Trio returns to boutique showcase
THE OLD adage that property is about personalised customer service has proven to be true as three entrepreneurs return to their boutique brand, Gallery Properties, after an 18-month stint with Colliers International.
Gallery Properties became affiliated to the international group last year with the aim of increasing its services.
However, Peter Ludwig, Anita Ventura and Shelagh Billett believe bigger is not always better, and the team of southern suburbs property specialists is now operating as Gallery Properties again.
Founded in 2001 by Billett and Ventura, the Gallery Properties team was joined in 2008 by Ludwig, who has 27 years of property experience.
Ventura says reopening Gallery Properties is like “coming home”.
“Having paved our way in the Constantia valley, we found that many of our clients were entrepreneurs who identified with our own entrepreneurial spirit.
“It suits us best to function as a boutique agency, where we are both business owners and salespeople and can keep our finger on the pulse of every aspect of the property game. We prefer not being at the mercy of lengthy turn-around times and red tape,” she said.
“Also, the advantage of dealing with only one point of contact throughout the selling or buying process right through to registration of transfer has been commended by our clients.”
In spite of the economic downtur n, the trio has increased its agents from two to 12 and now operate in several of the southern suburbs. Billett says the number of inter net enquiries continues to increase, which makes IT a vital part of the agency’s service.
“Gallery Estates listings appear on 14 different websites, ensuring international exposure for all our mandates,” she says.
ART AND SOLD: Gallery Properties directors Anita Ventura, Shelagh Billett and Peter Ludwig.