Staffing division for property institute
THE Institute of Estate Agents, We s t e r n C a p e , h a s l a u n c h e d a recruitment and placement division, says chairman Ivan Neethling.
P r o p e r t y P l a c e ment s , a n o n - profit body, will be run from the institute’s premises in the Howard Centre, Pinelands.
“Since the Estate Agency Affairs Board introduced new training regulations for the estate agency industry it has become clear that there will be a shortage of qualified people in the recovering economy, and the new division will address this,” says Neethling.
“The division will have tremendous benefits for all members, especially corporate members,” he says. “There is no facilitator for people who may want to enter the industry or change from one employer to another, and Property Placements will meet those needs.”
The new division will be run by Kim Ashton, who has many years of property experience. She says she already has mandates from employers to recruit managers and agents. Salaries offered range from R20 000 to R40 000 a month plus incentives.
She says the IEASA Western Cape directors had decided to launch the division as one of several new offerings to members. It follows the success of the PropStats division, the new monthly property statistics web-based service offering data updated every 24 hours. PropStats enables members to accurately value clients’ properties because it works with current, reliable information, accessible only to institute members.
“ We b e l i e v e w e c a n p l a c e between 10 and 20 people a month in g o o d p o s i t i o n s . We w i l l o f f e r monthly career evenings for the public and members and they will find out about all the employment opportunities.”
Any business planning to downsize their staff numbers should contact the Institute, says Neethling.
“We will gladly give staff talks on the opportunities in property and will be especially interested in those who want to set up their own agencies and are willing to work through our mentorship.