Bowling over the South Coast property market

Former Protea cricketer and world-renown commentator, Pat Symcox has recently renewed his franchise agreement with one of the largest real estate brands in Southern Africa. Opening his first real estate brokerage in 2010 the vivid red, white and blue signage of the RE/MAX Coast and Country offices has become a familiar sight for passers-by in Hibberdene and Port Shepstone.  

Pat Symcox, former South African crickter and proud member of the RE/MAX brand

“As a cricketer I strived to be on top of my game throughout my career, that willingness to be the best has translated into my business endeavours. In order to become a top player in our local real estate market, I knew that I needed to align myself with one of the top brands, which is why I choose RE/MAX. Over the last five years the RE/MAX brand has made an incredible impact on the local property market along KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast. We have built a good relationship with the buyers and sellers in the South Coast market and established ourselves as the go-to real estate brand in the area,” says Symcox. “We understand our customer needs and are prepared to offer something different to what buyers and sellers have traditionally become accustomed to. Our team of agents are real estate professionals who specialise in the areas in which they operate.”

Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says that brand looks forward to growing its market share in the South Coast region with Pat Symcox at the helm of the brand’s growth in that area.

Symcox says that the South Coast has always been famous for its laid back coastal ‘holiday’ feel and as such, it makes a great investment for holiday rentals and future-focused retirement investments. Speaking about buying activity in the area, he notes that a large majority of buyers in the area are middle-aged and mature consumers who are looking to get away from the noise and bustle of main stream city life.

Looking at the property market over the next 12 to 18 months, Symcox says he expects that 2016 will be a tough year for consumers financially, especially considering the recent interest rate hike and anticipated increase in the cost of living. However, property ownership remains a goal for many South Africans. Those who have the access to finance and can meet the bank’s criteria will still see value in the purchasing a home. Regardless of the market conditions, property remains a solid asset class in which to invest and buyers will see a return on their investment over the longer term.

“We look forward to servicing clients along the South Coast and providing the excellent service that has become synonymous with the RE/MAX brand.  We believe that RE/MAX Coast and Country will continue to add considerable value to the real estate sector in the area, as well as to individual buyers and sellers,” Symcox concludes

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