Considering a career in real estate?
A career in real estate is a rewarding choice for those hungry to operate in an arena of high-flying business-minded executives. “Working in real estate is not a job for the faint-hearted, or those seeking a part-time job just to keep them out of mischief,” says Craig Hutchison, CEO of Engel & Völkers Southern Africa.
“The professionals that join Engel & Völkers mostly have backgrounds in the corporate world, with substantial experience in negotiations and a deep understanding of the requirements of running their own business. These are leaders in the South African business arena who have understood the potential that the property market offers, and as part of our expansion strategy, we’re continuously on the lookout for committed entrepreneurs who want to enjoy the success of the Engel & Völkers brand,” Craig continues.
According to Hutchison, a career in property extends well beyond the sale of homes. A substantial support network is active in each real estate business. Each team of agents has a number of support staff, including administrators, and legal and financial experts, so there really is a career option for many more disciplines, beyond that of a professional agent.
“An Engel &Völkers property consultant needs to be a tenacious, skilled negotiator who is customer focused, approachable and who perseveres in the face of adversity,” says Riaan van Deventer, Head of Real Estate of Engel & Völkers Southern Africa. “We’re able to evaluate whether a person with no real estate background will be able to build a successful career in property with our advanced systems. We know that there are numerous career opportunities open in the industry, and we’re happy to work with candidates to find their dream job in an industry that they perhaps had not considered before, with the most advanced training by our in-house training academy” Riaan added.
“Our licence partners and team leaders have backgrounds as diverse as conservation, diplomatic corps to commodity traders. But they all have particular traits in common: they’re passionate, dedicated professionals who are committed to making the most of the opportunities offered by a career in property,” says Riaan. “Engel & Völkers is currently expanding its footprint of licence partners across South Africa and with this goes the growth of the sales team. We’re on the lookout for likeminded individuals who want to be part of one of the world’s fastest growing brands in real estate. We’ve got the opportunities – they’re here to be taken!” van Deventer concluded.