No less than five highly-talented real estate "stars" - with a combined 58 years of property experience - have just joined the cracking new sales team at the Chas Everitt International franchise in Nelspruit.
Agency principal Kim Pascoe - herself an industry veteran and the top Edenvale estate agent for seven years running - says that current property market and economic conditions made it essential for her to "up the ante" and hire all the best local agents.
Among the new team members are Zida de Villiers, who was previously with Pam Golding Properties and achieved Gold Club status two years in a row and Ramona Grimbeek, also previously with PGP and also the recipient of a Gold Club award.
Others are Sandi Shum, who has been in the industry for 10 years and owned the successful Eltec Properties; René Kotze, who was named Agent of the Year by Fine and Country Kellaprince in 2003, and her partner Sandy Mclagan, who was the joint recipient of the Agent of the Year award at Fine and Country Kellaprince in 2007.
Also on the team is Chas Everitt Master Agent Jenny Pote, who has achieved more than R70m in sales since joining Chas Everitt and has been nominated for the Chas Everitt Top Agent (non metro) award this year.
Says Pascoe: " We intend to become the company of choice for all buyers and sellers in Nelspruit, with honesty and professionalism being our top priorities. Many clients are unaware of their rights and we want to ensure that they have all the information they need to secure the best possible deal."
The team shares her sentiments although the current market poses some interesting challenges, and Pascoe says pricing correctly is just one of the ways in which they will overcome the downturn.
"Many agents don't conduct a proper valuation, the upshot of which is that the home doesn't sell. We strive to provide accurate appraisals that will facilitate sales. Moreover, clients are increasingly seeking professional real estate advice and Chas Everitt is a name they know and trust which, combined with our superior training, will also help us weather the storm."
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