.

We sold our property for a good price within 3 weeks of listing.  Ben was very helpful each step of the way, explaining the process and the costs involved at each stage.  He was knowledgeable about market conditions and we felt that we could trust his advice and judgement.  We would happily recommend him to […]

We sold our property for a good price within 3 weeks of listing.  Ben was very helpful each step of the way, explaining the process and the costs involved at each stage.  He was knowledgeable about market conditions and we felt that we could trust his advice and judgement.  We would happily recommend him to anyone wanting to sell their property.


Colin And Gill Wilson

We found Ben a very experienced, knowledgable and reliable Agent

To Whom it May Concern We first met Ben Macky at a local property where he had just concluded a successful sale. We accepted his card in case we decided to sell. After reviewing our situation Ben recommended a method to market our property. We found Ben a very experienced, knowledgable and reliable Agent. He […]

To Whom it May Concern


We first met Ben Macky at a local property where he had just concluded a successful sale. We accepted his card in case we decided to sell.


After reviewing our situation Ben recommended a method to market our property. We found Ben a very experienced, knowledgable and reliable Agent. He explained all the procedures, answered our questions in detail and was in daily contact informing us of progress. Ben is very hard working,conscientious, always pleasant and his expertise resulted in a successful sale.


We thoroughly recommend Ben Macky as a professional and reliable Agent.


Bill and Joan Earwaker

We can unreservedly recommend Ben's services!

We originally contacted Ben primarily on the strength of good feedback from neighbours who had recently used Ben to sell their lifestyle block. When we first met, we were particularly impressed by the fact that, of all the agents who we contacted to potentially sell our block, Ben was the only one who came fully prepared, and that thoroughness was […]

We originally contacted Ben primarily on the strength of good feedback from neighbours who had recently used Ben to sell their lifestyle block.


When we first met, we were particularly impressed by the fact that, of all the agents who we contacted to potentially sell our block, Ben was the only one who came fully prepared, and that thoroughness was evident throughout the sale process.


In the end, our choice was proven correct, and Ben did as fantastic job for us as he did for our neighbours.


As well as getting us a great price, Ben was easy to contact, nothing was too much trouble, and his enthusiasm and energy was evident at all times.


We can unreservedly recommend Ben’s services!


Mary and Maurice O'Brien

We had complete confidence in Ben and were thrilled to sell so quickly!

We listed our home in Dairy Flat with Ben after having it listed with another company who had not managed to effect a sale for us. Ben is a hard-working, honest and professional agent. He provided great advice and strategies to refresh our sales process to ensure we found a buyer for our home. We […]

We listed our home in Dairy Flat with Ben after having it listed with another company who had not managed to effect a sale for us. Ben is a hard-working, honest and professional agent. He provided great advice and strategies to refresh our sales process to ensure we found a buyer for our home.


We had complete confidence in Ben and were thrilled to sell so quickly under a multi-offer.


We would not hesitate to recommend Ben to anyone who is considering selling their home.


Ian & Sarah Hadwin

We would not hesitate to refer all our friends and family to Ben

We would like to thank Ben for his patience, professionalism, and for the huge effort he put into pulling together the best deal for us when he sold our home. We had several agents appraise our property, but we had complete faith in Ben and his team, and knew that they would work hard to […]

We would like to thank Ben for his patience, professionalism, and for the huge effort he put into pulling together the best deal for us when he sold our home.


We had several agents appraise our property, but we had complete faith in Ben and his team, and knew that they would work hard to get us the best result… It was a bonus that his fees were also the most competitive. We were thrilled to receive 4 unconditional offers after such a short marketing campaign, and to be sold a short time later.


We would not hesitate to refer all our friends and family to Ben, with complete confidence that he will continue to deliver the best results for his vendors with unmatched honesty, integrity and professionalism.


Owners of 385 Bawden Road

We selected Ben and his company Wallace & Stratton, after previously using a much larger well known agency - which was ineffective.

We selected Ben and his company Wallace & Stratton, after previously using a much larger well known agency – which was ineffective. Ben has been a breathe of fresh air when it comes to dealing with real estate agents.  From the start he impressed us with his knowledge of the market, the sales process, his intelligence and honesty.  Our […]

We selected Ben and his company Wallace & Stratton, after previously using a much larger well known agency – which was ineffective. Ben has been a breathe of fresh air when it comes to dealing with real estate agents.  From the start he impressed us with his knowledge of the market, the sales process, his intelligence and honesty.  Our sales journey was far from plain sailing, but Ben made us feel like we were the only clients he had during the process, nothing was too difficult and when things go tough, Ben just stayed the course. He is all about getting the best price for his clients. He demonstrates very strong values and is a man of his word.


We would highly recommend Ben and his team and would use him again without hesitation.  With so many agents being all about the commission for them – Ben is all about doing the best job he can do for his client.  He is one out of the box.

Frances McDonald and David Cowley

We would not hesitate to recommend Ben and his company, Wallace & Stratton

We were about to market our property with another company, when we met Ben Macky canvassing our area for his company Wallace & Stratton.   Ben was not only offering an extremely attractive rate, he had an easy, likeable manner and we liked the fact that he had the get up and go to make calls and put his company […]



We were about to market our property with another company, when we met Ben Macky canvassing our area for his company Wallace & Stratton.   Ben was not only offering an extremely attractive rate, he had an easy, likeable manner and we liked the fact that he had the get up and go to make calls and put his company out there, so we decided to give him a shot instead.  It was a good decision.  Less than 24 hours later, our property was sold at the price we wanted.  The whole experience was easy, pleasant and straight forward.  Ben kept us informed the whole way through, returned each and every text, email and phone call rapidly and we felt supported the whole way through.  Ben is a super guy.  It was clear from the outset he is a very experienced realtor, and his pleasant, laid back, friendly manner makes him feel like part of the family.  He is honest and reliable.


Further along the track we looked at a property to purchase and contacted Ben with a few questions.  He asked us to send him the details and he took the time to check it out for us and assured us it was a good property.  He also advised us about our offer at the auction.  He did this gladly.


We would not hesitate to recommend Ben and his company, Wallace & Stratton, to anyone wanting an energetic, professional, honest, competitive team to help sell or buy their home.  This company is making its mark in Auckland and they deserve every success.




Glenda & Barrie Hepburn

Highly Respected and Valued

This serves to confirm that I have personally known Boyd Gunn for over 4 years. In particular I have had the pleasure of closely working alongside him when we both were independent licensed real estate contractors with Premium Real Estate Matakana from 2011 – 2014. During this time I found Boyd to have exceptionally strong ethics, exceptional […]

This serves to confirm that I have personally known Boyd Gunn for over 4 years. In particular I have had the pleasure of closely working alongside him when we both were independent licensed real estate contractors with Premium Real Estate Matakana from 2011 – 2014.


During this time I found Boyd to have exceptionally strong ethics, exceptional communication and marketing skills, and have a deep understanding of negotiating strategies that provide successful solid outcomes for both vendor in maximizing price and purchaser in securing property that optimized their requirements.


In all my dealings with Boyd he has demonstrated the qualities of trust, unbiased work ethics, problem – solving skills, from which personal experience I now consider him to be a highly respected and valued competitor in an extremely competitive industry.


Di Balich

Down-to-earth and reliable and a very good deal-maker too

Boyd Gunn was a fantastic real estate agent. He sold our house when several others had tried and failed. He calls a spade a spade and we always knew what was happening. Down-to-earth and reliable and a very good deal-maker too. Didn’t waste our time with bogus buyers. A very nice person also with good communication skills. We have […]

Boyd Gunn was a fantastic real estate agent. He sold our house when several others had tried and failed. He calls a spade a spade and we always knew what was happening. Down-to-earth and reliable and a very good deal-maker too. Didn’t waste our time with bogus buyers. A very nice person also with good communication skills. We have bought and sold many houses over several decades and Boyd stands out as one of the best agents we have dealt with.


Brian and Sheryl

Thoughtful, Focused and Professional

Boyd was thoughtful, focused and professional all the way. He kept us involved and informed at every step, to a successful outcome. It was a pleasure working with Boyd, and we would recommend him without hesitation.

Boyd was thoughtful, focused and professional all the way. He kept us involved and informed at every step, to a successful outcome. It was a pleasure working with Boyd, and we would recommend him without hesitation.


Jon and Sue

The Total Package!

After having several agents listing our house with no success, we met Boyd. He promised to be committed & he sold it! Boyd sets his goals & gets results. Extremely happy with his service & what a personality to go with it. The total package!

After having several agents listing our house with no success, we met Boyd. He promised to be committed & he sold it! Boyd sets his goals & gets results. Extremely happy with his service & what a personality to go with it. The total package!


Carol & Harley

Gave us confidence that we had chosen the right agent for the job!

We met Ben by chance just before we were about to market our house and right from the start he took command of the situation, carefully explaining his professional approach to working for us, the seller. Regular communication throughout the process kept us informed and his positive attitude gave us confidence that we had chosen […]

We met Ben by chance just before we were about to market our house and right from the start he took command of the situation, carefully explaining his professional approach to working for us, the seller.


Regular communication throughout the process kept us informed and his positive attitude gave us confidence that we had chosen the right agent for the job.


We have already recommended him to our close friends and look forward to engaging him again when we next decide to buy or sell.


Peter & Cheryl Thompson

Always there to answer my questions and always helpful

“If you want to buy a house Ben Macky from Wallace and Stratton is the best option. He helped me out big time with the house I have bought through him, he was always there to answer my questions and always helpful.”

“If you want to buy a house Ben Macky from Wallace and Stratton is the best option. He helped me out big time with the house I have bought through him, he was always there to answer my questions and always helpful.”


Ben Smith

Ben is our preferred agent as we find him to be and honest, hard working young man.

“Ben is our preferred agent as we find him to be and honest, hard working young man. He has a tireless and successful approach to any task we set him and he always achieves the price and result we are wanting. We would highly recommend Ben to anyone looking for an honest hard working agent […]

“Ben is our preferred agent as we find him to be and honest, hard working young man. He has a tireless and successful approach to any task we set him and he always achieves the price and result we are wanting. We would highly recommend Ben to anyone looking for an honest hard working agent who wants to maximise their sale price.”


Mike & Sharon Penhallurick

We found Ben to be a consummate professional and are very thankful to Ben for changing our life's path

When Ben knocked on our door he turned our lives upside down in the most positive way. We have no hesitations at all in recommending Ben to sell homes.

“When Ben knocked on our door he turned our lives upside down in the most positive way. We have no hesitations at all in recommending Ben to sell homes. Ben has a wonderful, easy going, positive can do attitude that allays any worries or fears that one may have about selling their home. We felt that Ben went above and beyond the call of duties of a real estate agent, dealing promptly and efficiently with any problems that may arise. We found Ben to be a consummate professional and are very thankful to Ben for changing our life’s path.”


Mike & Sharon Penhallurick

I would shop with Ben Macky again anytime. Thanks Ben you're a legend

“I couldn’t have had anyone better to be my land agent. Ben made things so simple and put me under no pressure to buy anything, he just let me have a good look around. Ben had all the right facts I needed to know. I would shop with Ben Macky again anytime. Thanks Ben you’re […]

“I couldn’t have had anyone better to be my land agent. Ben made things so simple and put me under no pressure to buy anything, he just let me have a good look around. Ben had all the right facts I needed to know. I would shop with Ben Macky again anytime. Thanks Ben you’re a legend.”


Sam Sheehan

His enthusiasm has been totally refreshing and his persistence at staying in touch is now paying off for him.

Ben's energy is amazing and he has developed great sales skills to not only negotiate a deal but to make such the sale comes to fruition. I have no hesitate in recommending Ben as a great sales consultant. He is honest, reliable and is destined to go places in his career

“When Ben first arrived in Blenheim and started his career in real estate he was amazingly proactive in seeking out the movers and shakers of the property development industry. His enthusiasm has been totally refreshing and his persistence at staying in touch is now paying off for him. Ben is a highly intelligent individual who strives to do his very best in the sales process. Sometimes when a basic deal cannot be achieved Ben has the ability to think outside of the square and create a win win situation for both the vendor and the purchaser. Ben’s energy is amazing and he has developed great sales skills to not only negotiate a deal but to make such the sale comes to fruition. I have no hesitate in recommending Ben as a great sales consultant. He is honest, reliable and is destined to go places in his career.”


Greg Smith, Managing Director of Deluxe Group Limited

Ben was appointed the Manager of The Boulevard Park on Taylor a 350 section $70 million dollar Marlborough District Council subdivision

Ben was appointed the Manager of The Boulevard Park on Taylor a 350 section $70 million dollar Council subdivision. Bens approach has always been honest, motivating and most importantly factual, based on well researched data. I have no hesitation in recommending Ben to drive and manage any residential subdivision development and wish him well with his aspirations to succeed in the Auckland market.

In October 2012 Harcourts Marlborough secured the rights to market the Marlborough District Council’s residential subdivision development located off Taylor Pass Road in Blenheim. The Boulevard Park on Taylor Development is a 350 lot, staged residential subdivision with a gross sale value of approximately $70 million.


It is located adjacent to Council’s completed 200 lot Forest Park Views residential subdivision and Council’s recreational Farm Park which provides numerous public walking and cycling tracks.


Ben Macky was appointed as Harcourts manager with total responsibility for presentation and marketing of the Boulevard Development. Marketing of the Boulevard has gone extremely well under Ben’s guidance with over 128 lots already released to the market and an additional 40 lots due to be released very shortly.


One of Ben’s roles was to present all contracts to Council on Harcourts behalf and to provide market updates to Council’s commercial holding company that manages the development on Council’s behalf. Both of these important aspects have been carried out professionally and diligently.


Ben’s approach has always been honest, motivating and most importantly factual, based on well researched data. His rapport with local housing franchises has been first class and his departure to Auckland will leave a large industry and knowledge gap for the building sector.


I have no hesitation in recommending Ben to drive and manage any residential subdivision development and wish him well with his aspirations to succeed in the Auckland market.


A J Lyall Executive Projects Manager - Marlborough District Council