National honours for star Cape agent

For the third year running, a Strandfontein agency has been named by the national RealNet property group as its Top Franchise in the Western Cape.
In addition, RealNet Select principal Astrid Smith De Gruchy was honoured at the group’s recent awards ceremony as the winner of the national 2010 Chairman’s Star Performance Award.
Presenting the award, RealNet chairman Tjaart van der Walt said De Gruchy – who also owns the RealNet Ottery franchise - had shown extraordinary determination to succeed in the real estate arena and made an outstanding contribution to the RealNet group.
Her story, he noted, had a definite ‘rags to riches’ element. “Having been reliant on her own resources since the age of 15, Astrid managed to obtain a diploma in public management from the Peninsula Technikon before joining a RealNet franchise as a complete novice and rapidly becoming the top agent in her office, then the top rookie agent in the whole Western Cape region.
“Then, motivated by her vision to learn as much as she could before opening her own business, she also filled the positions of office assistant, manager and trainer while still working as an agent.
“In 2007, however, she decided she was ready and bonded her second investment property to buy her own RealNet franchise, with her third property becoming the new RealNet Select office. This franchise became the top performer in the region within a year and has held this position ever since.
“Astrid is also an enthusiastic member of the RealNet group and always ready to assist her fellow-franchisees. And this year, she was named as a finalist in the national Property Professional of the Year awards. We are thus very proud to name her as the winner of our 2010 Star Performance Award.”
Issued by RealNet

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