575 Steenbras Street

R1 450 000
Land for sale
Exclusive Mandate

Land area: 1 188sqm
Rates: R1 600 p.m.

A Very Good Place To Start .. in Brenton On Sea !!

Magnificent land situated on the edge of the ocean and build your dream home like you always wanted !

One of the last stands in this class and worth every cent !

Going, Going .. Gone … !!

Slideshow: 575 Steenbras Street

726sqm Land for sale

R 850 000

Land Area: 726 m²
Rates: R 1600

Flat corner stand with stunning sea view available in Brenton-on-Sea, popular seaside village approximately 15km from Knysna in the beautiful Garden Route in the Western Cape of South Africa. Situated in a prime and secure neighbourhood.

Ideal for multi-level building. One of only a few left.

Priced to go!

Slideshow: 726sqm Land for sale

2017 Calendar

“Celebrating 10 years in Brenton-On-Sea” – this is the top banner for the 2017 calendar for Sophie’s Properties.

Sophie is a well established estate agent and prominent figure at Brenton-On-Sea in the Western Cape. As a talented salesperson she always serves your home to you with a passionate and warm smile.

Being the ultimate estate agent in Brenton-On-Sea, Sophie generally has the most exciting ideas of brightening up her calendars. From a school girl, super woman, property mermaid, Sophie on safari and Sophie on the beach to Sophie Santa Clause!

Cheer up each of your months in 2017 with the Sophie’s Property almanac on the wall!

Commission Structure timeline

Residential Agent Commissions

TIMELINE
1993: –
It is an offence under the Estate Agents Affairs Board (EAAB) Code of Conduct (Clause 8.2) for estate agents to tell clients that their commission rate is prescribed by law, the EAAB, the Institute of Estate Agents of South Africa (IEASA) or anyone else.

1990 – 2000: –
The IEASA recommended professional fees and commissions for estate agent’s services by publishing a Tariff Book for use by its members. The Tariff book recommends minimum fees, hourly rates an sales commissions to be charged by estate agents who are IEASA member for property administration services. The Tarriff Book recommended a 7.5% commission on residential property sales. The 7.5% rate therefore served as a benchmark in the estate agency industry for residential property sales.

2002: –
The tariffs were last published by the IEASA.

2004: –
The IEASA no longer issues any guidelines on estate agent commissions and fees. This practice was discontinued in view of changes in the competition laws which meant that it was anti-competitive.

2013: –
There are currently no official or unofficial guidelines or tariffs whatsoever.

Estate agents are free to charge whatever commissions and fees they choose.

51 Properties destroyed

Recently both the Western and Eastern Cape experienced ravaging and runaway fires unlike what we had seen in years. 2017 will surely go down in history as the year of the runaway blaze.

Not only animals, but human lives too were lost in the inferno.

Between 7 000 and 10 000 people had to evacuate their homes in and around Brenton where many simply stood in shock and bewilderment as scenes of horror unfolded. While fire fighters were doing what they do best there was clearly not enough help as required. The communities surrounding the affected areas stood together in helping to calm down this furious yet natural element.
Long after the devastating inferno a black mass of root lay scattered as far as the eye could see and beyond.

Brenton-on-Sea residents experienced an electricity outage as well as a break in the water supply weeks after the incident. And for those who refuse to lose hope, went back to their homes and are positive to build it up again. The red crosses on the map indicate 51 properties that were destroyed in the raging fires.

For those seeking to buy a new home, contact Sophie in Brenton-on-Sea 082 572 2729.

Owners & Agents can work together…

When selling a home, arranging an open day is an excellent way to introduce it to prospective buyers. It does however create serious safety concerns for the person who is showing the house and the property. In the past, thieves have posed as prospective buyers to gain easy access to properties. It is advisable to take extra caution when planning and attending show days.

AHEAD OF SHOW DAY
* Meet with your agent. Be firm about the arrangements you want in place to safeguard your property and to ensure their safety.
* If someone will stand in for your agent on show day, insist on meeting with them and explain the safety arrangements to them as well.
* Infirm your security company that your home will be on show. Ask them to have armed response stop by randomly during the open house to check that everything is in order.

ON THE DAY
* Homeowners
* Lock away any spare keys (for entry and exit doors or the garage) and other valuables that are small enough to fit into a pocket or handbag; or take them with you.
* Store large, expensive items in a cupboard that locks to put a stop to any ideas criminals may have to return to your home when no-one is there.
* In a bid to discourage would-be thieves, make sure rooms are well-lit by keeping the blinds and curtains open, and where necessary, the lights on.

AGENTS
* Encourage viewings on show day by appointment only. This way, groups of visitors will be easier to handle.
* Consider having an assistant on the day who can receive prospective buyers while you are taking other around the property.
* If possible, position your assistant near the front door or a front window so that they can write down the make, model and registration numbers of viewer’s vehicles.
* If you are not able to have an assistant, never leave the front entrance to the house open while you are showing the home.
* When showing a house by yourself, don’t be shy to ask that your visitors stay with you throughout the viewing; this could avoid a situation in which someone wanders off unsupervised.

The love of a lost home

A passion for selling property is one thing, but a true love for houses and its content is another thing altogether. This is exactly why Sophie Joubert rises above the rest!

Top estate agent Sophie Joubert and her partner, Dr Brian Finkelstein, came up with a great initiative to pay tribute to the families who lost their homes and possessions during the Brenton-on-Sea fires on June 2017.

White crosses were planted, each beside an Aloe, on the sidewalk of Sophie’s property.

This display can be seen on the corner of CR Swart Drive in Brenton. Each cross indicates the street name and number together with the surname of the family whose home was destroyed.

Reaction to this gesture was widespread and welcomed by most. Even though most responses were positive, some frowns were noted. But Sophie is her own person that does not allow negativity to get the better of her.

With time the crosses will be removed, according to Sophie, but the Aloes will stay!

If you are in the Knysna area, you can visit this unique garden of remembrance to pay respect towards those who lost everything.

You can contact Sophie directly on 082 572 2729.

So you are selling your house…..

So…. You have decided to sell your house – all very well – but where do you go from here?

Some owners approach selling a house will all the zest and zeal of an entrepreneur with a new business venture, others are laid back, casual, and nonchalant about the way they present their homes to potential buyers.

Eight points need to be emphasized with a home seller – take note …

1) Avoid hanging around the agent when they bring potential buyers to your home.

The best way to sabotage any transaction is to become personally involved. Being emotionally attached to a home is the single most negative influence you can have on any sale. Being available to answer any questions about your home is wonderful, but not whilst the agent is showing the house. Go for coffee, but get out of there and let the agent do their job, that’s why you pay them!

2) Avoid dirt of any kind

Anything not clean, should be out of sight. Make sure dishes are clean, beds are made and the air is fresh and clean.

3) Remove old out of date fixtures.

Before that potential buyers comes around, make sure all the old family heritage, photos, children’s drawings and general paraphernalia is out of sight. That old basin in the bathroom may be a house feature, but the old and ancient broken sofa in the living room is not. If you need to borrow furniture do so, but show your house in the best possible manner.

4) Get rid of wallpaper

Keeping up to date with modern trends, 8 out of 10 buyers do not like wallpaper. Remove it, and paint rooms in neutral colours.

5) Avoid having vast amounts of personal items on view.

How you live in your house, should not be the look you present to sell your house. If possible decorate to sell. It is best to “decorate to sell”.

According to Real Estate Property Guru Trevor Gaw, you have 5 weeks to sell your house from the date it becomes actively listed within the market. The internet has made it very easy for people to shop for houses (and exclude any that do not appeal to them) online. Use this as a tool to create interest in your property.

6) Do not misrepresent your home in advertising or any spoken statements prior to the buyer’s visit.

If the wrong picture is painted in advance the buyer will feel mislead and is highly unlikely to react favorably, even to a home’s good points.

7) Pay attention to kerb appeal

The impression created by the first view of the home is all important. Paint the fence, trim the hedges, cut back sprawling trees or plant a few flowers on the front verge. In short, do whatever is needed to make an initial good impression.

8) De-clutter

Clutter is endemic in some homes, but it has to be admitted that it is not attractive to anyone with anesthetic sensibility. It pays, therefore, to de-clutter. Remove – even sell – as much as you can. This will increase the feeling of spaciousness in the home – which is what the majority of upgraders are looking for the first and foremost.

Happy Selling!!

Snippets…

Why involve an Agent???

Ships don’t sail themselves and and a well-oiled organisation with all the right tools in place is undoubtedly going to help sellers get their property sold. When agents cut commission, the impact is felt throughout the company.

Remember that behind every agent is a very experienced team – a good agent will have it all in place.

A great agent will be backed by principal (in some cases the Great Agent IS the principal), a well proven marketing strategy, website presence, administration team, and legal team.

Negotiating commission should not be the only aspect of an agent’s job, but it is a given that for effective work, reward should follow. If the marketing strategy was effective, the sale will follow and so on.

Not all agents are able to apply their skills in negotiating with the buyer to the seller in the situation where the seller forces them to negotiate for their commission.

It is clear that sellers want to know exactly what they are getting for their money, and that is why, in the case of Sophie’s Properties, in Brenton, Sophie tries to work only with Exclusive Mandates, and offers an until now almost unheard of Service Guarantee to back up her service.

Clearly thinking ahead, can mean the difference between unneccessary confusion and regret later on in the agent/seller relationship.

Be Aware!

168 Watsonia Street

R 925 000
Vacant land for sale

Land Area:  1369m²
Rates:  R 1450

Vacant Land in Exquisite Brenton On Sea !

Situated in a Prime, Popular and Pristine Street in this small, seaside village, only 63km to George.

Affordable sea view stand not be missed !

Slideshow:  168 Watsonia Street