Kara’s engaging manner and total professionalism are immediately evident. Consequently her history of achieving top dollar in record time for her vendors is really no surprise. Kara’s effectiveness is the result of many years of experience, her knowledge of current market conditions and an understanding of her clients goals in relation to either buying or selling. A mother of two, Kara has a son, Dominic who is a Personal Trainer and a daughter, Taylor at Auckland University studying law.

Kara’s Real Estate career began in 1994 and includes the sell down of large off-the-plans projects as well as Residential Sales across the North Shore and beyond. A team player Kara always goes the extra mile to get the job done. Her desire to give back to her community includes working as a front line volunteer on the phones for Lifeline, supporting mothers to return to exercise by looking after their babies so they can have some much needed time out as well as supporting her local Primary School.

Honest, real and wonderfully passionate, she brings an added dimension to our growing team.

Frano Botica needs no introduction. His 18 years experience playing internationally for the All Blacks, New Zealand Maoris, New Zealand Sevens and Kiwis made him a household name, he has always relished the challenge of producing his best possible effort on every occasion.

A true professional in everything he tackles, Frano firmly believes in the principles he learned as a top-level rugby player and has successfully applied those in the business arena.

As a former captain he developed exceptional leadership skills, making him an excellent group facilitator and negotiator. He has worked with Fonterra, Downer EDI, Vitico, the Department of Conservation and NZ Defence Force, among many others.

Frano’s long career at the elite level of sport has enhanced his ongoing business career, giving him the ability to operate effectively with a wide range of people at all ages and stages of life.

Needless to say we are thrilled to have Frano join us here at UP Real Estate. Together with Kara Barnston they add a new dimension to our thriving team.