"My wife and I are from Sydney and we were seeking a new home in Tasmania; a place with people who are warm and down to earth and countryside that is beautiful and wild…."
We knew what we wanted and had even discovered "it," but were unfamiliar with the local real estate rules and bidding process, something we discovered was completely different from the mainland. This was the first time we'd used a buyer's agent. We had tried connecting with another agency, but it just didn't work out. With Jasmin the whole process was a smooth, stress-free, wonderful journey. We briefed her on our goals and objectives. She held our hands at each step and made the entire process enjoyable.
Jasmin you saved us time, money and stress. To top it all off, we've formed a professional alliance with someone we respect, trust and can very much recommend.
Jasmin is an absolute superstar!
"Never have I met anyone, in any profession, who knows their stuff more than her. As first home buyers..."
pregnant with our first child and moving interstate during a global pandemic, my wife and I had no clue about the property market or how to approach it. By some miracle, we found Jasmin.
From our very first phone call and right through all the house hunting, open homes, handling agents, negotiating offers, technical jargon, legal matters & general whip cracking, all the way to having the keys to our dream home handed over to us, Jasmin had our backs. Not once did she back down nor did her positive attitude waiver.
We are forever indebted & eternally grateful for Jasmin & everything she has done for us.
"… Look no further your rockstar buyers agents are here -talk about knowing they’re stuff and driving outcomes… Jasmin and Kafka are the ones for you. We literally engaged them on a Friday..."
and had secured our dream Hobart home on the following Monday!
We were complete investment novices and they supported and educated us the whole way through. They both really go that extra mile with the personal touches and answering all those silly “how does this work again?” type questions.
They organised all the legals, logistics around building inspections and conversations with the selling agents. We got regular updates and felt totally supported and confident the whole way through. Absolutely worth their weight in gold cannot recommend them highly enough thanks ladies!!
"Working with Jasmin and Kafka was the best possible thing we did in buying a new home in Hobart. They took us through the entire process from initial brief, search..."
through to negotiation on price, writing up contracts and ensuring we met our deadlines.
They helped us take a breath before any major decision and ensured we stayed on track to get exactly what we were after.
They were incredibly knowledgeable on the Hobart and greater property markets and I recommend them to everyone now buying in the competitive Hobart market.
They are legitimately the reason that we were able to purchase and we can't thank them enough!
"We engaged Jasmin and Kafka in late October, within two weeks they had sent us a property that matched exactly what we were looking for. Kafka went to the property on our behalf..."
and took over a hundred photos of the property and provided her thoughts on location, build-quality, and liveability. Time was short though - we received a call from Jasmin around 8pm one night advising us the property owners had received a strong offer and the home would be shown the next day for the final time. We booked a flight for 6am and arrived in Hobart exhausted but excited.
Jasmin dropped everything for us and met us at the property to guide us through with the selling agent. This provided so much value for us, because we had someone with us who was not emotionally invested in the property and could provide an independent opinion on the home. We spoke with Jasmin over lunch and developed a game plan to negotiate the property for a fair price. Jasmin stuck to the plan, and by the time we got off the plane in Sydney, we had just purchased our first home.
"I approached Shepherd because I know the Tasmanian market differs from the mainland in many respects, and because local knowledge is incredibly valuable. "
From the start it was evident Kafka was the perfect person to help me find what I was looking for.
She knows the market, she knows the agents, and in one case stopped me making an expensive mistake. She even knew things about properties the agent didn't know and spent a day taking me around the towns I was looking to buy in, so I could get a sense of the neighbourhoods, enabling us to move fast when the right property came along. Kafka secured that property for a good price against competition, and was with me through the settlement process. I thought looking for a home would have to be endured. Thanks to Kafka, it was an enjoyable, seamless, stress free experience. I couldn't recommend Shepherd and Co highly enough.
"Jasmin helped us buy our waterside home in Hobart on extremely short notice. It listed, we decided, and she negotiated..."
"We fell in love with Tasmania on a holiday many years back and have been returning regularly ever since. "
Eventually we came to the idea of retiring down there, and as this was a few years off yet, a first step would be to find an investment home in Hobart.
Wanting to avoid any costly mistakes we decided to use a buyers agent and picked Shepherd and Co via a chance sighting of their advert at the airport. What a lucky co-incidence, they more than lived up to our expectations (which mostly came from watching Kirstie and Phil in the UK!)
Kafka was attentive, listened to our needs and desires, gave us a wide range of options, along with a good mix of views and opinions to go with it, and assisted us right through the buying process. Her local knowledge was exceptional, as was her assistance throughout. We found a lovely cottage in Sandy Bay, and through some tough negotiating got it for a great price. What more could you ask for’.
"We moved to Australia in 2007 (from South Africa) in search of a better life. After a few years of settling down, and loving life..."
down under, we decided to buy an investment property.
Unfortunately, it was a terrible experience – the wrong location, the wrong advice and the wrong property.
When we eventually sold the property, we were gun shy but decided to look at Tasmania for another attempt at an investment.
We reached out to Shepherd and Co and immediately knew we were in safe and honest hands. The service was bespoke, responsive and professional. After looking at a few properties, we settled on one – the perfect property, in a gorgeous spot and at the right price. We couldn't have done better, and it was all because of their advice and care. We are so proud of our property and, if we don’t sell it, we might retire there! Thank you for such an amazing experience and property find!
"I was living in a very large old house on a main road, and I wanted somewhere smaller, quieter, and lower maintenance. Working with them was relaxed and easy; they were positive and up beat, even when it looked as though there were simply no suitable houses around.
The house I finally bought is not what I thought I would end up with, but I am loving it!"
It's by the water, in the trees, and I can hear birds! They drove the negotiation process; I honestly do not think I would have ended up with this house, if it was not for their expertise.
In regards to my sale, they made introductions to agents they felt I would work well with, I chose one of them, and she was perfect for me. The right agent choice, support in getting the house ready for sale, and working out the timing etc was the key to selling well and quite quickly! They were able to give independent advice about how my house might be presented, and suggested changes, without being too pushy. It made such a difference to have someone who I felt I could trust.
"As regular visitors to Tassie for its incredible scenery and fabulous food, we fell in love with the state and knew it was where we wanted to live in the future.
Kafka and Shepherd and Co were instrumental in finding a property for us that would work well as an investment now and serve as a beautiful family home in the future."
Despite the challenges of a tight market and being out of the state during COVID, the search and purchase went very smoothly and we secured a cottage in Battery Point with a wonderful mix of heritage, location and functionality. We are a bit jealous of our current tenants but look forward to moving there and experiencing Hobart-life ourselves when our current assignment in Europe comes to an end.
"Being posted to Hobart and navigating the property market could have been a daunting thought… we had never been to Hobart and we had high hopes to find somewhere to call home quickly with first baby on the way. We had a clear idea about the type of home we were looking for, but lacked context around locations and trade-offs that seemed inevitable for central Hobart."
Kafka and Jasmin’s guidance was a game-changer for us. They offered the expert advice we otherwise lacked and enabled access to properties that were not yet on the market. In the early stages of our search, they displayed incredible listening and attention to detail by showing a very clear understanding of our unique needs and priorities. Over a series of months, they offered a range of suitable options while being patient and supportive as we waited for our perfect home to appear.
And it did! A home that met our brief entirely was presented and we immediately fell in love with it. Jasmine and Kafka led us through the offer and negotiation process (something we would have had no idea how to conduct ourselves), and we successfully purchased our dream home… just in time for the baby to arrive. We’re hugely grateful not only for the excellent job they did, but also for their supportive, kind approach through what sometimes felt like a long and emotional roller coaster.
"It was my youngest daughter who encouraged me to get some assistance when admitting it was time to let the family home go and find a smaller place for me. With the girls all interstate I was swimming in space and drowning in upkeep and too far out of town.
The girls at Shepherd really did take me under their wing. "
It was my youngest daughter who encouraged me to get some assistance when admitting it was time to let the family home go and find a smaller place for me. With the girls all interstate I was swimming in space and drowning in upkeep and too far out of town.
The girls at Shepherd really did take me under their wing. They were patient, understanding, and seemed to know what I wanted and needed better than I did! They helped me organise painters and gardeners and some styling to get my place ship shape, and hunted for my little dream cottage at the same time. Miraculously everything came off and timed together perfectly. Im very grateful that the experience was actually pleasant and that this was suggested to me. Thankyou!
"For many months we had struggled to find a down-sizer to suit our needs. Part of our concern related to what we perceived as being poor treatment by some vendors and/or their agents. ‘Shepherd were recommended to us to assist in finding special properties not advertised on mainstream sites' "
For many months we had struggled to find a down-sizer to suit our needs. Part of our concern related to what we perceived as being poor treatment by some vendors and/or their agents. ‘Shepherd were recommended to us to assist in finding special properties not advertised on mainstream sites’ as well as advising on undisclosed issues apparent in various proposed properties and negotiating a purchase on our behalf.
They provided very professional and logical advice, quickly presenting properties to view and advising on the pros and cons of each in comparison to our needs. We inspected properties and left discussions with the vendors to Kafka. Our search for our new home with Shepherd was both brief and very successful.
"The idea of purchasing a property in Hobart came from two incredible trips I took there as a child and later as an adult. I completely fell in love with the environment, culture, and overall vibe of the place. I mean, who can resist the allure of MONA and Lark whiskey.
Since I was an interstate buyer, having Jasmin and Kafka's expertise was crucial. They provided valuable advice on the local "
The idea of purchasing a property in Hobart came from two incredible trips I took there as a child and later as an adult. I completely fell in love with the environment, culture, and overall vibe of the place. I mean, who can resist the allure of MONA and Lark whiskey.
Hobart stood out to me because of its stunning locations and relatively affordable properties compared to Sydney. Since I was an interstate buyer, having Jasmin and Kafka's expertise was crucial. They provided valuable advice on the local market, conducted physical inspections on my behalf, assisted with contract negotiations, and offered ongoing support and knowledge throughout the settlement process. The extra handholding gave me so much reassurance, as buying your first property is such a big step!
It has been a year since I made the purchase, and I'm pleased to see that my property in New Norfolk has held its value despite the current state of the real estate market. I'll definitely be calling them when I'm ready for property number 2 .