Liezl Joubert

RAWSON PROPERTIES GEORGE

Why did you decide to pursue a career in property?

I decided to become an estate agent firstly because I enjoy working with people and also the whole selling process and ‘matchmaking’ between buyer-property-seller. And secondly because of the freedom of movement and the room for initiative that estate agency work provides. Being a mother, this is a very important factor for me. Thirdly, the possibility of earning a very high income.

What do you find the most enjoyable and the most challenging aspects of the job?

The most challenging aspect of this job by far is to be able to handle the emotional stress that goes with every transaction. The saying that “there is no such thing as an easy transaction” is absolutely true! To keep an emotional distance is not easy at times. The most enjoyable (apart from the monetary value) is the interaction between people and the very interesting people you get to meet. Also the satisfaction of seeing a family settled into a new home and the new owners’ pride when buyers take occupation.

What characteristics, in your opinion, make for a great estate agent/broker and why?

Optimism, diligence, honesty and being positive. A sense of service and a willingness to go the extra mile. This is by no means an easy career, but it can be a highly rewarding one, provided the agent is persevering and honest and able to keep a positive attitude despite the rejections and failed deals which are part of the job.

What are some of your career goals?

I aspire to have my own agency one day and to complete my NQF5 studies.

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