Why did you decide to pursue a career in property?
Growing up in a family that was involved in the property industry, I naturally developed an appreciation and interest in this industry. After university I was fortunate enough to become involved with various aspects of the property industry. I have a passion for property, design and innovation, so choosing a career in this industry was easy.
What do you find to be the most enjoyable and the most challenging aspects of the job?
It is enjoyable to develop a network, and meet people who are making a difference in the South African economy, and it is satisfying to connect people to places that are ideal for their needs. The challenge for me is the disappointment that comes when deals cannot be concluded.
What characteristics, in your opinion, make for a great estate agent/broker and why?
A broker should be a go-getter and be able to make things happen, always thinking outside the box. He or she should be able to motivate themselves. Building relationships and a network with people is vital to your success. Showing compassion for your clients and taking the time to get to know their specific needs will not only save a lot of time, but also communicate to the client that you are concerned about their needs.
What are some of your career goals?
I continuously develop my skills with continued education, and enjoy making a difference to the world around me. I see opportunities in investing in green building technologies and value in investing in your own commercial properties, and therefore hope to do that in the near future. I still have much to do as a broker, and growing my network is my main focus at the moment.