Why did you decide to pursue a career in property?
Property has always interested me. I have bought, renovated and sold a number of properties over the years. I completed a course in interior design with the idea of breaking into the home staging market, assisting sellers in taking their home to the market successfully. The demand for this service in South Africa is limited, so I approached Jawitz Properties for assistance. I was lucky enough to be placed with a dynamic team of two agents with whom I worked for 18 months, and during which time I completed my Recognition of Prior Learning and was offered the opportunity of working as an estate agent within the company.
What do you find to be the most enjoyable and the most challenging aspects of the job?
The most enjoyable part of the job is finding the ‘perfect match’. The right buyer at the right price for the property. The most challenging aspects include finding sellable stock, price counselling a seller who believes their home is worth more than it is, and being able to remain on neutral territory when dealing with both the buyer and the seller.
What characteristics, in your opinion, make for a great estate agent/broker and why?
Honesty, integrity, knowledge, passion and constantly staying in touch with your buyers and sellers.
What are some of your career goals?
To increase our market share to be the top agents in the area. To be able to offer a service assisting sellers in staging their homes professionally.