For Ryan du Preez, our Rookie of the Year 2016 and property consultant at Jawitz Properties Kuilsriver in Cape Town’s northern suburbs, the best part of the job is the moment he gets to hand over the keys to a new owner, many of whom he says are first-time homeowners.
“I remember during one sale I had buyers who had been living in make shift housing for some time, saving to one day own their own property,” says Ryan. “The day I called them to let them know that their bond had been approved, there was a long pause of silence. I eventually asked the client if she was alright, and the next thing I heard was crying – but happy tears. It’s emotions like these that give me gratification – being part of people’s lives to make sure that owning a property becomes a reality.”
Ryan matriculated from Sarepta Senior Secondary in Cape Town in 1993, and was accepted to study B.Comm Computer Sciences at the University of the Western Cape in Bellville, Cape Town. After a few changes of plan over the course of his life, he has now happily settled into his role helping his clients find homes to call their own.
A newbie to not only Jawitz but the field of property in general, Ryan started working with Charlton de Kock, a property consultant at Jawitz Kuilsriver, when the franchise opened a new office in Eersteriver in 2015. He met with Charlton and Herbie de Klerk, principal of the Kuilsriver franchise and the two agreed to allow Ryan the opportunity to prove himself worthy of the job. “I jumped at this as I relish any opportunity to challenge myself,” Ryan says.
The market in Cape Town’s northern reaches
In Eersteriver, forming part of Kuilsriver – where Ryan works, the market is busy and active. “Our aim is always to try and sell a property within the month it’s listed,” Ryan explains. He remembers fondly a particularly smooth sale that went from listing to bond grant in under two weeks.
After two years of learning, working and being immersed in the world of property sales, Ryan can be called - at the very least- a veteran rookie by this stage. Asked for any sage advice for ambitious people considering a career move into property, Ryan says patience and perseverance are key. “In the real estate profession, what you put in is what you get out,” Ryan elaborates. “It’s not always sunshine in this industry. I had many ups, as well as downs. The key is to stay focused, always be polite and professional, and never be judgemental. This is what the Jawitz Properties brand stands for.”
In his short but busy tenure at Jawitz so far, Ryan has closed the deal on 37 homes. In 2016 alone, he managed to get 22 buyers settled into their new residences, and equally as many sellers left smiling. This year so far, Ryan has sold 12 homes – naturally hoping to improve on 2016 come year end.