Auckland property investment specialists
Husband-and-wife team Mary and David Vinsen are the proud franchisees of Quinovic Parnell in Auckland.
Memberships and Associations
Quinovic Parnell is a member of:
- The Leading Property Managers of New Zealand (LPMNZ). This means that the company abides by a comprehensive Code of Practice with benchmark levels of service and management, above and beyond those required for statutory licensing.
- APIA (Auckland Property Investors Association).
- Parnell Inc. (the local business association for Parnell).
David Vinsen has been a member of BNI Success since 2010, and has served on the Leadership Team in various roles.
Mary Vinsen, Owner and Principal
Mary Vinsen’s career credentials stem from strategic Human Resources roles, including at the Commerce Commission, BNZ and NZ Fire Service.
These skills in managing people are a valuable asset at the Vinsen Quinovic franchise. Not only is the office systemised and efficient, but also clients enjoy industry-leading customer service and advice.
Mary Vinsen has been a property investor since the early 1990s, when she purchased a portfolio of 14 investment properties in Wellington in her first year. She managed these properties herself – at the same time as progressing her demanding career in corporate HR.
Mary eventually engaged a property manager, with the aim of lightening her workload. However, rent arrears were experienced for the first time, and Mary discovered that most investment property management is poorly executed. She switched companies – only to have a brand new refrigerator go missing!
A friend recommended Quinovic residential property management, and Mary has never looked back. Upon relocating to Auckland (and selling her Wellington property portfolio), Mary continued using Quinovic as her real estate partner. In 2009 Mary began working for Quinovic Parnell, and in 2010 she and husband David purchased the business. Mary is committed to providing high quality residential property management, at both a strategic and day-to-day level. She understands the needs of property investors, and delivers the service level to allow customers to achieve their strategic goals.
Outside of work, Mary is passionately interested in proactive health and nutrition, Pilates, yoga, cycling, climbing over rocks at Coromandel, watching rugby, travelling the world, catching up with international family and continuing personal development.
Get in touch with Mary:
Mobile: 021 337 933
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David Vinsen, Owner and Principal
David Vinsen’s portfolio career spans a number of Chief Executive, Trustee and Directorship roles. All of these roles have the common themes of responsibility, reputation, and integrity.
At Quinovic Parnell, David is charged with managing the trust account; ensuring the whole team provides excellent customer service; and maintaining strategic relationships.
David Vinsen is Deputy Chair of the board of the Parnell Trust, a non-profit community services provider with 80 staff. His skills in diplomacy, governance, advocacy and communication are of vital importance in all of David’s roles.
David has extensive leadership experience. He is currently contracted as the Chief Executive of the Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association (IMVIA). Previously, he was President of the Motor Vehicle Dealers’ Institute (MVDI), where he was the fund’s longest-serving Trustee.
The Vinsen name is well known in the motor trade in New Zealand: David and his three younger brothers have been in business together since 1978 (and continue working together to this day). Firstly they started as vehicle dealers in motorcycles, and then used cars – and now they are all active property investors. The Vinsen property investment portfolio began three decades ago, and includes residential, commercial and light industrial properties in New Zealand and resorts in Rarotonga.
The similarities between the property and motor vehicle markets
At first glance, there may not seem to be much difference between property investment and motor vehicle markets. But not only do these purchases represent the largest capital investments an individual is likely to make, but also building trust is a vital attribute in both of these industries.
Just as car dealers trusted David Vinsen to look after their money in fidelity funds, property investors can trust David Vinsen to be personally accountable for their property investment assets and trust funds.
When he’s not working, David Vinsen enjoys adventure motorcycling on his BMW R1200 GS. He also enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and solving cryptic crosswords.
Get in touch with David:
Mobile: 021 840 520
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Property management team
Gordon Walker, Property Manager
Gordon has been a property manager at Quinovic Parnell since 2003. Prior to working for Quinovic he lived on Australia’s Gold Coast and while overseas rented out his New Zealand home, so has experience as a tenant and a landlord, and understands both sides. He is a French Polisher by trade, a former owner of his own business and has interior design experience. His eye for detail, high standards and impeccable work ethic have seen him excel in his Quinovic role.
Gordon ensures his portfolio of properties is maintained to a very high condition, and he enjoys signing up responsible tenants. He has earned himself such a good reputation that previous tenants have brought their own investment properties to him after investing themselves. With his creative flair many owners call on him for input and advice when renovating their investment properties.
Away from work Gordon is a wine connoisseur. He enjoys socialising with friends and entertaining. He may often be found hunting down antiques which he goes on to restore to their former beauty. His much loved cat keeps him busy, so he seldom has a spare moment.
Get in touch with Gordon:
Mobile: 021 763 833
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Lynette Thomson, Property Manager
Lynette is Quinovic Parnell’s newest property manager and she joined the team in July 2016. She possesses exceptional people skills and does her very best for all clients – property owners and tenants alike. With her compassionate and understanding nature, Lynette has an ability to see things from all perspectives.
Real estate is Lynette’s forte and she has a love for all things property, including interior design.
For 18 years she worked as a front line officer for the New Zealand Customs Service. She went on to spend three years selling real estate and has been involved in property management for 11 years.
Lynette has an infectious optimism, and a knack of setting anyone at ease with her bright and bubbly personality. She enjoys fashion and is impeccably presented.
Naturally social, in her spare time she loves to keep fit by walking, cycling and strength training. She likes socialising and meeting new people. Fine wine and dining are also one of her favourite pastimes. Lynette has a cat which she cherishes and dotes over.
Get in touch with Lynette:
Mobile: 021 763 933
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Sam McCarroll, Property Manager
Sam joined the Quinovic team as a property manager in 2014. Systems oriented and excellent communicator, Sam has a raft of talent and has worked in a number of customer service roles which complement his position at Quinovic Parnell. Sam prides himself on prompt communication with his property owners and tenants.
Before joining the Quinovic team, Sam’s experience has included owning and managing his own rental property, business owner and experience in both banking and shipping.
Sam is proactive and enjoys participating at the weekly staff meetings. Sam regularly offers advice on how processes could be streamlined and improved upon. One of Sam’s strengths is his time management skills and this is invaluable in his role as property manager.
Outside of work Sam is a keen foodie and baker. He often shares his home baking with the Quinovic Parnell staff. On weekends, Sam takes part in geocache treasure hunting. In his spare time you’ll find Sam at his favourite gym. He is a fully trained Les Mills Body Pump Instructor and something he does part-time.
Get in touch with Sam:
Mobile: 022 685 2316
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Kerry Kirwan, Business Development Manager
Kerry joined Quinovic Parnell in March 2017. With a background in business management, sales, people leadership and recruitment, Kerry is responsible for branch sales and marketing activities including branding, social media and advertising. Kerry is usually the first point of contact for anyone looking to utilise Quinovic Parnell’s property management services. Kerry also looks after market rental appraisals, which ensures she is constantly in touch with the Auckland rental market.
For first-time rental property investors, Kerry can assist you before you even purchase by providing you with expert and independent rental appraisal advice, and practical tips on what tenants are looking for. For anyone looking to rent out their family home, Kerry can show you how Quinovic can maximise your rental returns and your occupancy ratios, whilst maintaining or improving the value of your assets. If you are looking for honest and informed advice about any aspect of residential rentals and property management, give Kerry a call.
Get in touch with Kerry:
Mobile: 0220 108 005
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Cathryn Blake, Office Manager
Cathryn is the newest member of staff; she started work with Quinovic Parnell in March 2018. She has a solid knowledge of property law and contracts.
Prior to joining the team at Quinovic Property Management Parnell, Cathryn worked as a qualified senior legal executive for 35 years, and for 16 of those years she was a self-employed contractor in the conveyancing field. A quick learner and an excellent communicator, Cathryn has taken to her Quinovic Parnell role with ease. She has excellent listening skills, a polite and empathetic nature, and takes instructions easily. You’ll find Cathryn on the front desk where she warmly welcomes any visitors into the Parnell office with her cheerful manner and smile. In her role, Cathryn oversees day-to-day running of the Parnell office – payment of suppliers’ invoices and company accounts. With her firm yet fair approach, Cathryn also deals with any arrears in a prompt and efficient manner. Building, residential and construction all run through Cathryn’s veins. Her father worked as an architect and she has a keen interest in home renovation and properties. One of Cathryn’s passions is playing golf, and you’ll often find her at local courses most weekends.
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Alannah joined the team at Quinovic Parnell in 2007, and has a background in finance, market research and customer service. Her role at Quinovic Parnell is varied: as well as being responsible for social media marketing and assisting Kerry, she also helps out the property management team with administrative tasks where her eye for detail is an asset. During busy times she assists with tenant applications and chattels inventories.
Alannah enjoys the team environment at Quinovic Parnell. “This business is very much like a family where we work together to help one other,” she says.
Alannah is an animal lover who has welcomed a number of rescue cats into her home.
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