A Little Ray of Giving helps wrap up Christmas for families across New Zealand

A-Littel-Ray-of-GivingRay 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.”

 

 

Ray White continue to wrap up summer sales

SummerSale-GraphicLaunched 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.

Ray White Browns Bay lead local Christmas parade

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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

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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

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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

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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

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