Ray White Browns Bay lead local Christmas parade


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.




Hamilton extend relationship with Ray White

HamiltonOnline 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.”

The Ray White Hamilton office is located on Victoria Street and information regarding the office can be found on their local website rwhamilton.co.nz

Ray White Bream Bay relocate to high profile waterfront premises

BreamBay2Ray White Bream Bay, part of Ray White Allens, Goode Leith Realty Group  (with offices in Whangarei, Tutukaka and Bream Bay), has relocated to high profile premises at the new Marsden Cove Marina.   The move to the new premises comes with the continued growth and development in the region.

John Monteith, director of Ray White Allens said the move to the main retail area of Bream Bay is an important strategic move for the company. “We have had a long term successful office in the waterside location of One Tree Point and with the move to the Marsden Cove Marina in Bream Bay we see that this will further establish our strong market position in the area – led by  our Bream Bay salesperson, Tina Subritzky [pictured]”

Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand, said “Ray White Allens have a successful business in the Bream Bay, One Tree Point and Marsden Point areas. While the area is known for high level diversity, with the recent projects being announced in Marsden City and the ongoing development in the marina area, the move to the new location by Ray White Allens is seen as a successful long term positioning.”

The new Ray White Bream Bay office is located at Unit 5, 30 Rauiri Drive, Marsden Cove and details of the office and their properties available can be found at rwbreambay.co.nz.

From rubble to rebuild – Prier Manson open in Ferrymead

FerrymeadOne of the longest established agency businesses for the Ray White Group in Canterbury, Prier Manson, has relocated their Opawa business to a purpose built 250 square metre office in Ferrymead.

Over the past couple of years Prier Manson has been operating from Opawa after losing their retail offices in Redcliffs and Sumner in the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. During that time the business has stabilised and to the credit of directors Craig Prier and Rae Manson and the staff, the office has again grown to now take on new premises to again be one of the largest offices servicing the Eastern Suburbs of Christchurch.

Rae Manson, director of Prier Manson Realty, said “The move to Ferrymead was not only done on the basis of the growth of the business but also re-establishes the office to again be fully connected to the Eastern Suburbs area. Many of the areas throughout the Eastern Suburbs have been redefined. We feel we are a strong part of the community and our growth has been supported by local clients who have had decisions taken away from them at times and this has meant services of companies like ours have become even more important.

Craig Prier, co-director of Prier Manson Realty, at the opening of the Ferrymead office acknowledged the staff and said the outstanding level of service the staff continue to provide and their knowledge of different solutions for clients is exceptional.

“We were all affected by the earthquakes, and almost every property the office managed had damage.  We had no idea how real estate would be transacted after an earthquake and we knew consolidation was our only option,” Craig said.  “Since the earthquake, transacting real estate in Christchurch has changed dramatically. Insurance, EQC, passing claims on, demolition, and full disclosure mean that every contract attracts a mountain of paperwork. All this extra work is being done by fantastic staff who are all still dealing with ongoing issues with their own homes.”

Brendan Shefford, Zone Chairperson of the Canterbury Zone, said that Prier Manson is one of the leading businesses for Ray White in Canterbury. They have always been one of the most respected businesses in the Group and their move to Ferrymead re-establishes their position in the Eastern suburbs. He said that they have had very tough times over the last number of years but their resilience, determination and aptitude with clients has shone through for them to again be one of the very best in our group.”

The new Ray White Ferrymead office, purposly built office to house all divisions of the office including sales, auctions and property management, officially opened on the 17th November 2014, and is located at 21 Humphreys Drive in Ferrymead.  Further details can be found on their website: rwferrymead.co.nz


Auckland property has $1 reserve


An Auckland real estate agent is taking a leap of faith in the hot property market – by auctioning his own property for a $1 reserve.

Ray White agent Jared Hards and wife Ashlea have put their 1950s railway cottage in the Auckland suburb of Otahuhu on the market with the minimum reserve price.

Hards said he was always suggesting to vendors that they put their homes to auction so it was a great opportunity to show his faith in the process. “It’s my way of putting my money where my mouth is,” he said. “I trust the auction process and I trust our agent so I know it is not going to sell for just a dollar.”

Fellow agent Jared Cooksley is marketing the renovated Queen St cottage on a 281sq m freehold section. The house, with a CV of $290,000, has two bedrooms and an office, storage and is close to shops and transport.

Cooksley said the $1 reserve was risky but also a good opportunity to grab attention in the fast-growing suburb of Otahuhu.

“It has worked so far with a lot of phone calls and around 20 through the open home on the first day,” Cooksley said. “It is a good house so we have been able to have a bit of fun with it,” he said.

Figures from QV show Otahuhu had one of the fastest-rising house values in Auckland.

Bruce Wiggins from QV said growth was high because it had good transport links with the city and was “the next one along the motorway” from the neighbouring high-performing Mt Wellington.

The property is set to be auctioned on 14 December, unless sold prior.  View the property here on the Ray White Mangere Bridge website.

Source: NZ Herald on Sunday
Photo by Jason Dorday: Vendor Jared Hards with agent Jared Cooksley at the cottage

Ray White sponsor New Zealand Chinese Golf Open

GolfChinaThe Ray White Chinese New Zealand Open was held successfully at Akarana Golf Club on Thursday 13 November.

Organized by Golf007, and proudly sponsored by Ray White New Zealand and Ray White City Apartments, the competition was played over 18 holes and attracted entries from 120 Chinese golfers making it the biggest Chinese golf event to be held in Auckland. Competition between the groups (representing Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and Malaysia) was intense – with the Hong Kong team winning the championship by a single point.

Awards were presented at a local Chinese restaurant with all present enjoying a seated dinner and ceremony where participants also received some great prizes, such as Kauri Cliffs golf packages,  Hilton Hotel accommodation packages,golf clubs, accessories and much more.  During the evening there was also a lucky draw for a return flight to Australia courtesy of  China Airlines.  Participants were honoured that Carey Smith, CEO of  Ray White New Zealand was also able to join them for the prize giving ceremony.

A Volkswagen Golf car was offered as a prize for any hole in ones at the event – and although there were some very good attempts, and plenty of near-misses, the prize was not won.

Simon Cheung, Golf007 General Manager, aims to hold this event annually, and hopes it will become a regular part of Chinese golf in Auckland. Simon thanked Ray White, the local Chinese media, and other sponsors for their strong support of the tournament.

With close to 12 per cent of Ray White New Zealand members speaking Chinese, and an increasing number of property sales both in residential and commercial being to Chinese buyers, Ray White New Zealand has been witnessing a dramatic increase in activity around Chinese markets.  Having a large number of Chinese speaking team members in his City Apartments team, Phil and his team not only sponsored the Chinese New Zealand Open event, but assisted too on the day – with his team taking the opportunity to discuss and network with players.  Phil Horrobin said it the event offered “a great opportunity for his team members to get out and meet these Chinese speaking members of our community in a fun and relaxed environment.”

Having worked with Statistics New Zealand earlier in the year Ray White New Zealand recognise the importance of overseas investors, specifically in getting the best possible results for property vendors, and have released a Chinese Marketing Toolkit for members to help market to this significant buyer pool.  Additionally the Group now offer a range of translated tools to the group and have recently also partnered with Juwai.com, China’s leading property portal.

Ray White shine a light on giving this festive season


Ray White offices have partnered with Ronald McDonald House and community charities across New Zealand to deliver an inspiring Christmas campaign for New Zealand families who may need a little extra light in their festive season.

Now in its third year, the Little Ray of Giving program has launched across the country for 2014 with New Zealanders being asked to dig deep to 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.  The gifts will then be distributed by our 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.

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.

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.

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 they aim to recreate the setting that families would have in their own home environment.  In Auckland alone, Ronald McDonald House will spread some cheer to over 300 families staying with them during the Christmas season. Over 400 plates of traditional Christmas dinner will be made and served, and more than 180 Santa sacks made for each of the families.  Understanding that Christmas can be a challenging time for any family Ray White New Zealand decided to step up their support of A Little Ray of Giving so that families can further enjoy and spend Christmas together.  Ray White has run A Little Ray of Giving across New Zealand since December 2012, and last year more than 3,000 gifts were donated across 55 offices – with an ever larger number of offices taking part across the country this year.

“Riding off the support for the Ronald McDonald House Street Appeal held nationally in June, we are excited to to have another chance to help keep Kiwi families together when they need it most. The Little Ray of Giving gift drive is a simple way to help families who may have their mind on more pressing issues at this time of year.  Sometimes just a small gift can make the biggest difference to someone in need at Christmas.” said Carey Smith, CEO of Ray White New Zealand.

Ray White Queenstown principal Bas Smith said it was a ”simple way of having a huge impact on someone else’s Christmas… People often think financial hardship doesn’t exist in our town, but we know that’s not true. There are a number of children, families and individuals in the Wakatipu who will spend Christmas alone and with very little, while others will have more than they need. ” Their offices in Queenstown, Arrowtown or Frankton have chosen to partner with their local Rotary Club to deliver gifts to children across their community this year.

Wayne Howett, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Auckland says “With the help of the community, thoughtful individuals and our corporate partners like Ray White New Zealand we are better able to provide a supportive atmosphere for these families at such an important time – especially as Christmas is about families…. At Ronald McDonald House we like to celebrate Christmas with gifts that we share with our families. This is where the thoughtfulness and generosity of a whole community can bring festive cheer to the families staying at the Houses over Christmas, especially the children. This year we are so very appreciative of Ray White’s generosity in re-launching A Little Ray of Giving which will benefit so many of the families who will be with us over this Christmas period.”

To get involved in your community simply wrap up a present and drop it into your local Ray White office. Tell the Ray White team if the gift is for a boy or girl (or mum or dad), nominate an age group and your gift will be delivered by the Ronald McDonald House or charity teams to a local family who will appreciate the lift to their festive season.


Rotorua’s rising lake sales bode well for region


Increased interest in the lakes real estate market is indicative of a general upturn in interest in Rotorua real estate which is leaving agents cautiously optimistic.

Ray White Rotorua recently sold a waterfront Lake Rotoiti property (pictured above with Ray White auctioneer James Alexander) for more than $1.2 million and has cited the sale as proof of an increasingly active market.

Ray White Rotorua co-owner Anita Martelli said in the past four or five weeks they’d noticed an increase in inquiries from people looking at properties around the lakes.

Mrs Martelli said interest was spread across properties at all the lakes, which was good, and had resulted in some impressive sales over the $1 million mark, including the Rotoiti property.  “Most of them have been for holiday homes, but a couple have been people looking for permanent homes.”  She said the market had been positive and she believed the next lot of real estate sales figures would reflect that.

Part of the appeal of the lakes was fond memories among people who had holidayed there in the past, while others saw it as good-value buying compared with the Auckland market.  Other have also noticed an increase in out-of-town buyers coming into the Rotorua market again – in the lakes area and in general- with a mix of investors and people relocating to Rotorua.

“After a strong October – which saw more properties sold in Rotorua in October than any other month of 2014 to-date – buyer confidence seemed to increase” said Rae Beale, Central and Lower North Island Business Performance Manager for Ray White New Zealand.  Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) sales figures showed 93 residential properties were sold in October at a median sale price of $275,000.

Ray White Rotorua‘s Anita Martelli said she thought the boost was due to buyer confidence.  “The banks are definitely helping there in terms of what they can do now. People are out there looking and Rotorua is perceived as a very desirable place to come. You can get a good property for a a small price compared to Auckland… We’re hoping to get over 100 [properties sold] again, where the market used to be. It was at 56 in April and then the 70s since, to get into the 90s – that’s a real positive.”

Information sourced: Rebecca Malcolm’s “Rising Lake Sales Bode Well for Region”  Rotorua Daily Post, and Alison King’s “October’s House Sales Highest of Year“, Rotorua Daily Post

Ray White business owners join together in Queenstown

BOSThe Ray White New Zealand Group Business Owners came together at the Hilton Hotel in Queenstown to continue to develop the Ray White Strategy, which has been designed for implementation over a five year period. The Symposium was set on the key questions of how the Group is now aligning to the Strategy, how we redefine and understand the capability of Ray White through the business owners and to ensure that each of the customer values are understood through our strategic statement.

Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand, opened this years’ Symposium reviewing the last 12 months and acknowledging the success of the Group and discussing the way the Group will present its outcomes over the next three year period.

Peter Camphin of Ray White Australia held a session on how Next Talent, Future Leaders, partnerships and mergers all form the process for successful succession planning in a real estate business. Peter presented case studies around risk and also showed how succession can be a key to growth and can add value to the future of all real estate offices. The session was complemented by a panel discussion comprising Michelle Greer from Ray White Timaru and Megan Jaffe from Ray White Remuera.

Customer satisfaction plays an important role in meeting expectations and in the last we months the Group has introduced an extensive customer satisfaction process. Chris Pescott from Customer Monitor presented on the complete view of the transaction and how customers rely on expectations being fulfilled and the greatest benefit to a business is word of mouth through meeting and exceeding customer expectation.

Graham Crews, who is known to many in the industry, delivered on the all encompassing subject of compliance. Graham described how efficiency in compliance can lead the way to a successful business in today’s regulated environment. He also spoke on using compliance to the benefit of best practice, which engages both the sales team and the client.

Ray White marketing continues to be defined by excellence delivered through our business owners. Ensuring a concise message in the area of successful marketing and how individuals are trying to achieve a best outcome was behind the presentation of Cheryl Hayes, New Zealand Marketing Executive. Cheryl presented on the balance between the agency, agent and the property.

Professional indemnity provides to ensure that any unintentional outcomes are covered for our clients and the agency business. Marsh presented on the integration of professional indemnity insurance in the business of today and introduced the 2015 panel of insurers who are available to Ray White Group members.

National Sales Manager for Loan Market, Brian Greer, headlined day two of the symposium. Brian discussed the changing market conditions in finance and how integration between agency and finance was becoming a link which the client continues to embrace.

Having leading industry technology is the responsibility of Ray White. Adam Campbell, who is the director of MyDesktop, and Keith Ashkettle, head of Ray White New Zealand Technology, presented on the innovations that continue to be embraced through the use of technology and how Ray White has allowed the involvement of applications to be applied to greater enhance the efficiency of all Ray White members and in turn clients.

The keynote speaker presentation was an incredible story by John Anderson (pictured above with Ray White CEO, Carey Smith), who developed a simple idea into a worldwide business known as Contiki Holidays. John spoke of his development of the business model over the past 20 years and how Contiki Holidays had welcomed over 3 million young people, including over 450,000 New Zealanders. John’s story was inspirational and one of the highlights of the Business Owners Symposium.

Financial benchmarking has been introduced to our groups members during the past 12 months. Ray White Group Finance Director, Luke Richardson, presented the benchmarking model and spoke of the value of understanding the risks and rewards in agency and how better planning for financial success can be achieved through the use of benchmarking.

Zac Snelling, who is the New Zealand Business Performance Manager for Property Management, presented on the Group’s leading market position in the property management business throughout New Zealand. With over 15,000 properties being managed by Ray White, the value for property management and the direction of property management services for better outcomes is one of the core beliefs for the Ray White Group.

The Ray White Business Owners Symposium is one of the key success stories of the Ray White Group. Over the past number of years the Group’s Strategy has developed and continues to take shape through until the end of 2016. As part of the Group’s capability, the Strategy Statement being: Ray White demonstrates leadership through our primary customers decision making based on honesty and integrity. Our core family values respect all stakeholders. We have pride in our membership, with recognition and trust being our collective strength.

Ray White proud to announce Invercargill merger

InvercargillMason Realty Limited, a member of the Ray White Group and Property South 2010 Limited a member of the First National Group wish to formally announce the merger of the companies to form one of Invercargill’s biggest real estate companies, which from early December will be known as Progressive Realty Group Limited, trading as Ray White Invercargill.

The decision to merge the companies came as an opportunity to grow the individual offices and to form a business model which provides for the companies jointly to be a stronger business of attraction and to also allow for the future of the company to be the market leader in real estate through Invercargill.

The formation of the business, to be known as Ray White Invercargill, will be part of Australasia’s biggest group with over 1,000 offices internationally and just as significantly, a leading presence through Southland and the Southern Lakes.

Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand, said that Mason Realty Limited and Property South 2010 Limited shared like values and they are two companies which have a strong market share in the area and will also combine the property management and operate from two premises on Dee Street. “The merged company, through Ray White, will have industry leading technology, one of the largest referral networks, together with a strong marketing presence locally and also nationally.”

Philip Brough, who is the director of Property South 2010 Limited, said “The merger came at a time when our company was looking to grow and being aligned with Ray White and lifting our presence in the marketplace were important considerations for the merger. Our company will lift in size to have one of the largest teams servicing the Invercargill area and our property management will now also be one of the leading portfolios in the area.”

Brendan Mason, director of Mason Realty Limited, said “The opportunity to merge with Property South 2010 Limited was very exciting and provided increased opportunity for all the team. It allows us to build on our infrastructure, to continue to grow our market share and to have support within our business that services clients and landlords for the very best outcome.”

Progressive Realty Group Limited will commence operation in early December through owners Brendan Mason and Philip Brough. The sales team will comprise of 22 members and the company will manage a property portfolio of 425. The agency will trade from two locations, being 231 Dee Street and 279 Dee Street.

For further information contact Brendan Mason on 021 399 402 or Philip Brough on 021 620 045 or rwinvercargill.co.nz

Source: The Southland Times

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