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Jacqui Harrison

Why did you decide to pursue a career in property? I have always been interested in various properties and real estate. Finding the right home for a family – what more could you ask for? I never thought I would be able to become a real estate agent until I sent my CV through to RE/MAX One Hundred.   What do you find to be the most enjoyable and the most challenging aspects of the job? The most enjoyable aspect has to be the environment and the people with whom I work. The most challenging aspect is finding stock,...

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Lisa McNicholl

Why did you decide to pursue a career in property? I have always had a love for homes and wanted the opportunity to assist buyers and sellers in making the biggest decision of their lives.   What do you find to be the most enjoyable and the most challenging aspects of the job? Acquiring listings and hosting show houses are the most enjoyable parts of the job. The challenge lies in the work behind making a potential sale.   What characteristics, in your opinion, make for a great estate agent/broker and why? Tenacity, determination, discretion and respect are characteristics...

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Chris van der Merwe

Why did you decide to pursue a career in property? I joined my dad in March 2003 doing residential property development and enjoyed the interaction with clients. Completing their homes gave me a huge sense of achievement. The marketing and sales aspect of the development interested me more than the technical side. I started actively selling homes in 2014 and realised that my building experience was a great asset.   What do you find to be the most enjoyable and the most challenging aspects of the job? I enjoy receiving referrals from satisfied clients. The challenge comes in with...

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Residential Developers Struggle To Obtain Finance

South African developers looking to obtain finance to build and sell, or to build and hold and rent out, such as townhouse complexes, flats or retirement developments, are struggling to acquire funding from banks. This is according to Gary Palmer, CEO of Paragon Lending Solutions, who said that owing to the bad debt that was accumulated as a result of residential developers defaulting during the financial recession, banks are wary of approving loans to developers who haven’t secured the required level of presales for the transactions where developers are looking to build and sell to third parties. Banks are...

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New Phase for Development in Umhlanga

An exciting mixed commercial portion of land ideal for a range of commercial, retail and business park development is being made available by Tongaat Hulett Developments, the property development operator within the Tongaat Hulett stable. The new release forms part of the greater Cornubia development, a multibillion rand collaboration between the eThekwini Municipality and Tongaat Hulett. The first of its kind in KwaZulu-Natal, Cornubia is a fully integrated human settlement development. The opportunity, representing 85 000m2 of commercial bulk, comprises five stands of varying sizes and is situated immediately to the north of the upmarket Mount Edgecombe Estate, forming...

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