RE/MAX Panache wins award for community work

RE/MAX of Southern Africa, as one of the leading real estate groups in the country, has always had a focus on giving back to the communities in which it operates. 

This core element of the group’s operating philosophy has been taken to heart by its offices around the country, all of which contribute generously to local community initiatives and charities.
One such office is RE/MAX Panache, which operates in the Durban North and La Lucia areas on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast, recipients of two awards at the 2013 Institute of Estate Agents / Private Property Community Awards in Real Estate (CARE).
The CARE Awards are the brainchild of Jill Corfield (EAAB) with the intention to recognise estate agents who serve their community, either by way of donations, or through service to worthy causes. In this way, even the agent earning the least commission can be recognised for ‘civic duty in the community’.
This initiative is not about sales, income or commission. The CARE Awards are a golden opportunity for agents to promote their image with the general public and become known as an integral part of their community.
The CARE Awards were divided into two categories. Funds Raised and Service to the Community. This was further split into Individual Agents, Agent Principles and Agency Branches. Each category winner received a cheque for a charity of their choice to the value of R1000, while the overall winner received a trophy and a R35 000 cheque for their selected charity.
The Judging Panel consisted of IEASA members, attorneys, the press and Private Property staff.  While there were many who contributed in different ways to their communities, there could only be one winner.
Grant Gavin, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Panache, says that his office was represented as finalists in two categories: the most funds raised by an estate agency and commitment to charity by an estate agent. RE/MAX Panache won the award for funds raised by an estate agency and, Lisa Steytler Du Plessis, sales associate at RE/MAX Panache won the award for commitment to charity by an estate agent. Lisa was also announced as the overall winner which means that R35 000 was awarded to the charity initiatives that she supports.
“I would like to extend a massive congratulations and thank you to everyone at RE/MAX Panache for their contribution to our events and fundraising activities,” says Gavin. “Lisa, well done on your award - we are all so proud of everything that you do for the charities that you support.”
He adds that RE/MAX Panache has taken brand’s ethos of getting involved with the communities they service to heart. “They are not just communities in which we work, but ones in which we live too. Charity involvement plays a massive role community upliftment, which is exactly what the RE/MAX brand is all about. We want to leave each area we service enriched from our brand presence, professionalism and community involvement. We will continue to be involved in community projects and initiatives in our areas of operation with the aim of assisting in making these areas a better place in which to live for all residents,” says Gavin. 
Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, congratulates RE/MAX Panache and Lisa Steytler Du Plessis for their dedication to community involvement and making a difference in the lives of those who need it most.

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