“The school were very appreciative of Ray White Orakei’s contribution and in particular Wayne Maguire’s outstanding auctioning skills which undoubtedly was the highlight of the evening.” says Graeme Fraser, Head of Agency Operations for Ray White New Zealand.
Early tallies show that the event helped in raising over $65,000 for the school – with the funds being used towards an overdue upgrade to their 76-year-old hall. “The Art Exhibition, is, as always, an enjoyable experience for art enthusiasts and is a great way of bringing the wider community together. Each year the event seems to grow in popularity with more artists wanting to get involved. With funds from this year’s event being used towards the much needed upgrade to the Orakei School Hall, which is regularly used by both the school and wider community for a variety of activities, we are certain many people will benefit from this initiative” says Mike Zelcer from Ray White Orakei.
“We take great pride in supporting the school, as it is a wonderful way to connect with the local community. There is nothing better than giving back or paying forward, however you look at it, it’s a great cause.” says Megan Jaffe, Ray White Orakei Business Owner.
Ray White Browns Bay put New Zealand properties in the spotlight at the 5th Guangzhou International Quality Lifestyle & Property Expo held in China last week.
The Guangzhou International Quality Lifestyle & Property Expo (QLP 2014), is South China’s largest and most prestigious overseas property and investment fair showcasing projects from around the world – including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore – and more than 30 other countries. Organized by Mainland Corporation Pte Ltd the event was held at the Poly World Trade Expo Centre over three days. Two Ray White Browns Bay team members flew over to the event and had two local Ray White salespeople also join them at the expo. With a prime corner site, set next to the main stage, the team capitalised on the opportunities this presented them – making many good contacts from the event.
“Chinese interest in New Zealand property is strong” says Yin Xiaoxu, Director of Ray White Browns Bay “we chose to attend the expo to get first hand information about this emerging market, and are really pleased with the results.”
Guangzhou is the capital and largest city of Guangdong province in South China. Located on the Pearl River, about 120 km north-northwest of Hong Kong and north-northeast of Macau, Guangzhou is a key national transportation hub and trading port. Marketed as the the ideal platform to explore the cosmopolitan lifestyle and to meet real estate experts the Guangzhou International Quality Lifestyle & Property Expo’s primary aim is to link China’s emerging rich to overseas lifestyle and investment opportunities. The event showcases international lifestyles and promotes not only properties but also provides information on areas of immigration, study, financial matters, and business and professional expansion – as well as providing information for businesses wishing to expand into China.
“China is New Zealand’s largest source of offshore property buyers, with 25 per cent of all offshore sales. We are proud of the work Ray White Browns Bay have put in to profiling Auckland’s North Shore, and indeed New Zealand, at this event – having recognised the importance of this ever growing market.” says Carey Smith, CEO of Ray White New Zealand.
In September this year Ray White partnered with Juwai.com – the No.1 Chinese International property portal. Ray White now markets all residential, commercial and rural real estate listings on the website. - Read more about Ray White’s partnership with Juwai here.
With an impressive property, trade and services offering Whitianga hosted it’s second annual home show – with Ray White Whitianga exhibiting alongside fellow businesses at the event.
The event, known as the Mercury Bay Home and Trade Show was held at the Whitianga Hall on Saturday 25 October. Organised by the Whitianga Business Association, the event was established to allow property owners to source inspiration from local trades people, retailers and service providers whilst discovering the latest in products and trends.
Ray White Whitianga used the home show to profile current properties, sold properties and the Ray White Whitianga team – whilst also providing customers with Market Reviews, complimentary appraisals and the opportunity to enter to win a Ray White retro bike. Close to 100 entries were received for the Win a Bike competition with Sandra Robertson (pictured above) drawn as the lucky winner. The business recently gave away two more of the the Ray White bikes via their Ray White Whangamata office’s support of the Whangamata Beach Hop and are looking forward to other summer give-away featuring the classic styled bikes which are proving a hit with the community.
“The Whitianga Home Show was a fun event showcasing Ray White in our area. Because we don’t have a physical office in this town, it was great to show that Ray White has significant presence in Whitianga, we showed our successes and put a friendly face to the names. The Ray White retro bike is getting very well known now and everyone wants one so it is a great tool for us. I am looking forward to giving away another one. The opposition looked very corporate and we looked like we were selling a fun beach lifestyle.” says Steve Morrison, Ray White Whitianga Business Owner.
The Ray White Whitianga team received a number of appraisals from the event – and with all of the entries to the win a bike competition being home owners from the area – the office also significantly increased their customer base. A few attendees were also looking to buy and sell through Ray White having seen them at the home show.
“There were so many positive comments about the stand and the growing presence of Ray White in the community. It is positive to see our businesses making the most of opportunities presented to them. Events such as this are a great way to profile our agents and brands out in the community – by really getting involved” says Rae Beale, Ray White Business Performance Manager for the Central and Lower North Island.
Close to 400 people attending the event with Ray White one of only two real estate agencies represented. This was the first year Ray White Whitianga had attended the event but they are already looking forward to next years show.
Located on the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula, Whitianga is the main settlement of Mercury Bay with a population of close to 4,000. Whitianga is a unique and increasingly sought after geographic region, with beautiful beaches and townships offering a relaxed lifestyle enjoyed by many generations.
It took a lot of soul searching but former Justice Minister Judith Collins and her family are tearing themselves away from their Pohutukawa Coast home of seven years.
The six-bedroom house at Omana, Maraetai Beach, is currently listed for sale with Ray White Lighthouse. And while it boasts all the security features any high-profile politician could hope for, it’s designed around the stunning view and is surprisingly informal.
Set on the hillside overlooking Omana, the house is appropriately named Highview House. From the top storey living area the eye is taken across Beachlands to Auckland City, past Rangitoto around to Waiheke Island.
Well-known Ray White Lighthouse real estate agent, Geoff Bignell, who is marketing the property, sold it to the incumbent Papakura MP and her family seven years ago.
“The view speaks for itself. They came here from Whitford. Judith saw the view and said ‘that’s it then’,” he says.
The house was built for a large family featuring, on the ground level a central family room opening onto an outdoor living area with two bedrooms mirrored either side, each separated by an en suite bathroom.
A feeling of spaciousness starts at the imposing ground floor foyer, dominated by a dramatic artwork set off by shiny stainless rails on the stairs ascending to the living area and descending to the family space.
Once on the top floor a major architectural feature comes into play, with a stunning vaulted ceiling a highlight of the formal living area.
The feeling of spaciousness is also created by borrowed light captured by high windows, along with screened skylight voids.
Screens and louvres play a big role in the house. They fold or slide around the decks to reveal an outlook to the views or to provide privacy. But they are also tucked elsewhere throughout the house providing points of interest, along with ventilation.
They are a feature of the outdoor deck off an informal “media room”, filled with mod cons such as home theatre and surround sound.
With a flick of a switch the louvres covering the outdoor deck can be opened or closed to make the most of a full-scale outdoor kitchen.
Trouble is, while Judith and her husband David Wong Tung installed the spectacular Grand Fire gas barbecue, set off with gas burners at the side, a wine fridge and sink complete with a catering faucet, they have still to use it.
Yes, the outdoor kitchen is brand, spanking new, testimony to the demands of political and business life.
The main kitchen is a chef’s dream yet disarmingly functional – a gigantic central stainless steel island is backed by a bank of folding doors the full length of the wall revealing all the culinary essentials.
Belying the informality of the house design however is a bank of electronic equipment hidden in a downstairs garage. It drives the sophisticated surveillance system which allows the householders to not only speak to someone wanting to come in, but to see exactly who is standing at the front gate or door.
Other special luxuries include a dumb waiter, to carry ‘groceries and grog’ to the top level and rubbish back to the ground. And an elegant guest powder room, including a urinal, is sumptuous for the smallest room in the house.
Judith calls her garden “a labour of love” and ex-nurseryman Geoff’s skills came into play to help her plan it.
The concept, he says, is easy care with a white and red theme.
White crushed shell is set off with dwarf magnolias and gardenias while dwarf tropical pohutukawa provide a splash of scarlet throughout the year.
White star jasmine is chosen for its scent and, in deference to Judith’s political persuasions, glimpses of National Party blue are seen here and there.
Garden boxes around the periphery contain camellias along with potted olive trees, potted lavender on the upstairs deck, while in the driveway fence-mounted planter boxes contain an array of herbs.
Judith grew up on a Waikato farm so it’s not surprising that a substantial vegetable planter garden is found in the outdoor service area where the rest of the gardening and water tank paraphernalia is found.
There may not have been time lately to consume home produce, but the copious crop of silver beet is testimony to a family home that has been enjoyed and loved.
• For more information, phone Geoff Bignell on 0274-976-507 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Times Online
3 News Reporter Anna Burns-Francis also visited the property and was shown through by Ray White Lighthouse Agent Licensee, Rex Bignell. Watch the video that featured on Campbell Live on Monday 29 September by clicking here.
Ray White North Shore’s Collective Auction Event held last week was a resounding success.
Over 20 properties for the Ray White North Shore Offices were auctioned in a special Collective Auction Night at Takapuna Boating Club on Thursday 30 October. The event was marketed across the North Shore by our Ray White offices – who also offered vendors excellent marketing packages and upgrades thanks to the support of PropertyPress and Realestate.co.nz. Ray White Auctioneer, Tim Obern was joined by special guest auctioneer, Carey Smith – CEO of Ray White New Zealand, who presented and auctioned the properties with Tim to a venue jam-packed with eager bidders.
“The North Shore Action Night was a great success” said Sarah Pearce, Growth and Relationship Executive for Ray White New Zealand. “…Not only for our vendors with excellent sales results yielded in a short timeframe, but also for our members who have shown a great strength in working together – demonstrating to us all the power of an effective team. It’s inspiring to see that a single idea, effective marketing, hard work, determination and team support can achieve great outcomes for all.”
Auctions are generally regarded as an efficient, effective and transparent sales method and are widely used across New Zealand. Ray White has a long history in the real estate auction market – having pioneered in-room auctions, and presently being acknowledged as conducting more auctions than any other real estate company in Australia.
“In New Zealand auctions account for around one in five of all property sales with Auckland figures well above this average” says Carey Smith. “It is rewarding to see our members working together to strengthen their auction programs for the best results for their sellers.”
The Ray White North Shore offices, consisting of Albany, Beach Haven, Birkenhead, Browns Bay, Forrest Hill, Glenfield, Northcote, Pinehill and new office in Sunnynook were all in attendance and well represented with properties from across Auckland’s North Shore on show. Ray White have run similar Auction nights across the country with great success – recently in Wanganui with an upcoming Collective Auction Night also planned for Christchurch.
“Marketing without a price takes the price objection out of the selling equation and forces the buyer to judge the property on its merits rather than on the vendor’s price” says Auctioneer, Tim Obern. “It also gives our clients the opportunity to achieve the absolute maximum, which may be above their expectations, and most definitely ensures our clients do not under-sell their property.”
There was competitive bidding on all five Auckland CBD apartments offered at Ray White City Apartments auction last week, with three selling under the hammer and two being passed in for sale by negotiation.
Apartments suitable for owner occupiers continue to sell particularly well as more people consider inner city living as an alternative to the suburbs.
The auction highlight was a spacious apartment in the Beaumont complex opposite Victoria Park.
Several apartments in this complex have come up for sale recently and this one sold under the hammer for $935,000.
At the other end of the scale, a unit in the Volt building on Queen St fetched $240,000 (see photo inset).
The team will be hoping for similar auction successes as another six properties go up for Auction at 12.30 today.
The full results from Thursday 31 October auction are below:
- 1305/430 Queen St. The Volt building. A 40sq m, two bedroom, fully furnished unit rented at $400 a week. Sold for $240,000, giving a gross yield of 8.7%. Rates $1039 and body corporate levy $4007. According to QV.co.nz the property was previously sold for $202,000 in 2011.
- 806/85 Wakefield St. Tetra House. A fully furnished 45sq m, two bedroom unit with a 3sq m balcony under management contract to the Waldorf hotels group until February next year, providing rental income of $400 + GST a week. Rates $2537 and body corporate levy $4680. Passed in with a highest bid of $236,000. According to QV.co.nz the property previously sold for $351,540 in 2007.
- 2e/208 Hobson St. Hobson Heights building. A 57sq m four bedroom (1 double and 3 singles) unit. Vacant. Sold for $305,000. Rates $1055. Body corporate levy $5786. Rent appraised at $650 – $680 a week. According to QV.co.nz the property previously sold for $206,000 in 2008.
- 224/184 Symonds St. The Citta building. A 60sq m, 2 bedroom corner unit rented at $390 a week. Rates $1136, body corporate levy $3062. Passed in with a highest bid of $272,000. According to QV.co.nz the property previously sold for $247,500 in 2003.
- 2g/220 Victoria St. The Beaumont building. A 156sq m, 3 bedroom/2 bathroom unit with 2 car parks. Overlooking Victoria Park. Vacant. Sold for $935,000. Rates $2299. Body corporate levy $9739. According to QV.co.nz the property was previously sold for $390,000 in 2000.
Ronald McDonald House is New Zealand’s premiere family charity which takes care of 120 families each night, from all over New Zealand, whose children require specialist hospital treatment in another city. Their Houses provide more than just free accommodation; they offer a wider support programme to help alleviate the emotional, financial and practical burdens a family may face. With families often so focused on their hospitalised child they forget to look after themselves which is why Ronald McDonald House run the volunteer cooking program – aimed at ensuring that after a long day on the hospital ward, families can come back to a warm and nourishing meal.
Led by business owner David Hart the enthusiastic Ray White Bayfair team travelled by bus from their Mount Maunganui Office to the Ronald McDonald House in Auckland. After an early morning departure the team of salespeople, property managers and administrators arrived over two hours later laden with bags of food for the night’s cooking.
“Only a few of our team were unable to attend on the day and the idea was well received by everyone” says David. “It was a great day, and a great thing to do! I felt such a great amount of pride when I stepped back and looked around me – watching the team work together for the benefit of these families.”
The office, who regularly support local schools and charities in their area, also collected for Ronald McDonald House in the national street appeal in June this year. While David himself has cooked for the families at Ronald McDonald House it was a new experience for many of the team – one commenting that it “really brought home the importance of Ronald McDonald Houses in our community.” – Something which fellow team member Mike Le Prou, a licensee salesperson with Ray White Bayfair, understands after recently staying at the House himself with his granddaughter who was undergoing medical treatment.
Carey Smith, CEO of Ray White New Zealand says “it is always humbling to see our members not only support Ronald McDonald Houses, but really get involved and help bring awareness of the charity home to so many. When you see what these families are going through it is easy to see why Ronald McDonald Houses really are the most valuable houses in New Zealand.”
Ray White Manukau are stepping up their support of Ronald McDonald House with salesperson Hannah Cleary about to run the Queenstown marathon to raise funds for the charity.
Since partnering with Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in May this year, Ray White Manukau have raised close to $7,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities. In addition to regular financial contributions made to the charity the team have taken every opportunity to give back and support the House – from the RMH National Street Appeal in June, to attending the RMH Supper Club (and purchasing an auctioned item) in August, to selling their own Ray White yellow bike in an online auction and recently cooking for the families at the Auckland House. Next – salesperson Hannah Cleary – one of the driving forced behind the office’s partnership – will be running her first ever marathon and raising funds for Ronald McDonald House. Having run the Auckland Half Marathon last year Hannah thought she would make a change, attempting both a new course, and her first ever full marathon.
“I’ve entered the marathon (yes, the whole 42 kilometres!) because I knew this would be a huge mental and physical challenge for me, but nothing in comparison to what these families have to endure. What Ronald McDonald House does though, is help make everything just that much easier, by providing a home away from home for affected families where they can relocate to while they manoeuvre this challenging time of their life. Both my brother and I were Starship babies, and although we can’t remember being there, I know having the RMH made life a lot easier for my parents. Apparently the House was very different back then so it’s great see what has been built and developed for families nowadays to help worry a little bit less and feel more comfortable whilst they are going through trying times with their children’s health” says Hannah.
RMHA provides free accommodation and support for over 2,200 Kiwi families each year, while their children receive specialist medical treatment at the National Children’s Hospital. “From our humble origins starting with just 10 rooms, RMHA has since grown to accommodate 80 families each night, and over the last 20 years have served more than 15,000 families from right across the country. It has been a remarkable journey – made possible by the help of supporters like Ray White.” says Wayne Howett, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Auckland. “Providing for the families is a collective effort, and our service delivery to families in need would simply not be possible without supporters like Hannah and the Ray White Manukau Team.”
Ray White have been proud supporters of Ronald McDonald since 2007, and Ray White Manukau’s partnership with Ronald McDonald House is a shining example of an office making the most of their partnership with the House. CEO of Ray White New Zealand, Carey Smith says: “our relationship and support of RMH is a relationship we value nurture and strive to grow. Having just celebrated their 20th birthday in October this year, we are reminded of the truly inspiring effort and support our members have been providing to their local Ronald McDonald Houses all across New Zealand.”
Hannah will be completing the marathon on 22 November in Queenstown. And while training is going fairly well, she hopes to boost her fundraising as she strives to raise $2,500 for the charity.
“My main goal is to complete the whole marathon without walking – I don’t mind how slow the jog is and if it takes me six hours then so be it, I just don’t want to walk! All in all, it’s a very thought-provoking experience; it’s empowering to see what I have achieved through the discipline of training and constant perseverance, but also completely humbling to think that in the scheme of things it is just really a long run – it is nothing near the challenges these families face in their day to day life.” says Hannah.
Visit Hannah’s fundraising page here to find out more and make a donation.
Find out more about Roanld McDonald House by watching this video that aired on TVNZ’s Breakfast program.
Ten cyclists will make their way from Auckland to Warkworth today as they enter the third week of the 2014 Ride Out of the Blue cross country challenge to raise awareness for mental health issues.
Supported by Ray White Warkworth, the team of ten riders, who started their journey on Saturday 11 October in Bluff are stopping in towns, cities and communities along the way to discuss and raise awareness around mental health, depression and suicide.
Over their 22 day journey Ride out of the Blue will use nothing but pedal power and determination to travel the 2330 kilometers from Bluff to Cape Reinga. Now in its third year, Ride Out of the Blue participants will be encouraging discussion about mental health and suicide along the way, celebrating the simplicities of life, and attempting to raise over $50,000 for the Mental Health Foundation Mindfulness in Schools project – which aims to prevent the development of childhood mental distress by encouraging positive mental health practices for children from a primary school level.
Ken Bouge and the Ray White Warkworth office are supporting the 2014 campaign with Ken’s wife also driving one of the support vehicles across the North Island leg of their journey. Ken says “It is a community connection, although the funds are being raised for a national cause and not just for local use. We personally know two of the riders, who live within our immediate community and have served on other community organisations with me. They are passionate about the cause on a personal basis. I strongly believe in their cause as well – having seen the effects of suicide on families right across the country. Our support is for the ‘national’ community, not just our immediate one.”
Rider Sally Smith tells us that despite two punctures and two crashes in just two kilometres on day one that it was all plain sailing, on a beautiful first day where they completed 95 kilometers – a shorter course allowing the team members to get into a rhythm and find their feet. She tells us the are making great progress and have experienced some amazing hospitality along the way as they drop into various towns and communities. ” I am one of the two pensioners on this ride and a Blue rider from 2012. Suicide and depression have touched both our family and our friends and I wanted to do something positive about it…. I am totally committed to do anything I can to help reduce this country’s appalling suicide and depression rates!” Sally tells when asked why she chose to get involved.
The riders crossed to the North Island on Monday 20 October and are riding between Auckland and Warkworth today – being on track to complete their journey in early November.
Photo: The Ride Out of the Blue 2014 cycle team taken on Friday 10 October before departing from Bluff.