Band of brothers join Ray White family in Pt Chevalier


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Brothers in blood and business, Lawrence and Derek von Sturmer and their half brother Ross Brader have joined the Ray White family, opening Ray White Pt Chevalier. 

The trio have been operating in the Pt Chevalier area since Ross started the business in 1996. 

Real estate has always been in the genes, as Ross started in 1983 in Masterton and their mother worked in real estate in Wellington from 1991, Lawrence joined Ross’ team in 2002, while Derek started in real estate in Wellington in 2005 before moving to Pt Chevalier to join his brothers in 2007. 

Lawrence said his parents moved to Pt Chevalier three years ago to join the rest of the family.

“We all live, own and operate in the area and we’re very passionate about it,” he said. 

“Our 80 years combined sales experience and our care and involvement in the community is what makes the Pt Chevalier team such an asset to the area.

“We sponsor the local schools, sports clubs and businesses – it’s about supporting the locals that support us.”

Lawrence said he and his brothers knew Ray White was the right choice for them as their business and family values aligned. 

“Ray White aligned with our family values, and the corporate team made a great impression,” he said. 

“They all know their roles, they provide structure, support, service, and are very professional. 

“Ray White also has fresh marketing and branding that aligns with our vendors in the areas we work, showcasing their homes in the best light and attracting the best buyers in the market.” 

Operating in a community oriented area where the market consists of mostly upmarket family homes, the Ray White Pt Chevalier office hopes to maintain its 60 per cent market share in the local area and continue to provide the best service possible. 

Lawrence said the unique way their trusted sales team operated is partly what helps get their clients the best results. 

“The way we work is quite unique in that we combine our experience, we work together to sell a property and share our commission,” he said. 

“We want to focus on getting the best results for our clients rather than focusing on just getting the sale.”

Ray White New Zealand COO Daniel Coulson said he was thrilled to have Derek, Lawrence and their team joining Ray White.

“They’re a family business, as are we and we can’t imagine a better team to represent us in the local Point Chevalier market,” Mr Coulson said. 

“Ray White has strong representation with great businesses in neighbouring suburbs and Point Chevalier is a crucial piece to the puzzle when it comes to the inner-west of the city.

“Lawrence, Derek, and their team have a fantastic local reputation for providing great results as well as supporting their community.

“Point Chevalier locals will have the best of both worlds — local professionals they already know and love working with, coupled with the reach of the wider Ray White network, market leading technology and exposure for their home when it comes time to sell.”