Archive for March 17th, 2011

Ray White Name Salesperson of the Year

At the Ray White 2010 Annual Awards held last night at the SkyCity Grand Hotel Lesley Hawes and Ruth Hawes were awarded individually equal Salesperson of the Year within the Ray White New Zealand Group.

Lesley Hawes began her real estate career in Wellington in the early 1990s, moving to Auckland with her family in 1995 to live and work in real estate in the Western Springs area of Auckland.  Every year since 1999 Lesley has been ranked in the top three salespeople in the group.

Ruth Hawes, after a successful 10 year career in nursing, decided to join her mother at their top performing office in Kingsland just over two years ago. She began working as an apprentice to her mother to gain the experience to stand her in good steed to take up a position as an individual salesperson.  It was in the latter part of 2009 when Ruth began to facilitate sales in her own right.

In presenting the award for the Salesperson of the Year, Carey Smith, NZ Chief Executive, said that Lesley and Ruth, individually and together, typify many of the values that are shared within Ray White.  “They are family, they have a love of real estate and specialise in the community they live in.  They have a unique blend of caring but also an efficiency of knowing how to have an outcome of a successful sale.”  Lesley Hawes, in accepting her award, recognised her team, including Ruth, her husband Chris and the balance of the staff at the Kingsland office.  She said her results would not be possible without such wonderful people that she has the ability to call on.  Ruth Hawes also spoke about family values and how working with families in assisting them buy and sell property was a wonderful career that she loved.  Being recognised with her mother individually, but collectively, was the highlight of her career.

The Ray White Group in New Zealand has 1,315 salespeople and has 136 offices trading $4.71 billion in property sales annually.

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Ray White NZ Celebrate Award Winners

Ray White New Zealand celebrated their 2010 annual awards last night at the SkyCity Grand Hotel, with just over 550 company members joining dignitaries and suppliers to celebrate our national award winners.

The evening opened with those in attendance observing one minute’s silence in remembrance of the victims of the Christchurch earthquake and the Pike River miners.

The Chairman of the Ray White Group, Brian White then spoke which covered the impact on the community and our members of recent tragedies in New Zealand and Australia. He spoke of how the company came together as a family and showed a spirit within our group that had never been seen before and the way in which our Canterbury members had offered support to our Queensland members’ only weeks prior to the 22nd February earthquake in Christchurch.  He talked about the commitment of our company, the growth in market share and how the property business continues to evolve and understanding the question of ‘Where To’ being an obsession within the company leadership.

Paul White, head of Ray White Rural, then spoke of the increasing presence the Ray White Group has across the rural sector in both New Zealand and Australia; saying that Ray White is recognised as the leading rural property sales business and how, in more recent times, the area of livestock sales has played a role in the overall rural business.

The awards cover administration, property management and residential property sales.  Members from throughout the Group from Kaitaia to Invercargill were represented.  There are 15 categories in which awards are recognised; with the major category being the Salesperson of the Year, which was awarded to Lesley Hawes and Ruth Hawes from the Kingsland office, who were individually equal first.

Another highlight of the awards is the CEO Cup which is presented by New Zealand Chief Executive Carey Smith.  This year Phil Horrobin of Ray White City Apartments received the CEO Cup award. In recognising Phil Horrobin, Carey Smith said that since he has known Phil as a company member over the last eight years, he has been involved in the city market and has grown a business from a new office to now being the recognised leader in city apartment sales.  The office sells one in four apartments and has recently merged its sales division to add Roebucks Realty and an additional location in the Britomart.  Carey went on to say that Phil Horrobin’s best years are still in front of him, but he had made such an impact on the company that he richly deserved the CEO Cup award.

For a full list of the Ray White award winners please click here.

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Don Ha Real Estate Ltd Terminated

The Ray White Group confirms that based on further information received over the past weekend, it has made a decision to remove itself from the receivership process and immediately terminate Don Ha Real Estate Ltd as a member.

Grant Thornton was appointed as receiver of Don Ha Real Estate Limited, a franchise of Ray White, on March 17.

Ray White New Zealand CEO Carey Smith says, “Our original intention was to assist in the receivership process. However, more information has since come to light, and we now of the opinion that our involvement would not be advisable. We have confidence that the receiver can achieve the best possible result for all parties, and we support their appointment.”

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