Archive for June, 2011

Sales and Mapping Update for Christchurch

The Christchurch and Canterbury property markets continue to display resilience in the recovery from now three major earthquake events over the past 10 months.  Licensee salesperson Dave Findlay from Ray White Metro shows the Christchurch statistics, including residential dwellings and sales numbers on his latest market update. Please click here to see the Market Update

Please also see attached area sales for Christchurch in comparison of February to May 2010 measured against sales from February to May 2011.



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National Recognition for Let’s Get Plastered

There was a well-deserved pat on the back for Billy Kerrisk owner of Ray White Golden Bay at Rural Women New Zealand’s (RWNZ) national conference in Auckland recently.

RWNZ gained recent recognition at the Fundraising Excellence Awards at Parliament for the runaway success of its Let’s Get Plastered for Breast Cancer campaign over the last year. Billy got the whole thing going two years ago when she convinced over 100 Golden Bay women to take casts of their breasts and exhibit them in The White Room gallery at LolloKiki in Commercial Street.

The following year, RWNZ asked Billy to take over the innovative campaign and took it to the nation via some 20 branches. Over 1,600 women around the country ended up plastering themselves for the breast cancer cause, raising $16,000 in the process. When the big cheque was handed over at the conference to Breast Cancer Foundation chief executive Van Henderson, Billy was asked to get up and speak. She used the opportunity to tell the delegates about her 49-year-old best friend Jennie Heasman of Tukurua, whose death from breast cancer in 2004 ultimately inspired her to do something about promoting breast health awareness. Then Billy sang to the conference her “Jennie song”, which she wrote after her friend had died and sang at her funeral. “I saw a few tears out there at the conference as I was singing it. Breast cancer affects too many women.”

However, it was soon Billy’s turn to be overwhelmed as she received a well-deserved avalanche of accolades and applause from NZ Breast Cancer Foundation (NZBCF) executives and Rural Women alike for her innovative leadership. All the money raised from the national Let’s Get Plastered campaign will now go towards the research being undertaken by associate professor Susan Dovey of the University of Otago, who will compare breast cancer outcomes for rural women to those living in urban areas. “We are delighted that the funds our members raised for breast cancer will go back into rural health research,” said RWNZ national president Liz Evans. She also used the occasion to announce that Rural Women will continue to promote breast health awareness and raise funds for NZBCF by selling breast cast kits this year for “Mammary Memories”, which encourages women about to have a mastectomy to cast their breasts prior to surgery.
Billy says the whole thing for her has been about getting the message out there.

“Let’s Get Plastered for Breast Cancer caught the attention of women around New Zealand and encouraged them to become practically involved. Now it looks set to go to Australia too, with the South Pacific chapter of Associated Country Women of the World asking if they can promote the concept there. The more the merrier I say!”
Gerard Hindmarsh

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Satellite Office Opens in Swanson

Nathan Buxton, who has been a consistent high performer with the Ray White Group, has opened a salesperson satellite office in Swanson under Buy West Realty Limited.

Nathan has always had a high client satisfaction rating. His honesty, enthusiasm, local insight and innovative marketing are the key to the reasons why he has decided to open a satellite office in Swanson.  Nathan said that having the satellite office in Swanson will allow him to focus his energy on the core trade area of Swanson and Bethells Beach.  “The premises will give a local identity to Ray White and that will in turn allow me to optimise sales results from the office.”

Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand, referred to Nathan opening the office with Buy West Realty as being a break through. “The commitment of an individual licensee salesperson has never been more evident than with Nathan’s decision to open this satellite office.  It demonstrates a high level of service orientation to the local market which is matched by Nathan’s enthusiasm and level of engagement.”

The office is run and licensed under Buy West Realty Limited as a member of Ray White.

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Business Development Position

The Ray White Group is considered to be one of the leaders in the New Zealand property industry, currently transacting $4.5 billion dollars of property sales per annum through 133 franchised offices.   We have a position available for a Business Development Executive based in our Auckland office.  This provides an exceptional opportunity for the ideal candidate to apply their real estate skills in a pro-active network.  For more information regarding this position please click here.



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Ray White Extend Offer on SuperGold Card

The Ray White Group has been a member of the SuperGold Card programme since it was first launched in 2007. The SuperGold Card membership base now stands at more than 5,000 outlets, where SuperGold Card holders can receive discounts and concessions.

Every eligible senior and veteran is given a SuperGold Card and this is issued free of charge along with the SuperGold Card directory, which is also available online.  The number of people eligible for a SuperGold Card was 2010 is 625,000.

The Ray White Group is the only fully subscribed National franchise participant in the SuperGold Card programme and we offer 10% discount to those sellers who hold a SuperGold Card and list their property with the Ray White Group. Please see conditions on the SuperGold web site.

We have been given consistent recognition within the SuperGold Card directory and we are pleased to confirm that as a group we have re-signed our membership with the SuperGold Card programme for a further 12 months until June 2012.


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The Holy Grail of Real Estate on July 29

Two of the most familiar names in the Ray White Group will come together on 29th July at Eden Park to present a full day that is described as the ‘Holy Grail of Real Estate’.

Simon Damerell, co-principal of Ray White Ponsonby, and Darryl Spense, a multiple Elite performer, will provide practical advice, skills and tools which will put those who attend on a path to riches and personal satisfaction.

For further information on the programme and seminar schedule please click here. Please see here for booking information.

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The Ray White Locals

The Locals Limited, who are known as Ray White Kingsland, have recommitted with the Ray White Group for their second term.  Just over five years ago, Chris and Lesley Hawes opened their office in Kingsland and from the start have maintained market shares which have been recognised and awarded in the Ray White Group.  The past five years has seen exceptional growth for the Kingsland business. It has gone from strength-to-strength, with Lesley Hawes consistently maintaining a top position in our national awards and more recently in March, both Lesley and Ruth Hawes were awarded individually the number one salespeople nationally for Ray White.

The business realigned with a new company name – The Locals Limited – and this embellishes the continued community involvement Ray White Kingsland has.  Chris Hawes said that their business had undergone considerable positive change to reflect their desire to add value to the community. He said “We pride ourselves on our involvement supporting events and fundraisers throughout our trade area.  Our business has grown to have a high market share in residential sales and we have also established a highly successful property management business.”

Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand, said that the Kingsland office has a strong family orientation.  “This sits alongside perfectly with the Ray White family values.  The way that the individuals come together as a team at Ray White Kingsland is unmatched, potentially within the industry. The volume of sales produced by Lesley and Ruth is consistently recognised and they are the current joint number one sales operators for our group.  Their new company name reflects their continued drive towards lifting market share in their local trade area.  Everything that they do is about delivering the highest standards.”

The Ray White Kingsland team are situated at 437 New North Road, Kingsland.  Their website is


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The Road Ahead is Lined with Commitment

After a very challenging six month period, the Prier Manson Group have restructured their business to now operate from their main office at Opawa.  After lengthy consideration, the Prier Manson Group brought their operation together in view of the short term position of the residential markets in the Eastern Suburbs area of Christchurch.  This has now combined the 19 strong sales force together as well as the property management team, who have a portfolio of 220 properties.

Along with the decision to restructure their business for the immediate term, Craig Prier and Rae Manson have further committed with Ray White to the Eastern Suburbs of Christchurch through the signing of a renewed agreement.

Craig Prier said “We are aware of the challenges that the Eastern Suburbs face but in saying that our strong community relationships have been built over many years in Sumner and Redcliffs and we are determined as a company to be a community business that assists property owners in our area.  While our move to Opawa is a short term outlook, we definitely will be making early moves back into Redcliffs and potentially Sumner when the timing is appropriate.”

The Prier Manson Group have a consistent market share of over 50% in the Eastern Suburbs of Christchurch and while sales numbers have dropped because of the recent devastation of the earthquakes, the market share for the Prier Manson Group has risen.  The property management portfolio is the largest in the Eastern Suburbs and co-owner Rae Manson said that their property management business is now back in growth mode.

Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand, said “Having Rae and Craig on our Ray White team is a strong sign of the Group’s continuing commitment to Christchurch.  Both Craig and Rae have long term associations in the Sumner, Redcliffs and Opawa areas and while they have experienced a change to their business model, it is remarkable how they have continued to grow their business against a backdrop of recent adversity. Craig Prier has been awarded my personal CEO Cup and the role that Craig continues to play within our Group is a credit to his personal standing in the industry.”

The Ray White Eastern Suburbs team are based at Opawa.  Their website is


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Continued Growth in Dunedin

Just over 10 years ago the Ray White Group entered into the Dunedin market with Peter McCrea, who took over the business known as Kindleys Real Estate.  Earlier this month, Peter made the decision to continue with the Ray White Group for his offices in Dunedin and Mosgiel.

He said that the combination of his leadership style and the values of Ray White fit perfectly.  “The progress that is continually made with technology is the best in the industry and that is consistently demonstrated on all levels within the Group.”  He went on to say that Proven Realty Limited has experienced strong growth over the last 12 months and this has positioned the business to look further into growth strategies going forward.

Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand, said “Peter’s business is a very important one for the Ray White Group. The Dunedin and Mosgiel areas have shown consistent turnover in a diversified market.  The way Proven Realty has been structured fits with the market sales for the area. Peter is looking for further growth in the area and this aligns with our growth policy across our group.”

Ray White Dunedin and Mosgiel have a collective team of 25.  As part of the new website developments they have both of their local sites enabled and


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Ray White Metro Moving Forward

The Ray White Group is pleased to acknowledge the recommitment of Ray White Metro ( AJ McPherson Limited).

AJ McPherson Limited has been long term members of Ray White and has consistently been one of the top performing businesses throughout New Zealand.  During the past period there has been a repositioning of the group due to the devastating effects of the Canterbury earthquakes. Today the business is known as Ray White Metro and has the largest sales and property management business in Canterbury for Ray White.   The 35-strong sales team continue to gain market share through their consistent approach to prospecting and assisting property owners throughout the Canterbury region.

Tony McPherson, head of Ray White Metro, said that his business has never been in better shape.  “Although we are facing challenges, as many of the community are in Christchurch, we are committed, positive and continue to make plans based on the rebuilding of Christchurch.  Our property management business, as with our sales business, has gone from strength to strength given the extra needs the community has for real estate services during the past six months.”

Sales manager, Vanessa Golightly, said that the business now has a lot of traction.  “Having such a large sales team has given the confidence to vendors in the marketplace that Ray White Metro is an agency of choice when it comes to selling their property.”  Vanessa went on to say that they are encouraged by the number of new salespeople they have had join their team and that she expected to continue the growth in market share.

Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand commented “Ray White Metro is one of the pillars of our Canterbury business.  Tony, Vanessa and the team are outstanding.  The way they have responded to the challenges in Christchurch has been remarkable.  We are delighted to have them continue with us on our collective drive for leadership.”


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