Why did you decide to pursue a career in property?
I have been an entrepreneur my whole life and have been involved in different sectors of the market. Real estate always intrigued me and when I closed the doors of my last retail business, specialising in sportswear, I started with my research. I had to make sure that the real estate business in Rustenburg was challenging but lucrative, so I would be able to be successful financially. I also wanted to be part of a highly motivated team that strives for professionalism and after various conversations and interviews with Ryno Cilliers, I decided to join the Huizemark team.
What do you find the most enjoyable and the most challenging aspects of the job?
The best part of my job is to do new listings. I have come to the conclusion that I was an investigator in my previous life. I must admit that I have a knack for obtaining new mandates, and soluble ones I must say. I suppose that when a sale registers and the commission gets paid out that it must be very rewarding, but I’m in the process and will let you know when it happens. The most challenging bit must be to do price counselling with sellers. It seems that Rustenburg caught a very favourable wave in the past when it came to house prices, but I find that things have stabilised a bit and that sellers do not get what they initially wanted. How does one fast-track to the correct pricing? Here again, I will let you know when I have the answer to the question.
What characteristics, in your opinion, make for a great estate agent/broker and why?
Enthusiasm, good communication skills, patience, determination, self-discipline and a personality that can adapt to different situations and characters (i.e. the clients).
What are some of your career goals?
I want to establish myself as a real estate professional in Rustenburg who is honest, hardworking and positive. Obviously you strive for financial success, but it seems like this job is so rewarding in so many other ways. My ultimate career goal is to be a real estate professional for as long as I can be and to still enjoy it as much as I do now 10 years from now.