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Collective Commitment Auction a hit in Christchurch

Collective Commitment Auction Christchurch

Christchurch is becoming renowned for its collective commitment auctions so it was no wonder that another was scheduled to support the recent Ray White National Marketing Statement.

The Novotel Hotel in the central city was again the venue and a large number attended the event. Organiser and auctioneer, Craig Prier, was very happy with how the event turned out adding, “there was great support from offices throughout the region contributing a wide range of property in various price ranges. We achieved some great results for our customers, selling 10 from 14 properties on the day”.

Ray White New Zealand South Island Group Facilitator, Dave Price said, “collective commitment shows collective strength and is well evidenced throughout the network. These events are always well supported by our teams throughout the country. The auction process itself is a super way to bring property together with our people, their customers and their prospective customers as well”.

Ray White New Zealand have a strong network presence of 18 offices throughout the Canterbury region. For more details and office locations, visit;

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Sense of community is strong

Ray White Lincoln

When Steve and Leanne Morgan from Ray White Lincoln were asked to auction a show home built by Christchurch builders Generation Homes, it was agreed that the auction would serve also as a community event for locals.

Steve added, “we wanted to do something for the community and make it a real family occasion”. Within no time, a plan was hatched and balloons, face painter, candy floss, sausage sizzle and a prize draw – for a holiday to Hamner Springs – were organised. “We couldn’t have asked for a better day. The weather was perfect and, although we didn’t manage to sell the property itself on the day, families attending had a wonderful time and it was so nice to meet and make new friends,” says Leanne Morgan.

Ray White New Zealand South Island Group Facilitator, Dave Price said, “this is yet another example of a Ray White office and its people doing their bit within the community they represent. The sense of community in the Canterbury region is strong and it is of no surprise that Steve and Leanne are adding to theirs by contributing in this way. I commend them for their efforts”.   

Ray White Lincoln is part of a network of 18 offices across the Canterbury region. Visit the office at Unit 2 19 Gerald Street Lincoln, online at or contact the office direct on 03 325 7299.

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Canterbury Sales Team Celebrate Personal Best Achievements

CanterburyThe Ray White Canterbury sales team continue to achieve outstanding results as a collective and at the recent quarterly awards, Ray White Canterbury Zone Chairperson Brendan Shefford (pictured above) announced over 25 personal best individual results by sales team members.

The real estate business for an individual is only ever as successful as the amount of dedication and hard work that is put in to the results that are achieved. Each property listing secured for sale is done so on high value trust with each client. The Canterbury market has been particularly influenced by the events of 2010 and 2011 which has changed the dynamics of the way each real estate transaction is performed. Real Estate agents in the Canterbury zone have gained a high degree of knowledge in a number of different areas which are specific to Canterbury and Christchurch and therefore makes it very impressive that so many sales members have achieved personal best results over the last six months.

Julie Ryan, South Island Business Performance Manager for Ray White New Zealand, said “Canterbury members have been particularly disciplined around their understanding of market conditions and disclosures. No property transaction in Canterbury is straightforward and it is a credit not only to the Ray White sales teams, but also the industry, to the way they have been able to adapt to the changed property and market conditions.”

The Ray White Group in Canterbury has 180 salespeople and a market share of 29% across Christchurch, Selwyn and Mid Canterbury.


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Canterbury Celebrate First Quarter Awards

The Canterbury zone has completed their best ever quarterly result selling in excess of $265 million worth of property and completing over 330 auctions. The zone recently welcomed Jill Quaid, who has joined her office from the First National Group. In addition to that, the Ray White Metro team have moved into their remodelled premises.

Canterbury AwardsJulie Ryan, South Island Business Performance Manager, hosted the awards evening at The George Hotel which was attended by over 150 members. The evening recognised individual and office awards in the areas of sales turnover, business growth and marketing. 2013 Premier awards were also handed out on the evening. Julie Ryan said “The award winners achievements for the first quarter were outstanding. The number of personal best achievements for our members in the Canterbury region is at a new high and with the marketplace sales continuing to be at good levels our sales team are conscious of high levels of service and results for our clients.”

The top salesperson for the quarter was Brendan Shefford from Ray White Rolleston and the top business growth salesperson for the quarter was Murray Wigley from Ray White Unlimited Christchurch (pictured with host Julie Ryan). Office awards were recognised in the category of sales turnover with the number one office being Ray White Metro. In business growth Ray White Unlimited was recognised as the top office and in the area of auction marketing Ray White Metro achieved the top position.


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Canterbury Business Owners Set Strategic Direction

The Ray White Canterbury members came together for their quarterly zone strategic and performance meeting which was held last Monday at The George Hotel in Christchurch. Zone chairperson, Brendan Shefford, welcomed members and in doing so acknowledged Jill Quaid who has joined our group as the business of Ray White Ashburton.

Canterbury Zone Leaders

The meeting discussed market initiatives, market share and also key performance indicators that are being achieved by members. In respect of turnover through the Canterbury market, the Ray White Group is at a similar level to 12 months ago in a market that has reduced by 5%. Days on market still remain at their lowest level and also price increases of in excess of 10% have been experienced in many areas. The market share for Ray White Canterbury, which includes Christchurch, Selwyn and South Canterbury, has lifted to 26.8% with the top market share offices being Ray White Rolleston at 56.2% and Ray White Lincoln at 48.6%.

The new sole agency agreements were released to members that sit in line with the Code of Conduct that was amended on 8 April 2013. The group is well educated on the changes within the Code of Conduct. The first release of the sole agency agreements are now in use throughout the market and these will be reviewed prior to the end of April.

The Ray White Canterbury team have been part of the group’s customer satisfaction survey which rates the performance of each of our individual offices together with the individual licensee. Ray White Canterbury have been one of the highest performers and this is in an environment where disclosure and due diligence is of the highest importance.

Julie Ryan, South Island Business Performance Manager, said “The Canterbury zone was producing outstanding results. The auction marketing has been a highlight of the group’s performance and this has consistently seen high success rates on behalf of Ray White clients.” She also added that with the new office in Ashburton and the opening of the remodelled Ray White Metro agency this gave the group a significant boost.

The Canterbury zone has 18 offices and the group regularly meets for strategic direction on a quarterly basis.


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Tony McPherson Elected as Region 4 Director to REINZ

Tony McPherson

The Ray White Group wish to acknowledge the announcement of  Tony McPherson being elected to the position of director for the Real Estate Institute in Region 4 which covers the Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury and Westland zone. The appointment of Tony McPherson will add considerably to the direction of the Real Estate Institute. His longstanding knowledge, service and commitment to the industry is widely known and respected.

Tony McPherson has been part of the Ray White Group for over 10 years, when he initially joined the company from his Church Corner office in 1999 when the Ray White Group first began to gain a presence in the Christchurch market. Tony has continued to maintain a strong business model which includes sales and property management and today has a team of 42 together with a partnership within the business of seven known as Ray White Metro.

Tony’s recent experiences in  Christchurch will also prove valuable to members as they continue to rebuild throughChristchurch, with the real estate industry playing a pivotal role in the success of the rebuilding.

Tony McPherson can be contacted for Real Estate Institute matters for Region 4 at


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October Property Sales Report

The New Zealand Ray White Group for the month of October 2010 saw turnover reduce by 23% on the previous year, with trading at approximately $300 million. Other key indicators saw controlled listing stock up by 13% and auctions increase by 5%; days on market extended to 41 and the current numbers of property on the market increased by 4% to just over 14,500.

Throughout the regions – the Northland zone had a quieter month, with turnover down by half.  Year to date in the Northland area listing stock is up by 8% but turnover is down 15%.  A small decrease in the Auckland region of 7% in comparison to 2009; listing stock was down by 30% and year to date overall turnover is down by 13%.   The Central and Lower North Island had identical numbers, with turnover being down 45% on last year. The controlled stock is 1% up in both areas while auction numbers are down by 5%.  There were mixed results throughout the South Island. The Upper South region recorded a small decrease of 6% in trading however their listing stock was up substantially, almost doubling the numbers that were listed at the same time last year. In Canterbury numbers continued to be affected by the earthquake, with results being down 40% and listing stock reduced by 24%. The Southland region had an increase of over 50% and their controlled listings also increased by 19%.  Across the nation we have 134 offices with 1,282 salespeople.

New offices during the month of October included Ashburton and Methven and in Canterbury Christchurch City Living.

The Ray White Group expects to open its 135th office in Stonefields which is located in the inner-east of Auckland.

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