The Ray White Group wish the Chinese community and members a Happy Chinese New Year for 2015.
2015 is defined as the Year of the Goat (or Sheep). In Chinese terms the symbol for the Year of the Goat reflects three Goats and the meaning of the year provides for peace, harmony and good fortune.
Ray White in New Zealand has good representation of Chinese members, with over 140 in the area of sales, property management and administration. The Ray White Group has developed partnerships with juwai.com and hougarden.com to ensure New Zealand property is widely marketed across China. Ray White members also have access to the Ray White China Desk in Sydney and the newly formed Ray White office located in Beijing. Ray White New Zealand has a number of documents translated into Mandarin.
With the continued globalisation of property, New Zealand remains high on the list for Chinese consideration as a good investment linked with security and continued capital growth.
Ray White New Zealand Chief Executive, Carey Smith, said “The Chinese New Year is an important time for our Asian members to celebrate and Ray White New Zealand wishes everyone within the Chinese community a very happy new year.”
Please see below video message from Carey Smith, Ray White New Zealand Chief Executive.
The Far North of New Zealand has always been a successful real estate area over many years for the Ray White Group. Ray White has consistently sold over 30% of the real estate market year-in-year out and this has taken a further lift over the past 12 months, with particular sales initiatives driven through the offices of Ray White Kaitaia and Ray White Mangonui.
Operating for almost the past 20 years, the owner and licensee agent of Ray White Kaitaia and Ray White Mangonui is Gary Steed. Gary said after taking ownership of the businesses just over five years ago, that building on the already successful platform has meant the offices have continued to grow in the area of real estate sales, rural sales and property management. Gary said “Re-committing to another term with Ray White meant that his business remained at the forefront of technology, particularly in the area around systems and procedure.” He went on to say that “Ray White are well known for their front running position on behalf of their business owners around technology and compliance and these are just a couple of the key reasons why I very much enjoy being part of the Ray White Group.”
Carey Smith, Chief Executive of the Ray White Group, said “While Gary Steed runs a very successful business partnered with Ray White, it is his personal commitment to the leadership of the business that continues to see these offices be highly successful. Long term sales members at both offices, including the manager at Mangonui, Glenda Turner, have been supported by many property owners and in turn these offices have a good relationship through community support at a number of different levels.”
Ray White Kaitaia and Ray White Mangonui service all the regions in the Far North and provide services in residential, rural and commercial sales and leasing. They also have dedicated property management services.
Market leading Southland real estate agency Ray White Gore have relocated to newly fitted out premises that were previously occupied by the ANZ Bank in the centre of the main township of Gore. The office supports the latest livery of the Ray White Group with a series of lifestyle graphics that welcome customers and clients to the new premises.
Drewe Carran, business owner of Ray White Gore, said that waiting for the right premises has been worth it. “The new office is a considerable step up from our previous location and we are able to now have a business environment that works in with our customers and clients, particularly in the area of services that we provide directly to the community. We feel that investing in our premises will also enable clients to be able to have their properties better marketed and to serve those who are interacting with our staff to be invited into our office.”
Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand, said “The new premises of Ray White Gore showed the confidence of the business owner Drewe Carran in the support that he and his team receive from the local community for his agency, which has listed and sold many homes since being a foundation member of Ray White through United Realty in the early 1990s. The new premises reflects a step up in the business plan for Ray White Gore. They are not only one of the market leaders in Gore, but also one of the very best offices for Ray White across Southland.”
Ray White Gore is part of a strong network of offices for Ray White, with 16 businesses located through the Lower South Island area. Ray White Gore can be contacted through their office website rwgore.co.nz or at their new location at 37 Main Street, Gore.
Ray White Oamaru has recently moved to a superior location in the centre of the main township and this has seen the business lift considerably in profile, which has aided a new level of attraction for the team at Ray White Oamaru.
Maree Thorpe, the business owner at Ray White Oamaru, said “The move to be within the main centre of town has already resulted in a substantial lift in our agency listing numbers given our high profile and the ability for us to be able to market property direct from our inner township location. The new office is fitted out with all the latest technology and this has been welcomed by our team members and also customers and clients, who are more than ever engaging with property through technology.”
Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand, said “The location of Ray White offices continues to be an important consideration in the success of each agency. Ray White Oamaru has considered their move over the last period of time. The relocation to their new address on Thames Street is a direct reflection of their commitment to their business and the long term future success of their sales team and property management. Maree has always taken great pride in her premises and the new location will give an additional lift in profile and this will add further value to the success of the office currently.”
Ray White Oamaru has their own dedicated website rwoamaru.co.nz. The office can also be contacted via telephone on 03 434 8855, and their new address is 99 Thames Street.
Ray White New Zealand will this year launch its main conference day with internationally recognised keynote speaker Allan Pease. Allan is best known for his understanding of the psychology of selling, relationships and human communication. Known world wide as “Mr Body Language”, Allan was a born achiever, starting his career at the age of 10 selling rubber sponges door-to-door. Today he is world renowned, having addressed audiences in over 70 countries.His programmes are used by businesses and governments to teach powerful relationship skills. Allan will take Ray White members through a wide range of understandings which will help and assist skills in the area of real estate.
Other keynote speakers include Jason Andrew. Jason is one of the most respected and sought after auctioneers and speakers in regards to real estate throughout Australasia. Jason has conducted over 10,000 auctions during his career and was awarded the highest industry accolade for auctioneering, being the Champion Australasian Auctioneer in 2010. He has also been awarded numerous awards in his home state of Queensland in Australia. In more recent years, Jason has become a leading industry commentator and keynote speaker. Jason expects to share with the Ray White audience his dynamic approach to establishing better business and how to continue to grow successfully.
Julie Ryan in her own right is one of the best known real estate mentors and international presenters in the industry. Julie has over the past number of years been asked to present at several leading international conferences, including the National Realtors Association in America. Julie’s style is unique. Her ability to have direct impact on sales members within the industry is at the highest level. Julie today mentors the highest performers within the Ray White Group in her role of High Performance in Ray White. Julie will present those small differences that take a real estate career from being at a good level to going to an Elite level.
Ray White New Zealand members are now being invited to register for the conference online at the dedicated Ray White New Zealand Annual Conference and Awards website raywhiteawards.co.nz
January results remain positive for the Ray White New Zealand Group, with an increase of 29% on the same period last year. However this was down on the December record the Group achieved to complete the 2014 year.
January is traditionally a quiet month. This year saw sales increase to just on 815 with an average sale price of $542,312. The number of controlled listings was similar to the same period last year which has meant there is a consistent number of properties on the market with the expectation there will be more new listings available during the month of February.
Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand, said “The January results for our group were outstanding. This is the first year the company has produced sales in excess of 800 for the month. In what is considered a quiet month, many of our offices remained open and continued to trade in a responsive market.”
Many of the Ray White offices had record results for the month of January. The top three business were Ray White City Apartments who achieved over 60 sales, Ray White Te Awamutu who completed $22.5 million, and Ray White Wanaka who again produced an outstanding sales month.
Individually our leading businesses across New Zealand were headlined by Ray White City Apartments in Auckland. In the Northland region Ray White Whangarei continued to produce strong results. Ray White Te Awamutu and Ray White Paraparaumu were the leading offices in the Central and Lower North Island. Ray White Richmond had another strong month, while Ray White Metro and Ray White Rolleston were the leading offices in Canterbury. Ray White Wanaka in the Lower South Island was a stand-out for their sales.
The Ray White Group during January and throughout summer continue to run the Summer Sales Campaign which has given clients the opportunity to have their properties marketed with special campaigns that are being supported by individual offices of Ray White. Many owners have taken advantage of the Summer Sales Campaign, which remains open over the next period and again will see further opportunities for owners in the month of March.
The Ray White Group welcomed an additional office in Canterbury this month, being Ray White Barrington.
Ray White offices partnered with Ronald McDonald House and community charities across New Zealand to deliver an inspiring Christmas campaign – to provide a little extra light for many this festive season.
A Little Ray of Giving is an annual program which this season saw over 300 Ray White offices raise more than 15,000 gifts for families in need across New Zealand and Australia. Now in its third year here in New Zealand, the 2014 Little Ray of Giving program saw a large number of Ray White New Zealand offices step up to support and put smiles on the faces of some very special children – by simply seeking donations of gifts from their local communities. The donations were then distributed by Ray White offices, and partnered charities, to either families staying at Ronald McDonald Houses across New Zealand or other deserving members in our community.
More than 3,000 gifts were collected by Ray White in New Zealand alone (up substantially on last year), and countless donations of food, vouchers and other items were also donated via the program. Ray White Dargaville sent away 150 presents to Ronald McDonald House but there was one gift that was extra special. When a member of the community brought in a big cuddly white teddy bear, the office affectionately named it “Mrs White”, the Teddy was then given to Ellie Weight, a special little girl from Dargaville who was staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Auckland. Ray White Lower Hutt also ran such a successful campaign, they lost count of how many presents were donated. The generosity of their local Wellington community saw the Ray White van filled with gifts a few times over. Office principal, Rupert Kemeys then dressed up as Santa to deliver the presents to the Wellington Hospital Children’s ward. – Watch their video of their Little Ray of Giving delivery here.
“Christmas is a special time of year shared with family, spending quality time with one another and enjoying the festivities. However, in an instant everything can change. This is the reality for many families staying at Ronald McDonald Houses across New Zealand. Families with a chronically ill child are often placed under immense emotional, physical and financial stress, especially at Christmas time – so, Christmas is one of the most special events on the calendar for Ronald McDonald Houses – as we aim to recreate the setting that families would have in their own home environment.” says Wayne Howett, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Auckland.
Ronald McDonald House, Auckland hosted a special celebration on 22 December for the 80 families currently staying at the house. One of these families (pictured above) included seven month old Jai along with his Mum Kate, Dad Daniel and siblings Blake and Vanessa who have been staying at the House for over 55 days now, and are a long way from their home in Hokitika. Their Christmas, along with around 40 other families was spent at Ronald McDonald House, Auckland this year.
Ray White have a long-standing commitment to Ronald McDonald House (RMH) who provide a home away from home for families from all over New Zealand when their children require specialist medical treatment in another city. Since 2007 Ray White New Zealand Offices have been involved by partnering with RMH to help keep families together, and this year have stepped up their support of the charity by offering individual salesperson support partnership initiatives in addition to the long established office partnership opportunities, and programs such as A Little Ray of Giving.
“Thanks to the support of Ray White and the community these families are still able to experience the joy of Christmas – no matter how far from home they are.” says Wayne Howett. “Thank you so much for bringing smiles to so many children and their families – we could not do this without your generous help!”
“We are extremely proud of our Ray White New Zealand Offices who have embraced the Little Ray of Giving program for another year – to help support Ronald McDonald House and those in their local communities. Christmas is about family. The thoughtfulness and generosity of our members and communities who have embraced the program is tremendous and has brought festive cheer to so many families right across New Zealand this year. Sometimes just a small gift can make the biggest difference to someone in need.” said Carey Smith, CEO of Ray White New Zealand “I’d like to thank all our members, and the public, for their support of this initiative.”
Launched in December the Ray White Summer Sale Campaign is well underway and is already achieving some stand out results for vendors across the country.
Carey Smith, Ray White New Zealand CEO, says “the property market has been extremely active – especially leading in to the holiday season. This year more than any other year, we expect, and are seeing, December and January to have considerable activity – and this is clearly benefiting our clients.”
Recognising this market activity Ray White New Zealand are dedicated to actively marketing and working through the holiday season. “Traditionally the number of houses for sale over the holiday period decreases” says Phil Horrobin of Ray White City Apartments. “This creates opportunities to actively market our vendors properties – ensuring they really stand out.”
Megan Jaffe agrees, and adds “another clear advantage to marketing your home over this period is that buyers who are looking for properties during the holidays are usually serious about purchasing – which can also lead to a quick, effective sale”.
Ray White have designed special upgraded marketing campaigns through our Central Auckland offices – which are available during the holiday period. These are designed to give clients the opportunity to widely expose their property through the New Zealand Herald, online through Realestate.co.nz and Trade Me Property.
The initiative led by our Damerell Group, City Realty and Megan Jaffe Real Estate offices has been adopted nationally by Ray White New Zealand offices who have networked through their local communities and with local suppliers to offer their clients the most competitive marketing packages over the holiday season.
“As we all know a reduced competition between sellers has historically increased competition amongst buyers – ensuring that we get our vendors the best possible sale for their property” says Simon Damerell of Ray White Ponsonby, Grey Lynn and Point Chevalier – who are also actively supporting and marketing the initiative.
“With our offices fully supporting open home campaigns, we undertake to be available to show buyers through properties when they have time and can make decisions about their home purchase.” says Carey Smith.
For more details on the initiative talk to your local Ray White office – or click here for more information.
The festive season is well and truly upon us – as Ray White offices across New Zealand continue to get involved.
Ray White Browns Bay were recently invited to lead their local Browns Bay Christmas Parade, held in the community on Saturday 6 December.
Bringing together local businesses and clubs the Browns Bay Christmas Parade has been running for many years and Ray White Browns Bay has proudly taken part in the parade every year since 2002. This year the team, represented by sales people, property managers and administrators entertained the crowd by handing out lollies, Ray White balloons and by firing bubbles from our Rentals Cars.
“Leading the way in the parade was a privilege for Ray White this year and it brings about a real sense of spirit for our team as we all got dressed up to support our community.” says Shane Crowle from Ray White Browns Bay
“Our team of real estate agents, Angela Johnson, Joseph Foo, Justin Arblaster, Ann Emerson, William Simpson, Tina Hoa, Trin Zhao, alongside rentals staff Karen Ingram Jenny Orerel and the office managerial team and support staff Yin Xiaoxu, Shane Crowle, Ruby Yang and Connie Strong all participated in the parade, along with some of their children.”
Hailed as the biggest Christmas parade North of Auckland’s Harbour Bridge, the Browns Bay Business Association estimated that there were at least five thousand people watching, if not more, making it the largest parade held ever in Browns Bay.
Having launched the Ray White Little Ray of Giving program earlier in the month – Ray White offices across New Zealand have also been busy getting involved in the festive spirit and collecting presents for those in their communities.
Now in its third year, the Little Ray of Giving program asks New Zealanders to dig deep to help put smiles on the faces of some special children in their community – by simply purchasing a small gift and popping in to their local Ray White office. From today these gifts are being distributed by Ray White offices, and partnered charities, to either families staying at Ronald McDonald Houses across New Zealand or others in our community who could do with a lift this festive season.
Online Realty Limited, who are one of the most successful offices within the Ray White Group, have recently agreed to extend their brand partnership with Ray White. The Ray White Hamilton office comprises over 30 sales staff and has a property management division of over 1,600 in the managed portfolio which is looked after by 12 property managers.
Carl Glasgow, director of Online Realty Limited, said that “Renewing the agreement with Ray White was always going to be a positive experience. The Group aligns with our values and continues to provide us with strong direction, momentum and growth. Our company in Hamilton is a long established business and we enjoy the relationship we have with Ray White New Zealand and this provides us a platform to continue to succeed.”
Dennis Coombes, co-director of Online Realty Limited, said “The relationship with Ray White continues to get stronger. Our business offers a number of services, including residential, commercial and rural sales. It is here where the brand name Ray White has continued to provide us with excellent resources, particularly around industry leading technology and brand marketing. Our property management portfolio aligns well with Ray White’s strong position in growing this key area of our business.”
Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand, said “Carl Glasgow and Dennis Coombes have always had an important business for Ray White as one of the leading businesses in the Group. Ray White Hamilton was one of the original offices to join the company when the Group rebranded to Ray White and it has continued to remain a successful office that has grown its market share in sales and property management.”