Canterbury’s Red Hot Real Estate is owned and operated by a down-to-earth family man.
Fraser Moore has been simmering along building the marketing side of the business during the company’s inaugural year – but now he’s full steam ahead selling homes. The company name is striking. It stands out – just like these guys. “You could say we swim in the opposite direction and we try to be a little more real,” says Fraser.
In their 20s, Fraser and his brother were landlords buying, selling and managing their own properties. Fraser was in his element, but then became a primary school teacher and subsequently ran an afterschool education franchise, before finding a business partner to fulfil his real-estate dreams at 37.
His wife, Karalee, is a teacher at Avonhead School, and they have two children at Russley Primary School. Drawing on past experiences, he relates well to people, understanding family-home intricacies through to lucrative property investment.
Fraser’s Red Hot team includes Daryl Jones and David Eden. “We’re not going to be the big guys. But we are people focused, instead of being solely transaction focused,” he says. “So far we have sold 100 percent of our listed homes. We use all the reputable websites and print mediums such as the Property Press and local papers for advertising, and our photographer produces realistic, professional images.”
As the Managing Director, he has the room to move and be flexible, culminating in a professional and personal service. The company offers very competitive commission rates that include some of the marketing – and there’s no fancy overheads eating into anyone’s budget.
Visit www.redhotrealestate.co.nz and phone Fraser on 021 975839 or 0800 RED HOT for an obligation-free market appraisal on your home.
Just as no two homes are identical, real estate agents also come in their own unique package.
“We’re all different, because we have different backgrounds and choosing a perfectly suited agent is a tactical step,” says Marijke Sheppard of Ray White Rangiora.
Marijke, a former teacher, believes in dealing with facts and believes this, coupled with ensuring the owner’s involvement throughout the process, is where her success for her clients lies.
“It is important my clients are fully informed and involved, including pinpointing the target market, the advertising and creating a price point,” she says.
Professional photographs are a must. “You have one shot at making an impression – and there’s definitely an art to it. It’s a marginal expense compared to the benefits.”
She believes presentation is paramount and with her experience and attention to detail, Marijke offers those useful and creative tricks of her trade.
“It is important not to leave any stone unturned or cut corners. Be prepared for all scenarios. I provide a full property appraisal; my vendors get honest weekly written reports from buyers who have viewed which include anything that can be improved or changed. Sometimes we have to have those difficult conversations.
“It is important that we, as agents, are informed, up to date with local knowledge, so we can pass this onto our clients. But while these conversations can be hard, it is important to keep positive and always include a little humour! There’s merit in believing things happen for a reason!”
Phone Marijke (pronounced Ma-rye-ka) for a chat on 027 461 6127, email email@example.com
or visit rwrangiora.co.nz
The growth of the Twiss Keir Realty team is impressive. Established more than 30 years ago, it recently boasted five branches – Hanmer, Kaiapoi, Rangiora, Belfast and The Palms.
With the recent purchase of Four Seasons Realty – with offices in Hornby and Rolleston – there are now seven offices, 91 salespeople, 33 staff and management and 10 in property management, with a franchise area that stretches throughout North Canterbury, Selwyn and Christchurch’s outer suburbs.
“We are the largest sales team in our market with the largest property management portfolio. We sell on average one in every three residential properties in North Canterbury and one in two lifestyle properties. But it is not our size that defines us – we are a dynamic and varied business designed to cater to all from the smallest property to multimillion dollar estates.
“We pride ourselves on client results. We see ourselves as the most effective sales team with a genuine focus on keeping our clients happy. We have experts in residential, commercial and rural as well as business brokers, a farm specialist and the only known viticulture specialised salesperson,” licenced business owner, third generation realtor James Twiss says.
It is inspiring seeing business growth such as this and the team does it with heart. In the past five years it has supported the Harcourts Foundation and given more than $150,000 to local community charities in North Canterbury and the Selwyn district. “We are regularly amazed and humbled by the support our communities have given and continue to give us.”
The team’s focus at Pegasus Bay Law is having the passion to listen to its clients, and ensuring they are genuinely looked after.
The firm was established four years ago by two directors, community-minded born and bred Cantabrians Pam Wheeler and Robyn Loversidge. The Christchurch and Kaiapoi offices merged with Thompson and Morgan in 2015 and acquired the clients of Ian McNish Lawyer, together with his long-time receptionist, Barbara Burney.
Pam leads the conveyancing team. Having previously owned and managed her own business, she offers sound professional and practical advice. Christine Jackson was recently welcomed as an Associate. She is a licenced Conveyancer who qualified in Australia and has many clients in North Canterbury. Vivienne Holmes, a registered Legal Executive, works closely with Pam and her clients. Dee Woods, who is training as a legal assistant, completes the conveyancing team.
Robyn specialises in family law, including estate matters. She has worked for a time in London and is an officer in the Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve in her spare time. Assisting her is Estates Administrator Tina-marie Case and Gretta Leigh, Robyn’s PA.
Pam and Robyn say thinking and planning ahead is imperative. For example, wills should be looked at every five years or if circumstances change and powers of attorney need to be considered while a person still has the capacity to make their own decisions.
Visit Pegasus Bay Law Ltd, 327 Westminster Street, Mairehau,
03-386 2211; 97 Williams Street, Kaiapoi 03-928 1215; or pegasasbaylaw.co.nz.
When you list commercial or residential property with David Eden of Red Hot Real Estate, you just know you’re going to get a thorough, no-margin-for-error approach. You know this because David trained and worked as a helicopter engineer, on choppers servicing oil and gas rigs all over Papua New Guinea.
With an eye developed for detail and an ear that was finely tuned by listening for an engine’s ‘sweet spot’, David’s interest in property was piqued in Auckland where he spent every second month, released from a month of helicopter duty in PNG. Having invested in a couple of commercial properties in Auckland himself, David identified Christchurch as the centre with stimulating opportunities in residential and commercial property.
“I like that Red Hot Real Estate is local and relationship focussed,” says David, who has worked in Australia and New Zealand.
“It is a small company and if you list with me, you get me for the entire process. I find people feel disappointed when they list with an agent, see the agent once and are dealt with by employees from then on.”
The company specialises in all aspects of real estate: commercial and residential leases and sales, and lists properties from the central city, to the suburbs and outskirts, to rural. If you sign up in February or March you’ll go into the draw to win flights and five nights on the Gold Coast.
David is justly proud of his record that every property he has listed has sold, within a multi offer situation. ‘The Right Stuff’ indeed!
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