Ray White Burnside celebrate bold business move


After several years of searching for the right property to move her Ray White Burnside business to, owner Pip Nielsen finally found what she was looking for when she came across her new office located at 55 Blighs Road in nearby Strowan.

To celebrate the opening of the office in its new location a small gathering was held. Over 50 people attended an event where guests were entertained throughout the evening. Pip said “We were so lucky with a beautiful sunny evening to celebrate our new office. Lots of fun and laughter were enjoyed by our team and their guests. Brendan Dooley (our now resident) magician kept everyone on their toes trying to guess his magic. The food supplied by Moveable Feasts was delicious as always and there was plenty for everyone.” She continued “We are delighted to be in these new premises and we are now looking forward to increasing our market share and expanding our team.”

Pip’s son Chris Nielsen is a key member of that team who added “I am very excited to be opening our new office and looking forward to the future that lies ahead. I can’t wait for the success that I know this office will achieve and I look forward to being involved in its growth and that of its people.”

Ray White New Zealand South Island Group Facilitator, Dave Price, said “after such a long search I am pleased that Pip has been able to secure such a wonderful property in a prime location. I have no doubt that we will see some wonderful results achieved for Ray White Burnside‘s customers as the office continues to grow its presence in the market place.”

Ray White Burnside is part of a strong network of 18 offices in the Canterbury region. Visit their new office at 55 Blighs Road, Strowan, online at www.rwburnside.co.nz or contact their office direct on 03 359 1899.

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Ray White Takapuna Opens on the North Shore of Auckland

TAKAPUNA-1The Ray White Group is proud to welcome their 144th office, Ray White Takapuna, located on Hurstmere Road, Takapuna.

Craig Catley, Licensee Agent, has opened a new 400sqm flagship office directly opposite the beach in Takapuna. Together with beaches and boating areas, Takapuna has become one of the most popular suburbs on the North Shore of Auckland.

Takapuna is well known for its diversity of property and has over 300 property sales annually, with an average sale price of $900,000. In more recent times there have been several properties sold over $2 million which include homes on Hauraki Road, Hurstmere Road and Audrey Road together with apartment sales on The Promenade and Dominion Street. Takapuna has also been home to some of the highest priced properties in Auckland, particularly in Rangatira Avenue with sales over the last 12 months showing an average price of $9 million for freehold residences.

In opening the agency in Takapuna, Craig Catley said the office environment was utmost in his planning and that it be a place where salespeople could perform at the highest level and also allow for customers and clients to interact with the agency through seminars, information and research sessions that provide for better decision making for all stakeholders who come into contact with the agency.

Graeme Fraser, Head of Agency Operations for Ray White New Zealand, said the opening of the new Takapuna office is part of the continued increased profile for the Ray White Group on the North Shore. “Takapuna is a high profile flagship location for our group and Craig Catley’s track record in agency leadership is well known through his previous shareholding at Ray White Full Circle. Craig has a very strong work ethic and also understands business process and structure to get the best for his customers and clients.”

Ray White Takapuna is now open on Hurstmere Road. Craig Catley can be contacted at craig.catley@raywhite.com or 0272 747 137.

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‘The Locals’ host Landlord Information Evening


Ray White Kingsland recently held a Landlords Information Evening for their clients. The team invited a range of guest speakers and had anticipated holding the event in their offices, however as numbers grew, they soon discovered they would have to host the event in larger premises.

Close to 50 people attended the event – which was held at a cafe across the road from the Ray White Kingsland office. Guest speakers included Account and Tax Specialist, Stephen Tsang from Withers Tsang & Co who covered ‘Planning for Profit’, and the new tax rules for property owners that came into effect on 1 October.

Lance Spalding, Business Manager of Pinkfit Insulation then brought everyone up to speed on insulation standards which will be required for all investment properties from 2019. He explained a range of insulation options suitable to met these new standards, and funding options available to landlords.

John Schumacher, from LoanMarket discussed how landlords could leverage their current properties to finance future rental purchases. He then went on to explain the impact of new lending restrictions and reserve bank rules.

Fellow speaker, Fraser Coombes from Ray White Hamilton made a presentation on ‘Thinking Outside the Square’ highlighting, and educating investors on investment properties out of area. “Some might say why encourage our clients to purchase investments in Hamilton, but it’s about education and opportunities… if they are considering purchasing outside Auckland we want our customers to be well informed, and of course would prefer to put them in contact with another Ray White office to look after them.” says Nikki Bennett, Ray White Kingsland’s Property Management Business Manager who organised the event.

“We believe that customer service is about continuously adding value for our clients. One way to do this is to keep investors up to date with information on any changes in the market and opportunities to grow wealth. Therefore the goal of our investor’s evening was ‘awareness’ – to educate our past and present clients as well as the community on current topical subjects, and to show that we are a progressive company that knows and understands the market.”


Feedback surveys sent out after the event indicated a positive response from all who attended, with some customers already asking when the next evening would be held. Comments such as “great that it was information not a sales pitch” have delighted the Ray White Kinglsand team – who have now decided to run a second Landlord Information Evening in April next year. – Contact the office for more information.

Zac Snelling, National Business Development Executive for Ray White New Zealand Property Management said “as property management professionals we see it as our job to provide valuable insights and up-to-date information for our customers. Property management is a serious business and we treat it as such. – We pride ourselves on providing our landlords with all the information they need to make the best decisions about their investments.”

Ray White New Zealand have also just released their latest Landlord Information Guide – copies of which are available by contacting your local Ray White office or visit landlordguide.co.nz

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Michelle Greer to take part in the Variety Trillian Mini Bash

1444174700401Michelle Greer from Ray White Timaru will be taking part in the Variety Trillian Mini-Bash held in Auckland on October 16. She and a Christchurch-based friend will be taking a two-day road trip to Auckland in Greer’s 1972 Dodge Challenger to take part in the charity event.

The variety bash is a “quirky car rally” over three days weekend. Participants dress up and in their special cars visit kids in hospital, schools and special needs agencies. Michelle is the only South Canterbury participant and of the estimated 100 taking part, she is travelling the longest distance to get there. “It’ll be a big adventure getting there in itself … Hopefully, it goes smoothly.”

It is her first time taking part and her first big trip in the vintage left-hand drive car. “We’ll have a few fuel stops.”

It was a colleague in Christchurch who convinced her once they found out she had the old vehicle she bought around ten years ago. On a whim, she said yes. “Sometimes you’ve got just to do these things.”

That same colleague will be travelling up in an old Land Rover. It will be a slow journey for them, and they want to set off at 6.30am, Greer said. It cost $400 to take part in the bash, as well as paying the travel expenses. “People say, ‘why don’t you just donate the money?’ But the money is not going to cheer them [the kids] up.”

Along the way Michelle said they would stop in at other Ray White offices and get donations. As well as a variety of costumes to dress up in, they will also be taking lollies and toys to give the kids. This year marks the 16th annual Variety Trillian Mini-Bash.

Bash director Murray O’Donnell said it was designed as an introduction to the main bash that takes place in different cities each year in March. Next year, the bash will start in Levin and finish in Timaru. O’Donnell said they hoped to raise around $10,000 from the mini bash. “At the end of the day it’s all for the kiwi kids.”

Source: http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/72775369/local-real-estate-agents-to-take-part-in-the-variety-trillian-mini-bash
For more information, please contact Bash Director Murray O’Donnell bash@variety.org.nz

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Ray White race to support Life Education Trust Charity Day


Ray White New Zealand was again proud to support the Life Education Trust 12th Anniversary Race Day held at Ellerslie Racecourse in Auckland on Saturday 26 September.

As part of the day, the Ray White NZ Mitchelson Cup was run over 2200 metres, with seven starters. The winning horse was number 2, Reka, and Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand, presented the connections of Reka with the Mitchelson Cup.

In acknowledging the connections, Carey said “Ray White is proud to support the Life Education Trust programme as it aligns with the family values of Ray White.” He also acknowledged Ray White City Apartments, who each year have a number of tables at the event and also support the Life Education Trust with the Ray White City Realty 2100 metre race.

Phil Horrobin, franchise owner of Ray White City Apartments, acknowledged the great work of the Life Education Trust and made comment in regards to supporting the Life Education Ambassadors, who do such great work within the community.

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10 year old gets a taste of life as a real estate professional


It started when Nikki Tipene from the Ray White Full Circle office in Christchurch sponsored a corporate boxing event. Attending was a young lady called Phoenix who was very familiar with Nikki’s work having seen her signage around town and at the clubroom’s where Nikki had been working as a volunteer over the past five years.

Phoenix showed alot of interest in Nikki’s real estate career so, in consultation with Phoenix’s parents, Nikki offered to give her a taste of what life as a real estate professional was all about. That day came soon and before long Phoenix was assisting Nikki and her “City to Surf ” team one Saturday at their busy open homes. Nikki said “Phoenix was so excited, as were the team. She was enthusiastic, fully of energy and so keen to learn the various aspects of what we were doing. Visitors to open homes adored her too. It was a pleasure having her for the day”.

Nikki Tipene works with James Klemick and Michael Calder as part of Ray White Full Circle‘s “City to Surf team in Christchurch.

Ray White New Zealand‘s South Island Group Facilitator, Dave Price said “the team at Full Circle are very supportive of their community and this is just another example of members of their team doing something special and, in this case, a little different.”

Ray White Full Circle is part of a strong network of offices in the Canterbury region with 17 other offices located in the area. Ray White Full Circle can be contacted through their website rwfullcircle.co.nz or by visiting their offices at Northwood Supa Centre, 1 Radcliffe Road, Northwood.

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Record Sales Result for Ray White NZ

Sales LiftThe Ray White Group results for September 2015 saw the highest sales month ever recorded for a single month for the group. The sales results were 69% ahead of the same period last year and 27% ahead of August 2015.  The combined sales results saw members complete 1,455 transactions at an average sale price of $583,000, which gave a net released total turnover volume of $731million. The number of listings secured increased substantially to 1,881. This in turn lifted the overall listing portfolio of the group by 11%, which is the single largest inventory increase in 2015.

Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand, said “The dynamics of the September results show a distinct change, not only in the transactional volume that has occurred, but also the listing volume; both of which are at record levels for our group. This is the first time in 2015 that there has been a significant volume difference in a positive sense between the volume of listings and the volume of sales. There has also been a substantial lift in the number of auction properties submitted to the market. There has been a noticeable change in buyer behaviour, which indicates there are still significant number of sales occurring however it is not at the same buyer-depth level recorded during the winter period.”

The top three businesses in New Zealand was led by Ray White City Apartments, who completed 102 property sales for the month and recorded a personal best sales result.  Ray White Remuera continues to produce outstanding results, transacting a total of $51 million in turnover for the month. Ray White Ponsonby featured as the number three office for the group, continuing their strong focus on marketing and completing $38 million in sales.

The record results across the group saw three offices achieve personal best results for the month. These were headlined by Ray White City Apartments, who marketed 67 properties for auction and completed 102 transactions. Ray White Manukau completed 61 transactions for the month, recording a result of $19.8 million. Ray White Pakuranga also had a personal best sales month at $14.5 million.

Across the country – in Northland, Ray White Whangarei featured as the leading office. Ray White Paihia and Ray White Tutukaka also had a successful month.  In the Auckland region the top three businesses were also the top three businesses in New Zealand; being Ray White City Apartments, Ray White Remuera and Ray White Ponsonby. The Central North Island featured an outstanding sales month by Ray White Hamilton and Ray White Te Awamutu, who both featured in the national top 10. Ray White Lower Hutt was the leading office in the Lower North Island region and Ray White Wanganui also had an outstanding sales transaction month. The Upper South Island featured Ray White Richmond as the leading business. In Canterbury, Ray White Metro, Ray White Rolleston and Ray White Prier Manson were the top three businesses. In the Lower South Island, Ray White Wanaka completed $11 million in property sales. Ray White Invercargill and Ray White Dunedin both produced successful sales results.

The Ray White Group will open four new offices this month – Ray White Te Puke, Ray White Takapuna, Ray White Devonport and Ray White Halswell. This will take the total number of Ray White offices across New Zealand to 145.


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Ray White Remuera Renew Agreement With Ray White


The Ray White Group is proud to acknowledge Megan Jaffe, who recently renewed with a further term as part of the Ray White Group.

Ray White Remuera is the number one business internationally for the Ray White Group, with over 60 members on their team. During the past 12 months they have completed in excess of three quarters of a billion dollars worth of property transactions. They are acknowledged as one of the top 10 businesses internationally in the area of customer satisfaction, which is a direct reflection of their values which align to their client at heart positioning.

Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand, said “It was an important day for the Ray White Group in New Zealand to agree to further terms with Megan and the Ray White Remuera team. They are the number one office internationally and Megan Jaffe is considered one of our most coveted leaders and during 2015 Megan was acknowledged by Brian White, Chairman of the Ray White Group, for her leadership. Ray White Remuera is a business that has successfully grown, while remaining staunchly focused on having pride in their purpose of delivering outstanding service to all customers and clients.”

Brian White, Chairman of the Ray White Group, said that Megan Jaffe is celebrated as one of the very best leaders in the Ray White Group. Her values and the way she positions her business to ensure the client’s interests are always at the forefront, continues to see her business grow, not only in Remuera, but right across the Eastern Suburbs, which includes a network of five offices.”

Megan Jaffe said that she was pleased to be partnering again with the Ray White Group. She said that it is an extraordinary group in the direction and growth of the company and that she and all her team are very proud to be part of Ray White. “Our ongoing association with the Group is one that will see us continue on our direction as market leaders but, more importantly, support our systems and processes around ensuring we provide the very best support to our people and in turn, the very best value to our clients so we are proud of every transaction that our business successfully completes.”

Ray White Remuera was recently acknowledged at the Ray White Group International Conference as the number one office internationally. Together with this, the office was ranked in the top 10 for customer satisfaction internationally, with several team members ranked in the top 1% of the Ray White Group internationally for outstanding sales and customer satisfaction.

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Steen Nielsen Delivers Elite Service

Steen Nielsen from Ray White Remuera has achieved continued high levels of customer service satisfaction and below is a testimonial of a recent sale of Steen’s in St Johns Park which reflects the high quality level of service that is at the centre of our philosophy aligned to the client’s interests being at heart.

We recently sold our home in St John’s Park using Steen Nielsen as our sole agent.

Before deciding to use Steen, we went through a detailed process of interviewing a number of real estate agents.  At the first meeting, Steen impressed us with a clear explanation of the process we would experience when selling our home.  He had researched the local market and was able to give us examples of recent sales and a price range that we should expect.  This level of communication and professionalism continued throughout the time we worked with Steen.

Steen gave us a lot of very valuable advice to maximise the sale price of our home.  This advice included what improvements we should make to the property before putting it on the market, what advertising would work best and what staging company to use.  On top of this, Steen obtained an incredible advertising package for us that gave our home wonderful exposure at a level that ultimately put us in a much higher price bracket than we had expected.  This included getting the NZ Herald to interview us for one of their real estate articles.

After each open home, Steen called us with an update and once a week we met to go through a detailed written report.  This was very helpful in understanding how our property was being assessed by the market.  In this process, we also understood how much effort Steen put in developing relationships with potential buyers and encouraging them to attend the auction – and bid!

Over the weeks leading up to the auction, it was at times difficult to keep calm but we knew that we had to trust Steen to do his job.  In the end, we were totally delighted that we did.  We would strongly recommend Steen to anyone contemplating selling their home.

Paul and Naoko Chapman

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Surprise win leaves boss on cloud nine


Twenty minutes before Papamoa real estate agent Greg Purcell was due to jump out of a plane from 10,000 feet, he was only just finding out.

“What? No!”

Unknown to him, the Ray White Mount Maunganui and Papamoa franchise owner was the lucky, or unlucky, winner of the Throw Your Boss From A Plane draw, yesterday.

The event, made possible by Payless Plastics Tauranga, called for employees to dob in their bosses for the 10,000ft fall.

Katie Phillip had been working for Mr Purcell for more than two years and thought he was the perfect candidate for the “prize”.

“Just because he’s awesome, he’s funny, he’s such a good person to work for.

“He’s always playing tricks on us so it’s pay-back time,” another staff member said.

But the look on Mr Purcell’s face told a different story.

“I would laugh if it wasn’t me,” he said, breaking into a sweat.

“I hate heights.”

When Mr Purcell saw The Hits presenter Will Johnston turn up at his door, his hands went to his face as he realised exactly what he was in for.

“That is the face I’ve been waiting for this entire competition,” Johnston said as hysterical laughter broke out from the Ray White staff.

Before Mr Purcell had the chance to back out, he was driven to Tauranga Tandem Skydive with his workmates in convoy and his suit was swapped for a jumpsuit.

“I’m crapping myself. I’ve avoided this stuff in the past.

“The moment he walked in I know what was happening … My first reaction was ‘how am I going to get out of this?’ Fight or flight?”

As the previous jumpers returned to the base, Mr Purcell quizzed them for some encouragement.

“Tell me good things. I’m sweating like a maniac.”

As the plane carried the nervous Mr Purcell higher and higher, Johnston said it was about the third time they had done this.

A few years earlier they had “Throw Your Teacher” but this was the first Throw Your Boss.

“When we’ve done this in the past, the reaction is always the same.

“Disbelief then hating the people who nominated them and then they’re just stoked when they get back to earth.”

As the blue and white parachute appeared through a cloud, the waiting crowd cheered and welcomed Mr Purcell back.

Once a short bout of motion sickness wore off, Mr Purcell was beaming.

“I can’t believe what I’ve just done,” he said, still wearing his shiny dress shoes from the office with his jumpsuit.

“Take that, Ray White employees. That was the best present you’ve given me,” he said.

Johnston said he hoped they would be able to do another Throw your Boss next Year.

Source: Bay of Plenty Times
Photos: John Borren

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