Where have local rental prices increased most?

Nov 13, 2017 8:00:00 AM Share this:

The latest PayProp rental index for the third quarter of 2017 released recently indicates where rental prices have increased and decreased across the South African property landscape.


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Topics: Renting, Agent Life, Harcourts South Africa, Rental Price, Rental Market, Real Estate Agents

Real-estate agency Harcourts launched its own App store

Nov 6, 2017 10:14:55 PM Share this:

CAPE TOWN - Harcourts International, recognised in the real estate industry for game-changing mobile technology, has launched the Harcourts App Store.


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Topics: Agent Life, Harcourts South Africa, Achievements, Harcourts app store

Harcourts launch App store

Nov 2, 2017 8:47:53 PM Share this:

Harcourts International, recognised in the real estate industry for game-changing mobile technology, has launched the Harcourts App Store. Built with Apple’s iOS (operating system), the store is an enterprise application through which Harcourts team members can access, download, update and install its proprietary mobile applications eOne, eOpen and eCampaign.

“We are one of the first real estate companies, globally, to take advantage of and build our own member-facing app store on Apple’s Developer Enterprise Program,” said Anton Jansen van Vuuren, Harcourts South Africa National Operations Manager.

“While most people are familiar with the Apple App Store, resident on all iPhones and iPads, the Harcourts App Store is a business to business solution to allow Harcourts team members to access our proprietary mobile applications eOne, eOpen and eCampaign, which were custom built and developed in-house. They are the backbone of what makes Harcourts unique in the marketplace, and they’re utilised across Harcourts' 150-plus office network in South Africa,” explained Richard Gray, Harcourts South Africa CEO.

The company’s three mobile apps utilise Apple iOS built-in technologies, seamless security, and integration with Harcourts enterprise systems. This month the Harcourts apps will benefit from a new release that offers enhancements specific to management of client information, designing bespoke marketing campaigns, registering and communicating with both buyers and sellers.

“The Harcourts App Store is an important milestone for our business focus on innovation,” continued Jansen van Vuuren. “We believe designing and building tailored solutions that our members can utilise on their mobile devices is essential to boosting productivity and the quality of service to their clients. It’s what sets us apart in the real estate industry.”

The vision for Harcourts is to deliver an unparalleled client experience. It is through the mobile app development platform of providing an end-to-end mobile solution to empower team members to operate with equal efficiency and effectiveness whether in the field or in the office.

"Harcourts was the first international real estate company in the world to have its mobile business solutions featured on Apple’s website. In recognition of Harcourts’ innovation and use of the iPad and iPhone to drive greater efficiency and productivity, Apple, produced a video and business case study about Harcourts’ mobile suite of apps," concluded Gray.


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Topics: Agent Life, Harcourts South Africa, Real Estate Agents, Harcourts app store

Harcourts donates R1million in South Africa to charities

Oct 24, 2017 10:53:45 PM Share this:

Real estate company has donated $5 million to hundreds of charities in South Africa and the rest of the world.

The Harcourts Foundation, the charitable arm of Harcourts International, has reached the latest milestone of $5 million raised since its launch in 2008. South Africa's arm of the Harcourts foundation, launched in 2011, has already donated R1million to the foundation.

Internationally, this translates to 686 charities supported, 311 communities impacted and 851 grants made through Harcourts offices in New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa.

“The Harcourts Foundation in South Africa is making a significant difference helping communities across the country. 100% of Harcourts South Africa sales offices donate to the Foundation with the sale of each property, and through specially organized events,” said Harcourts South Africa CEO Richard Gray.

Of all the incredible efforts undertaken in the past six years to help disadvantaged families and children, one of the signature events is African Angels, Ride for Education.

The African Angels Independent School, established in 2012, provides a quality primary school education to some of the poorest children in the area. With 88 children attending in 2016, all are from local townships with both economically and socially challenged backgrounds, including orphans.

"Ride for Education is used as a Harcourts team-building exercise to give offices an opportunity to come together for Fun & Laughter, and raise important funds for the community. The 2016 event raised R60,000 and the 2017 event aims to surpass that number," explained Gray.

“The Foundation is funded through Harcourts employee salary sacrifice, ‘off the top’ contributions from sales commissions, and through organised fundraisers,” added Gray.

“The money raised is significant, but what truly is impressive is how Harcourts people are impacting our communities, from supporting programs to end violence against women, and aiding underprivileged families to create a network of financial support for hospice care,” said Jenny Swanson, The Harcourts Foundation Coordinator. “These grants support a wide range of local community organisations that are quietly going about their work, making a difference in the lives of those who need it.”

The Foundation operates as a 100%, charity with all funds raised going directly to grants due to the volunteer-run structure that sees Harcourts employees donate their time and expertise to oversee and administer the process. No management fees, salaries or running costs are taken from the donation account.

"We are incredibly proud of the work The Harcourts Foundation has done over the past nine years," said Harcourts International Managing Director Mike Green. "The Foundation is at the heart of our company's core values, and it is an important part of our success as an international network. Every location in which there is a Harcourts office, there are people in need. We are grateful to be able to give back and make a difference."


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Topics: Agent Life, Harcourts South Africa, Harcourts Foundation, Charity, Real Estate Agents

Agent empowerment to assist clients

Oct 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM Share this:

There are many great investment opportunities in the local real estate market currently. Often during a bout of economic uncertainty, us as consumers keep our cards close to our chest in an attempt to mitigate risk. Which is always the wise option, however as the dust starts to settle the investment sprouts start to emerge from the now fertile soil.

The tough credit market is still making it difficult for some to secure loans however, when partnering with an experienced agent you ensure greater success as professional agents understand the process far better and deal with it daily.

This is why we emphasize agent support as a key strategic focus. Real estate offices need to put a lot of time and effort into continuously ensuring their agents are trained and equipped with the necessary skills. The market continues to evolve, at times exponentially fast, and successful agents are able to adapt and understand these advancements far better than those left in the dark.

Systems need be put in place that prepare the entire team with the knowledge and skills to develop their client base, build relationships and are able to create an open line of communication between office and clients.

Another essential part of a real estate office’s agent relationship understanding is that clients are people, usually making the largest investment of their life. Alternatively selling a part of their family’s history that has been the source of dozens of treasured memories. A certain amount of understanding of what the clients fears and hesitance are is incredibly important. Partnering with your client and building a trusted relationship almost always leads to success and an improved customer relationship.

At Harcourts we identified the necessity for this a long time ago and that is why we have the Harcourts Academy. Our training academy facilitated by industry experts with a full annual programme of courses. Agents and offices are always kept up to date on the latest legislative changes, advancements in communications and marketing tools, relationship building, leadership skills and other important knowledge.

Statement by
Richard Gray
Harcourts Africa Chief Executive Officer


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Topics: Agent Life, Harcourts South Africa, Real Estate Agents

Petrol price hikes' potential effect on the property market

Sep 28, 2017 10:08:33 PM Share this:

Today's reports that fuel prices are expected to rise even further in October, largely due to the sharp rise in crude oil price, will definitely have an effect on the property market.

Sources are saying the department of energy published information today that the price of gasoline 93 (ULP & LRP) in Gauteng might rise by 26 cents per liter in the first week of October with the price of diesel expected to rise by 37 cents per liter.

Consumers who are already under financial pressure and in a price pinch due to food cost highs, transport cost increases, stricter banking lending criteria and other macroeconomic factors will feel it even harder.

The rental market might experience it directly as it is usually more prone to react to economic fluctuations. The difference usually comes in where people who rent are able to make changes to their financial situation by scaling down their home choices. Whereas a home owner’s process cannot be changed quickly.

The greater effect on the rental market in the past has been that the demand for rental properties close to business districts, schools and amenities also increases in an attempt to curb excessive transport costs.

The residential sale market is not usually susceptible to short-term changes like fuel price increases and decreases, however there are a percentage of buyers balancing on the decision whether to buy now or not who might be more hesitant to make a financial commitment now.  However, short term cycles usually don’t play a major role.

Statement by

Richard Gray
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Topics: Harcourts South Africa, Finance, Petrol Price, Rental Market, Property Markets

Big Dreams Start at Home | Cricketer

Sep 5, 2017 10:47:55 PM Share this:

"Passion is the key to making a dream come true. Talk to Harcourts and let's make those real estate dreams a reality. Whether you're buying, selling, letting or renting property, give us a call. #BigDreamsStartAtHome


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Topics: Agent Life, Harcourts, Harcourts South Africa, Property Investment, Property, PropertyFocus, Selling, Advice, Winter, property focus, Estate Agent, Cricket, Big Dreams, Dreams, At home, Digital Marketing Campaign, Campaign, Family, Values

From the CEO of South Africa – Richard Gray

Aug 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM Share this:

At Harcourts we have a simple philosophy – we create success.


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Topics: Careers, Harcourts South Africa

Are you too young to buy your first property?

Aug 7, 2017 8:41:46 PM Share this:

Are you too young to buy your first property?

The short answer is no. If you have the financial means and qualify, then investing in property in your early 20s and 30s might be one of the best decisions of your young adult life,” says Richard Gray, Harcourts Africa Chief Executive Officer.


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Topics: Buying, Harcourts South Africa

How to steer clear of rental property scams

Mar 20, 2017 11:16:54 PM Share this:

Searching the internet has become the norm for consumers looking for homes to rent, with classifieds websites recording huge traffic increases in this category over the past few years.


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Topics: Renting, Harcourts South Africa, Rental Property