Archive for August, 2010

Opotiki E Marketing

Just over a year ago D&D Realties Limited became a member of Ray White.  During that time the office has grown its market share through providing the highest level of service into the marketplace.  Jackie Rooney, a strong believer in technology which enables property in Opotiki to be exposed to a broader audience, has recently developed a local e-book which is available for their client database and also for distribution through social media. 

In talking with Jackie Rooney, the owner of Ray White Opotiki, said “It is difficult on occasions to broaden the marketing platform of property in Opotiki but with the support of Ray White through Trade Me Property, our own local website, social media and our e-book, it gives us wide distribution that is not matched by any other company.”  Jackie went on to say that the team are utilising the technology and print media of Ray White with the latest Herald on Sunday lift-out having a good response. After 10 years in the business, Jackie said that integrity and excellent customer service is what they offer and this gives outstanding results when combined with Ray White marketing. 

To see a copy of the latest Ray White Opotiki e-book please click here.

Samuel Innes

Samuel Innes will be the second New Zealand child to undergo umbilical cord treatment for a birth related brain injury. Samuel, who is now four years old, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was two.  He has been accepted for treatment to be re-infused with his own cord blood in North Carolina.

His parents Andy and Ricky Innes , the franchise owners of Ray White Whitianga, are planning on travelling to the United States later next month.  For more on Samuel’s story please click here

Mid Winter Christmas

The team from Ray White Kingsland, led by Chris and Lesley Hawes, held their mid winter Christmas function at the Rocky Nook Bowling Club at Fowlds Park in Auckland.  Over 150 of Ray White Kingsland’s past and present clients attended and were given a huge ‘thank you’ by the Ray White team at this annual event. As part of the evening there were popular acts which kept both children and adults entertained throughout the night. 

In her speech Lesley Hawes, one of the principals of the office, commented on the wonderful support their business had received from the local community.  She went on to say the office in Kingsland was in its fifth year and had continued to build the business to becoming a market leader.  The family values of the business held it in good stead and she said that the business would not be in the position it is today without all her loyal clients and friends.  

During the evening there was a draw for a trip for two to see the musical Hairspray at the Melbourne Princess Theatre with two nights’ accommodation.  The winners of the prize were Clair and Steve, who were previous clients of Ray White Kingsland, and they were thrilled to win the trip to Melbourne.

Further Strength for Ray White NZ Team

Ray White is pleased to announce that they have further strengthened their business performance team with the appointment of Rex Bignell.

Rex commenced in the industry at the age of 17. After a short qualifying period, he quickly moved to being a good performing salesperson and during the past years has worked alongside his father Geoff in their real estate agency situated in Maraetai Beach, Auckland.

Rex’s appointment brings the Ray White business performance team to five.  Corinna Mansell, NZ Business Performance Manager, said “Rex’s appointment was important given the growth that our company has achieved, with 14 new offices joining so far this year.  The growth in market share, particularly in Auckland, has required us to provide more skills to continue to ensure that we continue to gain market share going forward.”

To read Rex Bignell’s profile please click here.

Trade Me Property Key to On line Marketing

The Ray White Group are proud founding members of  Trade Me Property and since 2005 has provided all of their vendors with an online listing on Trade Me Property as an essential part to the Ray White  marketing mix. 

In the latest survey by Nielsen Net Ratings Online, July 2010 shows that Trade Me Property had more than 10 times the total viewing time of any other of the websites ranked; with its nearest competitor being and 40 times more than the next property website.

To see the graph showing the July viewing time on property websites please click here.

Carey Smith, Chief Executive of the Ray White Group in New Zealand, said that since joining Trade Me Property in 2005 it has provided Ray White vendors with a distinct advantage over many of the other real estate companies who do not give their vendors a choice in regards to the websites in which they appear.  “Each of our vendors are offered a Trade Me Property listing as part of the Ray White marketing advantage and not only does this increase buyer response, but also ensures that each individual property listed by Ray White has the greatest exposure online.” 

Ray White is the number one real estate company on Trade Me Property with just over 13,000 properties currently displayed.

NZMBA Top Award Announced

Loan Market New Zealand broker Bruce Patten has been announced the NZMBA Mortgage Broker of the Year for 2010/11 at the gala awards evening held in Auckland on 13th August.  Bruce has been the top performer for the Loan Market Group for several years and has been recognised as a regular finalist and four-time winner of the greater Auckland regional award.  

Bruce said in receiving the award that he wished to recognise his own team and also to thank his clients who have supported him over many years in the mortgage industry.  He went on to say that after almost a decade of loan writing, he was thrilled to be recognised as the Broker of the Year for the NZMBA.   

The award presented by the NZMBA recognises dedication, professionalism, creativity and production in mortgage broking.  Finalists were selected by nomination from a 16 lender panel and the winners selected by an independent judging panel.    

The other finalists for the Loan Market Group in individual areas included Stuart Matheson (North Shore), Craig Lawson (Auckland) and David Fletcher (New Plymouth).

New Office in Wairoa

The Ray White Group is proud to announce the opening of its 134th office in New Zealand with the official commencement of the office at Wairoa

For the full storey on the opening of Wairoa please click here

First 2011 Elite Member

William and Diane Gerritz

William Gerritz has been named as the first Elite member for Ray White New Zealand for 2010-2011. Originally from an engineering and business background, William joined as a foundation member of the award winning Botany Town Centre office of Ray White just on six years ago and prior to that he was part of the Mountfort Group through Ray White Howick.  William has always been recognised as a higher performer.    

This is the sixth consecutive year he has achieved Elite status, which is the highest status in a calendar year that can be achieved in the Ray White Group.  William is known for his perseverance and has an outstanding reputation as an individual who can bring deals together that otherwise may not happen.   

Williams credits his wife, Diane, for much of his success. He also commented that having the services of the Loan Market was an important part of his referral network. William recently featured on the Ray White DVD series talking about the market and in particular what changes are required to remain successful.    

To contact William Gerritz please email

Community Spirit – Goodwin Realty

Goodwin Realty is a foundation member of Ray White New Zealand and a family owned and operated business that has been a proud member of their local community for 28 years. At the recent Ray White awards, Goodwin Realty was recognised for their community spirit; which is in-part a programme that helps to bond the community through common interests and local pride.  The Community Spirit Programme is centred on the magazine which can be seen at the Community Spirit website.  It contains details of events in the local area and gives information about local news, characters, lifestyle, business, events, entertainment and history. 

Catherine Goodwin, the General Manager of Goodwin Realty, talks about Community Spirit with great enthusiasm. She said the basis for the magazine is to help connect people in the local area.  “It brings our community to life and invites people to be part of what we call ‘our community spirit’.  Our business, Goodwin Realty, has long been involved with supporting the community and we feel this combines our business with the way we wish to give back to the community.  We have many good business partners with us including Telstra Clear in the Community Spirit Programme and we were proud to receive the Ray White award for excellence in the community.” To find our more information on the Community Spirit programme please email

The August White Paper Released

We are pleased to have available the Latest White Paper for distribution to the community.

To view the July White Paper please click here

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