They could not believe it when they received an offer "well over" its valuation after only 10 days listed with Eves. "We accepted it that night," she said.
The house had sold for much more than they had paid for it a year earlier, she said.
Eves and Bayleys Real Estate chief executive Ross Stanway said last month proved the days of slow winter months were long gone. "Demand is very, very high," he said. "I think this has been a very warm winter in the property market."
Tauranga Harcourts general manager Nigel Martin said the number of days to sell was the lowest it had been in "many, many years".
"To be down in those early 30s really shows what's going on out there. It's gone below the national average," he said.
The national average was about 34 days, while Auckland hit an average of 29 days to sell last month, he said.
"Stock levels are obviously causing that ... That's just a lack of supply really."
Anton Jones, owner of First National in Tauranga, Mount Maunganui and Omokoroa, said his staff had been "flat out" across all areas.
"We do more [sales] over in Tauranga and it's certainly very busy."
In First National's experience, there was a huge amount of activity in the Avenues, as well as Bellevue and Bethlehem.
"They seem to be the hot spots in our view," he said, "But I don't think there's an area that's not selling.
I don't think there's an area that's not selling.
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Mount Maunganui and Papamoa Ray White Realty Focus franchise owner Greg Purcell said the high sales numbers meant "what is out there is largely being sold".
Auckland buyers were "certainly a large factor", he said.
"We're a by-product of the Auckland market. We're close enough to Auckland to be a real stomping ground for them."
The competitive market was resulting in people making faster decisions in order to not miss out on an opportunity, he said.
Real Estate Institute chief executive Colleen Milne said there was increasing evidence that Aucklanders were looking out of the region for properties - as owner-occupiers and for investment properties.
"Regions such as Northland and Waikato/Bay of Plenty have recorded significant drops in the volume of properties for sale over the past six months, with Aucklanders increasingly being identified as a significant buying group in these regions," she said.