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Ray White expands its footprint across the far north of New Zealand

Ray White continues its growth in New Zealand’s far north, with business owner Sean Stratton acquiring multiple offices in the Northland region.

Mr Stratton, the owner of Ray White Kaitaia, Doubtless Bay, Kaikohe, Kawakawa, and Paihia, has recently acquired the Ray White Kerikeri business from former owner Laura Knox-Whyte, and the Ray White Russell business from former owner Dianne Wynyard. 

He has also acquired a number of far north businesses from another brand and their former owner Tom Rutherford.

Mr Stratton said he was planning to bring the new businesses into his current operations and will be working alongside Mr Rutherford, who has joined the team as the sales manager for the group of far north businesses. 

Ms Knox-Whyte will also remain part of the business in a leadership capacity, as well as Ms Wynyard. 

Mr Stratton said he was excited to expand his business further across the far north. 

“I am thrilled to announce the acquisition and merger of these far north businesses,” Mr Stratton said. 

“This strategic move aligns with our vision for growth and excellence in serving the real estate needs of the Northland community. 

“I look forward to working with the talented teams from these offices and building on their success.”

Ray White New Zealand Executive Chairman Carey Smith said the strategic addition of offices and expertise further solidified Ray White’s position as a leading real estate agency in the Northland region.

“The acquisition of Ray White Kerikeri and the competitor businesses by Sean Stratton is a testament to the growth potential and success of the Ray White brand,” Mr Smith said. 

“We are excited to see the positive impact this expansion will have on the real estate market in the region.”

Ray White New Zealand Chief Executive Daniel Coulson congratulated Mr Stratton on his growing business. 

“We congratulate Sean Stratton on this significant acquisition,” Mr Coulson said. 

“His dedication to expanding his business, supported by Ray White, showcases the strength of our network, value of leadership and support of ambition. 

“We look forward to supporting both the communities and continued success of Ray White in the Northland region under Sean’s leadership.”

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Rowan Crosby

Rowan Crosby is a senior journalist at Elite Agent specialising in finance and real estate.