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About Harcourts Winelands

We are a highly trained sales team of cherry picked agents with solid ethical views. We service Stellenbosch, Paarl & Franschhoek and surrounds. Entrepreneurial-minded and highly professional consultants working independently years of sales experience in an ever growing industry. Continuous consultant training to stay abreast with important real estate matters. We have a very successful contact and property listing system linked to 110 property websites. We advertise in various media sources that will effectively draw buyers to your property. We offer expert advice on residential and commercial property matters. Our unique money back guarantee means that you get the service you deserve or your money back. The latest in database technology to match buyers to properties and track full marketing activity.

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  • Eberhard Kruger

    Eberhard Kruger


    Eberhard grew up in Paarl, spent his childhood years in the Boland and matriculated as head boy of Stellenbosch High School in 1997. After finishing his B. Comm (Law) degree in 2001 and his LLB degree in 2003, at the University of Stellenbosch, he attended the School for Legal Practice at the University of Cape Town. He also trained at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP Solicitors in the UK. He was admitted as an attorney and conveyancer in 2005, and in 2006 obtained his qualification as a Notary Public. He obtained the qualification as a Master Practitioner of Real Estate and established the award winning Harcourts Winelands franchise in Stellenbosch. The agency has since expanded to Paarl and Franschhoek and also includes an agricultural power duo who attends to the agricultural property sector in the entire Winelands area. The Franchise also has a rental property sector to cater for the needs of their clients in all respects. In 2016 he took the exciting step of starting the niche law firm of Van Zyl Kruger Inc. with his previous co-director at VGV, Hennie van Zyl. The firm specializes in all forms of property and commercial law and focuses on the unique needs of their cherry picked clients. Eberhard has a vast experience in property transfers, structured financing and all related conveyancing matters. He has a wide range of expertise with regard to different kinds of property developments, therefore providing expert advice to his developer clients and even attending to some of his own developments. He also runs a very successful commercial and estate planning practice. Eberhard is a member of the Tygerberg Attorneys Association, Chairman of the 24 Riviere Genootskap (NPO) and provides pro bono services at the Cape Town Deeds Office. His interests include golf, cricket, traveling, socializing with friends & family and collecting lapel badges.

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  • Adell Ferreira

    Adell Ferreira

    Property Consultant

    Having lived in Franschhoek for the past 6 years, I have an extensive knowledge of the Franschhoek area and a love for this valley and the lifestyle it offers. I am experienced in all aspects of property marketing, property management, value estimations and sales. I did my NQF4 qualification in 2013, and registered to write my board exam in May 2017, all new prerequisite to operate as an estate agent and a principal in real estate in South Africa. I keep up with new legislation, attending courses and seminars on the legal and financial aspects of purchasing property. I love sharing my passion with people considering Franschhoek as a place to live. I specialise in sourcing properties for local and foreign buyers, from young families relocating to high end buyers purchasing lifestyle properties. I have a 6-year-old son at Bridge House and will assist wherever I can in settling new families into the area and this incredible school. I love being part of peoples journey and seeing them settle into the village and watching it all unfold for them. I work well with all the other agencies in the village and able to offer incoming purchasers a full range of properties for sale in the Franschhoek village. I feel privileged to be living and working in this valley and look forward to showing you around. PROFESSIONAL REAL ESTATE QUALIFICATIONS FETC: Real Estate NQF4 2012 Certificate of Competence Level 4 2012 AWARDS WON Annual Performer Award 2015 2nd Runner Up Highest Rand Value Sales 2015 Achievers Sales Award 2015 Top Sales Agent Award in Rand Value 11th Position in Seeff Boland 2015 Chairmans Awards 5 Certificates throughout 2015

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  • Daniel Joubert

    Daniel Joubert

    Agricultural Specialist

    Daniël is an Agricultural Specialist with extensive knowledge of the Boland and Overberg area. He has been in the industry for more than 15 years, specialising in selling commercial fruit and wine farms, as well as lifestyle properties. Before joining the real estate industry, Daniël was a fruit farmer in Elgin for over 25 years. His first-hand knowledge and in-depth understanding of farming enables him to provide expert advice, consultation and support during the buying/selling process. He loves working with people and is committed to making the process of buying or selling a property a comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone.

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  • Donna Meintjes

    Donna Meintjes

    Property Consultant

    Donna has recently moved down to the Winelands area from George, where she and her family spent the last 11 years. In George, Donna worked 3 years for Chas Everitt and 8 years for Lew Geffin Sotheby’s International and now looking forward to her time with the Harcourts family. Even with 11 year’s experience in the industry, Donna believes there is still so much to learn, as every client, home and situation is unique. Donna is certain that the home is the heart of every family and she excels in helping her sellers and buyers alike, understanding and negotiating the many aspects of the real estate industry. Since Donna joined Harcourts Winelands, she has been working the Paarl residential, Boschenmeer Golf and Country Estate and Capolavoro Mountain Estate and is gaining invaluable knowledge of her areas. She is looking forward to matching you up with your perfect home in the beautiful winelands.

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  • Elna Schulze

    Elna Schulze

    Business coach & Sales consultant

    Elna Schulze has been a successful real estate agent in Stellenbosch since 1997. Through attention to service excellence and an intelligent approach, she has developed a formidable reputation in her field. Over the past 20 years, she has worked as a Property Sales Consultant, Business Principal and owned her own Real Estate company in Stellenbosch. She joined Harcourts in 2014 and assisted the Business Owners with recruiting agents and setting up offices in Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. She now is the Sales and Operations Manager for Harcourts Winelands, and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the sales and operational side of the business. Elna has worked in the Human Resources environment for over a decade, before taking on a new challenge and moving into Real Estate. She has Diploma in Personnel Management. She is graded as a Master Practitioner in Real Estate. She did her Estate Agents’ Board exam in 1997 and CRS in 1998, and completed her NQF4 and NQF5 qualifications, the prerequisite to operate as an estate agent and a principal in real estate in South Africa. She keeps up with new legislation, attending courses and seminars on the legal and financial aspects of purchasing property. With her years of Real Estate experience coupled with her Human Resources background and interest, it was a natural move to become a coach and mentor estate agents to help them grow and transform their businesses. Elna did coaching studies through University of Cape Town in 2014, a Leadership Development course at University of Stellenbosch in 2015, and is currently studying essentials of Management Coaching through the University of Stellenbosch Business School. As the In-House Coach, Elna trains and coaches new agents and is currently running a Rookie programme within Harcourts Winelands. She also runs an official coaching programme to help agents enhance their business skills and transform their business. She sees each agent as the owner of their own business and creates a platform to help them to take ownership of their business. Her experience has shown that agents tend to focus on operational aspects in their business, and she assists them to be more strategic within their business, to develop long term goals and an annual business plan. The second aspect of her coaching is on personal development. She focuses on leadership and accountability to assist agents to realise their full potential. Elna enjoys empowering people and helping them to grow, and want to leave something behind that represents a more advanced level of real estate where each team member in the company accepts responsibility for their contribution to the success of the team.

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  • Hettie Denysschen

    Hettie Denysschen

    Property Consultant

    As a teacher for many years, Hettie Denysschen has a passion for assisting people in developing their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Whilst teaching Hettie was also the co-owner of an estate agency in Knysna; it is here where she fell in love with the property industry. Real estate was the perfect platform for her to combine her passion for people and desire to inform and share knowledge. Then in 2007 Hettie sold her shares in the estate agency and moved to the beautiful Winelands town of Stellenbosch. Hettie immediately knew that real estate was the industry she wanted to make her life and fortunately she was able to start her career in real estate beneath the glorious Stellenbosch mountains. In 2014 Hettie made the shift to Harcourts and was instinctively drawn to their values system. She used her expert experience in property sales, property buying and sales negotiation to become one of Stellenbosch / Paradyskloof's top real estate agents. Her professionalism, energy and efficiency has ensured that the buying and selling experience is both a pleasant and successful one for all involved. Hettie consistently secures high quality properties as well as qualified, superior buyers to her impressive portfolio. As education is a key component of Hettie's personality she qualified with a NQF4 Real Estate certificate. It is not all work as Hettie also enjoys playing golf, mountain biking, reading and hiking. In addition to enjoying nature Hettie is always dedicated to improvement and learning more about her industry to stay on top of the latest development in the industry.

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  • Ina Goetz

    Ina Goetz

    Intern Property Consultant

    Ina worked for 23 years as a successful, dedicated and performance driven Senior Architectural Technician . She became one of three partners at Victor Petersen & Partners Architects in Pretoria. She specialised in the fields of design, project management and client liaison. In 2007 she immigrated with her family to Vancouver and became a professional photographer and owned her own photography company. She specialized in Portraits- , Interior- and Architectural photography. Her worked featured in various magazines as well as on interior designers’ programs on local television. Ina has always been drawn to the energising interaction with people, creating and admiring beautiful spaces, excellent customer experience , service, loyalty and providing sound advice to her clients. What better way to live out her dreams, than to venture into the career as an estate agent? Ina did her first Real Estate course at the well-known Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, Canada. At the end of March 2018, she returned to where her heart and roots are: South Africa She is very excited and proud to have joined the Harcourts Winelands team. She is currently busy with her NQF 4 Qualification (the relevant Real Estate qualification for professional estate agents). Ina is drawn to Harcourts’ core value system: people first, doing the right thing, being courageous and fun and laughter. Believing greatness is within you and within all of us. The cutting edge systems, full range of marketing, research and technological tools available to her as an agent, enables her to fulfill you as a client’s needs and aspirations. If Ina is not working, she spends as much time as possible outdoors, mountain hiking, cycling, photographing, novice surfer and enjoying the wine and sunshine of the Western Cape. Ina is totally committed to provide exceptional personal service to her clients. She believes that: “The sky is not the limit, but a point of view“

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  • James Visser

    James Visser

    Agricultural Specialist

    James grew up on a family farm in the Paarl area and his entire schooling was done at Paarl Boys Primary and High School. He was, and still is, keen on all forms of sports. Having played rugby and swum competitively at school and university, he now sees scuba diving and fishing as a perfect way to spend time relaxing with his wife and two boys. Following his schooling he completed his compulsory national service and left the army with the rank of Lieutenant. He then attended Rhodes University where he qualified with a BSc Honours degree in Ichthyology. After pioneering marron farming in South Africa for 18 years, he took up a new challenge and entered the real estate industry with Pam Golding Properties in 2005. Here he worked as a specialist in the agricultural sector, selling farms and small holdings. Consistently earning the status of top earning Gold Club agent within the company is testimony to his success as an Agricultural property agent. Having spent over 45 years in the Boland farming arena, his understanding of the area is very sound. His knowledge of the intricacies of both farming and land development, as well as the requirements of lifestyle and commercial buyers, has been his staff; his integrity the mainstay of his success. He believes that a good relationship with sellers as well as buyers is key to matching people and properties perfectly – something he does with passion and a real sense of enjoyment. After being with Pam Golding Properties for 10 years, James recently joined the Harcourts Winelands team to head up a new and all-encompassing specialist Agricultural Division which will cover the entire Winelands area. Backed by the company’s exceptional technology and dynamic management, he believes that this new dedicated entity will be more effective in sourcing and matching the property requirements of buyers. At the same time, sellers will benefit from a wider reaching network of buyers.

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  • Lezette Bester

    Lezette Bester

    Property Consultant

    Lezette studied Personnel Management at the University of the Free State. She has a great interest in art so she started a picture framing and art gallery in 1990, and ran it successfully for 10 years. In 2000 she was approached by a friend to join him in end-user finance as a bond originator. She opened a branch in Midrand and within a few months developed it into a multi-million Rand agency. She focused on helping investors to build a property portfolio by using a specialized trust structure and end-user finance. Her approach to clients and her financial experience opened doors and she joined a property and development company in Stellenbosch where she operated for four years. Lezette completed the NQF4 in 2012 and operated as an estate agent in Stellenbosch. She believes in building relationships with her clients and keeping in contact with them at all times. Communication, feedback and excellence are part of the service that she will give to her clients. Lezette joined Harcouts in 2014 and never look back. She has worked in every aspect of the industry, representing sellers, buyers, investors, banks and landlords on the residential market. Lezette loves the outdoors, reading and spending time with friends and family. She loves to show clients the best Stellenbosch has to offer. She is married and have three lovely children who bring her joy every day. She enjoys working with a team which has integrity, honesty and fairness at all times.

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  • Louis Koen

    Louis Koen

    Intern Sales Consultant

    Louis Koen was born in Paarl and attended Paarl Gymnasium from Grade 1 to 12 and has been a resident in Paarl since 1967 apart from a period of 8 years while playing cricket for Eastern Province in Port Elizabeth. Louis’s property experience include the following: - Developments - Sourcing of development land , reselling of land and developing of land. - Multiple Private Residential Property Renovations in Paarl & Port Elizabeth - In charge of compiling a large property portfolio for privately owned investment company associations with major role-players in South African property, from listed property funds to privately owned property funds as well as top property developers.

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  • Maureen Nel

    Maureen Nel

    Luxury Property Specialist

    Maureen bought her first plot in Val de Vie ten years ago, and turned it into an absolute paradise for her, her horses, dogs and sheep, Japie. With the 10 years’ experience as a Val de Vie Resident Property Consultant living the lifestyle, she has first-hand knowledge and insight to assist potential home owners with all the information they need to make decisions. Her vision is to share with others the sophisticated, secure country lifestyle that Val de Vie has to offer, and by doing this to bring quality of life to other families. Achievements: Currently keeping the number 1 position as Harcourts' Top Sales Consultant in South Africa, for the third consecutive year. Also awarded Top Agent for Units sold in South Africa. 2017 : Number 1 position as Harcourts' Top Sales Consultant in South Africa and ranked 8th out of 6 684 agents internationally within the Harcourts Group 2017. 2016: Number 1 position as Harcourts' Top Sales Consultant in South Africa and ranked 27th out of 8 000 agents internationally within the Harcourts Group. Top Agent for units sold and commission generated for 2014 and 2015.

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  • Melina Visser

    Melina Visser

    Property Consultant

    Hello, I’m Melina and I have lived in Franschhoek since 2001 after having moved from Johannesburg to settle my family in this very special Valley. We were inspired by the beautiful landscapes and first settled our family in Franschhoek, after having built our dream home on one of the country’s premier niche lifestyle estates, surrounded by mountains, vineyards and olive trees. For my first few years in Franschhoek I worked for a leading brand in the rental market and then went on to start my own rentals company concentrating mainly on short term lets, property management and long term rentals. Having developed a passion for the sales side, I then sold the company and focussed on selling high end properties, becoming a consistent top agent for another leading real estate brand. My years in both sales, rentals and property management have provided me with wonderful experiences, people awareness and an excellent grounding of the Winelands area and what it has to offer. I am passionate about the area we live in and the people that make it what it is. The area has not only provided me and my family with a rich understanding and appreciation of lifestyle and beauty but of the importance of pulling together in a country of such diversity and change. My passion for sharing this experience and bringing people together to realise their dreams has led me to continue the pursuit of matching buyers in their journey to new beginnings in an area of remarkable beauty, community diversity, world class accommodation and restaurants, wine estates and incredible talent in the form of South African arts, design and crafts. Our four children attended the highly regarded Bridge House School and have excelled in sport and academics with excellent preparation for their own journeys into life. Our youngest currently in Grade 10 is off on a school exchange programme to Germany soon. I am privileged to have had the opportunity to live, work and experience the multi-dimensional aspects of living in this ever developing village and to have gained the insight and special friendships that have developed over the last 16 years.

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  • Mercedes Granda

    Mercedes Granda

    Property Consultant

    Mercedes is a resident property consultant in Pearl Valley Estate, Paarl. She moved to the Winelands region in 2004 from Cape Town and co-owned and managed a guest farm in Franschhoek which also hosted various events including fly fishing competitions and mountain bike races. Prior to living in the Cape, Mercedes resided in Pretoria and Johannesburg where she started her business experience at Liberty Life Insurance, as administration head - broker division. Her sales experience began at The Reader’s Digest Magazine advertising sales division and progressed to other publications. She was offered a position with Radio 702 also in advertising sales but had to choose between an opportunity to travel as a researcher in Europe and the United States. After 3 years she returned to South Africa and started a teaching position at an IT College. Having a natural affinity for creativity, technical, administration and people, she was a perfect fit for real estate industry which encompasses all of these skills. Mercedes began her real estate career in 2013 with Sotheby’s International Realty and was awarded 1st Place, Agent of the Year, Barak Geffen Award, 2015. She joined Harcourts International in April 2016.

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  • Scott McNaughton

    Scott McNaughton

    Property Consultant

    After a career in ministry, Scott decided to take on the challenge of a new venture. He always had a keen interest in property and explored speculating with property on a personal level. The interest became deeper and deeper which evolved in him deciding to start a career in Real Estate. But Scott has become as successful as he is in real estate not just because of his interest in the property sector but probably more so for his passion for and to serve people. His personal motto when dealing with people is to always treat people the way you want people to treat you. That is why Scott is known for building relationships with his clients, giving them the service he would personally expect as if he was the seller or buyer,putting himself in their shoes and always naturally then with a very high regard for ethics. It is this way of ethics that ensures a large percentage of his business is generated from repeat clients and referrals. He has both the NQF 4 and NQF 5 qualifications to operate as an estate agent and principal agent as required by law. Joining Harcourts was an easy decision for Scott as Harcourts official values of putting people first, doing the right thing, being courageous and having fun is exactly what he believes in. Scott’s experience combined with the fantastic back-up offered by the Harcourts systems and tools will ensure Scott’s service excellence. Scott is a resident of Stellenbosch and away from work loves spending time with his family, is a huge sports fan and enjoys nothing more than a braai with friends or family.

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  • Velma Van Den Berg

    Velma Van Den Berg

    Property Consultant

    In 1981 my husband and I moved to Stellenbosch, from Johannesburg. It is here in this beautiful valley that we wanted to start a family and bring our children up. Initially I worked on a well-known wine estate as a bookkeeper for 10 years. However in need of a fresh challenge, my love of being with people and deep interest in property found me starting a new career as an estate agent in 1995. I completed the Estate Agents Board exam in 1997 and in 1998 received the Certificate of Residential Specialist for South Africa. In 2012 I passed both the NQF4 and then the NQF5 principle agent qualification. I successfully ran my own estate agency for 13 years. After which I decided to join the Harcourts team in 2014, as I wanted to keep abreast of the fast paced growth globally and be part of an international team. From this platform I can offer buyers and sellers a deeper level of service, not only on the web but through the cutting edge technology Harcourts developed for their clients. Sellers can track the sales activity with their own client login for peace of mind. Over the past 23 years I have built up a healthy reputation of integrity and kindness in the Stellenbosch residential sales market. I have felt privileged to assist many families, either leaving an old home or starting a new one and have built up remarkable friendships and connections. The Harcourts philosophy and values resounded with me and they are: People first, doing the right thing, being courageous, fun and laughter. I have always run my business with the philosophy that buying and selling should be a happy experience.

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  • Yolande Naude

    Yolande Naude

    Intern Sales Consultant

    Yolande Naude joined the Harcourts Winelands team for her rentals experience and has been in the industry since 2010. She understands the region incredibly well and also supported by a leading brand, that uses cutting edge technology and systems to ensure best reports and communication. She has the support and guidance from our dedicated and experienced property management team. Fully specialized rental department making your first asset their first priority. Yolande’s focus as a rentals consultant is to be 100% committed to her clients and to ensure that their experience with her is Extraordinary. With her knowledge and experience in the Paarl region, it makes her a perfect candidate to embark as an intern sales agent to further her real estate career. Her passion for people and building relationships, level of service and product knowledge makes her the preferred resident agent to consult. Having the internationally recognized Harcourts group to provide you with exceptional professional service at all times.

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  • Ansonelle Neethling

    Ansonelle Neethling

    Personal Assistant to James Visser & Daniel Joubert

    Ansonelle joined the Harcourts Winelands team in early 2017. She has been in the real estate industry since 2010 where she started her career at Rawson Properties Paarl as an Office Administrator, Personal Assistant to the Principal and finally settling at the rental division as a Rental Agent. With her NQF 4 qualification in Real Estate obtained in 2013 a Diploma in Accounting and 15 years work experience in the building and environmental industries she hopes to bring added value as a Personal Assistant to the Agricultural Specialist Team of James Visser and Daniel Joubert.

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  • Liesel Webster

    Liesel Webster

    Personal Assistant to Ralph Thomas

    Liesel joined Harcourts property consultant, Ralph Thomas in June 2015 as his personal assistant. She assisted Ralph in successfully marketing properties in the Northern suburbs of Cape Town. Liesel accompanied Ralph when he joined the Harcourts Winelands team in early 2017, where he now markets properties and new residential developments in the Paarl area. Liesel will continue to assist Ralph in bringing excellent service to the people of Paarl.

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