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Harcourts Equity

 

45 Claribel Road
Berea
Morningside
Durban

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  • Ingrid Jonker

    Ingrid Jonker

    Office Manager

    I started my career in the insurance industry. I always knew that people and dealing with employees and clients is my passion. I worked as a call center agent for Ipsos (2nd largest Market Research company globally) and worked myself up to being the HR and Training manager for the Durban office. After being retrenched I was given the opportunity to start as Office Manager for Harcourts Equity. It played right into my passion in dealing with people. I have since done a paralegal course in Property Law and Conveyancing and plan on further studies in the Criminal Law field.

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  • Marlene Paola

    Marlene Paola

    Manager

    I have been in the industry for about 12 years having started with the inception of the business in 2004 with the then owner, Jonathan Styles and under the brand of "Homenet Musgrave" I assisted with the office management as well as in sales and rentals until we reached a point where we needed to have more structure and defined roles in the business. We expanded to such an extent that I am the Rental Manager currently and a new office manager was appointed to assist where needed. Wayne Paola, my son, is currently taking ownership of the company and is now implementing new and improved systems which we hope will create more efficiency for the staff. The office managements is in the region of 185 rentals per month where we look after all of our clients needs and requirements. I am proud to say that I our track record is brilliant and we pride ourselves on service and professionalism. If you are looking for a competent team to look after your rental property, Harcourts Equity have the correct systems in place to do what needs to be done in order to put your mind at ease.

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  • Wayne Paola

    Wayne Paola

    Business Owner

    I was an English Teacher for five years at Durban Academy on the Bluff and at Kloof High School. I worked at night and on the weekends to assist in the foundation of what is 'Harcourts Equity' and 'Harcourts Sterling' today, a brand I am proud to be associated with. I am a qualified agent having written and passed the Estate Agent affairs board exam in my second year after being an intern for a year. I have done the NQF 4 and am busy with my 3 year CPD course. I believe in the continuous professional development and improving myself as there is nothing like a refresher course to assist with empowering an individual in something that they are passionate about. I started my career in Real Estate when I joined the 'Homenet Real Estate Group' that later became 'Harcourts South Africa'. My business partner, Jonathan Styles and I bought the 'Homenet Musgrave' franchise and later 'Rentalsdotcom'. The beginning stage of the business was extremely challenging but through motivation, determination and drive we continued through the recession and established ourselves as competitive market leaders in our local market. The rental book which Marlene has worked on since the beginning now sits at approximately 185 rental managements a month. Our sales have proven to be tremendously successful as well, with us being recognized as a key player in our areas of operation. We belong to the CLS group because we are seen as professional market leaders and have a strong and consistent sales force. I mostly managed the training and sales side of the 'Harcourts Musgrave' office and guided the agents in building up sales experience and knowledge. You could call it the 'driving force' behind the business, doing what needed to be done and looking for new and interesting ways to be more competitive in a tough market. I needed to give the agents the necessary tools to create their own businesses with my business. As the Durban office grew, an opportunity in Cape Town presented itself and slowly but surely we gained recognition in the market in Atlantic Seaboard and then City Bowl as 'Harcourts Sterling'. It was an exciting opportunity with massive dreams being developed in taking a market share there as well. Two managers were appointed and growth continued with the same core values that we ran in the Durban office. People first, Doing the right thing, Being courageous, Fun and laughter. Passion for property consumed me as I bought my first property in Cape Town at the right time. The bug had bitten me and now I was more determined than ever sourcing stock for the office and for myself and then invested in more property. I gained an intimate knowledge of the property market, with some of my friends calling it an “obsession” as I constantly scoured the property portals for new and innovative ways to source stock. 'Harcourts Equity' as it is now known, has been awarded first place in Kwazulu Natal for rentals and we have received a number of awards throughout the years for individual sales. I have achieved platinum status as a selling agent with the office, tipping the scales in the top 10 in South Africa and winning a top 15 award in the country in 2015. We are once again looking at reclaiming our position in the top 10 and are looking to capture a greater market share in our area with growth into commercial and property management. Although there are challenges going forward, with the right people and brilliant Harcourts technology backing us, there is no way that we cannot succeed. The core values of Harcourts align with who I am as a person and extend into the character and soul of the people I work with on a daily basis. Agents who join the company stay with the company as we stand by our values while always being professional in what we do. We take pride in that and we strive to better ourselves so that clients return to us time and again. My passion for real estate will never wane as I am a hard worker who believes that working smart and putting in the right amount of effort will result in continued growth. Good support systems and the right partners will ensure not only success for me as a business owner but more importantly, for the agents in my office and their families. I have affiliated the office with various charities and we support as much as we can towards the sustainability of the integrity of the brand and it’s values. I see myself as a serious long term team player in the business for the next 20 years and even though we are heading into a tough market, it’s all about working smart. As a business owner for a number of years, I know what it is like working in the trenches and doing the basics to succeed. That is why I am ready to assist anyone who is willing to share my knowledge so that they can improve on themselves. You cannot run a business if you do not value people. It is as simple as that.

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  • Alvina Wilkes

    Alvina Wilkes

    Sales Consultant

    I have been an Intern Estate Agent since April 2013. The Property Market was totally new industry to me as I came from the Fitness Industry (Personal trainer) and prior to that many years of office experience in varied positions. All my previous working experience has been people orientated jobs. Working as a personal trainer, massage therapist, plant controller, administrator, secretary, office manager put me in a position of having to deal with people at all levels as well as different ethic group, different ages groups on a daily basis. All of this previous experience has made my transition into the Real Estate Industry an easy one. I think my best personality trait is that I am a good listener and I learnt very quickly that being in the Real Estate Industry this is one of the most important things. Listen to both your seller and buyers requirements/ specification because at the end of the day it is them who are selling or buying not you. Because I am such a peoples person I took to dealing with clients like a duck to water. I believe in continuing education and in the last 4 years have spent many hours training, learning and refining my craft so that I can better serve you as my buyer/seller. I have completed my NQF4 am currently doing my PDE which will qualify me as Full Status Agent. I can assure you that if i am giving the opportunity for you to become my client you will be assured of the best service moving forward with your property requirements.

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  • Bongiwe Nxumalo
  • Eileen du Toit

    Eileen du Toit

    Sales Consultant

    That which matters most must never be at the mercy of that which matters least” A little about myself. Before joining the Real Estate business I was in Banking and commenced my career with Standard Bank West Street Durban. I then moved to Mercantile Lisbon Bank where I successfully completed numerous in-house training courses, ending a career of 38 years as a Sales and Service Manager in 2003, when I decided to take up the offer of an early retirement package. After a years break I decided to follow my passion for real estate which was instilled in me at an early age by my father who was always buying and selling property. I have successfully been fulfilling my passion for the past 11 years. I grew up in the Morningside area and moved away for a short period when I married, had a son and 13 years later after a divorce, moved back to Morningside, where my son was educated. My grandchildren were also educated at Durban Prep. They are now boarders at Kearney. Where they are avid sportsman concentrating on rugby and cricket. The highlight of my week is watching them play sport. My hobbies are gardening and reading. I do believe that the wealth of knowledge gained in the Banking sector together with the interpersonal skills learnt over the years has equipped me to meet the challenge and provide you with a professional level of service, which is well supported by my Business owner Wayne Paola and his team.

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  • Gigi Moos
  • Janine van Zijl
  • Leandra Linderboom

    Leandra Linderboom

    Intern Agent

    My Interest in Real estate began, when I sold, and bought my new home through two amazing Harcourt's agents, whose professionalism and values went above and beyond. I am now part of this wonderful team. Buying and selling several of my own homes affords me sensitivity to my clients’ journey. Our Agenda, it begins with you. Meeting new people and finding them a home has now become my passion. I provide Strategic Marketing and Transaction Management to my clients. My business is built on Dedication, Communication, Determination and Trust, while catering to your Real Estate needs. How can I help you?

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  • Lee-Ann Machell-Cox
  • Lionel Neilson

    Lionel Neilson

    Sales Consultant

    I have extensive experience in the residential property market with in excess of R100million sales. I keep up to date with the latest trends in the property industry by attending courses, reading and making use of the latest technologies. I am a Morningside resident and I specialise in the Morningside, Essenwood and Musgrave areas. Allow me to assist you in selling your property, or finding you your dream home.

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  • Lynne Whittle

    Lynne Whittle

    Sales Consultant

    Harcourts sold my house in 2009. Jonathan asked me to come work with him. Told him that he was crazy I had to earn proper money. Rest is history and here I am nine years later. Did NQF in the November of that year and passed. Now just to do PDE at the end of this year.

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  • Marlene Paola

    Marlene Paola

    Manager

    I have been in the industry for about 12 years having started with the inception of the business in 2004 with the then owner, Jonathan Styles and under the brand of "Homenet Musgrave" I assisted with the office management as well as in sales and rentals until we reached a point where we needed to have more structure and defined roles in the business. We expanded to such an extent that I am the Rental Manager currently and a new office manager was appointed to assist where needed. Wayne Paola, my son, is currently taking ownership of the company and is now implementing new and improved systems which we hope will create more efficiency for the staff. The office managements is in the region of 185 rentals per month where we look after all of our clients needs and requirements. I am proud to say that I our track record is brilliant and we pride ourselves on service and professionalism. If you are looking for a competent team to look after your rental property, Harcourts Equity have the correct systems in place to do what needs to be done in order to put your mind at ease.

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  • Megan O' Brien
  • Shawn Paola

    Shawn Paola

    Intern Sales and Rentals Consultant

    My name is Shawn Paola and my interests are Mountain Biking where my profile pic may not be conducive to this but this may be a result of the joeie de Vivre of indulging in healthy and abundant lifestyle. The experience of placing people in their dream homes thoroughly rewarding. The key is property investment. I personally know people that live comfortably purely off the rental income they receive from their rental properties. I am now privy to this invaluable fact and hope to enlighten future investors... I'm here for you!

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  • Sheryll Lederle
  • Sindi Masinga
  • Tracey Horton
  • Bongiwe Nxumalo
  • Leandra Linderboom

    Leandra Linderboom

    Intern Agent

    My Interest in Real estate began, when I sold, and bought my new home through two amazing Harcourt's agents, whose professionalism and values went above and beyond. I am now part of this wonderful team. Buying and selling several of my own homes affords me sensitivity to my clients’ journey. Our Agenda, it begins with you. Meeting new people and finding them a home has now become my passion. I provide Strategic Marketing and Transaction Management to my clients. My business is built on Dedication, Communication, Determination and Trust, while catering to your Real Estate needs. How can I help you?

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  • Marlene Paola

    Marlene Paola

    Manager

    I have been in the industry for about 12 years having started with the inception of the business in 2004 with the then owner, Jonathan Styles and under the brand of "Homenet Musgrave" I assisted with the office management as well as in sales and rentals until we reached a point where we needed to have more structure and defined roles in the business. We expanded to such an extent that I am the Rental Manager currently and a new office manager was appointed to assist where needed. Wayne Paola, my son, is currently taking ownership of the company and is now implementing new and improved systems which we hope will create more efficiency for the staff. The office managements is in the region of 185 rentals per month where we look after all of our clients needs and requirements. I am proud to say that I our track record is brilliant and we pride ourselves on service and professionalism. If you are looking for a competent team to look after your rental property, Harcourts Equity have the correct systems in place to do what needs to be done in order to put your mind at ease.

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  • Sindi Masinga
  • Diana Todd

    Diana Todd

    Office Administrator

    I have been in the real estate industry - on the admin side for more than 11 years. Starting at RE/MAX for a few years and now with Harcourts. I have been part of Harcourts Musgrave and now Harcourts Equity for more than 7 years. I deal with admin of rentals (over 190 management rentals), procurement rentals, general office admin, maintenance and processing rental payments using the PayProp Pay System to landlords, suppliers and contractors. At Harcourts Equity we are continually striving to give of our best and to promote one of the Harcourts most important mottos of "People First" and are proud to say that we rank amongst the top 15 offices in the country.

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  • Frans van de Pas

    Intern Sales Consultant / Office Administrator

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  • Janine van Zijl
  • Shawn Paola

    Shawn Paola

    Intern Sales and Rentals Consultant

    My name is Shawn Paola and my interests are Mountain Biking where my profile pic may not be conducive to this but this may be a result of the joeie de Vivre of indulging in healthy and abundant lifestyle. The experience of placing people in their dream homes thoroughly rewarding. The key is property investment. I personally know people that live comfortably purely off the rental income they receive from their rental properties. I am now privy to this invaluable fact and hope to enlighten future investors... I'm here for you!

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