Institute of Estate Agents SA appoints new chairman for PMB

2008-02-15 00:00

A critical professional body within the real estate sector, The Institute of Estate Agents South Africa (IEASA) Pietermaritzburg and Interior Region, has a new chairman in Brian Codling.

He takes over following Arnold Nel’s successful tenure at the helm of the IEASA Pietermaritzburg and Interior region.

Codling told The Witness that he will focus on several key issues going forward, namely:

• Increasing membership numbers;

• Training initiatives;

• Information and communication on legislation and property market trends.

“In particular, we plan to increase our membership and to introduce new training courses.

“The demands placed on our industry — especially by the government and the legislators — are growing and we need to ensure that our members are fully equipped to meet all the legal requirements and to be able to advise their clients professionally,” said Codling.

He said he would also like to repay the industry by “putting something back” through his work at the IEASA.

“The organisation is in good shape financially and very active on a national level.

“Historically, it has punched above its weight.”

He added: “The average agent will benefit from membership in terms of information flow and communication. It is imperative that a client who is buying or selling a property — possibly the biggest transaction of their lives — is dealing with a person possessing a high level of integrity and professionalism and the institute encourages and facilitates this process.”

The institute was founded in 1937 to promote professional standards in the industry.

Codling noted that the local property market remains healthy, characterised by stability and the significant demand in the entry level segment.

Codling is also the agency principal of a lifestyle property brand, Fine & Country Pietermaritzburg.

He entered the real estate profession in 2001 after dealing in property for a number of years.

He built and ran a successful food processing business for 18 years in Johannesburg before relocating to Pietermaritzburg.

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