Candice Van Riet
Why did you decide to pursue a career in property?
I have a degree in marketing and instead of going the corporate route I realised there is a gap in the real estate market for young professional realtors. I believed that to move forward with my career I had to have a passion for whatever I decide to pursue. I enjoy working with different people on a daily basis, making a difference in their lives, and I also have a fascination with the property industry in general.
What do you find to be the most enjoyable and the most challenging aspects of the job?
I enjoy helping my clients buy their first property as an investment or to live in and to see the joy on their faces makes my job worth it. Even helping tenants settle into a new area and seeing that they’re at peace knowing they have a place to stay means a lot to me. The most challenging part of this industry is the bad image agents have created in the past and even today, which ultimately affects us new agents as the public see us as being greedy etc., and having to explain to the public that we are the new generation, who are educated, ethical and look out for the best interests of all parties.
What characteristics, in your opinion, make for a great estate agent/broker and why?
A good agent is one who is honest and puts the client’s needs and interests first, who is not selfish and greedy, who loves to deal with different people, has a passion for property as this is their product, therefore believing in the property industry is important.
What are some of your career goals?
My personal goal is to be able to give the best service and advice so that my clients can trust me when dealing with their homes and that my name will be spread amongst family homes, restaurants and at work. My career goal is to ensure that I don’t restrict myself with regards to doing rentals or sales. I would like to continue to do both in the Atlantic Seaboard and City Bowl area.