Local real estate principal scoops gold award

2015-04-30 15:20
andlt;Ronel Butler from AJT Properties.

andlt;Ronel Butler from AJT Properties. Photo: SUPPLIED

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A master practitioner in real estate from Uitenhage, Ronel Butler, has received a gold award during the Real Estate Network Services Eastern Cape’s annual gala awards evening, for the individual sales associate who last year earned the highest commission.

She made a career change 12 years ago, leaving the motor industry for the then booming property industry and joined Killians Properties. Eager to learn the tricks of the trade she later joined Pam Golding Properties, moved on opening an IPS franchise and eventually established AJT Properties seven years ago, of which she is the principal.

“The real estate industry is not just about bricks, walls and plaster, it is about people and in many cases their single most valuable investment in life. That is what makes me passionate about real estate - to assist people in making the right choices,” said Ronel.

Her mission to operate with a human touch in the real estate industry inspired Ronel in naming her own agency after her son Anthony John Thomas, hence AJT Properties. She specializes in residential properties with the focus on Despatch and Uitenhage regions.

“The property market in general currently is good although we are expecting a slight decline soon. The section for first time buyers and smaller property currently is the most active,” said Ronel.

With her husband Raymond being a Pastor at St Marks Church, Ronel is involved in the community assisting with charity projects and channelling her generosity to many local non-profit organisations.

“The people of Uitenhage are close to my heart. Through the property industry I’ve seen heartbroken situations as Uitenhage mainly is an industrial town and fluctuations of industry affect blue collar workers immediately and immensely.

“I’ve seen many repossessions where retrenched and retired people have lost their properties as a result of the economic recession or pensions simply not enough to sustain their lifestyles.

“Another matter of concern that I’ve come across is that blue collar workers have to work overtime to be able to afford a property. This is sad as the moment overtime is not necessary or when there is trouble in industry it affects these people directly. Salaries in the Eastern Cape just are not in step with cost of living,” said Ronel.

According to her, first time property buyers are not always fully informed regarding the full impact of their financial responsibilities towards financial institutions.

“The real estate industry is tough and you have to sacrifice a lot. But it also is rewarding. You have to eat, sleep and drink real estate otherwise you are in the wrong industry.”

Regarding the best advice to first time buyers she said, “Just get into the market. Do not be particular. Rather pay off on your own house than rent and pay off another’s bond.”

Her motto is to know yourself, know your weaknesses and strengths and find happiness in your soul.

)For more information regarding AJT Properties contact 041 922 4206

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