Bayleys new powerhouse team of Mike Preston and Simon Sharpin bring to the table a wealth of experience and knowledge of the rural sector.


The pair have joined forces to sell rural properties in the Ashburton district.

Mike consistently ranks as one of Bayleys top sales people nationwide and leads his own Ashburton sales team.

His experience working in the rural sector combined with a passion and drive for people means he has consistently ranked as one of Bayleys top performers since entering the profession eight years ago.

Covering all areas of rural real estate his clients and work are diverse. Mike has built a significant database of contacts across the country, meaning his reach to find the perfect property, or the perfect buyer, is vast.

Renowned for his trustworthy nature and honest approach, Mike’s strong work ethic has been proven time and time again as he achieves the best for each and every vendor.


Austen brings with him a lifetime’s experience working at the top of his industry in the rural sector.

His knowledge of all types of farming and forestry, combined with a wealth of management and business skills have transitioned well into his new career.

He maintains a broad network of business professionals, commercial property owners, farmers and lifestyle block owners from his previous work and continues to build on these established relationships.

With a background in forestry, and having owned his own sheep and crop farm, Austen has also held a senior management role in one of the South Island’s largest land conversion projects and later the role of Chief Executive of this Canterbury based farming and forestry company.

His recent experience with irrigation consenting and design, land use change and both rural and commercial property management is a strength.


Make a move in the right direction, talk to Mike or Simon in confidence today.