Local icon to open Ray White Blenheim | Picton

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The people of Blenheim and Picton can look forward to familiar faces when it comes to their property needs as the long-standing, experienced sales team led by Stu McLean, launches Ray White Blenheim I Picton. 

It is the first foray into the Marlborough Region in a long time for New Zealand’s leading property group with Blenheim acting as the flagship office with 18 salespeople, property management, marketing and admin, while nearby Picton will operate a smaller satellite office with a handful of salespeople. 

“From a marine engineering background, I grew up in a family of builders, property developers, farmers and master mariners – I got into commercial property ownership 36 years ago as a necessity and that became a full-time passion,” Mr McLean said. 

“I’ve been in the Marlborough and Nelson region most of my life having been in business here for 39 years and it’s fantastic that we’re able to stay here and service the people I know so well, just under the new Ray White banner. 

“We decided Ray White was the best choice for our business, our clients, and our people. We’ve been running our own ship, having to design, manufacture and maintain our systems. 

“Being able to utilise Ray White’s incredible suite of products will cut down dramatically on the in-house processes and will allow us to focus on supporting the community, growing our business and taking the real estate offering in this region to the next level. 

“We have been recognised as the number one business in our previous group for 15 years running, so our ambition to continue to grow into a leadership position within Ray White is very strong.” 

Ray White New Zealand Chief Agency Officer Treena Drinnan said she was incredibly happy to welcome Mr McLean and his team to the family and said it was great for the people of Blenheim and Picton. 

“You would find it very difficult to find anyone in the Marlborough Region who has an interest in property that doesn’t know Stu – we’re proud to be welcoming a team so well-known and respected to the Ray White family,” Ms Drinnan said. 

“Stu is extremely family orientated, has a vast business background and is well-known and respected in the local community. He fits the Ray White family culture perfectly.

Last financial year, Ray White New Zealand helped one in five New Zealanders find their dream home and sold more than 66,000 properties. The group also sold $44.22 billion worth of property across the network and received more than 480,000 online enquiries. With 1,000 offices in six countries and more than 10,000 members, the Ray White Group is Australasia’s leading real estate agency.