RE/MAX to change the local property scene

2016-11-24 06:02
=David Ross, Lesley Olivier and Craig Seaman opened the RE/MAX Above and Beyond office at 23 Graaff Reinet Road in Uitenhage.                         Photo: HEILIE COMBRINCK

=David Ross, Lesley Olivier and Craig Seaman opened the RE/MAX Above and Beyond office at 23 Graaff Reinet Road in Uitenhage. Photo: HEILIE COMBRINCK

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The property scene in Uitenhage and Despatch received a boost with real estate experts David Ross, Lesley Olivier and Craig Seaman purchasing the franchise rights for RE/MAX Above and Beyond in Uitenhage.

RE/MAX agents were received very well since day one of their official trading in the local markets at the beginning of October 2016.

“Uitenhage and Despatch have been underrated for years. With Coega and other developments now getting off the ground, these towns definitely are not dying towns. They offer good real estate value as it is just a chip and a putt to work,” said David Ross who together with Lesley Olivier owns the RE/MAX franchise in St Francis Bay.

Franchise specialist Craig Seaman confirmed this and said, “It is definitely good value for money. You can get a lot more value here than you can get in Port Elizabeth. Here you can buy a decent house for approximately a million Rand, whilst in PE you will be lucky if you get a townhouse for that price.

“It is all about home living. Here you can improve your quality of life, as you can have the most comfortable surroundings and best facilities that you can afford.”

RE/MAX is an American franchise and was this year again named the number one real estate franchise brand in the world. No wonder RE/MAX sell a house every 3 minutes all over the world.

“No other franchise sells more houses than RE/MAX,” said Lesley. “The thing about a RE/MAX office it that if you walk in, it is like buying a Coke, you know exactly what you are going to get.

“There is a standard of excellence that is required. And you have to fit the mould of a RE/MAX agent, and that we do deliver above other real estate agencies.”

She explained that RE/MAX agents are in constant motivational and mentorship training regarding real estate. Like the 100 Days to Greatness training, which teaches agents getting back to the old fashioned ways of doing business and habits of personal interaction, moving away from social media platforms.

RE/MAX Above and Beyond already have 7 agents in Uitenhage and Despatch. And they all are trained to deliver the service excellence that is required by RE/MAX.

As newcomers to town, David said they’ve been nicely received and awed by the people of Uitenhage.

“If you do it right here, you will be followed as the brand speaks for itself. Uitenhage is a well maintained town and there definitely is scope for future residential developments.”

Lesley said that there definitely is a need for more entry level residential, secure lock and go type of accommodation in Uitenhage.

“We as real estate leaders would like to see it introduced to the local market.”

RE/MAX Above and Beyond not only covers residential properties but also commercial property, farms, retirement villages and they cover all the areas of town from entry level across the board.

Craig foresees that in the future more young people and especially students will probably move to Uitenhage.

“This is because of the better value you are getting for your rand. Students especially, if they can get a property at a decent price and it is not that far from PE,” said Craig.

The real estate trio, David, Lesley and Craig, all have many years of expertise as principal agents in real estate and have grown baby agents into strong and self-sufficient agents. Lesley started in real estate during 1983 with David entering the industry in 1996 and since then they have worked together.

  • RE/MAX Above and Beyond is situated at 23 Graaff Reinet Road in Uitenhage. For more information contact them on 041 922 0117 or

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