Boroondara Buyers Advocates

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Tim Picken, Buyers Advocate Boroondara

Tim Picken & Chris Guest

Position: Principal Buying & Selling Advocate

Tim Picken

Tim’s comfortable interaction with people has stood the test of time and he is considered a leader in the real estate industry. He’s known success as a real estate agent since he was 20 years old, coveted with awards during his tenure as Partner at both Kay and Burton, and Jellis Craig.

Clients often turn into friends and while Tim is clear eyed about the ups and downs of the business, he believes he’s chosen a career that can genuinely help people. Therefore it was a natural fit for Tim to transition into the advisory side of the industry where he now represents buyers on the acquisition and advises sellers through the marketing and readying of homes for sale in conjunction with the best selling agents in the local Boroondara and Stonnington areas.

Tim prides himself on being a great Dad to his 11yr old twins, Benny and Lulu, and plays an active part with them in the community through schooling, sport and recreation, and is a corporate sponsor of the Glen Iris Gladiators JFC. Golf also occupies a place of considerable importance in his life, being a member at Kingston Heath Golf Club.

Tim Picken’s reputation as one of Melbourne’s finest property advisors is continuously reinforced by outstanding results.

Chris Guest

Chris Guest is a licensed real estate agent who spent close to a decade selling family homes in Stonnington and Boroondara back in the early 2000s with Marshall White and RT Edgar.

Having re-entered the industry in the past couple of years as a Buyers Advocate, Chris has a thorough understanding of both sides of the transaction and is able to draw upon his strong business skills from his time in corporate sponsorship and sports management.

Having grown up in Stonnington all his life, Chris’ long-standing passion and energetic approach to real estate means he has built a strong reputation with colleagues and clients and has developed a good understanding of his clients’ needs when buying a family home.

Chris is well qualified and knows what to look for in a family home, having two teenage children of his own, Sophie and Harry. In his spare time Chris enjoys playing golf at Royal Melbourne, being actively involved in his kids sports and spending time with family and friends.

Significant Involvements

Tim & Chris have been involved in over $2B of real estate transactions across their distinguished careers. Some significant achievements for clients are below:

$7.62 Million Glen Iris
$6.77 Million Camberwell
$6.155 Million Kew
$5.7 Million Hawthorn
$4.93 Million Canterbury
$4.61 Million Canterbury
$4.36 Million Glen Iris
$4.2 Million Richmond
$5.5 Million Malvern East
$5.1 Million South Yarra
$4.4 Million South Yarra
$4.26 Million Toorak
$3.5 Million Armadale
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Here’s what our clients have to say
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    Chris appeared on our behalf for an auction just before Easter for a property that was very popular and we were very keen on. Along with his colleague, Tim Picken, we had discussed the auction strategy at length and on Saturday morning it was all about execution. Chris’ demeanour from the outset was focussed and conveyed that he was there to win. And win he did! His bidding was strong and confident but controlled in that he secured the property for us at a reasonable price and well within the budget we had given him. Needless to say we were very pleased with the outcome.

    Varsha & Anurag
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    We had absolutely no idea just what a ‘buyer advocate’ did when it was suggested that we should engage such a person! We were referred to Chris Guest. From our first interaction, Chris provided us with a professional, attentive and extremely knowledgeable service. We were moving from a large rural property to Melbourne and our ideas for what we wanted to purchase and where we wanted to settle were very confused! The initial due diligence and preliminary discussions were most important and helped to consolidate for us what we might be looking for. Chris exhibited extraordinary patience and tolerance with us as we finally came to a decision to purchase. We sincerely appreciated Chris’ absolute commitment to regular communication, his delightful and collegial manner, his forensic diligence towards all aspects of the properties including street, building and precinct assessments, and researching the relevant complexities of the local government regulations and future plans as they impacted the building. We were confident when we came to submitting an offer that it represented a fair price due to Chris’ comprehensive review of relevant past sales within the current market. Most importantly, after the acceptance of our offer, Chris continued to provide us with important support in negotiating all aspects of the final details to occupancy. I am now fully cognisant of the role of a buyer advocate and will be encouraging anyone wanting a successful and timely property purchase that is also extremely enjoyable to engage Chris Guest.

    Jane & Jim
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    It is with great pleasure to write this letter of recommendation for your assistance in finding us our family home (in our dream street too!) in the Gascoigne Estate, East Malvern. Engaging you to represent us was the best decision we made. You made us feel like we were your only clients and gave us your utmost attention, expertise and knowledge about the local market. Your insights, contacts and strategy in securing our family home can only be applauded and admired. I doubt many people would have been able to replicate what you managed to achieve, especially given the number of interested parties vying for the property you secured for us. We thank you once again for your amazing efforts and would have no hesitations in engaging your help again should we be in the market to transact again.

    John & Leny
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    Tim was excellent at clearly identify both pros and cons for each property which helped greatly in my decision making process. His market knowledge, endless real estate industry contacts and exceptional negotiating skills made him invaluable. He is dedicated, polite, extremely helpful and provided excellent advice with frequent communication. All of these attributes made Tim a fantastic resource and the whole process of buying our home so simple.

    Helen Roderick