A person is more than a just formal learning, qualifications, and accreditations. A person is also their life experiences and their interactions.
I was born in the historic city of Kimberley (the first city to have electric street lights in SA). The great thing about Kimberley is that you learn to be bilingual because Afrikaans is the language spoken by most in the area. I matriculated from Kimberley Boys High School.
The following year was spent in the SADF is the Air Force, which luckily lasted only a year.
I following year I decided to go to UPE to study law, because UPE offered classes in both English and Afrikaans.
It was while serving on the RAG committee in my second year that I met my wife and which also ensured that I would be stayed in PE.
After graduating with a B.PROC (four-year law degree) I started my articles and in 1999, I was admitted as an attorney. I practiced for the next few years as a professional assistant (attorney who is not a partner in the firm), during which time I qualified as a notary (2001), and then as conveyancer (2002).
It was then that I opened my own practice where I did general law, with a focus on property law.
In 2002, at the same time that I wrote my conveyancing exam, I also decided to write the Estate Agency Affairs Board’s CEA qualification which at that stage allowed one to trade either as an employee of an estate agency or as a principal.
I then also opened an estate agency which practiced principally as a referral practice attending to sales by agents whose clients were based outside of Port Elizabeth.
In 2008, I read a book by Gary Keller which set out the business principles of real estate, to a degree that was incredible. This book I would read many times over the years and would shape my approach to real estate.
In 2012, I joined another legal practice, principally because the owner was the principal of a national franchise and it would be an awesome opportunity. I was keen to get involved in the real estate side of the business because I must admit to more than a passing addiction to closing property deals.
In 2015 I had the privilege of launching Bold Real Estate (Pty) Ltd which would trade as BOLD REALTY.
As at 2017, I have the following experiences and learning:
14 years general legal practice experience;
12 years specialist conveyancing practice experience;
10 years experience as a principal estate agent;
2.5 years as manager/team leader working for an agency;
- B.Proc (UPE);
- CEA (EAAB);
- PPRE (Professional Practitioner: Real Estate – 2013);
- MPRE (Master Practitioner: Real Estate – 2013)
Why is the above combination unique?
I hold a unique combination of qualifications, experience, and life experience. It is not every day that you will find a property broker with this combination of practice relevant qualifications. My studies towards an MBA have further allowed me to position coach and mentor other agents to not only be better property practitioners but to have a unique business focus and approach, which is uniquely fitted to the South African market but with international aspects.
I provide unique insights, bring invaluable insights, leverage a considerable multidisciplinary professional panel, and formal studies – to provide my clients with unique products that really add value.