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New ‘normal’ for real estate: Ray White

The face of real estate is undergoing a considerable change due to Covid-19 restrictions. Marijke Sheppard of Ray White Rangiora says, “It’s more important than ever before that buyers and sellers do their homework well in advance”.



“They should build a good relationship with their mortgage broker or bank, seek out an agent who is innovative, tech savvy and works for a company that has a vast range of technological features to draw from, is innovative in the platforms they use and leads from the front.”

With face-to-face restrictions, spatial distancing, the demand for digitalising of documents and the ‘new norm’ of private viewings with no open homes, people need to do their homework thoroughly before they even step onto the property.

Strict protocols are in place to ensure the safety of all. Gone will be the ability to open doors and cupboards freely, stay as long as you like or attend multiple open homes.

This is the time for a comprehensive checklist. “Without the luxury of that half hour or more to wander around a house, a checklist is imperative!” Marijke says.

“Buyers need to look at their own homes, note what makes it work, what doesn’t, what is a must in their new home and what they can compromise on.

“The buyer that is prepared will be in a strong position to take advantage of this challenging period in our history and secure their future with a solid investment in a property.”

For more information, phone 027 461 6127 or email


Marijke (Ma-Rye-Ka) Sheppard from Ray White Morris and Co Rangiora

Dream-Maker: Marijke Sheppad

Buying a lifestyle property can be the dream for a lot of Kiwis seeking the pleasure of rural living – but beware! There are pitfalls for the uninitiated and that’s where knowledge and experience of a trusted, helpful real estate agent can be your best asset.


Marijke Sheppard


Look no further than Marijke (Ma-Rye-Ka) Sheppard from Ray White Morris and Co Rangiora. She has lived in the Waimakariri District for over 40 years, and has seen buyers making common mistakes when considering moving out into the country. Too often the lifestyle choice becomes a life sentence.
As a purchaser you will need to consider the following:


– Is it in a suitable condition for what you intend to use it for? (Stock proofed, electrified, ease for movement of stock and/or machinery.)


Water supply

– Is it on a scheme? A well? Monitored? Shared? Proof of water quality? Number of tanks? Can I irrigate?



– Shared driveways, water rights, drainage, services, are there any restrictions for use?


Septic tank systems

– Type? field drains/transpiration lines or soak pit?

Internet, cell coverage, sheds and shelter are all other things to consider as well.
Always look to see what the neighbouring properties are doing. How many stock units are they carrying? What is the pasture quality and could you lease the land out?

So much information is required and needs to be taken into consideration. If set up correctly a lifestyle property can be a fabulous choice for you and your family and does not have to be a burden!


Contact Marijke Sheppard on
027 461 6127 or drop into Ray White Morris and Co, Level 1, 188 High Street, Rangiora.


Ray White Rangiora

Tricks of the trade: We talk to Marijke of Ray White Rangiora on how to do well at selling your home

Just as no two homes are identical, real estate agents also come in their own unique package.

Ray White Rangiora

“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
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