Nicol van Wyk
Why did you decide to pursue a career in property?
My father has many friends involved in the property industry and it definitely intrigued me. I had a discussion with a close family friend, Maureen Nel, who suggested that I should get involved in the property industry and recommended commercial property. She even helped me by arranging an interview with JHI Properties and I was lucky enough to be appointed to the position. This is a great opportunity and I will forever be thankful to her as well as my father.
What do you find to be the most enjoyable and the most challenging aspects of the job?
It’s very satisfying finding your client the perfect property. The most enjoyable part of my work is when you have placed a large tenant in a prominent location and drive past afterwards knowing that you played a part in their success. There isn’t much I don’t like about my job, except perhaps for the paperwork. I prefer being out seeing clients and putting deals together.
What characteristics, in your opinion, make for a great estate agent/broker and why?
You need to be optimistic about every deal you negotiate. Never give up, keep trying until the deal is concluded. You also need to be proactive and professional to be successful. Never get despondent, just keep working hard and smart – and success will follow you.
What are some of your career goals?
I want to make a huge success of my life. I want to do everything to the best of my ability. Always strive for better. And, currently, to become the best broker in the country.