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Having successfully operated in the Grahamstown area for 13 years, the Pam Golding Properties franchise has been handed over to a new 'custodian' - Daphne Timm, well known among the local community and a successful entrepreneur. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Grahamstown Sunset and is very involved in community work, as well as a member of the local Business Forum.

Sylvia Birrell, Bill Fowlds and Colleen Rippon bought the PGP Grahamstown franchise in 1995 and this was one of the first PGP franchises launched in the Eastern Cape and Garden Route region with East London, Mossel Bay, Port Elizabth, Kenton-on-Sea and Port Alfred following soon thereafter. Today PGP has a total of 79 offices throughout these regions, 19 in the Garden Route and 60 in the Eastern Cape/Karoo, having made considerable inroads into the marketplace and over the years rapidly gained market share.

Comments Rippon: "As a destination for home buyers, and with its own unique charismatic appeal, Grahamstown has over the years become increasingly popular, particularly among those seeking a secure lifestyle with an important focus on quality education for their children. With its high standard of schooling and tertiary education, Grahamstown is proving a magnet for those 'semigrating' from Gauteng to enjoy a better quality of life, with home buyers injecting capital investment not only into their newly-acquired homes, but also the local economy."

With 12 years of experience in the property industry, Daphne Timm came to work for PGP Grahamstown in 1996, soon making her mark by being recognised for her quick aptitude and negotiating skills as 'Rookie of the Year'. From then on she was well respected by her peers and acknowledged by the group as one of the most successful agents in the company. Earlier this year she left to start her own business, continuing to make a name for herself in the real estate industry, and when the opportunity arose for her to take over the franchise, Daphne did not hesitate.

Commenting on her move she says: "I am excited to be back with Pam Golding Properties - with a top international brand linked across the globe via an extensive referral network. This is coupled with the outstanding training which agents, staff and management receive and which is a key factor in setting the group apart in terms of skills and professionalism, particularly in today's challenging marketplace. Grahamstown is in a unique and well-placed position. As recent statistics have shown us, while the larger cities in our country are looking at a 20 - 40 percent drop on their asking prices, Grahamstown has shown only a 5-10 percent decrease in asking prices, which speaks for itself. I am very upbeat regarding the future, in addition to the numerous appealing features which makes Grahamstown unique we have the university and many schools, which makes our city so special."

Issued by Gaye de Villiers

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