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Last night the Ray White Group celebrated the most successful year in the history of the company, with turnover during 2012 in excess of $5.4 billion from 134 offices throughout New Zealand.
Ray White City Apartments were named New Zealand Office of the Year and during 2012 they completed 717 sales through their 60 member sales team. Ray White Ponsonby were named the number two office for Ray White New Zealand in 2012 and Ray White Remuera were named number three office of the year.
After the national awards were presented Brian White, Joint Chairman of the Ray White Group, and Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand, presented the International Office of the Year awards.
Ray White City Apartments were named at number two internationally and in accepting the award, Phil Horrobin business of Ray White City Apartments, acknowledged the outstanding achievement by his team. He said “The office has continued to successfully grow market share and the increase in market share has primarily been achieved through the focus and dedication of our sales team in having outstanding product knowledge and working with our clients. He went on to say “The city apartments market is a specialist area and our team are highly skilled and we are collectively proud of the results we have achieved.”
Ray White Ponsonby was named the number four office internationally and Simon Damerell, Bryce Earwaker and Gower Buchanan accepted the award from Brian White with their team on stage. Simon said “The international ranking was an amazing award for their business to win. Over many years our business has grown through our determination on the quality of service that our team provides to the marketplace.” Simon also acknowledged the value of the community’s support to the office and said “We very much value the long standing relationships we have in the community and this award reflects the continued support we receive as a business.”
Megan Jaffe, business owner of Ray White Remuera, accepted the international award for her office as number five in the Ray White Group. Megan said that the award meant a lot to her team. She said “Our success reflects the values and commitment all of our team has to working together to ensure successful results for all our customers and clients. Our business has grown during the past 12 months as we have welcomed a number of established salespeople and with the support of our clients we have had a great 2012 and we look forward to working harder and achieving even better results in 2013.”
The Ray White Group operates over 1,000 offices in eight countries. It is the first time Ray White New Zealand member offices have achieved this level of international recognition.
October figures collected today show Ray White New Zealand recorded sales up 29 per cent on October last year and matched the unseen turnover highs of March 2007: $500million.
The network of 135 offices finalised 1,216 sales, 21 per cent more than the previous month, the greatest amount of transactions since November 2007.
The Auckland market, in particular, has shown a considerable increase with double the sales recorded in 2012 against the same period in 2011.
Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand said the 2012 sales have continued steadily, with turnover increasing by 41 per cent nationally year to date.
“This is driven by a combination of factors including the continued migration of those affected by the Canterbury earthquake relocating throughout New Zealand and record low interest rates which have been consistent for over 12 months and gives buyers confidence. Added to this, Banks are also taking a balanced approach to the way they consider funding property and this also allows buyers to purchase property.”
Across New Zealand all markets continue to show higher sales volumes. The Canterbury area has returned to its pre-earthquake sales numbers and is up 37 per cent on last year. Most activity around the country is occurring in the CBD and city fringe markets, where there continues to be a lack of stock and this is placing pressure on prices, which are increasing, while also lowering the days on market.
Megan Jaffe, the owner of Ray White Remuera, who’s team completed over $30 million in sales for October.
“There is definite momentum in the market at all levels. Sellers are showing they are responsive to the market. They are sellers one day and becoming buyers the next,” she said.
Simon Damerell from Ray White Ponsonby who work through the city fringe markets, said there has never been greater numbers of open home attendees and registered bidders at auctions.
“There is a high degree of activity and while there may appear to be a shortage of stock, the same number of properties are being listed; it’s just that the higher turnover is at any given time resulting in less properties on the market,” Mr Damerell said.
Tony McPherson from the Ray White Metro group in Canterbury said that there is continued activity throughout Canterbury with the movement of those in the Red Zone and also those relocating into the city for work opportunities.
“The movement of people and the rebuild plans recently announced have added increased activity into the Canterbury market and that is resulting in record sales,” Mr McPherson said.
The national average sale price value at the end of October 2012 for Ray White was $452,592. This is up on September 2012 at $445,326 and also up on October 2011 which was $440,918.
The Damerell Earwaker Realty Group has expanded their business to include a new Ray White location in Grey Lynn. The office adds to their already highly successful Ray White Ponsonby and Ray White Pt Chevalier offices.
Bryce Earwaker, co-owner of the Damerell Earwaker Realty Group, said that Grey Lynn has now become a ‘destinational’ suburb. “In the past it was seen as a stepping stone, but in more recent times it has continued to provide further services for the community and has now become one of the top 10 sales areas throughout Auckland. Our move into Grey Lynn has always been part of our plan as we already have an established team working through the Grey Lynn and Westmere market.”
Simon Damerell, co-owner of the Damerell Earwaker Realty Group, said that he was very excited about the new office at Grey Lynn. “Grey Lynn and many of the surrounding areas have continued to show strong capital gain in property over many years and this has led to continued investment and high sales volume for the area.”
Gower Buchanan, Manager of the Damerell Earwaker Group, said the new Grey Lynn office came about due to the high level of growth they had achieved in Ponsonby over many years and more recently the Pt Chevalier office. “Our sales team has a 25% market share in Grey Lynn and we expect by having an office there that the market share should continue to grow.”
Graeme Fraser, Auckland Performance Manager for the Ray White Group, said that Ray White is continuing with its growth plans throughout Auckland. “Grey Lynn is one of the leading sales suburbs in the greater Auckland regional market, and with Ray White Ponsonby already having a strong market share it seemed a natural expansion to open the new office in Grey Lynn.”
Last year the Grey Lynn market was rated the seventh most active market in Auckland, with sales numbers just in excess of 200 and property turnover totalling $166 million.
Bryce Earwaker, Simon Damerell and Gower Buchanan have teamed up to open up an additional Ray White office in Pt Chevalier. The office is located at 336 Pt Chevalier Road and will form part of their agency business through their longstanding market leading office in Ponsonby.
Bryce Earwaker said “When the opportunity for Ray White Pt Chevalier became available we had no hesitation in opening an office in the Pt Chevalier market. In many respects Pt Chevalier, Westmere and Ponsonby are similar markets but with local communities and their own characteristics. Buyers looking to purchase in Pt Chevalier and surrounding suburbs are attracted to the area by the strong sense of community and also the closeness of Pt Chevalier to the central city of Auckland.”
With an average sale price of just over $550,000 the area has a consistent turnover of property. Business Development Manager for Damerell Earwaker Realty, Gower Buchanan, said that buyers in the area are increasingly coming from properties marketed in surrounding suburbs. “We see the new office at Pt Chevalier to be a great opportunity for both our sales team and their vendors to source buyers from a wider field given we have an office in Ponsonby.”
Simon Damerell, agent licensee for Damerell Earwaker Realty, said he saw the two locations working together exceptionally well. “We have a team of Pt Chev specialists who will be able to add real value to the sales process while also having the broad reach of our company resources and that also of the Ray White Group.”
Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand, said “Ray White is thrilled to be back in the Pt Chevalier market, particularly through the Damerell Earwaker Realty. They are not only one of the leading offices in Ray White but they are also market leaders in many of the trade areas surrounding Pt Chevalier. Their understanding of marketing and of the sales process is second to none and this will benefit vendors who entrust Ray White with their property through the new Pt Chevalier office.”
Information regarding the Pt Chevalier office can be found on their agency website being rwptchevalier.co.nz.
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.
The Ray White Ponsonby office through agent Jan George and Aaron Haabjoern, recently completed a sale at 23 Cowan Street, Ponsonby which resulted in a record sale price in excess of $2.3 mil. The property was market by Auction and is a 19th century traditional villa with 21st century architecture designed by local architect Ken Crosson and sat on a section size of 758m2. The property features five bedrooms with two bathrooms and a four car garage. The property included a generous area for entertainment, and came complete with a pool and separate spa.
In being marketed by Auction the property was feature displayed in the New Zealand herald, together with internet marketing on trademe and realestate.co.nz. The home was viewed by 230 groups over a 3 week marketing campaign. The Auction night saw 8 registered bidders with 5 0f those bidders participating up to a bidding level of $2.3 mil.
Simon Damerell co-owner of Ray White Ponsonby said that the sale reflected the continuing desire for people to live in the Ponsonby area in a quality home. We have strived over a long period of time to ensure the success of our Auction programmes and with our complete focus on our team getting more for vendors, this is a result of that team effort.
Ray White Ponsonby is proud to welcome Tricia Lafferty and Kym Aikin, who work as partners, to the Ray White Ponsonby office. Trish and Kym have both had long term careers in the real estate industry, with Trish commencing just over 13 years ago and Kym joining the industry just over five years ago after a successful career in fashion.
In talking with them both in regards to their partnership, Tricia said their personalities complimented each other and they are both extremely passionate about everything they do in life and this was one of the reasons why they achieved such good results in real estate. Kym is also complimentary to their partnership, saying that since joining together their results for their clients have been outstanding.
Simon Damerell, the co-owner of Ray White Ponsonby, said that he was excited to have Tricia and Kym on the team. He said “Their experience, enthusiasm and desire to excel will fit perfectly with the overall direction of the Ray White Ponsonby office.” He went on to say “Our team is focused on achieving the best price for our clients and that will sit well with Tricia and Kym when they undertake their real estate activities.”
The Ray White Ponsonby office now has 22 on the sales team and is considered the market leader in Herne Bay, St Marys Bay and Freemans Bay, with market share in excess of 30%.
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We are pleased to announce the continuing commitment to the Ray White Group of Ray White Ponsonby. The office, under the ownership of Bryce Earwaker and Simon Damerell have renewed with a long term agreement with the group. The office continues to be one of the top three businesses in Ray White New Zealand.
After taking ownership in 1996, Bryce Earwaker, who was a significant salesperson with another brand, took what was then the United Realty office from number 72 in the network to number 12 in its first full year of trading. This was the fastest growth that any office had achieved in our network. In late 1997 Simon Damerell joined Bryce Earwaker to form a partnership that is now recognised as one of the leading real estate offices in Auckland. Consistently being awarded as the top market share, the top marketing and one of the top turnover offices in the Group, the office has an enviable position as the market leader.
The office market share is in excess of 35% in Herne Bay, St Marys Bay, Freemans Bay and Ponsonby. The office also holds in excess of a 20% market share in Grey Lynn and Westmere.
The culture of the office is set on a platform of marketing and service. Each year the business has grown on this ethos and now has a return client rate of over 70%.
In talking about the renewal with Ray White, Bryce Earwaker made comment that he believed the Group has continued to assist the business being at the forefront of technology, marketing and staff development. He went on to say that the culture they have developed within their business works well with the family values of Ray White and the commitment of the Ray White Group to their members.
Simon Damerell, the co-owner of the office, talked about their plans for 2011. He said the office is strengthening its management structure with a blend of youth and knowledge. Providing resources to the team and to the marketplace is the point of difference for the office. He went on to say “The office has always had top sales consultants and property managers and ensuring the environment is the best in the marketplace enables the team to achieve outstanding outcomes for their clients.”
The Ray White Ponsonby office is now in its 15th year of trading with the current owners. The office embraces online marketing through its website www.rwponsonby.co.nz and also interacts through social media on Facebook and Twitter.
The office is located at 239 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby.