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Having worked as a Lloyds insurance broker then as a real estate agent in Hunters Hill and Lane Cove, David Ward opened Ward Partners in 1992 specialising in the prestige and waterfront homes market.  He has established price records in Drummoyne, Gladesville, Henley, Hunters Hill and Woolwich and earned a reputation as an independent agent achieving the respect of vendors for representing their interests successfully. 

Over the past 25 years David has developed a large network of clients and has often sold the same house two or three times. A testament to his skill, reputation and long standing relationships in the community. His accumulated knowledge of the waterfront market is unrivalled. 

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" 28 Ferry Street, Hunters Hill "

Matthew Ward sold our Hunters Hill property in April this year after a very short marketing campaign. The scope of Ward's extensive database and their honest and realistic advice, made for a stress free and efficient sale. This combined with Matthew's very professional and personal approach ensured a positive experience for us as vendors and a great outcome. This is the second property Wards has sold for us and we highly recommend them. Regards Sharne & Tim Howarth

" 12A/83-85A Pittwater Road, Hunters Hill "

I had great prior experience with Ward Partners. They had managed the rental of my property when I moved away from Australia. In terms of selling Ward Partners were very easy to deal with, everything was managed remotely as I was based in Switzerland at the time.   They gave me an overview of the selling process with options.  I chose to go to auction. They kept me informed without overloading me with detail.  The actual sale was very quick and efficient. If I ever wanted to buy or sell another property in Sydney, I’d have no hesitation in asking Ward Partners to manage this with me. Best regards, Masele Siatuú

" 4 Collingwood Street, Woolwich "

We purchased our house through Matthew Ward in 2005. Since that time Matt has always kept in touch and has been interested in how we redeveloped the property. When we were thinking of selling we talked with Matt around our future plans and let him know that if he became aware of the right buyer we would bring forward our plans to sell.  Matt carefully pre-qualified potential purchasers to ensure no ones time was wasted. The ultimate buyer inspected the property and reached commercial terms of sale on the same day. Matt's understanding of the needs of both the vendor and purchaser was crucial in realising the sale of our property in such an efficient manner.  Andrew Wheeler

" 8/2 Mount Street, Hunters Hill "

Dear Matthew, As settlement approaches, I would like to thank you for all your recent efforts on behalf of the Sawyer family. My mother lived in the property for nearly 30 years and all three brothers knew we were offering something special. We wanted someone with whom we could trust to handle the sale, and trust you we could. With all three of us living out of Sydney, there were logistical issues preparing the property for sale, but with your assistance and your network of trades, this process was smooth and effective. The marketing campaign certainly hit the spot and captured the unique elements of the property perfectly. The number of people through the door on the very first day was remarkable.   Your advice was sound from the outset and your communication during the process was comprehensive. The auction played our almost exactly as you thought it would. Achieving more than $100,000 above the reserve on the day was excellent. Thank you very much for everything. We appreciate your efforts and wish you well for the future. Sincerely, Kevin Sawyer

" 1 William Street, Henley "

Dear Matthew and Claire, As co-executor of my late mother's estate I would like to thank you both for the successful sale of 1 William Street Henley at Auction on the 15th of March. I felt very confident throughout the whole process that you were working in our best interests to achieve the best possible outcome. You were a delightful team to work with. You brought a young and energetic enthusiasm into our meetings and had a wealth of knowledge about the local market. It was also reassuring to know that Ward Partners has the backing of a long Real Estate history with both Henley and the Hunters Hill area. I'd like to acknowledge both of you for your patience while we prepared the property for sale. You were both there to give us some much needed professional advice on presentation, yet at no stage did we feel rushed into placing the property on the market before we felt it was ready. It is especially heart warming to see our treasured family home pass into the hands of such excited and eager new owners. Thank you for your understanding with what was a very emotional situation for all of us and your expertise in helping us to achieve such a positive outcome. Thank you Maria Brady

" 1 William Street, Henley "

To Matthew and Claire Ward As executer of my late mother's estate, I wanted to thank you for selling the property at 1William Street Henley. I am pleased with achieved selling price at the auction on Saturday 15th, March 2014. This was a family property for 42 years. In the mid 1970's, as owner builder, myfather was instrumental to integrate the existing late 1800's sandstock and sandstone house with the contemporary building materials and techniques whilst preserving the Hunters Hill area heritage. Thereby transforming a modern open styled house into a treasured  family home that has many family memories over the last 35 years. I am cordially reassured that the new owners will not be demolishing the house. Posthumously, after electing Matthew and Claire Ward as the property agents, a distant family member recalled both her and my mother attending another Henley auction my mother commented about how welcoming the Wards were throughout the auction. This awareness provides me the solace knowing that my mother was comfortable with Ward Partners. At the auction I valued being permitted to teleconference via Skype so that all family members could be involved with the auction process. I have never regretted opting for Matthew and Claire as selling agents. The deeper into the selling process, my experiences became more reassured and relaxed with Matthew and Claire Ward. An encounter that only further reinforced my initial decision, that selecting Ward Partners was always a correct decision. I appreciated your empathy in the selling procedure  and avoiding insistent marketing techniques. Also in achieving a positive outcome that was reflected in the sale price. In the future I have no hesitation recommending Matthew and Claire Ward of Ward Partners as selling agents for my current principle place of residence.    Thank you Marco Rec

" 14/20 Joubert Street, Hunters Hill "

Dear Matthew, Claire and the Team, Emma and I would like to thank you for all of your hard work on the sale of our beloved apartment. This being our first home, the decision to move on was not one we took lightly and the thought of engaging an agent filled me with dread. Meeting yourself and Claire was the turning point for us. The knowledge and love you both have for the area is obvious and your relaxed yet extremely thorough approach to the sale process put us at ease and gave us the confidence that we chose the right agent. That confidence was justified again and again by the quality of the campaign and the level of service we received for the duration, and I knew that prospective buyers would be receiving that same thorough, quality service Matt, Emma and I never expected an agent to work as hard as you have for us. We really felt that we were your top priority. Thank you for you guidance, your priceless advice both with the sale and our new purchase,  and the phenomenal result you achieved in such a short time frame. All the best John and Emma

" 1/38 Tranmere Street, Drummoyne "

Dear Claire & the entire Ward Partners team, Thank you, thank you, thank you ! From the moment we appointed you to sell our beloved first home we couldn't have been happier or more impressed with the service and guidance you provided. Having recently gone through the buying process over many months, where I might add we had a number of very ordinary experiences, we were keen to engage an agent we could trust above all else to ensure a positive experience not only for us but for prospective buyers also. As someone who has grown up in, and is passionate, about Drummoyne, it was important to us to have an agent whose love for the area was equal to ours. Although it may seem like a small consideration to some we also loved the marketing material which was fresh, unique and easily stood out from others. The process was transparent from the outset, we were kept informed with the regular texts, emails and phone calls and felt confident in your advice and ability every step of the way.  The solid strategy, excellent advice and team effort provided us with a result that was well above our expectations and being able to sell so quickly and prior to auction was an added bonus and relief. Claire, we have absolutely no hesitation in recommending you and your team to others and encourage any prospective sellers who are seeking a professional and stress free selling experience to call you. PS - Are you sure you don’t want to let us keep the beautiful art work you kindly lent us ? Our sincere thanks again, Alexa and Matthew Watson

" 36 Abigail Street, Hunters Hill "

Selling your home, they say, is one of the most stressful things you do in your life. When we came to sell our home of ten years, in what is currently a difficult market for sellers, we took the advice of a trusted friend and turned to Matthew and Claire Ward to help and guide as through what is indeed, a stressful time. Ward Partners is a family business and we were made to feel part of the family. Their knowledge and experience of the market is undoubtedly second to none and at every stage they discussed their appraisal of our situation in a realistic and sensitive manner so together, we were able to agree strategies and targets in which we had complete confidence. In a nutshell our experience has been excellent and we would have no hesitation in recomending Matthew and Claire to anyone embarking on selling their home or indeed buying their next home.

Duncan and Beryl Crockford

Gwen and I wish to convey our thanks for arranging the sale of our home in Everard Street, Hunters Hill. At every stage of the process your team attended with enthusiasm, diligence and skill. When we set out to sell we chose you because you had shown extraordinary patience during the preceding times when we had considered selling but had chosen not to proceed and because you listened to our needs and you have a realistic valuation range. We were particularly impressed with the professionalism of Nicole Robertson who arranged the photography, advertising and inspections. She was meticulous, communicative and pleasant at all times. In short, you exceeded our expectations. Many thanks

Graham Balfe

Margaret and I would like to express our appreciation and gratitude to you and Nicole for the outstanding manner in which you conducted the sale of our property at 92 Woolwich Rd in November 2010. We had no hesitation approaching Ward Partners as our first choice of selling agent, having had successful prior dealings with your firm firstly as a tenant, and then as a landlord, during the 2000's.  We were impressed by your profile and specialised knowledge of the Hunters Hill area, and your professionalism. Matthew you gave us what we thought was a realistic appraisal of our property and agreed to try to exceed this for us.  The property was expertly presented, in reality and in the media, and Nicole was excellent in giving us feedback after each showing, and during discussions with the interested parties. You gave us sage advice to avoid auction and as a result a great outcome was negotiated in tricky circumstances. It was a pleasure dealing with both of you, and we would have no hesitation recommending Ward Partners to any prospective vendors or landlords.

David Whiting

Dear David I am writing to thank you and Nicole and the team at Ward Partners for your efforts and advice in selling my house at 2A Rooke Lane, Hunters Hill. From the outset, you gave me valuable recommendations and took an interest in my views and situation.  Throughout the process, it was evident to me that I was in good hands.  You kept me informed and up-to-date with the various prospects and you were able to achieve a sale for me in what was widely acknowledged as a difficult market.  Your extensive knowledge of real estate, and in particular your knowledge and experience of the Hunters Hill market was, to say the least, impressive and I am grateful for the expertise and guidance you gave me in regard to the sale of my property. I found the level of care extended by each of you to be extraordinary and quite unexpected.  What a rare find you are!   I cannot speak too highly of my association with all at Ward Partners and I have and will continue to let my friends know. Again, my thanks to all of you.

Debra McVicar

The service and commitment we received from Ward Partners was exceptional. As well as being personal they always showed the utmost professionalism and are truly a high-caliber team. Matthew Ward’s knowledge of the local Hunters Hill/Woolwich area and his key contacts in the community demonstrates how dedicated and respected he is. Matthew, Nicole and team understood the pressures involved in selling our family home. Their flexibility and constant feedback made the process street free. They were always easily contactable and willing to give us professional advice. At times they even made the process fun by helping us laugh instead of worry. The end result was a fantastic outcome and we are sure it was due to their continual dedication from the very first meeting through to auction day and all the way to settlement. We have now bought and sold through Ward Partners and would highly recommend them to help you in this life changing move. We could not have asked for a better partner to guide us through the process.

Luke and Sarah Donald

I would like to extend my congratulations to Matthew at Ward Partners on the professional and efficient manner in which you conducted the sale of our family home at Woolwich which went to Auction. We received regular feedback including daily updated and subsequently always felt well informed at each stage of the sale process. It was a regrettable sale but my brother and I were pleased with the price achieved at the Auction, which was well above expectations, and we appreciated the way the team at Ward Partners made the whole experience easier and less stressful than we expected it to be. Thank you and all the best for the future. 

Glenda Davidson

We are so delighted with how our recent property at 6 Woolwich Road, Hunters Hill was sold we wanted to write and thank both you and Nicole Robertson. Matthew your words to me at the local coffee shop, rang in my ears all the way home to our property, Í have 10 prospective couples who would be interested in looking at your property. On arriving home, I did a summary of our sale and subsequent purchase. I spoke to my husband overseas and we immediately drew up a contract for sale. Our beautiful home sold to the first offer after we had 10 couples through our house within the week. We accepted the offer within an hour if it being offered. Everything you had told us was true. I really liked that we sold without advertising. It took the pressure off. Matthew, your integrity, and ethics and truly outstanding, however, your honesty is the winning factor. Once again, Ward Partners have successfully sold our home. We both cannot thank you enough for the smooth transaction. If you have clients that need a recommendation please do not hesitate to ring us.

Carol and Peter Caws

I must not let the year end without expressing our gratitude to you all at Ward Partners for facilitating the sale of our house at Henley and the purchase of 59 Alexandra Street. We love the graciousness of the old house and are already in the process of redecorating. The team at Ward Partners made our very impulsive, spur of the moment decision to by the house a reality. You understood that we would not be able to purchase the house unless we sold 6A Kelly Street first or at best, got simultaneous exchange of contract and settlement. You gave us the confidence that we would get the price for our house in the required time frame. We were impressed with Matthew’s database and the way he targeted potential buyers. We struck gold and it was one of these clients from the database that was the eventual purchaser and David’s experience and negotiating skills secure Alexandra Street for us. The brochure and SMH advertisements were all handled with professionalism and flair, in fact the photos and the script in the brochure presented the house so well that I began to question why we were selling. All in all it was a gratifying result.

Jenny and Barry Buffier

I write to congratulate your team for recently selling my apartment in Hunters Hill. As you know the sale was handled by Matthew Ward who I found to be a very polite, hardworking and dedicated salesperson. Matthew always kept me up to date with the latest developments and remained positive and reassuring throughout the process. The Ward Partners team were very friendly, approachable and a pleasure to deal with. I have sold several houses previously using different agents, but would highly recommend the Ward Partners team as the agent of choice.

Jan Taylor

With their conscientious and caring approach, Ward Partners made the sale of my late mother’s house a street free experience. I was always kept up to date with developments and given good advice on an appropriate sales strategy and I was delighted with the result. I would like to thank Matthew and his team for their efforts. I would be happy to recommend Ward Partners to prospective vendors.

John Herlihy

I am writing to express our appreciation and gratitude for the professionalism and commitment demonstrated by you all in the sale of our house and in the approximately two year period leading up to that date, during which you all made every effort to find us the perfect future home. The sale of a house, particularly one much loved by our family, can be a stressful and heart wrenching experience. As a result of your experience and honest advice, both to us and to potential buyers, the sale process occurred in an efficient and street-free way and a terrific result was achieved. We would have no hesitation in recommending Ward Partners to any of our friends and acquaintances in the Drummoyne area considering the sale of their home, and in fact have done so on many occasions. We would also, equally importantly, recommend you anyone looking to buy in the Inner West due to your willingness to listen to the actual needs of a potential buyer and your ability to maintain a watching brief in a responsive buy unobtrusive manner. Thank you all for all of your help and friendship over the past couple of years.

Rebecca Kearney

Ward Partners took on the challenge of selling our beloved family home, putting it on the market for the first time in twenty years. Matt Ward and his team helped us present it properly, found the buyers, held their hands (and ours too), adjusted the strategy and achieved the sale. Whilst acting impeccably throughout, their professional advice was sound and sensible, and we closed the deal. As a friend observed to us after we’d actually sold, selling, in today’s weird market is quite an accomplishment. Too true. Now we are out in the market looking for our next home meeting a whole range of agents, we are reminded just how lucky we were to have Ward Partners on our side.

Hal and Di McElroy

I would like to thank all the employees at Ward Partners in particular Matthew Ward. Not only did Matthew help us to find the perfect home for our large family but they also successfully sold our hold prior to auction, which was always our preferred option, in a particularly challenging market. Matthew was very efficient, available 7 days a week and would always give us relevant feedback and concise advise after any inspections or developments during the campaign. Sean and I would not hesitate to recommend Matthew and all of the Ward Partners team to anyone considering buying or selling their home in Hunters Hill area. 

Kim Gleason

Matthew and Nicole were great at selling our house. Well, they did sell it and really, what more can you ask for in a real estate agent. They were easy to deal with, dedicated and professional. We were impressed with the local knowledge and sound advice. They worked tirelessly to achieve our sale and we would happily recommend the WARD team to anyone buying or selling in the area.

Michael and Georgie

We would like to say a big thank you to Matthew, Nicole, David and Ellen for your support and professionalism throughout the selling process of our home at Hunters Hill. Your positive and friendly approach was re-assuring and our daily update from Matthew was always a welcomed call. You kept us in the picture and up to date with the state of the market and prospective purchasers at all times. We valued your opinion, honesty and local experience, and were happy with the end result, especially in the current market. Well done Ward Partners you are a great team, we would be happy to refer your high reputable company.

Kevin and Sandy Whitehead

You and your team showed great communication and professionalism throughout the campaign. We appreciated your knowledge of the local area and expertise in marketing as well as your hard work and diligence in following up with potential buyers. This led to us securing a good result for our property.

Carlo and Katrina Vernier

Matthew definitely helped us keep the stress level of selling our house to a minimum. Matthew was also very considerate of the fact we have 3 children and in turn they were always very excited to see him. Matthew kept us informed on a daily basis as to any new updates which was very reassuring. He has always been very professional, honest and discreet in all his dealings with us.

Cameron and Vickie Poolman

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Jim Keats

Our home sold in one week and we feel it is a direct result of the tremendous effort put in by Matthew Ward. Our overall experience has been very positive. At each stage of negotiations we were involved and consulted. They were both in tune with what we were trying to achieve and very respectful to our home and family. A top effort by Ward Partners !

Jane and Robert Shouldice

We just wanted to write and commend all at Ward Partners for the prompt and efficient service in every aspect of the Auction sale of our waterfront property from the very first phone call right up to the sale and beyond.  Being rather green at buying and selling real estate we chose Ward Partners because in the 25 years that we have lived in Henley, they are the name we associate with real estate for the little peninsular.

Norm and Jan Waters

Upon the decision to put the property back on the market, you went back into action and conducted a very efficient, and speedy marketing campaign and we had a very good turn out at the auction. The second phase of the sale process occurred during the severe market downturn of the second half of 2008, and I was impressed by your determination to keep chasing prospects and doing all you could to ensure maximum interest in the property

Paul Sky

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