Chas Everitt International, Plettenberg Bay
Why did you decide to pursue a career in property?
We have both been in sales for most of our working lives and have always thrived on customer satisfaction, so when we returned to South Africa after a 10-year spell in the UK and decided to settle in Plett, we were looking for a new career that would deliver that. And we have certainly found it in real estate, as evidenced by the fact that we have concluded sales to the value of R20-million in the past six months. The reason we chose to join Chas Everitt is that the company and its people have high family values and a great working ethos. The company is also very strong in technology and our properties enjoy superior web exposure as opposed to most of our competitors.
What do you find to be the most enjoyable and the most challenging aspects of the job?
Finding the right home for prospective clients and witnessing the delight on their faces immediately they walk through the door is obviously the biggest thrill. The biggest challenge in this industry is getting the seller to accept the correct price and enable us to put his or her property in the market as opposed to on the market!
What characteristics, in your opinion, make for a great real estate agent/broker and why?
Integrity, honesty, transparency and a good listening ear is what we believe you need to succeed in property and achieve longevity as an agent.
What are some of your career goals?
We have always strived to be the best at everything we have done in the past and certainly wish to continue to pursue excellence. We want to not only succeed in sales but to make the purchase of a property from us to be a memorable experience, for the right reasons. We also want to make a positive contribution to the property industry. We believe you must ‘walk the walk’ until your clients have settled into their new homes, and always be prepared go that extra mile!