Estate agent is tops in the business

2015-11-04 06:00
PHOTO: candyce krishna Charlie Butterworth with the awards she recently won.

PHOTO: candyce krishna Charlie Butterworth with the awards she recently won.

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AN Uvongo property agent scooped three awards at the annual Just Property National Convention last Wednesday.

Charlie Butterworth, who has been in real estate for 14 years, said there was no secret recipe to her achievements.

The conference was held at Birchwood Hotel in Johannesburg.

“It was all blood, sweat and tears. I’m always working and that is how I managed to get these awards,” she said.

Butterworth received the Agent of the Year award and for selling the most properties in KwaZulu-Natal.

“When I heard my name [called], I was excited and overwhelmed. I thought I wasn’t in the running,” she said.

She also obtained membership to the Mastery Club for earning commission in excess of R1-million rand in a year.

She received the latter award for two consecutive years.

A few years ago, Butterworth was diagnosed with cancer. She was unable to work for two years as she had to undergo treatment and surgeries.

“When I recovered, I hit the ground running again. I’m a single mother to three boys so the harder I work, the more I am able to provide for them.

“My children hardly see me. I work seven days a week. I don’t take leave. It’s work, work, work,” she added.

Butterworth said having a good conveyancing paralegal to work with was essential to the business and commended Nalini Moodley of Petterson and Pandarum Attorneys on ensuring that the transfers go smoothly.

“Nalini always goes the extra mile and does such a great job.”

She said although the property market has slumped and banks are now stricter with who they lend money to, there are still many buyers out there.

“My job as an agent is to bring the buyer and the bank together and to make things happen,” she said.

She said the one thing her clients appreciate is her honesty.

“If there is a squatter camp near a property, I let them know,” said Butterworth.

“I would rather lose a sale than lose a client. Integrity is everything.”

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